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Beginning in 1961, the United States under President Kennedy began using Agent Orange in Vietnam as part of their “Flexible Response” strategy for combating insurgency worldwide. The United States began this use of chemical defoliants despite assurances from President Roosevelt at the end of World War II that the United States would never use chemical or biological weapons. The use of Agent Orange escalated under Presidents Johnson and Nixon until 12 percent of the entire country was defoliated. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome historian David Zierler who talks about his revealing history of an often forgotten part of our war in southeast Asia: The Invention of Ecocide Agent Orange, Vietnam and the Scientists who Changed the Way We Think about the environment.
NB: “The views, opinions and interpretations expressed in this interview and in the book are those of the author alone and are not necessarily those of the U.S. Department of State of the U.S. Government. The book is based on fully declassified and open source material.”
Tonight, poet John Dervishian returns to Inquiry. There are two new collections of his work: You Can’t Get Inside My Head It’s Already Overcrowded and Nightmares & Lullabies which features poems by John and Adam Schirling. Tune in and find out what the life of poet is like, how new electronic media has changed the way poetry is presented and hear John read several of poems.