PBS to Air Polio Documentary Based on Professor’s Pulitzer Prize-Winning Book

Jan. 26, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas — Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) will air "The Polio Crusade," a one-hour television documentary based in part on History Professor David Oshinsky's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, at 8 p.m. (CST) Feb. 2.

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.

More information about the PBS documentary is available online.

Learn more about Oshinsky's research in the feature story "More Than a March of Dimes."

For more information, contact: Jennifer McAndrew.