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Researchers and results from the EPA/NIEHS Children’s Centers have been featured in a variety of television and radio news stories and video and audio documentaries, and some of the Centers have produced videos on their own as part of their outreach and translation activities.  On this page you will find segments from some of those videos in the Flash Video (.flv) and Windows Media Video (.wmv) formats and links to multimedia material on the Centers, along with a transcript for each segment.



NIEHS Congressional Briefing, Washington, DC - October 30, 2013

October 30, 2013 - NIEHS Congressional Briefing - Dr. Linda Birnbaum
Dr. Linda Birnbaum
Flash Video w/cc (29:41, 274 MB)
Podcast (29:41, 261 MB)
Windows Media (29:41, 155 MB)

October 30, 2013 - NIEHS Congressional Briefing - Dr. Gregory Diette
Dr. Gregory Diette
Flash Video w/cc (27:09, 377 MB)
Podcast (27:09, 316 MB)
Windows Media (27:09, 137 MB)

October 30, 2013 - NIEHS Congressional Briefing - Brenda Eskenazi
Brenda Eskenazi
Flash Video w/cc (24:43, 198 MB)
Podcast (24:43, 142 MB)
Windows Media (24:43, 113 MB)

October 30, 2013 - NIEHS Congressional Briefing - Dr. Frederica Perera
Dr. Frederica Perera
Flash Video w/cc (16:31, 130 MB)
Podcast (16:31, 95.9 MB)
Windows Media (16:31, 77.8 MB)

Researchers and Results from Children's Centers Featured in CNN's Toxic America Series
Researchers and Results from Children's Centers Featured in CNN's "Toxic America" Series
Flash Video (6:25, 39.5 MB)
Windows Media (6:25, 33.3 MB)
Podcast (6:25, 41.1 MB)

Translating Science to Policy: Protecting Childrens Environmental Health (14 segments)

Three Children's Centers link early pesticide exposure to lower IQ at age 7 and lower behavioral test scores at ages 6 and 7

Three of the Children's Centers (Columbia, Mount Sinai and UC Berkeley/Eskenazi) in 2011 had three papers published simultaneously in the Journal Environmental Health Perspectives which showed that in three separate epidemiological studies, children exposed to higher levels of organophosphate (OP) pesticides while still in the womb and as infants had lower scores on IQ and/or behavioral tests at age 6 or at age 7, and those children with higher exposures were more proportionately affected. The publication of these papers was deemed highly significant by the journal and had widespread coverage in the news media, including as the lead story on "ABC World News with Diane Sawyer," "Good Morning American Health," NPR's "All Things Considered" and on local newscasts as well. Links to some of these stories are included here.

ABC World News with Diane Sawyer
ABC World News with Diane Sawyer Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

Good Morning America Health/ABC News NOW
Good Morning America Health/ABC News NOW Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

WMAR ABC 2 Baltimore
WMAR ABC 2 Baltimore
Flash Video (3:25, 1.39 MB)
Window Media Player (3:25, 2.66 MB)
Podcast (3:25, 1.44 MB)
WDIV Detroit/ClickOnDetroit
WDIV Detroit/ClickOnDetroit
Flash Video (3:26, 6.73 MB)
Window Media Player (3:26, 9.25 MB)
Podcast (3:26, 11.8 MB)


Air Pollution and Children - Columbia Children's Center video

This video produced for the Columbia Children's Center describes the research on health effects of multiple common urban pollutants on children in New York City. The Center is looking at the effects of exposure of children to air pollution, pesticides, tobacco smoke, PCBs, allergens and other pollutants. The video explains that the study is designed to measure the effects of environmental contaminants on asthma, adverse birth outcomes, developmental problems, and childhood cancer.

Produced by Chris Perera for the Columbia Children's Center, 2002

A Breath of Air:  Screen Capture
Flash Video (2:50, 17 MB)
Window Media Player (2:50, 29 MB)

Asthma - "A Breath of Air: What Pollution is Doing to Our Children"
"Al Respirar Aire: Qué Está Haciendo la Contaminación a Nuestros Hijos"

This documentary presents information about the Children's Health Study (CHS), being conducted by the University of Southern California. Data from individuals enrolled in the CHS is incorporated into the work of the USC/UCLA Children's Center.

