Gray Matters. [2000-12-19], Surgery and the Brain

Broadcast: December 19, 2000


Gray Matters. [2000-12-19], Surgery and the Brain
"Is memory loss inevitable as we get older? Do addictive substances actually cause changes in the structure of our brain? Does the study of music at an early age actually make children smarter? Questions such as these are among the many important and intriguing issues discussed in GRAY MATTERS. Since its debut in May 1994, the series has combined lively case histories, interviews with neuroscientists and health care professionals, and commentary by well known hosts such as Robert MacNeil, Mandy Patinkin, Judy Woodruff, Pat Summerall, Natalie Portman and Frank Gifford. Garrick Utley introduces the show. Each episode deals with topics of strong interest to a broad range of radio listeners. For example, CBS News Correspondent Mike Wallace brought the benefit of his own first-hand experience with depression to his role as host of 'Depression and the Brain.' And [Academy Award winner] Patricia Neal hosts 'Aging and the Brain' where she speaks of her own dramatic recovery from a paralyzing series of strokes in 1965, which attracted public notice to the disorder -- and is now a major focus of neuroscientific research. GRAY MATTERS is a 13-part series produced in association with the Charles A. Dana Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic organization with particular interest in the neurosciences and education. The series was carried in 2000 by over 150 stations via Public Radio International. GRAY MATTERS is unsurpassed as a radio science/documentary series generating over 20,000 calls from listeners for transcripts, tapes and additional information."--2000 Peabody Awards entry form.

This is the "Surgery and the Brain" episode.It includes interviews with: Dr. Steven Ondra, Brain Surgeon, Northwestern Memorial Hospital; Dr. Jeff Schweitzer, Brain Surgeon, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago; Dr. Jam Ghajar, Neurosurgeon, President of the Brain Trauma Foundation, New York; Dr. Ronald McKay, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke; Dr. William Winslade, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Texas; Dr. Benjamin Carson, Head of Department of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University Hospital; Dr. Carol James, Physician's Assistant, Department of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University Hospital; Richard Glazier, Pianist, Gershwin scholar; Dr. Don Long, Neurosurgeon in Chief, Johns Hopkins University Hospital; Dr. Peter Black, Neurosurgeon in Chief, Brigham Hospital, Women's and Children's Hospital, Boston; Dr. Allen Friedman, Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurosurgeon in Chief, Duke University

Corporate Producers: MBK Productions | The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives; Broadcaster: Public Radio International

Persons Appearing: Garrick Utley (Host)

Broadcast Date: December 19, 2000