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.

Jennifer McAndrew
Public Affairs Specialist, College of Liberal Arts

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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