Co-produced by the USC/UCLA Children's Center and the California Air Resources Board, 2002

Available by free download or on DVD from http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/health/school/chs-vpform.htm exit EPA

A Breath of Air:  Screen Capture
Flash Video (English) (3:56, 55 MB)
Flash Video (En Español) (3:56, 55 MB)
Window Media Player (English) (3:56, 37.1 MB)
Window Media Player (En Español) (3:56, 42.3 MB)
Transcript En Español

A Breath of Air:  Screen Capture
Flash Video (English) (6:49, 52 MB)
Flash Video (En Español) (6:49, 31.8 MB)
Window Media Player (English) (6:49, 57.4 MB)
Window Media Player (En Español) (6:49, 48.9 MB)
Transcript En Español

A Breath of Air:  Screen Capture
Flash Video (English) (4:12, 72.3 MB)
Flash Video (En Español) (4:12, 26.6 MB)
Window Media Player (English) (4:12, 40.9 MB)
Window Media Player (En Español) (4:12, 38.8 MB)
Transcript En Español

Asthma - "Children and Asthma"

The documentary film "Children and Asthma" features research from the Columbia, USC and Iowa children's Centers. The film demonstrates the human impact of the large increase in childhood asthma rates over the past 20 years, how researchers are working to solve the mystery of what causes asthma and how to prevent it. The film, a Light-Saraf-Evans Production, was commissioned by KQED in San Francisco and broadcast on PBS stations throughout the state of California in 2002 and more widely in 2006.

Availability: Filmmakers Library exit EPA
Additional information: http://www.lightsaraffilms.com/Asthma.html exit EPA

Children and Asthma video 1
An Introduction
Flash Video (1:33, 8.9 MB)
Window Media Player (1:33, 15 MB)
Children and Asthma video 2
Schoolchildren in San Francisco
Flash Video (4:41, 29.4 MB)
Window Media Player (4:41, 51.5 MB)
Children and Asthma video 3
Southern California
Flash Video (4:39, 29.8 MB)
Window Media Player (4:39, 51 MB)
Children and Asthma video 4
Children in Rural Communities
Flash Video (5:41, 36.5 MB)
Window Media Player (5:41, 63.2 MB)
Children and Asthma video 5
New York City
Flash Video (5:41, 29.8 MB)
Window Media Player (5:41, 52.4 MB)

Autism and the Environment

Autism Now
Autism Now: Exploring the 'Phenomenal' Increase in U.S. Prevalence - 6 Parts

Autism Now
Autism Now: MacNeil Answers Viewer-Submitted Questions on Series

Extended interview with UC Davis Children’s Center CHARGE Project Director Dr. Irva Hertz-Picciotto, on the prevalence of autism
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Chemicals in the Environment - "NOW with Bill Moyers": Kids and Chemicals

This one-hour program from the PBS series "NOW with Bill Moyers" features discussions on air pollution and asthma, lead and neurodevelopmental disorders. The program features investigators and community leaders from the Mount Sinai, Columbia and Cincinnati Children's Centers, including Philip Landrigan (Mount Sinai), Frederica Perera and Peggy Shepherd (Columbia) and Kim Dietrich (Cincinnati).

Broadcast May 10th, 2002, rebroadcast with update December 27th, 2002.

Additional information: http://www.pbs.org/now/thisweek/index_051002.html exit EPA
Program Update: Follow Up exit EPA

NOW with Bill Moyers: Kids and Chemicals video 1
Segment 1
Flash Video (3:56, 25.3 MB)
Window Media Player (3:56, 40.6 MB)
NOW with Bill Moyers: Kids and Chemicals video 2
Segment 2
Flash Video (1:16, 8.2 MB)
Window Media Player (1:16, 14 MB)

Health Disparities in Birth Outcomes - Duke Children's Center

These program excerpts introduce the goals of the Southern Center on Environmentally Driven Disparities in Birth Outcomes (SCEDDBO), based at Duke University. The segments were broadcast June 10, 2007 on the Black Issues Forum, a regular program of the North Carolina public television network affiliated with the Public Broadcasting System (PBS). The excerpts feature interviews with

  1. Nigel Fields, EPA Environmental Health Scientist
  2. Marie Lynn Miranda, SCEDDBO Director, and
  3. Sherman A. James, SCEDDBO Co-Director

For more information: http://www.unctv.org/bif/thisseason/descriptions.html#episode2220 exit EPA

