NBC – Second Sunday – The Contaminated Human – February 8, 1970 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
Another one of the Documentaries that aired on American Radio Networks between the 1950s and 1970s. This one, The Contaminated Human is going along with what was the prevailing feeling at the time; that the world was in the process of polluting itself to death. And since the first Earth Day was proclaimed in April of 1970, the timing on this documentary echoes the sentiment at the time.
In 1970, the writing had been on the wall that we were rapidly using up all our natural resources and those resources we had left were being contaminated by pollutants being put in the air by the Industrial sector of our country, and the rest of the world. We couldn’t be the only ones accepting responsibility for being polluters, but we were probably the most vocal in 1970.
This documentary concentrates on the long-term, human effects of pollution – the diseases that come with polluted drinking water and air and how hospitalizations were on the rise in 1970 and how they were only going to increase over time.
This was a serious issue and it was only being talked about to any degree in 1970. There were some attempts in the past – Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring from 1962 was something of a clarion call, but it wasn’t taken seriously. We were still living in the lap of the 1950s where the Consumer was King and pollution consisted of Smog. Well, in 1970 is still consisted of Smog, and so much more.
And this episode of the NBC Radio Series Second Sunday attempts to tackle that – and maybe it poses more problems than solutions, it’s still a step. Here it is, The Contaminated Human from February 8, 1970 over the NBC Radio Network.
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