Cavalcade of America - Science and Medicine, vol. 2


These historical dramatizations of humanitarian progress are true American hero tales featuring vintage music, intriguing interviews, and even Broadway & Hollywood adaptations.


Compass Classroom is delighted to present Science & Medicine, vol. 2 as part of The Cavalcade of America series for use with Dave Raymond’s American History course or as a standalone resource for your homeschool.

These historical dramatizations of humanitarian progress are true American hero tales featuring vintage music, intriguing interviews, and even Broadway & Hollywood adaptations. Be sure to check out Science & Medicine, vol. 1 for even more exciting historical re-imaginings!

The Cavalcade of America was produced by the DuPont Company to burnish its motto of “Maker of better things for better living through chemistry.” The programs originally aired on CBS radio from 1935-1953, and on television from 1952-1957.

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  • 49 30-min MP3 files tagged for use in iTunes or similar music database.

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52 Dramatizations



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Episode List

  1. The Doctor With Hope In His Hands, Originally broadcast 03/11/1946. The story of Dr. Harvey Cushing, pioneering brain surgeon.
  2. Storm, Originally broadcast 05/13/1946. Man lives by the weather and prospers, man is made bankrupt by the weather, his works are destroyed his life taken but until the earth goes cold the cycles of life and weather will go on. This is an incident in the unending cycle. This is a story of a storm…
  3. I Guess It’s Here To Stay, Originally broadcast 06/03/1946. A well-done story about the romance of the early years of the automobile. It’s fifty years since the first automobile drove on the streets of Detroit and to celebrate there is to be a big parade.
  4. With Cradle And Clock, Originally broadcast 09/02/1946. The story of Dr. Knud Stowman, a doctor who came to America in 1702 to become an early champion of obstetric medicine.
  5. That They May Live, Originally broadcast 10/07/1946. The story of Dr. Chevalier Jackson, the man who invented the bronchoscope and saved the lives of many people.
  6. A Chance For Jimmy, Originally broadcast 01/27/1947. The story of medical progress in the treatment of children.
  7. Man Against The Mountain, Originally broadcast 02/17/1947. This story is about Gustaf F. Marsh who wanted to build a trail up the east slope of Mount Whitney, the highest mountain in the USA, in order to put the mountain to work in allowing scientists to have an observatory up there.
  8. Mr. Pullman’s Palace Car, Originally broadcast 03/03/1947. The story of George Pullman and his invention of the railroad “sleeping car.” The broadcast originates from Hollywood. In 1947 most Americans took sleeping cars on trains for granted as they crossed the continent of America in perfect comfort but in 1855 travel was a far different story and it was in that year that a young man named George Mortimer Pullman, then 24, left his home in New York on a trip to Chicago. This is the story of how George Pullman pioneered the comfortable sleeping car that revolutionized the comfort of travel and how the funeral of President Abraham Lincoln, an unfortunate occasion, brought the Pullman car to the attention of Americans.
  9. The Stirring Blood, Originally broadcast 03/10/1947. Dave Evans tells the story of the doctors who worked quietly to discover the different types of blood groups and so save the lives of many people undergoing blood transfusions. This later led to discovering the RH negative and Positive groups and so prevented the deaths of many children born to parents where the mother was RH negative and the father RH positive.
  10. The Man With Green Fingers, Originally broadcast 03/17/1947. Luther Burbank is a man with green fingers who has taken nature and created some new plants but now the whole town is against him and he finds him self being charged under the law for atheism. Luther Burbank is a man with green fingers who has taken nature and created some new plants but now the whole town is against him and he finds him self being charged under the law for atheism.
