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John O'Keefe

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Hour 1: John O'Keefe of Yamaha Rightwaters on the Problems of Plastics

Outdoor Line

Tom, Rob and Joey look at some of the exciting October Hunting Opportunities, and they look at the biggest threat to the fishing industry; Plastics in our waters with John O'Keefe of Yamaha's Rightwater Initiative. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

42mins

3 Oct 2020

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As Long As You Wish by John O'Keefe

19 Nocturne Boulevard

Why an outhouse?  It's kind of in there.

15mins

29 Jan 2019

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WPP Creative Director John O'Keefe - Creativity and its Definition

Madison & Culture

A talk with John O’Keeffe, WPP’s Creative Director, on all facets of creativity: What defines it? Are you born with it or do you train it? How to achieve, maintain and expand a culture across the business, why its most differentiating factor is still the people, favorite commercial of all time and advice on when you hit a wall — (go for a walk) …

37mins

27 Jun 2017

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Smalltalk Reflections #013: Interview with John O'Keefe from Instantiations

Smalltalk Reflections

David and Craig talk to John O'Keefe from Instantiations about VA Smalltalk.https://s3.amazonaws.com/smalltalkreflections/SmalltalkReflections_013.mp3Links to items mentioned this episode:Instantiations

19 May 2015

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John O'Keefe

Discovery

John O'Keefe tells Jim al-Khalili how winning the Nobel Prize was a bit of a double-edged sword, especially as he liked his life in the lab, before being made famous by the award. John won the prize for his once radical insight into how we know where we are. When he first described the idea of ‘place cells’ in the brain back in 1971, many scoffed. Today it is accepted scientific wisdom that our spatial ability depends on these highly specialised brain cells. A keen basketball player,John says, he has put this principle to the test by trying to shoot hoops with his eyes closed. But this belies the years of painstaking experiments on rats that John performed to prove that a rat’s ability to know where it is depends not only on its sense of smell, but also on a cognitive map, or internal GPS, inside the rat's brain. He describes how he listened in on the unique firing patterns of individual rat brain cells using the tiniest electrodes. “You almost imagine they are singing to you”, he says, as he imitates the different sounds made by individual neurons. And, he says, he misses them when they fall silent. It is important to John, and for his results, that his rats are happy and John welcomes the strong controls over animal experiments in the UK. Computer models are useful but, he says, they could never replace the need for experiments on animals, in the work that he does. And,while it need not necessarily have been the case, experiments on rats' brains have provided valuable insight into the workings of the human brain. John's research was entirely curiosity-driven but it could provide vital clues to understanding dementia and is already being used to develop a test for the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s.(Photo: John O'Keefe, BBC copryight)

26mins

30 Mar 2015

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John O'Keefe on memory

The Life Scientific

John O'Keefe tells Jim Al-Khalili how winning the Nobel Prize was a bit of a double-edged sword, especially as he liked his life in the lab, before being made famous by the award. John won the prize for his once radical insight into how we know where we are. When he first described the idea of 'place cells' in the brain back in 1971, many scoffed. Today it's accepted scientific wisdom that our spatial ability depends on these highly specialized brain cells. A keen basketball player,John says, he has put this principle to the test by trying to shoot hoops with his eyes closed. But this belies the years of painstaking experiments on rats that John performed to prove that a rat's ability to know where it is depends not only on its sense of smell, but also on a cognitive map, or internal GPS, inside the rat's brain. He describes how he listened in on the unique firing patterns of individual rat brain cells using the tiniest electrodes: "You almost imagine they are singing to you", he says, as he imitates the different sounds made by individual neurons. And, he says, he misses them when they fall silent. It's important to John, and for his results, that his rats are happy and John welcomes the strong controls over animal experiments in the UK. Computer models are useful but, he says, they could never replace the need for experiments on animals, in the work that he does. And,while it need not necessarily have been the case, experiments on rats' brains have provided valuable insight into the workings of the human brain. John's research was entirely curiosity-driven but it could provide vital clues to understanding dementia and is already being used to develop a test for the earliest stages of Alzheimer's. Producer: Anna Buckley.

27mins

10 Mar 2015

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John O'Keefe: Theater

Spark

In the episode "World Premieres," Spark talks to John O'Keefe, a San Francisco playwright who's been on the scene for decades. From the first draft to final rehearsals, from his home in the artist community Project Artaud to the stage at Cinnabar Theater, watch the development of his new play, "Queer Theory," set to make its world premiere in Petaluma.

9mins

7 Apr 2014

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Go from First Draft to Final Rehearsals with John O'Keefe

KQED: Spark Art Video Podcast

Spark talks to John O'Keefe, a San Francisco playwright who's been on the scene for decades. Original air date: June 2004.

19 Apr 2012

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John O'Keefe Parts 1 & 2

San Francisco Theatre Scene (TM)

John O'Keefe, playwright, director and solo performer, is one the originators of The Blake Street Hawkeyes in Berkeley, California. He was one of the leaders of experimental theatre in the Bay Area in the early 1970's and has continued leading ever since. He recently performed Walt Whitman's Song of Myself first at the Public Theatre in NYC and during the summer of 2007 at The Marsh in San Francisco where he will continue performing it in September 2007. In the first part of the interview, O'keefe talks about his origins in theatre at The Iowa Theatre Lab. He references music innovators such as John Cage, Luciano Berio and Karlhainz Shtockhausen as well as theatre innovator Jerzy Grotowski, a Polish theatre director and major innovator of 20th century theatre.Part 1 - Growing Up in the MidWest (4:51)Part 1 - Very Close to CD-Quality MPEG-4 (Broadband) (6.7M)Part 1 - High Quality MPEG-4 (ISDN) (3.4M)Part 1 - Highest Quality MPEG-4 available for Dial_up (1.7M)In the second part of the interview, O'Keefe continues his work as a Blake Street Hawkeye. Also mentioned is The Magic Theatre of San Francisco, David Schein and Bob Ernst who were other originator members of The Blake Street Hawkeyes and George Coates who started Performance Works.Part 2 - Coming to California (7:49)Part 2 - Very Close to CD-Quality MPEG-4 (Broadband) (10.9M)Part 2 - High Quality MPEG-4 (ISDN) (5.5M)Part 2 - Highest Quality MPEG-4 available for Dial_up (2.8M)

11 Aug 2007