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Radiolab

Hey! Don't I know you?

Thursday, April 03, 2014

In our Soul Patch episode, we feature an excerpt from an event at the World Science Festival, where Robert joins artist Chuck Close and neuroscientist Oliver Sacks on stage to talk about the simple, and sometimes quirky, ways in which they deal with face blindness, a neurological condition that prevents the two men from recognizing the faces of other people.

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Radiolab

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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The Leonard Lopate Show

Oliver Sacks on Hallucinations

Monday, July 08, 2013

Neurologist Oliver Sacks talks about hallucinations and what they tell us about how the brain works. His book, Hallucinations, weaves together stories of his patients and of his own hallucinatory experiences and explores how hallucinations 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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The Leonard Lopate Show

Hallucinations; Topsy in Coney Island; "The Weir"; and Our Missing Ancestor

Monday, July 08, 2013

Brooke Gladstone fills in for Leonard Lopate. She speaks with neurologist Oliver Sacks about his work and his research into hallucinations. We’ll find out the true story of an elephant that was electrocuted at the turn of the last century. Director Ciaran O’Reilly and actor Dan Butler discuss “The Weir,” playing at the Irish Rep. And National Geographic’s Jamie Shreeve explains what DNA found in a cave in Siberia tells us about our human roots.

Studio 360

Deaf Actors Play Tribute to Oliver Sacks

Friday, May 17, 2013

Oliver Sacks’ book Awakenings tells the story of how, as a young doctor in the 1960s, Sacks “woke up” a hospital ward full of people with a rare type of paralyzing encephalitis, using the drug L-dopa. Robin Williams played Sacks in a Hollywood version of Awakenings, but A Kind of Alaska ...

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WQXR Features

WQXR to Present 'Bach 360' Festival

Friday, March 08, 2013

Get ready to Bach around the clock. WQXR will be presenting over 200 hours of the music of J.S. Bach, from March 21 (the composer's birthday) through March 31 (Easter Sunday).

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Soundcheck

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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Soundcheck

Oliver Sacks on "Hallucinations," RNDM, Boredom-Fighting Apps

Monday, November 26, 2012

Today on Soundcheck: Dr. Oliver Sacks discusses why we hallucinate sounds, from voices to cell phone ringers to music -- even when we're completely sane. 

Plus, we hear a live performance in the studio from the band RNDM -- the trio made up of singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur, bassist Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam, and drummer Richard Stuverud. 

And, just in time for those endless holiday shopping lines, Evolver.fm founder Eliot Van Buskirk  delivers some boredom-slaying musical apps

Radiolab

Krulwich Wonders: When You're Visited by a Copy of Yourself, Stay Calm

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

NPR

You know Carl Linnaeus, right? The great Swedish naturalist who categorized plants and animals in the 1750s? He was a singular figure in botany. But when he got a headache, he stopped being singular. He doubled, from one Carl to two.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Oliver Sacks

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

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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WQXR Blog

How Memories Linger Through Music and Food

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

WQXR's Kerry Nolan asks why holiday traditions -- the nostalgia a piece of music brings, the aroma of a roasting turkey -- propel us to another time and place.

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Radiolab

Me, Myself, and Muse

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Imagine you're a writer, but the words won't come. Could you bargain with creativity to get past your writer's block? Oliver Sacks found himself in that very situation back in 1968: he was struggling to finish his first book, and got stuck. He imposed a deadline on himself that, while ...

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Radiolab

Help!

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

What do you do when your own worst enemy is...you?

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