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Toms River - A Small Town, a Cancer Cluster, and the Epic Quest to Expose Pollution's Hidden Consequences-logo

Toms River - A Small Town, a Cancer Cluster, and the Epic Quest to Expose Pollution's Hidden Consequences

Dan Fagin

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE • Winner of The New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Book Award • "A new classic of science reporting."-The New York Times The riveting true story of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, Toms River melds hard-hitting investigative reporting, a fascinating scientific detective story, and an unforgettable cast of characters into a sweeping narrative in the tradition of A Civil Action, The Emperor of All Maladies, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. One of New Jersey's seemingly innumerable quiet seaside towns, Toms River became the unlikely setting for a decades-long drama that culminated in 2001 with one of the largest legal settlements in the annals of toxic dumping. A town that would rather have been known for its Little League World Series champions ended up making history for an entirely different reason: a notorious cluster of childhood cancers scientifically linked to local air and water pollution. For years, large chemical companies had been using Toms River as their private dumping ground, burying tens of thousands of leaky drums in open pits and discharging billions of gallons of acid-laced wastewater into the town's namesake river. In an astonishing feat of investigative reporting, prize-winning journalist Dan Fagin recounts the sixty-year saga of rampant pollution and inadequate oversight that made Toms River a cautionary example for fast-growing industrial towns from South Jersey to South China. He tells the stories of the pioneering scientists and physicians who first identified pollutants as a cause of cancer, and brings to life the everyday heroes in Toms River who struggled for justice: a young boy whose cherubic smile belied the fast-growing tumors that had decimated his body from birth; a nurse who fought to bring the alarming incidence of childhood cancers to the attention of authorities who didn't want to listen; and a mother whose love for her stricken child transformed her into a tenacious advocate for change. A gripping human drama rooted

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE • Winner of The New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Book Award • "A new classic of science reporting."-The New York Times The riveting true story of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, Toms River melds hard-hitting investigative reporting, a fascinating scientific detective story, and an unforgettable cast of characters into a sweeping narrative in the tradition of A Civil Action, The Emperor of All Maladies, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. One of New Jersey's seemingly innumerable quiet seaside towns, Toms River became the unlikely setting for a decades-long drama that culminated in 2001 with one of the largest legal settlements in the annals of toxic dumping. A town that would rather have been known for its Little League World Series champions ended up making history for an entirely different reason: a notorious cluster of childhood cancers scientifically linked to local air and water pollution. For years, large chemical companies had been using Toms River as their private dumping ground, burying tens of thousands of leaky drums in open pits and discharging billions of gallons of acid-laced wastewater into the town's namesake river. In an astonishing feat of investigative reporting, prize-winning journalist Dan Fagin recounts the sixty-year saga of rampant pollution and inadequate oversight that made Toms River a cautionary example for fast-growing industrial towns from South Jersey to South China. He tells the stories of the pioneering scientists and physicians who first identified pollutants as a cause of cancer, and brings to life the everyday heroes in Toms River who struggled for justice: a young boy whose cherubic smile belied the fast-growing tumors that had decimated his body from birth; a nurse who fought to bring the alarming incidence of childhood cancers to the attention of authorities who didn't want to listen; and a mother whose love for her stricken child transformed her into a tenacious advocate for change. A gripping human drama rooted
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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE • Winner of The New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Book Award • "A new classic of science reporting."-The New York Times The riveting true story of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, Toms River melds hard-hitting investigative reporting, a fascinating scientific detective story, and an unforgettable cast of characters into a sweeping narrative in the tradition of A Civil Action, The Emperor of All Maladies, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. One of New Jersey's seemingly innumerable quiet seaside towns, Toms River became the unlikely setting for a decades-long drama that culminated in 2001 with one of the largest legal settlements in the annals of toxic dumping. A town that would rather have been known for its Little League World Series champions ended up making history for an entirely different reason: a notorious cluster of childhood cancers scientifically linked to local air and water pollution. For years, large chemical companies had been using Toms River as their private dumping ground, burying tens of thousands of leaky drums in open pits and discharging billions of gallons of acid-laced wastewater into the town's namesake river. In an astonishing feat of investigative reporting, prize-winning journalist Dan Fagin recounts the sixty-year saga of rampant pollution and inadequate oversight that made Toms River a cautionary example for fast-growing industrial towns from South Jersey to South China. He tells the stories of the pioneering scientists and physicians who first identified pollutants as a cause of cancer, and brings to life the everyday heroes in Toms River who struggled for justice: a young boy whose cherubic smile belied the fast-growing tumors that had decimated his body from birth; a nurse who fought to bring the alarming incidence of childhood cancers to the attention of authorities who didn't want to listen; and a mother whose love for her stricken child transformed her into a tenacious advocate for change. A gripping human drama rooted

Language:

English

Narrators:

Dan Woren

Length:

18h 33m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:29


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:27


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:32


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:39


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:03


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:53


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:58


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:59


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:08


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:36


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:15


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:26


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:26


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:37


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:52


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

09:04


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:52


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:43


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:11


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:29


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:51


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:54


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:22


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:06


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:19


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:16


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:06


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:30


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:16


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:22


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:13


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:55


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:34


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:38


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:44


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:25


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

02:14


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

09:08


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:02


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:44


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:09


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:38


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:43


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:54


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:57


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:36


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:31


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:41


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:19


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:58


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:48


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:34


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:42


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:11


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:02


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:03


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

09:35


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:20


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:14


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:07


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:54


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:03


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:05


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:17


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:59


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:31


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:50


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:06


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:27


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:31


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

09:12


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:24


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:46


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

09:06


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:07


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

09:15


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:37


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

08:25


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:41


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:37


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:35


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:41


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:57


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:18


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:17


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:43


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

08:33


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

09:51


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:02


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

08:07


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

09:40


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

08:31


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:38


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:16


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:55


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

09:10


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:59


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:34


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:42


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

02:36


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:54


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:53


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

08:18


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:32


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:57


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:12


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:32


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:16


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:15


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:52


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:39


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:42


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

06:41


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

07:50


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:37


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:37


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:56


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

08:17


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

05:28


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:23


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:48


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

03:18


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

08:09


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

09:24


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

07:49


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

08:20


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

08:51


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

02:39


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

05:46


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:04


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

05:09


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:33


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

05:41


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

05:44


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

06:46


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

09:06


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

03:21


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

08:07


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

08:53


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

07:34


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

05:40


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

05:45


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

05:21


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

05:30


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

07:57


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

07:31


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

09:10


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

05:25


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

05:20


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

08:35


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

05:31


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

04:43


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

09:12


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

07:22


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

06:14


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

06:09


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

05:34


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

05:10


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

06:22


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

07:45


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

04:21


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

06:05


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

04:16


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

04:58


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

07:45


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

07:38


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

00:30