Language in the brain, End of life care

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A communications professor explains how languages work in our brains. Then, a reporter shares her work looking into how end of life care varies — and when it’s too aggressive.

Featured in this Show

  • How languages of all sorts unlock our brain's potential

    Even if you haven’t learned a second traditional language, you are probably still fluent in more than one type of communication. We talk with a language expert about how math, poetry, and other ways of thinking unleash the brain in the same way as learning a language in school.

  • How end of life medical care can be overly aggressive

    We talk with a reporter who covered a study that looked at elderly people with cancer, and compared levels of medical care they received in the last 30 days of their lives.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Viorica Marian Guest
  • Paula Span Guest
  • Tim Peterson Producer

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