BEFRIENDING YOUR BRAIN
Who's calling your shots? Who's
in charge of your thinking, your perceptions? Maybe it's simple. Your
mind is the boss, then your brain runs your body. Everything's fine. Until
it's not and you find yourself confronting depression or autism or a head
injury that leaves you with brain damage. Suddenly you have to make friends
again with a brain you barely know. In this hour of To the Best of
Our Knowledge, we'll meet some people who've had to befriend a troubled
brain - their own or a loved one's. Writers, musicians, and plain old
Marti Leimbach is an autism
activist and successful novelist. Her new book is "Daniel Isn't
Talking." She tells Jim Fleming the book's based on her own experiences
trying to get help for her autistic son. We also hear clips from popular
movies with positive portrayals of autism including "Rain Man"
and "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" Also, Kamran Nazeer
has autism and wrote "Send in the Idiots: Stories from the Other
Side of Autism." He tells Anne Strainchamps about his own autism
and about some of the other autistic children he went to school with
and what happened to them.
Dave King is the author of
"The Ha-Ha." It's about a Vietnam Vet with brain damage who
has to take care of his girlfriend's son. King tells Jim Fleming that
his interest in the communication difficulties of the handicapped was
prompted by his autistic brother. And King reads a few sections from
his novel. Also, Claude Coleman was the drummer for cult rock
group WEEN when he was involved in a car crash that left him with multiple
broken bones, paralyzed on his left side, and brain- damaged. Coleman
tells Steve Paulson that learning to make music again has been part
of his therapy. He sings and plays guitar for Amandla, his solo project
and is just finishing the second Amandla album, "The Full Catasrophe."
And we hear some of the music.
John Sedgwick was born into
the historic and prominent Boston Sedgwick family. He seems to have
inherited the family tendency toward mental instability. He tells Jim
Fleming that he was felled by clinical depression shortly after his
first book came out and that only Prozac made life worth living again.
Sedgwick's second novel is called "The Education of Mrs. Bemis."
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 06-06-11-B.
- Kamran Nazeer, Send in
the Idiots: Stories from the Other Side of Autism (Bloomsbury)
- Dave King, The Ha-Ha
- John Sedgwick, The Education
of Mrs. Bemis (Harper Collins)
- Marti Leimbach, Daniel
Isn't Talking (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday)
- All music for this show is by Amandla
and comes from their first album, Falling Alone. Sounds
of Black Sheep, 337A Rt.31n Hopewell, NJ
Respectable is from their forthcoming second album, The
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