mind-blowing : radio lab episode, "a 4-track mind"
If you've run into me in the last few days, I've probably mentioned this podcast. It's an incredible work of editing, sound and reporting -- but an even more incredible story about a gentleman named Bob Milne (a national treasure according to the Library of Congress), captured by WNYC's Radiolab. Twenty minutes and so well worth it! Here's the blurb from the Radiolab site:
Reporter Jessica Benko went to Michigan to visit Bob Milne, one of the best ragtime piano players in the world, and a preternaturally talented musician. Usually, Bob sticks to playing piano for small groups of ragtime enthusiasts, but he recently caught the attention of Penn State neuroscientist Kerstin Betterman, who had heard that Bob had a rare talent: He can play technically challenging pieces of music on demand while carrying on a conversation and cracking jokes. According to Kerstin, our brains just aren't wired for that. So she decided to investigate Bob's brain, and along the way she discovered that Bob has an even more amazing ability ... one that we could hardly believe and science can't explain.
If the link for streaming above doesn't work, listen here: http://www.radiolab.org/blogs/radiolab-blog/2011/jul/26/4-track-mind/