HOW WE REMEMBER
As soon as you, or someone you love, has that first "senior
moment" you start to worry. Is this the beginning of the slippery
slope of Alzheimer's Disease? Relax! There's something you can do. In
this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, the front lines of memory research.
The good news is that most of us won't live long enough to get Alzheimer's.
And the rest of of us can prevent it by raising our heart rates. It's
how memory works.
Sue Halpern spent five years subjecting herself
to every memory test and brain imaging technique she could find. She
reports on all of it in her book "Can't Remember What I Forgot:
The Good News from the Front Lines of Memory Research." She tells
Anne Strainchamps to save her money. Nothing you can swallow will do
any good, but exercise works. Halpern is a scholar in residence at Middlebury
College in Vermont. Also, Jill Price has been working with Dr.
James McGaugh at the University of California at Irvine for several
years. Price has total recall of her life from the age of about 14.
They still don't know why, but hope to understand someday and use that
knowledge to help other people. Jill Price's memoir is called "The
Woman Who Can't Forget: The Extraordinary Story of Living with the Most
Remarkable Memory Known to Science." Bart Davis is her co-author.
Christopher Taylor is on the faculty of the
University of Wisconsin School of Music and concertizes around the world.
He talks with Jim Fleming about his recent series on concerts where
he performed all 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas, from memory. The conversation
is lavishly illustrated with excerpts from the concert recordings. They
specifically address how a performer approaches learning such a large
amount of music.
Historian Guy Beiner is interested in how folk
memory of events differs from the historical record. His most recent
book is called "Remembering the Year of the French: Irish Folk
History and Social Memory." He talks with Steve Paulson about how
the French invasion of Ireland in 1789 is still regarded as of earth-shattering
importance in some towns in Western Ireland.
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 08-07-06-B.
|Guy Beiner Remembering the
Year of the French: Irish Folk History and Social Memory (Wisconsin
|Sue Halpern Can't Remember
What I Forgot: The Good News from the Front Lines of Memory Research
|Jill Price The Woman Who Can't
Forget: A Memoir with Bart Davis (Free Press)
- excerpts from the following Beethoven Piano Sonataswere
played by Christopher Taylor:
Sonata #29 in Bb, op. 106
Sonata #8 in c minor, op. 13 Pathetique
Sonata #15 in D, op. 28 Pastorale
Sonata #20 in G, op. 49/2
Sonata #23 in f minor, op. 57 Appassionata
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