The fight over DDT and science

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A helicopter spraying DDT on trees
A helicopter spraying DDT on trees in Milwaukee in 1968 to kill beetles carrying Dutch Elm Disease. (William Lizdas/ Wisconsin Historical Society)

Scientists, activists, companies and governments have fought for decades over whether the chemical DDT is good or bad. We talk with the author of a new book about what that struggle can teach us about today’s scientific battles, and how often the fights are happening in secret.

Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Joe Tarr Producer
  • Lee Rayburn Technical Director
  • Elena Conis Guest

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