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Environmental reporter Dan Fagin joins Democracy Now! to discuss "Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation," which has just won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. Fagin tells the story of how a New Jersey town fought back against industrial pollution and high rates of childhood cancer. 

"We don’t look for patterns, we don’t analyze those patterns. That is a terrible tragedy," Fagin says of the failure to examine environmental and industrial data gathered by local, state and federal agencies. "People are dying because we do not do effective public health surveillance in this country."

#book   #environment #publichealth   #pollution   #parenting  
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In an Earth Day special, we look at the history of the global environmental movement as told in the sweeping new documentary, "A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet." It airs tonight on +American Masters PBS

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Event: Amy Goodman speaks at +Green Festival NYC on Saturday. Here is more information.
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"BP simply can’t be trusted to continue to do business with the American government," says Jaclyn Lopez of the Center for Biological Diversity.

"BP seems to struggle with its ambition and keeping its oil and gas activities within the bounds of what’s safe for the environment and for humans. And it has repeatedly demonstrated to the American public that it can’t be trusted."

#gulfoilspill   #earthday   #environment  
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No way, did we forget that money can game & buy our political process! 
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"People in the streets read Gabriel García Márquez. Every book he wrote had popular acclaim," says Chilean writer Isabel Allende. "In a way, he conquered readers and conquered the world and told the world about us, Latin Americans, and told us who we are. In his pages, we saw ourselves in a mirror." 

#gabrielgarcíamárquez   #books   #magicalrealism   #LatinAmerica  
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Visit the +Democracy Now! YouTube channel to watch today's top news headlines and to search our playlists for interesting interviews that you may have missed.
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Watch our 12-minute summary of today's top news headlines. And watch our #EarthDay special at http://www.democracynow.org.
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The celebrated boxer and prisoner-rights activist Rubin "Hurricane" Carter has died at the age of 76. Democracy Now! speaks with John Artis, Carter’s co-defendant and close friend, and Ken Klonsky, co-author of Carter’s autobiography, "Eye of the Hurricane: My Path from Darkness to Freedom." 

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Are you one of the eight million people who signed up for private health insurance under the Affordable Care Act? If so, are you happy with your plan so far? Please share your experiences.

In headlines today, we report that the rate of uninsured people in the United States is now at its lowest point since 2008.

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I went unemployed Feb. of 2003. Was not able to find another job for (reasons, IRS Dept) and collected unemployment until it ran out, 6 months later. Lived at the subsistence level from 2005 to present. Fortunately I had a family member to give me shelter.
Managed to get some health care in 2010 or 2011, New Mexico.
Mother died March 2013, lost my home, had to move to Arizona, with one of my niece’s.
Lived hear a year now, was able to get registered in AZ, with the DHS, (Department of Human Services)
Got sick, had a fever of 107, I though it was the Hanta.
Got my card a few months ago so I guess it works.
Be well
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Today's top news headlines. What stories should we keep our eye on over the weekend? 
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