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.
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 ...
Stories of love and loss in the name of science.
We turn up the volume on the voices in our heads, and try to get to the bottom of what really steers our decisions.
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 ...
Nightmarish stories of musical hallucinations, songs with the power to transcend language, & the triumphant return of the Elvis of Afghanistan.
What happens when there is no leader? We look at the bottom-up logic of cities, Google, and even our brains.
Remembering is a tricky, unstable business. This hour: a look behind the curtain of how memories are made...and forgotten.
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 ...
The strange, subjective nature of time -- from a sped-up spin through childhood, to a really, really slowed-down Beethoven symphony.