Michael Gelb explains what neuroplasticity means, and provides some low cost ways (including optimism!) to improve our brain power and resilience, and possibly prevent Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. He describes the benefits of challenging the brain to do something new, and other brain-enhancing activities, including meditation, wine in moderation, and naps!
All six volumes of The Essential Letters from America, brought together for the first time in this definitive chronological collection of Alistair Cooke's finest broadcasts. Alistair Cooke was the doyen of foreign correspondents and a radio legend, entertaining millions of listeners for over 50 years in his weekly Letter from America. It was the longest-running show in radio history, and every show was a virtuoso performance.
Transhumanism is a global intellectual movement supporting the use of science and technology in order to improve human health, well-being, and mental capacities. Many in the Transhumanism movement believe that disability, disease, and even aging are all aspects of the human condition that we shall be able to overcome in the future. Using the very latest technologies, including biotechnology, advocates claim that every ailment and frailty will one day be a thing of the past.
"the worst crap ever"
This major new Radio 4 series charts the development of Western medicine and healing, from the ancient Greeks to the pioneering organ transplant operations of the 20th century and beyond.
"Stellar history of *Western* medicine"
The vibrant city of Chicago is known as the "windy city", and for good reason: the strong breezes that come off Lake Michigan are part of daily life. The city also has a long history of tornados. In 1967 one with 200 mph winds cut 16 miles through the neighboring community of Oak Lawn and all the way into Lake Michigan. If a tornado smashed into Chicago today, and if the rarest and most destructive type of tornado known as an "F-5" hit the city, the destruction would be horrific.
San Francisco: a beloved city famous for its cable cars, its Chinatown, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Seven hundred and fifty thousand people live here, drawn to its quality of life. But it's a dream life that could turn into a nightmare at any moment. There's a 62-percent chance the San Francisco Bay Area will be hit by a devastating earthquake sometime in the next 30 years.
"San Francisco Earthquake"
Listen in as Susan Powter, Cal Ripken Jr., Lou Dobbs, Ralph Nader, Dale Chihuly, Charmian Carr, Deepak Chopra, Mablean Ephriam, Michio Kaku, and John Zogby talk to Tara about the subjects of their books, work, memoirs, and adventures.
In this issue: "Good Habits, Bad Habits": Researchers are pinpointing the brain circuits that can help us form good habits and break bad ones. "Germ Catcher": Machines are being developed for hospitals that can quickly identify virtually any bacterium, virus or fungus. "Summon the Rain": Governments and farmers worldwide spend millions every year trying to control the weather. New science suggests they might be on to something. "Seeds of a Cure": Researchers are running clinical trials with traditional herbal medicines—and generating promising leads.
In this interview, Kara Kroeger describes how she traveled to Central America in her late teens, and discovered her life’s passion of herbs, food, and nutrition. As she learned from Central American healers who treated both the psycho-spiritual body and physical body, she became aware of why more people are experiencing food allergies and sensitivities. Kara shares specific information with us, including: what are nutrient-rich foods, how to test for food allergies, the upside and downside of eating meat in our diets, and what gluten is.
With pristine beaches and the seductive surf, Hawaii is as close to paradise as America gets. Almost one and a half million people live in Hawaii, and every year, millions of tourists visit the state. The tourists come to enjoy the hundreds of miles of Hawaiian coastline, pristine beaches, and beautiful clear water. But this water is also a curse. Because it could one day bring unthinkable destruction to these shores in the form of a deadly tsunami.
Are there universal human ethics? Mark Matousek discusses his research on the subject of ethical wisdom through interviews with social scientists, spiritual leaders, ex-cons, altruists and philosophers. He describes the five innate moral and ethical categories he finds to be hardwired into humans, and how our emotional impulses effect our ethical behavior.
Sunday, June 23, 2002: In Barnard, South Dakota, storm chaser Roger Hill amazingly videotapes several tornadoes, one of which gets a little too close for comfort. New homeowners Troy and Karla Engelhart are faced with a terrifying ordeal: an F-4 tornado heading straight for their brand-new house.
Foot reflexology is a natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet which correspond to every muscle, gland and organ of the body. Through the application of pressure on these reflexes Reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation and helps promote the natural function of the related areas of the body. Reflexology is currently one of the most used alternative therapies in many European countries and is a basic tenet of Chinese medicine that has been used for thousands of years; it is effective and easy to learn.
"The First Starlight": The first stars ended the dark ages of the universe. "Rise of the Human Predator": Surprising new insights into how our ancestors became skilled hunters. "Journey to Bottom of the Sea": High-tech submersibles are poised to explore the ocean’s deepest trenches in an effort to tackle long-standing questions about exotic creatures, the source of tsunamis and the origins of life on earth. "The Genetic Geography of the Brain": The first detailed maps of what our genes are doing inside our brains challenge a long-held theory of how our gray matter works.
Published to tie-in with the new series of In Our Time on BBC Radio 4, Melvyn Bragg guides us through the most dramatic moments in our history. Melvyn Bragg's In Our Time series regularly entertains and fascinates substantial audiences on Radio 4. He orchestrates the ideas of leading academics in each field, and leads a dynamic and lively discussion.
Over 150 years ago, a vibrant city was founded on the West Coast. Today, it's a thriving metropolis known for its quality of life. But deep below the picturesque scenery, there is a geological feature that could threaten the entire population - an earthquake fault that runs along the entire city. This is not Los Angeles. This is not San Francisco. This is Seattle - and it could be devastated at any moment.
Behind closed doors scientists and corporations have breached genetic codes that separate the individuality of all animal and plant species on earth. Laboratories around the world are honing their skills while our humanity and dignity as a species is on the operating table like a universal Frankenstein, subject to a wholesale psychic and physiological re-design under the guise of progress. We are at war for the mind of a generation and the soul of the human race. Billions of dollars are at stake.
Dr. Geoff Bunn presents a journey through 5,000 years of our understanding of the most complex thing in the known universe: the brain, in this major ten-part BBC Radio 4 series.Human beings have long been fascinated by the brain and how it fulfils its many functions. This groundbreaking cultural history explores the development of our ideas about the mind from Neolithic times to the present day.
"Educational and lively"
Three Mississippi State University students get in over their heads as they encounter an F-2 tornado on a storm chasing trip in Tornado Alley.
In June 2002, Richard Van Pham sets sail from Long Beach to Catalina. Along the way, he runs into a storm and is cast adrift. On September 17, 2002, some 200 miles off the coast of Costa Rica, the men on board the USS McClusky receive their first search and rescue mission. They arrive an hour later to find a 24-foot sailboat with a broken mast and hull, covered with birds. Be there as Van Pham's amazing story of survival unfolds.
"Lost at Sea for Four Months!"