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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 and Peace.

Guests:

Dr. Oliver Sacks

Tales of Music and the Brain

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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The Slave Ship

Marcus Rediker revisits the history of the Africa-to-America slave trade in The Slave Ship. He considers the relationships between the slave ship captain and his crew, between the sailors and the slaves, and among the captives themselves as they endured the violent and often deadly journey between Africa and America. ...

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Art from Africa’s Equatorial Rainforests

Curator Alisa LaGamma joins Leonard to speak about “Eternal Ancestors: The Art of the Central African Reliquary,” a special exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It features sculptures from Africa’s equatorial rainforests and explores how they’ve influenced early 20th century artists.

To learn more about the exhibit, which runs ...

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New Translation of Tolstoy

Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky are award-winning translators of Anna Karenina and The Brothers Karamazov. Their translations have been praised by critics for capturing the author’s original tone. They’ve now translated Leo Tolstoy’s master epic, War and Peace. This new translation is already being praised for its fidelity to Tolstoy’s ...

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