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Just Gravy 5: Polio, Pepperoni, and Pizza Rat

The United States suffered its first polio epidemic in 1894, and it wouldn’t be until the 1950s that scientists could actually see the virus with a microscope and develop a vaccine. It was originally theorized that Black and Brown people did not suffer from the virus despite statistical evidence of outbreaks in Chicago and Maryland.

Join us as we discuss the racist history of polio, eat some delicious pizza made with toppings from Red Hog, and discuss how their business is carrying on the tradition of using the “whole animal”. There is also a special guest appearance from the mouse that is stalking Darryl’s home and keeps evading capture.

Just Gravy 5 Sources:

African-Americans, Polio and Racial Segregation
By Daniel J. Wilson, PhD

Race and the Politics of Polio
Warm Springs, Tuskegee, and the March of Dimes
Naomi Rogers, PhD

How the Poor Get Blamed for Disease
In the 1960s, health authorities capitalized on middle-class fears of urban decay to promote vaccination, redefining measles and polio as illnesses linked to poverty. By: ELENA CONIS

The History of Vaccines, An Educational Resource By The College of Physicians in Philadelphia

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