A Paralyzing Fear: The Story of Polio in America is a television documentary from 1998 narrated by Olympia Dukakis. The documentary was directed by Nina Gilden Seavey. It investigates the worldwide epidemic that was polio and how the cure was eventually found. It follows polio's history from its origins in America in 1916 to when it grew to epidemic proportions by the 1940s and 50s and how Franklyn D. Roosevelt (who was crippled by the disease himself) played a role in finding its cure and the vaccine. At the height of the epidemic Polio crippled tens of thousands of children each summer so it was vital to find a cure for it as soon as possible. The historic tale of the grassroots effort to stop and cure the disease is told through the use of archival footage, thousands of photos, and interviews with those who lived in the time period such as polio survivors, nurses, doctors, families, and community leaders.