Media Center: Podcasts







  • Animal Research: A Discussion of Ethics
    NPR Talk of the Nation (broadcast February 29, 2008)
    One of the most contentious topics in medical research is the issue of experimentation on animals.
  • Harvesting Energy from Humans in Motion
    NPR Talk of the Nation (broadcast February 8, 2008)
    Researchers have built a device resembling a knee brace that can generate usable amounts of electrical energy as a person walks.
  • 'Rolling' Shot with Wheelchair-Mounted Cameras
    NPR Talk of the Nation (broadcast January 10, 2008)
    Physician and filmmaker Gretchen Berland gave video cameras to three Los Angeles residents in wheelchairs and asked them to document their everyday lives. The result is Rolling, a frank and witty documentary that sheds light on the daily challenges of living with limited mobility.


  • Injured NFL Player Kevin Everett Walks Again
    NPR Talk of the Nation (broadcast December 18, 2007)
    Tim Layden, senior sports writer for Sports Illustrated and author of the article, "The Road Back," talks about Everett's recovery.
  • Author Explains Mysteries of Music and the Mind
    NPR Talk of the Nation (broadcast November 9, 2007)
    Why can music sometimes remain in the brain long after other memories fade? Why is it that some people with limited language abilities can sing unimpaired? Neurologist Oliver Sacks talks about his latest book, Musicophilia, and the way music affects the brain.
  • Can Exercises Help Us Hold On to Our Memories?
    NPR Talk of the Nation (September 3, 2007)
    Doctors tell us to exercise our bodies, but what about our brains?
  • Sudden Paralysis and 'The Best Seat in the House'
    NPR Talk of the Nation (broadcast February 28, 2007)
    In 1996, Allen Rucker had no real complaints: happily married, two kids, a house in West Los Angeles. At the age of 51, his career as a television writer was looking up.
  • Can Thoughts and Action Change Our Brains?
    NPR Talk of the Nation (broadcast February 2, 2007)
    For years, scientists believed the brain's structure couldn't be changed. The new science of neuroplasticity says that's not the case, and argue the brain is much more flexible than previously thought. Science writer Sharon Begley talks about her new book, Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain.
  • A Look at an Autistic Savant's Brilliant Mind
    NPR Talk of the Nation (broadcast January 15, 2007)
    Author Daniel Tammet talks about his new book Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant, and his amazing facility with numbers.


  • The Emerging Mind - Reith Lectures 2003
    BBC – Radio 4
    This year's Reith lecturer is the noted neuroscientist Vilayanur S. Ramachandran, Director of the Centre for Brain and Cognition at the University of California (San Diego).