  11. That Skipper From Stonington, Originally broadcast 04/07/1947. The story of Richard Loper, the ship builder and sea captain who designed a wooden ship with iron braces, but never had his chance to go whaling.
  12. The Doctor And The President, Originally broadcast 04/21/1947. How Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse vaccinated President Thomas Jefferson against smallpox, to help convince Americans of the benefit of the procedure.
  13. Woman Alone, Originally broadcast 06/16/1947. The story of Alice Evans, who pioneered in the study of undulant fever. The last show of the season.
  14. Kitchen Scientist, Originally broadcast 09/08/1947. The story of Fanny Farmer, who revolutionized the art and science of home cooking, even though she was an invalid. The broadcast originates from Hollywood. Set in Boston in 1874 this is the true story of famous nutritional health cook Fannie Farmer and how she came to do something important to help others suffering diabetes and ill health. Fannie’s mother thinks it is time she settled down but Fannie at 17 think she is not ready for it yet despite having being proposed to by George on several occasions. After a fall Fannie finds herself paralyzed unable to walk and the doctor doesn’t know if she will be able to walk again and she begins to feel sorry for herself. Later after 10 years of being in a wheelchair she decides she is going to work and no longer let the years slip by. She finally discovers that she is a good cook and attends a cookery school in Boston.
  15. The Unnatural Death, Originally broadcast 11/10/1947. Dr. Bailey Ashord finds the cure for the mysterious “muerte natural” plaguing Puerto Rico after the Spanish-American War.
  16. Diamonds In The Sky, Originally broadcast 12/08/1947. A dramatized incident in the life of Maria Mitchell, the famous woman astronomer/scientist from Vassar.
  17. The Alerting Of Mr. Pomerantz, Originally broadcast 02/16/1948. The amusing story of an exterminator named Charlie Pomerantz, who helped the U. S. Public Health Service solve “The Long Island Mystery Disease.” The real Charlie Pomerantz appears after the story.
  18. This Way To Tomorrow, Originally broadcast 02/23/1948. A story about the young Michael Pupin, a famous X-Ray scientist, and his first experiences in America.
  19. No Greater Love, Originally broadcast 03/08/1948. The story of Clara Maass, a nurse in the U. S. Army, who volunteered to fight Yellow Fever in Cuba.
  20. Paging Miss Ellen, Originally broadcast 03/15/1948. The story of Ellen Swallow, one of the first women to study science, and who then stayed on at M.I.T. to teach chemistry.
  21. The President And The Doctor, Originally broadcast 03/22/1948. The fascinating story of Dr. Samuel Bard, George Washington’s physician during his little known but very serious illness. A little known story about a double crisis in the life of our first President and begins in June 1789 in New York City six weeks after George Washington’s inauguration.
  22. Winner Takes Life, Originally broadcast 04/19/1948. The program originates from the campus of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. The story of the development of “Streptomycin” by Dr. Selman Waksman. In this story Dupont pays tribute to an American of many attainments Mr Oliver Wendell Holmes (March 8, 1841 – March 6, 1935 ), poet, scientist, physician and humorist.
  23. Village Doctor, Originally broadcast 05/10/1948. The story of Dr. Arthur Chester Sudan, who gave up a career in research to become a general practitioner in rural Colorado, where he was desperately needed.
  24. Who Walk Alone, Originally broadcast 05/31/1948. The story of the fight against leprosy during the Spanish-American War, as fought by Ned Langford and General Leonard Wood.
  25. Garden Key, Originally broadcast 11/08/1948. The story of Dr. Samuel Mudd, convicted of aiding John Wilkes Booth in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and how he won a pardon during a Yellow Fever epidemic.
  26. Oliver Wendell Holmes MacLanahan, Originally broadcast 12/06/1948. How Oliver Wendell Holmes discovered the cause of childbed fever.
  27. Secret Operation, Originally broadcast 01/17/1949. The mysterious operation performed by Dr. John Erdmann on President Grover Cleveland. The story of how this procedure to treat his cancer prevented a panic! The real 85-year-old Dr. Erdmann appears on the program after the drama.
