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.
The dramatic story of the streamliners is one of remarkable achievements and opportunities lost.
During the Great Depression, Americans built the Hoover Dam, one of the greatest engineering works in history.
The unusual life of David Vetter, who lived permanently inside a germ-free environment due to severe combined immunodeficiency.
"The Wizard of Menlo Park," Inventor Thomas Edison, built the first practical light bulb and revolutionized the world.
Though first seen only as an expensive luxury, Alexander Graham Bell's telephone soon transformed American life and became a necessity.
The story behind the development of the oral contraceptive that put women in control of birth control.
The contradictory history of a dam that became a statement of American power and prestige.
A gripping tale of medical intervention gone awry, and one of the most barbaric mistakes of modern medicine.