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Tuesday, November 06, 2012

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Todd Purdum, Vanity Fair national editor, gives us an election forecast, and the story behind it. Sam Wang of the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, on how predictions can be right—or wrong. The one and only Christopher Walken discusses his latest film, “A Late Quartet.” Then, Oliver Sacks explores hallucinations and why we experience them.

Todd Purdum on the Election

Todd Purdum, national editor of Vanity Fair, talks about how the presidential campaigns were run and what he expects the outcome of today’s election to be.

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Making Predictions

Sam Wang, Associate professor, Department of Molecular Biology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, of the Princeton Election Consortium helps us break down what to expect as voters go to the polls today.

 

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Christopher Walken on "A Late Quartet"

Christopher Walken talks about his role in the new film “A Late Quartet.” He plays the cellist of a world-renowned string quartet. When he receives a life changing diagnosis, the group's future suddenly hangs in the balance. “A Late Quartet” is playing at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas at the Sunshine Landmark Cinemas.

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Oliver Sacks on Hallucinations

Neurologist Oliver Sacks talks about hallucinations, which can be linked to sensory deprivation, intoxication, illness, or injury. His new book, Hallucinations, weaves together stories of his patients and of his own mind-altering experiences to illuminate what hallucinations tell us about the organization and structure of our brains, how they have influenced every culture’s folklore and art, and why the potential for hallucination is present in us all, a vital part of the human condition. 

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Guest Picks: Oliver Sacks

Neurologist Oliver Sacks was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about hallucinations, how they're caused, and why we experience them so vividly. He also told us he's a fan of ferns. Find out what else Dr. Sacks is a fan of!

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