WERS 88.9FM Packages

Over my Fall ’14 semester at Emerson College, I worked for WERS 88.9FM. I worked specifically on the public affairs show called You Are Here contributing a package almost every other week related to the show’s changing weekly theme. Unfortunately, they haven’t uploaded anything recently to their SoundCloud page so here are my clips that aired on WERS (Note: these have already aired on the station and do not cover recent news):

I want to add that working for WERS was an awesome experience and has opened my eyes to the world of radio journalism, which I found out I really enjoy. I hope to continue with the station next semester as well.

Update: WERS has uploaded these clips: herehere and here.


Silent Spring: The pioneer of an environmental movement

A book review

By Alexandra Fileccia

Rachel Carson called out public officials and the chemical industry in her 1962 book titled Silent Spring. This book, in addition to her others, [The Sea Around Us (1951), The Edge of the Sea (1955)], inspired the start of an environmental movement, which she did not live to see.

With her main focus on insecticides, herbicides and pesticides, specifically DDT, aldrin and various isomers to these compounds, Carson discusses the harm of exposure to these chemicals for humans and other organisms that come in contact. In the book, she explains levels of toxicity and how chemicals can build up in an organism’s body.

In 1962, chemical companies were deeming deadly chemicals safe to the public and public officials backed them up. As long as their wallets were growing, officials didn’t care to look into side effects. “The production of synthetic pesticides in the United States soared from 124, -259,000 pounds in 1947 to 637,666,000 pounds in 1960.” It was normal for planes to drop blankets of “safe” chemicals on hundreds of thousands of acres of vegetated land, and even people.

Most people, especially the government and farmers, were solely concerned with eradicating weeds and insects that pose threats to crop production. However, as Carson points out in the beginning of Silent Spring, there was a major problem with crop overproduction.

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