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!
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.
He explains the idea of “Cradle to Cradle”, and how humans can become tools of the natural world once more. He explores the difference between a consumer and a customer, explains what is meant by accruing a “materials bank”, and proposes how we can turn sewage treatment plants into nutrient management plants. He is an anticipatory design architect. But more than that he is a philosopher for the 21st century, and is asking some of the most critical questions we should be thinking about in these challenging times.
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.
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"
On May 3, 1999, a band of vicious tornadoes slashed through the heart of Oklahoma. It was one of the most powerful storms to ever strike "Tornado Alley". At least 38 people died, and thousands more were left homeless.
One of the memorable events from this storm was how a 10-month old infant was snatched out of her mother's arms.
It's a strange afternoon at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado. The parents of two-year-old Samantha are looking at puzzling X-rays astonished at what they see. The doctors have found what is believed to be a coin lodged in the toddler's throat. Saving Samantha's life will require airlifting her to another hospital in Denver. Unfortunately, on this evening a major upper-level storm system is moving in from the west, and the plane then becomes immersed in the oncoming blizzard.
Sunday, October 10, 2004. It is the 10th and final day of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Bill Chapel, 69, pilots the "Smokey the Bear" balloon, a favorite in the fiesta for the past 11 years. His passengers are Aaron Whitacre, 10, and Troy Wells, 14. Suddenly, a shift in winds causes the balloon to crash into a 670-foot radio tower. The balloon is hopelessly entangled on top of the tower.
March 1999: 40 workers at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Research Station brace for "winter", when temperatures can reach 100 degrees below zero for eight and a half months. At 70 below zero, no aircraft can take off or land, because jet fuel turns to gelatin. Dr. Jerri Nielsen has been at the South Pole for four months running the medical facility, but has treated no emergencies or serious medical conditions, until her own. Dr. Nelson is diagnosed with cancer.
"Arctic Rescue of a Doctor with Cancer"
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.
Van Wert, Ohio, November 10, 2002. Ron and Melissa Mengerink spend the day tidying up their home. As Ron vacuums, he's unaware that tornadoes are grinding closer and closer to their area. The tornadoes begin to die off and appear to no longer be a factor, until the third tornado spawns a fourth. The fourth is a monstrous F-4 and heads straight for them.
Brad and Janine Stickleman may have the best tornado warning system in all of Nebraska. When their dog, Champ, headed straight for the basement on May 17, 2000, they knew that the eerie skies were holding a lot more than they ever imagined. It started with baseball-sized hail and ended with a mound of destruction caused by an F-3 tornado. Just before the storm hit, Champ took off up the basement stairs. The twister destroyed the Stickleman's home, but their biggest concern was Champ.
"Better Than Others of this Ilk"
High-school senior Zac Andereck was enjoying his school prom when an F-4 tornado struck his hometown of Hoisington, Kansas. As he and his classmates ran for cover, Zac's parents placed a desperate call to his cell phone. They were trapped in their destroyed house. Zac raced home and began frantically digging through the rubble of his home to rescue his parents.
"Strong Family Bonds during a Hurricane"
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.
Audio Journeys exploration of The Cornell Lab, one of the largest nature research and conservation organizations in the world, continues behind the scenes with researchers and biologists.
"good for bird watchers"
After an F4 tornado strikes Hallam, Nebraska, a total of 55 dogs, nine cats, and an iguana all make it back to their owners through the extraordinary efforts of Lincoln Animal Control and the Humane Society.
"Bummer for the Cats..."
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.
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.
January 2005: Southern California is experiencing the second wettest season on record, and torrential rains cause several landslides. Three months later, Californians are beginning to think the danger has passed. But in Laguna Beach, a community set against a steep hillside, water from heavy rains has seeped into the slopes, causing them to become unstable.
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"