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Riding The Torus - Ep 68 - Book Report: "The River Of Consciousness" by Oliver Sacks

Blowout - Blowout Podcast Network

On Episode 68, Eric and Josh discuss "The River Of Consciousness" the last book published by the late naturalist and neurologist Oliver Sacks. Plus, a few thoughts on Afghanistan and... ae92bmqy

1hr 27mins

19 Aug 2021

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BONUS: The Real Life of Oliver Sacks

Tourette's Podcast

Bonus episode! If you're new to Tourette Syndrome, it's fair if you haven't heard the name Oliver Sacks before. But he's one of the most acclaimed figures in all of neuroscience -- arguably in all of medicine, and his humanization of disorders including Tourette had incalculable benefit. In May, Ben got to interview people closely involved with Sacks and the new documentary about his life, "Oliver Sacks: His Own Life." On this bonus episode we have film director Ric Burns; Oliver Sacks Foundation Executive Director and close friend to the late doctor Kate Edgar; photographer Lowell Handler, also a close longtime friend to Sacks; and Tourette Association of America President and CEO Amanda Talty. The panel discusses Sacks' contributions, but also the early difficulties he faced being taken seriously within his own profession, drug use, and his isolating experiences as a gay man. This talk was part of the Tourette Association of America's annual conference in May 2021.

1hr 4mins

8 Jun 2021

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Book Lounge - The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks with guest Dr Valentin Riedl

Book Insights Podcast

Today in the Book Lounge, Tom & Karin discuss the book The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat with special guest Dr Valentin Riedl. Each week Book Insights creator and author of The 50 Classics Series Tom Butler-Bowdon and Memo’d Program Manager Karin Richey invite you to join their fun and casual conversation about the book of the week. Hear what they love it about, what they don’t, how they rate it, and how it can advance your work and life. You’ll learn why it was selected to be part of the curated list of Book Insights, and what’s new with the book or the author currently. This week, Tom and Karin offer you insight on: *What Prosopagnosia (or face blindness) is and hear from film maker Valentin Riedl about his experience making a documentary film about a woman with this condition.  *The surprising ways that the human mind can make connections (or be unable to make connections) between what the eyes see and the deeper meaning those visuals have. *How we can all better empathize with one another when we have an understanding of how differently the brain is capable of working in various people, often in ways that are not obvious. Show Notes: https://valentinriedl.de/ https://www.facebook.com/vava.tin https://www.instagram.com/valentin__riedl/ https://twitter.com/vavatin Feature documentary LOST IN FACE: https://lostinface.film/en https://www.facebook.com/LostInFaceFilm https://www.instagram.com/lostinfacefilm/ Animated short film CARLOTTA'S FACE: https://carlottasface.de/en What is the difference between Book Insights episodes and Book Lounge episodes? Book Insights are formal, structured summary, analysis and exploration of a bestselling nonfiction book. Each episode is read by a professional voice actor and will introduce a new title selected specifically for its value to your work and life. Book Lounge episodes are casual discussions about the book, the author, and anything else that comes along through the course of conversation. It’s more of a broad chat about how the book relates to current, everyday life. Should I listen to both the Book Insight and the Book Lounge episode on the same book? Sure! Each episode works fine as a standalone piece, so no requirement to listen to both or to listen in any particular order, but we definitely recommend (and think you’ll enjoy!) both. Think of it like reading a book and liking it so much you want to chat about it on the porch with a friend. That is the vibe at the Book Lounge. Like what you hear? Be sure to like & subscribe to support this podcast! Also leave a comment and let us know your thoughts on the episode. You can also get a free weekly email about the Book Insight of the week. Subscribe at memod.com/insights Audio Producer: Daniel Gonzalez Hosts: Tom Butler-Bowdon & Karin Richey


24 Feb 2021

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The Marvels of the Mind: Book Insights on The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks

Book Insights Podcast

* In this collection of remarkable case studies, physician and neurology professor Oliver Sacks introduces us to the bewildering world of the brain and its disorders.  * From patients afflicted with frenzied tics, and those who can no longer recognize familiar faces and objects, to others who have lost great swathes of their memories, Sacks permits the reader a greater understanding of the often bizarre world of the neurologically impaired.  * He describes with great compassion and humanity the nuances of each case, and the steps he could sometimes take to address the wildly varying conditions.  * The emotions and personality of the patient, rather than the abstract symptoms, he argues, must be central to any treatment – it is essential to never lose sight of the individual, the ‘I’ tragically obscured by neurological disease. Theme 1: The Case of Dr P - 0:29 Theme 2: The Case of Witty Ticcy Ray - 9:28 Theme 3: The Case of Natasha - 19:34 Like what you hear? Be sure to like & subscribe to support this podcast! Also leave a comment and let us know your thoughts on the episode. You can also get a free weekly email about the Book Insight of the week. Subscribe at memod.com/insights THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO BOOK INSIGHTS. READY FOR MORE LEARNING? Get unlimited access to our entire collection of Book Insights on over 100 nonfiction bestsellers with a subscription at http://memod.com/insights Please keep in mind that the information provided in or through our Book Insights episodes is for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for advice given by qualified professionals, and should not be relied upon to disregard or delay seeking professional advice. Full Title: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat Year of Publication: 1985 Book Author: Oliver Sacks To purchase the complete edition of this book click here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005745MYI/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_7GZT9632S21RN0AXTBGG Book Insight Writer: Philip Jaekl Editor: Tom Butler-Bowdon Producer: Daniel Gonzalez Production Manager: Karin Richey Curator: Tom Butler-Bowdon Narrator: Tom Evans


24 Feb 2021

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Book club – Uncle Tungsten by Oliver Sacks

Chemistry World Book Club

This month we’re celebrating 20 years of a popular science classic: Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood by Oliver Sacks. In his memoir, Sacks – who later became a famous neurologist – recounts how he discovered his love for science growing up in the 1930 and 40s. We’ll try to find out whether this book is worth reading (or re-reading), chat to the chemist whose own childhood was influenced by Sacks’ work and talk to Laura Snyder, the historian of science writing Sacks’ biography.


