Show Business: No Tears

ON GIANT'S SHOULDERS March 12, PBS, 8p.m. E.S.T.

In the late '50s and early '60s, the world was struck by a catastrophe: thousands of babies were born with grotesque deformities, no arms or legs, or at best, flipper-like appendages. The cause was traced to a sleep-inducing drug that the mothers had been taking during pregnancy—thalidomide. The U.S. escaped the disaster only because of the determination of a doctor at the Food" and Drug Administration who suspected that something was wrong with the drug. This British program is about one of thalidomide's victims and what...

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