History Department
History Department

PBS to air polio documentary based on Professor Oshinsky's prize-winning book

Mon, January 26, 2009

Oshinsky, the Jack S. Blanton Professor of History at The University of Texas at Austin, won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in history for Polio: An American Story, which details America's obsession with the disease.

"The Polio Crusade," produced by the PBS history series "American Experience," chronicles the 20th-century effort to eradicate polio and includes interviews with historians, scientists, polio survivors and Julius Youngner, the only surviving scientist from the research team that developed the Salk vaccine.

Contact:
Jennifer McAndrew
Public Affairs Specialist, College of Liberal Arts
512-232-4730
jennifer.mcandrew@austin.utexas.edu

Learn more about the PBS documentary...
Read the feature "More than a March of Dimes"...
More info on Professor David Oshinsky...
KXAN news article by Jim Swift...

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