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American Experience
Pill, The
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Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

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The birth control pill was developed by two elderly female activists who demanded a contraceptive women could eat like aspirin and who funded the scientific research: a devout Roman Catholic gynecologist who believed a robust sex life made for a good marriage; and a brilliant biologist who bullied a pharmaceutical company into manufacturing the revolutionary contraceptive. Finally, in May 1960, the FDA approved the sale of a pill that arguably would have a greater impact on American culture than any other drug in the nation' s history. Narrator: Blair Brown.



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Chicago: “American Experience; Pill, The,” 10/04/2002, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 11, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_EBE4650BB4C24C62BF34A8654D843032.
MLA: “American Experience; Pill, The.” 10/04/2002. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 11, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_EBE4650BB4C24C62BF34A8654D843032>.
APA: American Experience; Pill, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_EBE4650BB4C24C62BF34A8654D843032
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