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Dark Side of the Chew

Chewing gum might seem like an innocuous treat, but the moment its chemicals get digested by our bodies, or flattened onto city sidewalks, or dissolved into our rivers, it becomes a menace to society. And with a worldwide consumption of trillions of sticks per year, that’s a big deal for our health and our planet. Andrew Nisker embarks on a whimsical year-long journey to uncover the history of our chewing gum addiction, the full extent of the problem, and what we can do to fix it, talking to gum-makers, activists, scientists, and everyday people around the world.


Directed and produced by Andrew Nisker.