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“Pneumocystis Pneumonia—Los Angeles,” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Jun. 5, 1981. 

“Kaposi’s Sarcoma (KS), Pneumocystis Carinii Pneumonia (PCP), And Other Opportunistic Infections (0I): Cases Reported To CDC As Of July 8, 1982,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Jul. 8, 1982. 

“Study says AIDS easy to spread,” Asbury Park Press, May 6, 1983. 

“The Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome: The Ever-Broadening Clinical Spectrum,” Journal of the American Medical Association, May 6, 1983. 

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"Gay activists hope diagnosis of Hudson will call attention to AIDS," Baltimore Sun, Jul. 27, 1985. 

“Subject: Domestic Briefing Materials for Press Conference,” White House memo, Sep. 13, 1985. 

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“AIDS experts criticize Reagan,” San Francisco Examiner, Sep. 18, 1985. 

“AIDS: Reagan ‘can understand’ both sides of problem,” The Ithaca Journal, Sep. 18, 1985. 

“Reagan Defends Financing for AIDS,” New York Times, Sep. 18, 1985. 

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“A Rule On Kissing Scenes and AIDS,” New York Times, Oct. 31, 1985. 

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Credit song

Fiasco Season 5 theme song by Spatial Relations.

Credits song: “I’ll Say Goodbye” by Rock Hudson.

Additional music: “Could I Leave You” courtesy of Herald Square Music, Inc. 

Original music for this series written by Edith Mudge. Additional music by Nick Slyvester of Godmode, Joel St. Julien, as well as Dan English, Noah Hecht, and Joe Valle. .