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August 19, 2005

This week on NOW:

As more and more homes are being built close to farmland, some Americans have found themselves living in what concerned citizens have described as a "toxic soup" of pesticides. With spraying accidents that have left children sick and with questions about the long-term effects of pesticide exposure, some residents believe that regulators have done too little to protect them. NOW goes on the ground in California farm country, the most productive agricultural land in the world, to report on the strict pesticide regulations that officials there say are sometimes hard to enforce and to examine the efforts of local communities to protect their own backyards from pesticide drift.

NOW regular contributor and former Independent Governor of Maine Angus King is wondering what’s happened to moderates in America. In a week that's seen a nation divided over Cindy Sheehan protesting near President Bush's ranch and with Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist being virtually "excommunicated" by some Republicans for reversing his views on stem cell research, King discusses the implications of a nation focused on political divisiveness rather than on resolving the important issues. A David Brancaccio interview.

In Depth


New Suburbs and Pesticides

Local Pesticide Use Map

Environment and Community

Environmental Checklist for Your Home

Environmental Checklist for Your Neighborhood

Angus King


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For Educators! Kids and Chemicals — a lesson plan for high school students

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Toxic Suburbs (16:42)

Former Maine Governor Angus King (5:47)

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Toxic Suburbs
Producer: Peter Meryash
Editor: Andrew Fredericks

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