Lessons From Polio, Clerks Prepare For Next Week’s Special Election

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A poll worker helps a voter register
A poll worker helps Alex Mendez (right) register before voting at Warner Park in Madison during the April 2020 election. Steven Potter/WPR

Voters in the 7th Congressional District return to the polls Tuesday to choose their representative in a special election. We check in with a county clerk about election logistics during a pandemic. Then, we examine what lessons society learned from the polio disease and how the vaccine was developed.

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  • What Polio Can Teach Us About Public Health

    Polio killed and paralyzed millions of children through the mid-twentieth century until a vaccine became widely available in 1954. We delve into the story of this disease, why it took so long to find a vaccine, and consider what’s changed in public health since then.

Episode Credits

  • Kealey Bultena Host
  • Laura Pavin Producer
  • Colleen Leahy Producer
  • Lee Rayburn Technical Director
  • Tracy Hartman Guest
  • Gareth Williams Guest

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