Awakening the Mind: A Celebration of the Life and Work of Oliver Sacks

Awakening the Mind is a tribute to the remarkable life and work of Dr. Oliver Sacks. A physician, best-selling author, professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine, and regular contributor to the World Science Festival, The New York Times called him “a poet laureate of contemporary medicine” and “one of the great clinical writers of the twentieth century.”

With stories from friends, colleagues, patients, admirers, and Dr. Sacks himself, this multi-media memory piece of music, image, and language brings to life this extraordinary man who had an incalculable impact on the worlds of medicine and storytelling.

Produced in partnership with the Oliver Sacks Foundation.

Original Program Date: June 1, 2016
PARTICIPANTS: Timo Andres, Michael Brown, Aletta Collins, Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf, Conor Doyle, Christine Ebersole, John Hockenberry, Eric Jordan, Tobias Picker, Concetta Tomaino
CREATIVE TEAM: 59 Productions, John Plummer

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Introduction 00:05

Robert Krulwich reflects 3:49

Robert Klitzman reflects 6:32

Brian Greene discusses first meeting Oliver Sacks 8:26

Oliver Sacks on time 13:22

Jay Neugeboren reflects 16:07

Dr. Mark Homonoff 19:06

John Hockenberry reflects 21:10

Isabelle Rapin talks about “Awakenings” 28:50

Tobias Picker reflects 31:22

Performance by Conor Doyle 35:12

Oliver Sacks talks about Leonard Lowe 39:47

Daniel Frank reflects 40:52

The Fastest Horse 42:12

Maria Popova reflects 45:21

Steve Soberman reflects 47:08

Temple Grandin reflects 48:39

Concetta Tomaino reflects 51:08

Performance by Eric Jordan 57:56

Fay Wright reflects 1:02:30

Performance by Christine Ebersole 1:04:53

Slava Santoriello reflects 1:11:17

Ian sample reflects 1:13:30

Oliver Sacks on why science is important 1:14:21

Performance by Timo Andres 1:19:08

Admiring Oliver’s accomplishments 1:22:43

Performance by Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf 1:30:14

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