Dr. Oliver Sacks

Dr. Oliver Sacks appears in the following:

Remembering Oliver Sacks

Sunday, August 30, 2015

When Dr. Sacks announced a few months ago that he had terminal cancer and wouldn't do any more interviews, we asked him if he'd talk with us one last time. This is that conversation.
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From the Archives: Oliver Sacks' Table of Elements

Thursday, August 06, 2015

From the archives: a visit with Oliver Sacks and the elements he's known and loved. 
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Dr. Sacks Looks Back

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A final conversation, after more than 30 years of them, with Dr. Oliver Sacks.

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Radiolab Live: Tell-Tale Hearts featuring Oliver Sacks

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Highlights from a live Radiolab performance about hearts, driving forces, and the people we love - including a final conversation with Dr. Oliver Sacks.

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Happy Birthday, Good Dr. Sacks

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

One of our favorite human beings turns 80 this week. To celebrate, Robert asks Oliver Sacks to look back on his career, and explain how thousands of worms and a motorbike accident led to a brilliant writing career.

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Hearing Things That Aren't Really There

Monday, November 26, 2012

Hallucinations is the title of Dr. Oliver Sacks' latest book, and in it he presents hundreds of case studies and stories about those who see, hear, feel and even smell things that aren't really there. We talk with Dr. Sacks about the phenomenon of aural hallucinations of phantom voices, music, and sounds -- which, he says, is much more common than most would think, and often isn't related to mental illness. 

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Oliver Sacks: Visually Interesting

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Oliver Sacks, physician and neurologist, explains the brain and its mysterious malfunctions, all to do with vision.

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About Face

Friday, April 01, 2011

Oliver Sacks, the famous neuroscientist and author, can't recognize faces. Neither can Chuck Close, the great artist known for his enormous paintings of...that's right, faces. 

Oliver and Chuck--both born with the condition known as Face Blindness--have spent their lives decoding who is saying hello to them. You can sit ...

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Yellow Fluff and Other Curious Encounters

Monday, January 12, 2009

Stories of love and loss in the name of science.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

We turn up the volume on the voices in our heads, and try to get to the bottom of what really steers our decisions.

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Music, the Mind and Autism

Thursday, October 30, 2008

According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in every 150 children has autism and there are no known cures. But music seems to have a particular impact on those who suffer from the disorder. Oliver Sacks, the neurologist and author of "Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain," joins ...

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Music and Autism

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Author and neurologist Oliver Sacks talks about the potential of music to treat autism. And: an arts program designed for autistic children. Later: songwriter Mark Oliver Everett, better known as the frontman of the band Eels, shares his struggle to understand the father he barely knew -- and his influential ...

Pop Music

Monday, April 21, 2008

Nightmarish stories of musical hallucinations, songs with the power to transcend language, & the triumphant return of the Elvis of Afghanistan.

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Monday, April 21, 2008

It has happened to you. Some song wriggles its way into your brain and won't leave. Now imagine that the distant tune in the back of your head suddenly becomes very real. A real song. Real drums. Real guitar. Volume. These are called musical hallucinations and there are some people ...

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Tales of Music and the Brain

Monday, October 15, 2007

Dr. Oliver Sacks has been writing about patients with unusual and fascinating case histories since the 1970s. In his new book, Musicophilia, Dr. Sacks explores music and its relationship to the human brain, while introducing new and fascinating characters – from the man who, after being struck by lightning, found ...

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Name That Tune

Monday, October 15, 2007

On today’s show, Dr. Oliver Sacks discusses the relationship between music and the human brain. Then, we’ll revisit the history of the Africa-to-America slave trade through the stories of those on the slave ships. Also, an exhibit of art from Africa’s equatorial rainforests. Plus, a new translation of Tolstoy’s War ...



Tuesday, August 14, 2007

What happens when there is no leader? We look at the bottom-up logic of cities, Google, and even our brains.

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Memory and Forgetting

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Remembering is a tricky, unstable business. This hour: a look behind the curtain of how memories are made...and forgotten.

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Thursday, June 07, 2007

The story of a man who’s lost everything. Clive Wearing has what Oliver Sacks calls “the most severe case of amnesia ever documented.” Clive’s wife, Deborah Wearing, tells us the story along with Oliver Sacks. And they try to understand why, amidst so much forgetting, Clive remembers two things: Music ...

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The strange, subjective nature of time -- from a sped-up spin through childhood, to a really, really slowed-down Beethoven symphony. 

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