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In this essay for the Washington Post, Dan describes how the social disruption and chaos of the global coronavirus pandemic has reached even into the isolated mountaintop redoubts of the monarch butterfly. The potential losses — to monarchs, to science, and to all of...
In his keynote address at a Princeton University seminar on "Truth and Evidence", Dan reflects on denial, uncertainty and prevention in the context of a tumultuous year.
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.
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.
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.
In an interview with the National Observer of Canada, Dan talks about the promise and perils facing science journalism in an age of science denial.
Dan talks about journalism, libraries and the 30th anniversary of the New York Public Library's Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism.
Dan talks about denialism, Toms River and the future of science journalism on public broadcasting's "Story in the Public Square".
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.
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.
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...
Dan speaks about Toms River and the power of science-based storytelling at the "Science and Story" panel of the World Science Festival.
Dan's keynote address to the World Conference of Science Journalists in South Korea explored the challenging road ahead for science journalism in a digital age.
Dan speaks to the 152nd annual meeting of the National Academy of Sciences about the challenges of science reporting and the science of Toms River.
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.
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.
Coverage of Dan's talk in Charleston, West Virginia.
An interview with Dan in the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine about Toms River, teaching and the new landscape of journalism.
Dan talks with C-SPAN's BookTV about epidemiology, the Pulitzer Prize and the lessons of Toms River.
Island Press has announced it will publish the paperback edition of Toms River, including a new afterword from the author. The publication date is April 7, 2015.
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".
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.
An article about Toms River in the weekend magazine of People's Daily, one of the largest newspapers in China.
Jack Ford interviews Dan about Toms River for WNET's MetroFocus program.
Dan talks about Toms River, tweeting, and "this Pulitzer thing".
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.
Dan and the other finalists for the Bernstein Award talk about the challenges nonfiction book authors face in a digital world. C-SPAN broadcast the discussion at the New York Public Library.
An interview with Dan published in China Dialogue, which also reviewed Toms River.
Dan talks about Toms River in a post-Pulitzer interview with Newsday, where he worked for 18 years.
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.
Dan does an extended interview on Amy Goodman's internationally syndicated Democracy Now! television and radio program.
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."
A panel of writers and editors selected Toms River as the winner of the "Green" category in the Books for a Better Life awards.
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...
"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...
The leading technology culture site Boing Boing includes Toms River in its 2013 Gift Guide, calling it "nuanced, fantastically written, and illuminating."
A New York Times story on the iconic hazardous waste controversy of the late 1970s and early 1980s quotes Dan and cites Toms River.
New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan quotes Dan in her analysis of how cutbacks at the Times have affected its coverage of environmental issues.
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.
A 19-minute video released on nationwide cable television by LinkTV describes what really happened in Toms River, and why it's a cautionary tale for the rest of us.
HealthNewsReview.org: "The narrative, the history, the epidemiology, the explanation of chemistry – it was a masterful work of journalism."
In this seven-minute video broadcast on LinkTV, Dan talks about what happened in Toms River, and why it matters.
In a full-page review, Science calls Toms River "fascinating" and "absorbing", comparing it to Silent Spring.
Dan explains in Slate why many of his social media friends thought he was gravely ill. He wasn't.
NJ Spotlight interviews Dan about the Toms River cluster.
The New Yorker looks at Toms River and Toms River.
Dan talks about Toms River and the imperiled state of environmental journalism on The Tavis Smiley Show on PBS.
A Philadelphia Inquirer story explores the issues raised by Toms River.
Dan on the Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC.
USA Today calls Toms River "an absorbing and thoughtful navigation of our era of synthetic chemicals."
Dan interviewed on National Public Radio's 'All Things Considered'. Listen to the interview, and read a book excerpt.
The New York Times gives Toms River a rave review.
Publishers Weekly puts Toms River on its list of the "most anticipated books of Spring 2013."
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.
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.
Researchers say that some chemicals have unexpected, unpredictable and potent effects at very low doses — but regulators aren't convinced.
Epidemiologists find molecular clues to air pollution's impact on youngsters.
Long before the passionate debates over cigarettes, DDT, asbestos or the ozone hole, most Americans had heard of only one environmental health controversy: fluoridation.
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.
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.
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.