The surprise pandemic of 1918 shook Americans’ confidence in the medical establishment that had previously found vaccines for other lethal diseases like smallpox and typhoid. People tried everything to avoid getting the virus — from gargling with mouthwash to wearing masks — but it was not until years after the pandemic was over that scientists made any real breakthroughs.
At the height of segregation, an unlikely alliance between a black medical genius and a white surgeon led to a pioneering medical breakthrough.
Robert Moses fueled some of the most ambitious -- and controversial -- public works projects ever conceived.
The effort of pioneering researchers to conceive babies through in vitro fertilization.
The story behind the development of the oral contraceptive that put women in control of birth control.
The dramatic story of the streamliners is one of remarkable achievements and opportunities lost.
The Pennsylvania Railroad Company accomplished an enormous engineering feat, but destroyed a great architectural monument.
Engineer James Eads tamed the mighty Mississippi, turning New Orleans into the second largest port in the nation.
The story of the polio crusade pays tribute to a time when Americans banded together to conquer a terrible disease.