Catch a Fire: The Cuyahoga River Lit Up

A river so polluted that it burned—igniting the environmental movement

Monday, June 22, 2009

Forty years ago, the Cuyahoga River caught fire. The river, riddled with pollution, burned for 30 minutes. Time magazine covered the bizarre event and their article helped jumpstart the environmental movement of the late 60s.

It has been 40 years of recovery for the Cuyahoga River. How far has the river and the surrounding environment come since June 22, 1969? Dan Moulthrop is the host of the Sound of Ideas on WCPN in Cleveland and he joins us now from the Cuyahoga river with a look back, and


Here's a cautionary tale about river pollution:


Dan Moulthrop


David J Fazekas

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