Transcript: http://www.unctv.org/bif/transcripts/2006_2007/transcript2220.html exit EPA

Health Disparities in Birth Outcomes - Duke Children's Center (segment 1)
Segment 1
Flash Video (6:10, 39 MB)
Window Media Player (6:10, 66 MB)
Health Disparities in Birth Outcomes - Duke Children's Center (segment 2)
Segment 2
Flash Video (3:28, 22 MB)
Window Media Player (3:28, 40 MB)
Health Disparities in Birth Outcomes - Duke Children's Center (segment 3)
Segment 3
Flash Video (5:48, 37 MB)
Window Media Player (5:48, 64 MB)

Lead - Home Lead Sampling Video

This excerpt of a video made for the University of Cincinnati Children ’s Center provides important information about how to identify lead hazards in the home and how to take dust samples to send to a laboratory for testing. These are some of the facts included:

  • Lead is highly hazardous to young children, and has been shown to cause a number of adverse effects, including diminished IQ.
  • Young children commonly get lead poisoning by getting lead-contaminated dust or soil on their hands, toys and food
  • Peeling lead paint can get into a child’s mouth or the chips can be crushed into a fine powder when trampled, then breathed in, creating a hazardous condition.
  • Friction surfaces, such as old double-hung, wooden windows or painted wooden doors, can be sources of lead paint dust which can be breathed by occupants in the home each time the window is raised or lowered or the door is opened and closed.
  • Lead paint dust is also dispersed when a wall containing lead paint is sanded or a home containing lead paint is renovated.
  • Young children spend a lot of time on the floor, so the dust should be sampled to see if it has any lead content.

Home Lead Sampling Video
Flash Video (7:39, 48.3 MB)
Window Media Player (7:39, 82.1 MB)


The University of Cincinnati Children's Center put together an instructional video to accompany a home pesticide sampling kit that provides information about pesticides in the home, how to prevent exposure to hazardous chemicals and how to sample for them. The second video includes a segment with Brenda Eskenazi, Principal Investigator of the UC Berkeley Children's Center, commenting on the difficulty of detecting some types of pesticides in the human body, and the importance of preventing exposure of children to these chemicals.

Home Pesticide Sampling Video
Home Pesticide Sampling Video
Flash Video (3:38, 38.9 MB)
Window Media Player (3:38, 44.1 MB)
Home Pesticide Sampling Video
Pesticides – UC Berkeley Center/PBS News Hour with Jim Lehrer
Transcript and Audiovisual Streaming



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Cincinnati Children's Environmental Health Center: "The Secret Life of Lead"
National Public Radio, "Living on Earth"

The National Public Radio weekly environmental science program "Living on Earth" broadcast a series of programs about research on the effects of childhood lead exposure at the Cincinnati Children's Environmental Health Center. "Living on Earth" received a grant from the National Science Foundation to do reports on nine emerging areas of research, and the Cincinnati Children's Center was the first one selected, highlighting research on neuroscience.

Broadcast: May 9th 2003, rebroadcast August 29th 2003


  • Secret Life of Lead Series Information exit EPA
  • Original Broadcast May 9, 2003
  • Rebroadcast August 29, 2003
  • Program update, September 12, 2003 "MRI Lead Study"
      A team of Cincinnati researchers is trying to tease out how lead poisoning affects the brain, and how these physical effects might correlate to behavioral changes. 7:00
    • Audio Download exit EPA
    • Transcript exit EPA
  • Program update, October 24, 2003 "An Unsung Hero"
      As part of the continuing series "The Secret Life of Lead," Cynthia Graber reports on one part of the lead researchteam whose contribution is often overlooked. 6:00
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    • Transcript exit EPA
  • Program update, August 27, 2004
      Scientists are testing meconium, babies' first stools, to try to assess how much lead transfers from pregnant mothers to their fetuses. Cynthia Graber reports this latest installment of the Living on Earth series, "The Secret Life of Lead." 6:35
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    • Transcript exit EPA


KPLU, Seattle, Washington (03-27-2003). University of Washington research that children who eat organic produce have lower pesticide levels than other children was featured in a report on KPLU-FM, Seattle. http://publicbroadcasting.net/kplu/news.newsmain?action=article&ARTICLE_ID=474512 exit EPA

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