Toms River, Science and Salvation

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A story of science detective work, corporate irresponsibility, and persistent activism from author Dan Fagin, whose book Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. Also, Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club, who grew up in the Toms River area.

Check our our previous episodes with other great science writers and researchers: hear Mary Roach, America’s funniest science writer, on her book Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal; Deborah Blum, on her book (now an award-winning PBS “American Experience” episode) The Poisoners Handbook; Professor Agustin Fuentes on his book, Race, Monogamy and other lies they told you: busting myths about human natureFlorence Williams on Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History; Professor Tyrone Hayes on pesticides, GMOs and more; Dr. Charles Limb on music and the brain; and many more.

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Dan Fagin is the author of the Pulizter Prize winning book, Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation. He is an associate professor of journalism at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and the director of the masters-level Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program (SHERP), one of the oldest and best-regarded science journalism training programs in the world. Prior to joining the NYU faculty in 2005, Dan was the environmental writer at Newsday for 15 years, during which time he was twice a principal member of reporting teams that were Pulitzer finalists. He has also won both of the best-known science journalism prizes in the United States: the Science  Journalism Award of  the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Science in Society Award of the National Association of Science Writers.

Michael Brune is the Executive Director of the Sierra Club, the nation’s largest and most influential environmental group. He was previously Executive Director of the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), where he led many successful efforts winning commitments from some of America’s largest corporations to end rainforest logging. Mike grew up in Chadwick Beach, New Jersey, and went to school in nearby Toms River.

Music for this show includes Mississippi Fred McDowell , Goin’ Down To The River; Janis Ian, All Run to the River; John Mellencamp, Small Town; and Ella Fitzgerald, Walking by the River.

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