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The Great American Vaccine Debate (re-air with Ken Burns)

The Great American Vaccine Debate (re-air with Ken Burns)

Update: 2022-07-041
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On this Fourth of July holiday, we’re returning to a favorite episode with filmmaker Ken Burns about his latest documentary, “Benjamin Franklin.” When he wasn’t busy taming electricity, Franklin was encouraging inoculations to combat the smallpox pandemic of the 18th century. He bitterly regretted not inoculating his 4-year-old son, Francis, who died from smallpox in 1736. Andy talks to Ken about Franklin’s role during the outbreak, how he balanced his libertarian views with scientific and public health reasoning, and whether Franklin would support a COVID-19 vaccine mandate if alive today.


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The Great American Vaccine Debate (re-air with Ken Burns)

The Great American Vaccine Debate (re-air with Ken Burns)

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