Season 21, Episode 2 The Polio Crusade
First Aired: February 2, 2009
The 20th-century effort to eradicate polio is chronicled. Included: lawyer Basil O'Connor (1892-1972), who developed the "March of Dimes" concept to help fund research; the competition between polio researchers Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin; remarks from historians, scientists, polio survivors and Julius Youngner, a member of Jonas Salk's research team.
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- Premiered: October 4, 1988
- Rating: TV-PG
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- Premise: This much-honored PBS documentary series explores American history, one topic or person at a time. Its Peabody Award winners include profiles of FDR and Malcolm X, and such diverse topics as Nixon's 1972 trip to China, the controversy surrounding `Citizen… (more)