Hear Prof. Leslie Reagan and PhD candidate Nathan Tye talking about Illinois' connection to Agent Orange in the Vietnam War on WILL radio program, The 21st.

From the 21st: "During the Vietnam War, the United States sprayed more than twenty million gallons of herbicides that were meant to kill crops, forests, and tree cover in Vietnam. One of the most common chemicals came to be known as Agent Orange, and it later caused higher rates of cancer and miscarriages in millions of people, along with devastating environmental damages in Vietnam.

It also turns out one of the chemicals in Agent Orange was developed here in Illinois, when military scientists used part of a botany dissertation to make this weapon."