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Tube talk: Nova – “Musical Minds”

Tube talk: Nova – “Musical Minds”

TV & Radio
Quite by chance, I caught Dr. Oliver Sacks' appearance on The Daily Show a few days ago, where he was promoting an episode of PBS's venerable science magazine Nova called "Musical Minds".  Dr. Sacks is a British neurologist whose book Awakenings was the basis for the excellent movie with Robin Williams and Robert DeNiro.  "Musical Minds", based on his 2007 work Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, boasted no such celebrities but was pretty interesting nonetheless. The bulk of the special was dedicated to profiling four people who have very deep but very different connections to music.  Two of them (Derek Paravicini from England and Matt Giordano from upstate New York) have a high degree of innate musical ability that allows them each to seemingly overcome a significant neurologic