13 Jan 2021

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A documentary film about the awesome 'Oliver Sacks'

88Nine: Cinebuds

Justin and Kristopher discuss the documentary film of the very smart but hunky, Oliver Sacks. The doc is also playing during this year's virtual MKE Film Festival starting Oct 15, 2020 and runs through Oct 29th, 2020. https://mkefilm.org/festival


14 Oct 2020

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Indigenous Fire Management, Oliver Sacks Film. September 25, 2020, Part 1

Science Friday

Down a long, single-lane road in the most northern part of California is Karuk territory—one of the largest Indigenous tribes in the state. It’s here that Bill Tripp’s great-grandmother, who was born in the 1800s, taught him starting as a 4-year-old how to burn land on purpose. “She took me outside—she was over 100 years old—and walked up the hill with her walker,” Tripp recalled, “and handed me a box of stick matches and told me to burn a line from this point to that point.” Those cultural burns—or prescribed burns, as they’re often called now by fire agencies—are a form of keeping wildfire in check, a practice the state and federal agencies do use, but experts say isn’t leaned on enough as a fire prevention tactic. Climate change is a driving factor of California wildfires, but so is a build-up of excess fuels. That’s often attributed to a century of fire suppression dating back to the era of the Great Fire of 1910. But what experts say is often missing from this conversation is the racist removal of Native American people from California. Along with their physical beings, the knowledge of taking care of the land was also removed resulting in overgrown forests, experts say. Read the rest of this story at ScienceFriday.com. Plus, the neurologist Oliver Sacks died just over five years ago after a sudden diagnosis of metastatic cancer. Over his long career, Sacks explored mysteries of both human mental abnormalities and the natural world. Endlessly empathetic and curious, Sacks shared his clinical observations through a series of books and articles, and appeared on Science Friday many times to discuss his work. A new film released this week describes Sacks’ life through his own words and reflections from those close to him—including the story behind the book ‘Awakenings,’ which later became a major motion picture and propelled Sacks into worldwide prominence. It also details his difficult childhood, his addiction to amphetamines in young adulthood, and his homosexuality, including three decades of celibacy before he found love in the last four years of his life. Ric Burns, director of the film Oliver Sacks: His Own Life, joins Ira to talk about the life and legacy of Oliver Sacks. The film premieres nationwide this week on the Kino Marquee and Film Forum virtual platforms.


25 Sep 2020

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The Neuro-Adventures of Oliver Sacks

Open Source with Christopher Lydon

This week, we’re replaying the conversation with Lawrence Weschler about his friend Oliver Sacks (it first aired on October 10, 2019). Oliver Sacks was the beloved doctor of strong souls in afflicted bodies. He was a neurologist with an eye for the invisible, the medical detective who found himself addicted to his patients in the back wards and to writing about them. Most famous of all was The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, a classic Sacks title. And now, four year after his death, we have a Sacks saga just as compelling, in what amounts to clinical notes on the man himself. It is Lawrence Weschler’s record of a 30-year friendship that was supposed to produce a giant New Yorker profile but didn’t—a story within the story. Instead we have a portrait of a singular soul’s attachment to science, and music, and being human. For more than 30 years, Lawrence Weschler of the New Yorker magazine had been filing conversational sketches of his friend Sacks—toward a giant profile. The project ground to a halt when Sacks insisted that his homosexuality was off limits. But after Sacks had told all his own secrets, the doctor insisted that Weschler finally publish his version. Lawrence (known as Ren) Weschler’s title is And How Are You, Dr. Sacks? At the foundation of the book and our conversation is Weschler’s eye on Oliver Sacks in his medical rounds, year after year, back to the early eighties when his first literary masterpiece emerged.


3 Sep 2020

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Remembering Oliver Sacks

City Arts & Lectures

The pioneering writer and neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks, who died in 2015, was beloved for his compassion and creativity. Sacks was deeply invested in the lives and well-being of his patients – people with neurological conditions that included Tourette’s, hallucinations, and autism.  He was a phenomenal storyteller, whose many case studies – he called them ‘neurological novels’ – include “The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat” and “Awakenings”.  On April 17, 2020, author Steve Silberman hosted a conversation with Sacks’ longtime collaborator Kate Edgar, and Temple Grandin, one of the world’s best-known autistic adults.  Their memories of Sacks are interspersed with clips from a new documentary about his life and work, “Oliver Sacks: His Own Life”.  

1hr 2mins

26 Apr 2020

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Bill Hayes: remembering Oliver Sacks


Bill Hayes is a NYC author and photographer. He was the partner of Oliver Sacks until his 2015 death. Bill shares his 1st hand observations of Sacks' prosopagnosia, and efforts to preserve his legacy. https://faceblindpodcast.com/bill-hayes-oliver-sacks/


7 Jan 2020