Season 1

Episode 7 Hit Me With You Best (Polio) Shot

A scientific rivalry for the ages, a president with a closely kept secret, and a summertime with no pool time. What do all these things have in common? Well step right up and take a listen- today we're talking about polio, that virus that just won't quit.



Polio: An American Story by David Oshinsky

Parker et al - 2015 Impact of Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine on Mucosal Immunity: Implications for the Polio Eradication Engame

Viruses, Plagues, and History by Michael Oldstone


The Cambridge World History of Human Disease by Kenneth Kiple


Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret