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.
A gripping tale of medical intervention gone awry, and one of the most barbaric mistakes of modern medicine.
The story of the polio crusade pays tribute to a time when Americans banded together to conquer a terrible disease.
The international race to develop biological weapons during the 20th century.
The Pennsylvania Railroad Company accomplished an enormous engineering feat, but destroyed a great architectural monument.
In 1934, American polar explorer Richard Byrd became the first to experience winter in Antarctica's interior.
Robert Noyce's invention of the microchip launched the world into the Information Age.
A uniquely impressionistic history of the early years of the Space Race.
George Eastman introduced the Kodak and Brownie camera systems and transformed photography into something anybody could do.