Every person on earth is unique and special, but some
people maybe one in a hundred are autistic. In this hour
of To the Best of Our Knowledge we get to know a few autistic people
with Asperger's Syndrome. We'll hear what it's like to try to live in
the world when you have visionary technical abilities but also the social
skills of a rock. Also, Oliver Sacks will tell us about the human brain
Gottlieb has a younger brother with Asperger's Syndrome, a form
of autism. She made a film, "Today's Man," about his abortive
efforts to get a job and move out of his parents' brownstone in New
York. Both Lizzie and Nicky Gottlieb talk with Steve Paulson
about the film and the problems of adult Aspergians. And we hear a clip
from the film, which has aired on the PBS series, Independent Lens.
Also, John Elder Robison, whose younger brother is the writer
Augusten Burroughs, did not get his diagnosis of Asperger's until he
was in his 40s. He tells Anne Strainchamps how he manages to function
in society, and what he remembers from the household chronicled in his
brother's book, "Running with Scissors." John Elder Robison's
memoir is called "Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's."
Dully was twelve when he underwent a trans-orbital lobotomy. He
tells his story in a book called "My Lobotomy: A Memoir,"
which he has written with Charles Fleming. He talks with Jim Fleming
about why he had the operation and how he has come to terms with it
in the years since. We also hear excerpts from the 1995 Sound Portraits
documentary heard on NPR.
talks with Steve Paulson about some of the case studies in his latest
book: "Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain." He concludes
that despite how much we learn, we may never understand how the brain
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Howard Dully, My Lobotomy (Crown)
John Elder Robison, look me in the eye: my life with
Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
Todays Man as seen on PBS Independent
- Gottliebs: Music taken from the film Todays
- Robison: Shock Me (2 versions) performed
- Dully: Auburn Moon performed by John
Danley from Amber Dispositions. Contact www.johndanley.com.
- Sacks: Mozart: Violin Sonata in F Major, K. 377 performed
by Mark Steinberg, violin and Mitsuko Uchida, piano; Philips B0004115-02
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