  28. The Immortal Blacksmith, Originally broadcast 09/27/1949. John Nesbitt tells the sad story of Thomas Davenport, the man who invented the electric motor.
  29. The Wall Of Silence, Originally broadcast 12/06/1949. The story of Marie Hays Heiner, who went deaf overnight from influenza, but who refused to admit it!
  30. Mr. Peale And The Dinosaur, Originally broadcast 03/07/1950. Claude Rains stars as Charles Wilson Peale, inventor who is more than a little eccentric. On this particular day shortly after close of the revolutionary war he is about to call on Miss Elizabeth Depister a spinster of Philadelphia, portrayed by Agnes Moorehead, and pop a rather important question…
  31. Decision In The Valley, Originally broadcast 04/04/1950. he story of six momentous days in the life of a Confederate doctor, Dr. Hunter McGuire.
  32. Citizen Straus, Originally broadcast 04/11/1950. The story of how Nathan Straus’ concern over a tubercular cow led to the pasteurization of milk and the saving of millions of lives.
  33. I Can And I Will, Originally broadcast 05/02/1950. The story of Lee Underwood, who commercialized the idea of sealing food in jars to preserve it.
  34. The Conqueror, Originally broadcast 06/06/1950. The story of Dr. Henry Rose Carter of Baltimore, and his fight against Yellow Fever.
  35. Experiment In Humanity, Originally broadcast 06/20/1950. The story of General A. R. Glancy and the building of a small hospital in Duluth Georgia, and that was just the beginning!
  36. Golden Harvest, Originally broadcast 09/19/1950. The story of Cyrus McCormick and his invention of the “Reaper.” Tells of a young man named Cyrus McCormick who lived on a farm in county Virginia in the 1820’s and invented the first mechanical reaper to help with the heavy load at harvest time.
  37. Emma, Originally broadcast 10/10/1950. The fifteenth anniversary show of the series. The heroic story of nurse Emma Edmonds, who spied for the North during the Civil War.
  38. Sir Galahad In Manhattan, Originally broadcast 11/14/1950. The story of Dr. J. Marion Sims, who founded the first women’s hospital in America.
  39. Fiber 66, Originally broadcast 02/13/1951. The story of the invention of nylon.
  40. Militant Angel, Originally broadcast 05/15/1951. A biography of Annie Warburton Goodrich, who helped to create standards for the profession of nursing, during the early years of the century.
  41. Path To The Stars, Originally broadcast 06/05/1951. The story of John Alfred Brashear, who became famous as a lens grinder and maker of telescopes.
  42. No One Is Alone, Originally broadcast 09/11/1951. A look at how the Army is treating “Battle Fatigue” in today’s combat soldiers.
  43. Sequel At Seventy, Originally broadcast 10/02/1951. The story of the discovery of Aureomycin, a wonder drug, by Dr. Benjamin M. Duggar.
  44. The Ship The Nazis Had To Get, Originally broadcast 10/16/1951. The story of Matthew Fontaine Maury, who invented a new way to chart ocean currents and winds.
  45. Navy Blue, Originally broadcast 10/30/1951. The story of how Dr. Joseph Goldberger discovered the cause and cure of Pellegra.
  46. The Devil’s Staircase, Originally broadcast 04/01/1952. The story of Herman Frasch, whose process of drilling for sulfur changed America’s chemical industry, and how he overcame fear and prejudice in the Louisiana bayous.
  47. Going Up, Originally broadcast 04/29/1952. The story of Elisha Otis and the invention of his safety elevator.
  48. How High The Flame, Originally broadcast 09/09/1952. The story of Edward Squibb and the company he started to manufacture and sell pure, high quality drugs.
  49. The Rain Fakers, Originally broadcast 12/30/1952. A meteorologist is determined to show up a phony rainmaker.
  50. A Medal For Miss Walker, Originally broadcast 01/06/1953. A woman during the Civil War refuses to leave her patients and insists on being taken captive with them.
  51. Down Brake, Originally broadcast 01/13/1953. The story of George Westinghouse and his famous invention of the air brake.
  52. The Short Straw, Originally broadcast 02/03/1953. The story of Anne Bernatitus, a Navy nurse on Corregidor during the attack by the Japanese.


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