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NOVA; Can You Still Get Polio


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Can You Still Get Polio
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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The development of the polio vaccines is used as a backdrop for question about U.S. vaccine policy. This program interviews renowned polio researchers, Dr. Jonas Salk and Dr. Albert Sabin, NOVA traces the history of two miraculous but competing vaccines that have left their respective discoverers feuding. Most cases of polio in this country are caused by the vaccine designed to prevent it.



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