Hear neurologist Oliver Sacks and rock critic Ken Tucker on this edition of Fresh Air.
Oliver Sacks' new book is Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain. It's a series of case histories that examine the relationship of music and the mind. Sacks has written 11 books; the most famous are Awakenings, which was made into a film starring Robert DeNiro and Robin Williams, and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. Sacks is a clinical professor of neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and adjunct professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work on Tourette's Syndrome and has received many other accolades and honorary degrees. There's more information at oliversacks.com.
Then, Ken Tucker reviews Widow City, the new album by the brother-and-sister team the Fiery Furnaces. [Broadcast Date: October 17, 2007]