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Danny DeVito Options Toms River

Danny DeVito Options Toms River

Producer, actor and director Danny DeVito, a New Jersey native and environmentalist, has optioned the screen rights for Toms River. His production company, Jersey Films 2nd Avenue, will produce the film.

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Knowledge is not enough

Knowledge is not enough

In his keynote address at the Festival for the Earth in Venice, Italy, Dan speaks about knowledge, faith and the power of true stories well told.

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Crises in journalism, environment

Crises in journalism, environment

Delivering the J. Roderick Davis Lecture to a crowd of more than 500 at Samford University in Alabama, Dan described urgent, and related, crises in journalism and the Earth’s environment.

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Bastions of Reality

Bastions of Reality

Dan talks about journalism, libraries and the 30th anniversary of the New York Public Library's Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism.

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A Mine vs. a Million Monarchs

A Mine vs. a Million Monarchs

Should a huge mine reopen in the middle of the world's most important monarch butterfly reserve? In an op-ed in the New York Times, Dan explores the dilemma facing the luckless, poverty-stricken Mexican town of Angangueo. It's part of the research for his next book.

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Toms River now a Times bestseller

Toms River now a Times bestseller

Almost three years after its initial publication, Toms River is now a New York Times bestseller, ranking seventh on the ebook nonfiction list and twentieth on the combined nonfiction list.

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Book of the Year Awards in China, Taiwan

Book of the Year Awards in China, Taiwan

Two major newspapers, one in China and one in Taiwan, have each just named Toms River a 'Book of the Year' for 2015. The awards came from the Beijing News and the China Times. Two Chinese-language editions of Toms River, one for mainland China and the other for...

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Toms River as a Case Study

Toms River as a Case Study

On the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC, Dan takes calls and talks about what really happened in Toms River in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, and what we can learn from it today.

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Making Connections

Making Connections

Fielding viewer questions on C-SPAN Book TV from the Tucson Festival of Books, Dan talks about the connections between Toms River and current environmental issues, including nuclear power, fair trade and the BP oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Toms River Wins Top Science Book Prize

Toms River Wins Top Science Book Prize

Toms River was recognized by the National Academy of Science, National Academy of Engineering and Institute of Medicine "for its masterful portrayal of the scientific process at work in a town facing environmental crisis".

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Toms River Wins Rachel Carson Award

Toms River Wins Rachel Carson Award

The judges called Toms River a "masterpiece" that "embodies Carson's legacy of deeply insightful, science-based literary prose." The award is administered by the Society of Environmental Journalists.

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Toms River Wins Another National Journalism Award

Toms River Wins Another National Journalism Award

The New York Public Library gives Dan its Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, calling Toms River "powerful, in-depth reporting that informs the public, shapes policy, and changes the world.” The ceremony was also broadcast on C-SPAN's Book TV.

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Toxic Prosperity

Toxic Prosperity

In a New York Times column, Dan writes about his trip to Basel, Switzerland, cradle of the chemical industry 150 years ago, and now a beneficiary of industrial outsourcing.

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Toms River wins the Pulitzer Prize!

Toms River wins the Pulitzer Prize!

Toms River has been awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, awarded to "a distinguished and appropriately documented book of nonfiction by an American author."

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Short-Listed for U.S. Journalism Prize

Short-Listed for U.S. Journalism Prize

Toms River has been named a finalist for the New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism, awarded to "journalists whose books have brought clarity and public attention to important issues, events, or policies." The winner will be...

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Toms River an NPR ‘Best Book of 2013’

Toms River an NPR ‘Best Book of 2013’

"Dan Fagin's narrative of the arrival and explosive growth of a chemical plant in New Jersey in the 1950s weaves a complex tale of powerful industry, local politics, water rights, epidemiology, public health and cancer in a gripping, page-turning environmental...

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“The book to read”

“The book to read”

The leading technology culture site Boing Boing includes Toms River  in its 2013 Gift Guide, calling it "nuanced, fantastically written, and illuminating."

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The Lessons of Love Canal

The Lessons of Love Canal

A New York Times story on the iconic hazardous waste controversy of the late 1970s and early 1980s quotes Dan and cites Toms River.

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Stop Resisting Labels on GM Foods

Stop Resisting Labels on GM Foods

In a Scientific American commentary, Dan argues that scientists who believe that genetically engineered foods can play an important role in fighting global malnutrition ought to quit resisting mandatory labeling laws.

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“A Must-Read Book”

“A Must-Read Book”

HealthNewsReview.org: "The narrative, the history, the epidemiology, the explanation of chemistry – it was a masterful work of journalism."

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Revisiting Toms River

Revisiting Toms River

In this seven-minute video broadcast on LinkTV, Dan talks about what happened in Toms River, and why it matters.

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Alive and Tweeting

Alive and Tweeting

Dan explains in Slate why many of his social media friends thought he was gravely ill. He wasn't.

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Discussing N.Y. Times Cuts on Public Radio

Discussing N.Y. Times Cuts on Public Radio

The public radio program Living on Earth reports that The New York Times has decided to shut down its environmental desk and reshape its coverage of environmental issues. Host Steve Curwood asks Dan about the repercussions.

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A Cancer Cycle, From Here to China

A Cancer Cycle, From Here to China

More than one million people in the Chinese city of Handan awoke last week to the news that their drinking water had been dangerously contaminated by a 39-ton chemical spill. For me, reading about it prompted a sick feeling of déjà vu.

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Toxicology: The Learning Curve

Toxicology: The Learning Curve

Researchers say that some chemicals have unexpected, unpredictable and potent effects at very low doses — but regulators aren't convinced.

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Second Thoughts on Fluoride

Second Thoughts on Fluoride

Long before the passionate debates over cigarettes, DDT, asbestos or the ozone hole, most Americans had heard of only one environmental health controversy: fluoridation.

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Poisoning on an Industrial Scale

Poisoning on an Industrial Scale

In the highly charged realms of toxicology and environmental epidemiology, every generation seems to produce its own Wilhelm Hueper. A review of Devra Davis's The Secret History of the War on Cancer.

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Science and Journalism Fail to Connect

Science and Journalism Fail to Connect

Evolution is “only a theory.” Global warming is “unproven.” And science itself is “just another opinion.” Critics of mainstream science seem to be everywhere these days, and we, as journalists, just can’t seem to get enough of them.

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The Tundra Thaw

The Tundra Thaw

TOOLIK LAKE, Alaska - The tundra looks bleak in the long shadows that the morning sun is throwing from its usual midsummer spot near, but never below, the horizon.

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