Davidson College professor Sally McMillen and her class discuss the polio epidemic in the United States in the early to mid-20th century. Fear of contracting polio grew following a series of outbreaks, including one in 1916 that started in Brooklyn, New York, and eventually killed more than 6,000 people. Also examined are the efforts of President Franklin Roosevelt -- a polio victim himself -- to help find a cure, in part by starting the March of Dimes organization. The class also discusses the rivalry between Albert Sabin and Jonas Salk to be the first to find a vaccine to prevent the disease. Davidson College is in North Carolina.