Hard to swallow

PBS's 'The Pill'

Last month, as part of the highly regarded American Experience series, PBS stations across the country aired The Pill, a documentary history of the invention of the first effective oral contraceptive. Written and directed by Chana Gazit, a self-described member of the "pill generation," the show chronicles the successful crusade for the birth-control pill. It combined interviews with several noted historians of the birth-control movement...

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Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, author of The Divorce Culture (Knopf), directs the Center for Thrift and Generosity at the Institute for American Values.