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Alan Alda in Scientific American Frontiers Previous Broadcasts

Mysteries of the Deep (Episode #1305)

KQED World: Thu, Sep 27, 2012 -- 6:00 AM

Scientists relay the stories of famous submarines and their pioneering crews - from the ill-fated Confederate secret weapon, Hunley, which carried out the world's first successful submarine attack, to the deep-diving Alvin, which found the Titanic and discovered life in the deep ocean.

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  • KQED World: Thu, Sep 27, 2012 -- 9:00 AM

The Intimate Machine (Episode #1303)

KQED World: Thu, Sep 20, 2012 -- 6:00 AM

They're called personal computers, but human interactions with them are utterly impersonal, via keyboard and mouse. Alan Alda gets to communicate with computers that know who he is, where he is, what he' s doing and even how he's feeling. The ultimate such computer - actually a cute and cuddly robot - is being developed in a unique collaboration between Hollywood and MIT.

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  • KQED World: Thu, Sep 20, 2012 -- 9:00 AM

Make Up Your Mind (Episode #1302)

KQED Plus: Wed, Sep 19, 2012 -- 4:00 AM

SAF discovers the "you" inside your head - the part of your mind, sitting right behind your forehead, that decides what you do every waking second of the day. The program reconstructs a 150-year-old accident that caused a railroad worker named Phineas Gage to lose his sense of self; sees children's reasoning powers gradually come online; and scans Alan Alda's brain as he struggles to make decisions while feeling cheated.

Don't Forget (Episode #1402)

KQED Plus: Wed, Sep 19, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

Alan Alda investigates how people create memories - and how as they age, memories become slippery and elusive, sometimes vanishing forever. He visits two men who live entirely in the present or the distant past, unable to recall events that happened even a few minutes ago. Viewers peer inside Alda's own brain and find out what's at work as he memorizes names and faces. Alda discovers how ice water can boost memory (no, not drinking it) and how easy it is to have a false memory implanted. He also meets a volunteer in an experimental treatment for Alzheimer's disease, gets the latest on the search for an Alzheimer's vaccine and joins a group of baby boomers who are learning how to keep their brains young and their memories intact.

Make Up Your Mind (Episode #1302)

KQED Plus: Tue, Sep 18, 2012 -- 10:00 PM

SAF discovers the "you" inside your head - the part of your mind, sitting right behind your forehead, that decides what you do every waking second of the day. The program reconstructs a 150-year-old accident that caused a railroad worker named Phineas Gage to lose his sense of self; sees children's reasoning powers gradually come online; and scans Alan Alda's brain as he struggles to make decisions while feeling cheated.

Don't Forget (Episode #1402)

KQED Plus: Tue, Sep 18, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

Alan Alda investigates how people create memories - and how as they age, memories become slippery and elusive, sometimes vanishing forever. He visits two men who live entirely in the present or the distant past, unable to recall events that happened even a few minutes ago. Viewers peer inside Alda's own brain and find out what's at work as he memorizes names and faces. Alda discovers how ice water can boost memory (no, not drinking it) and how easy it is to have a false memory implanted. He also meets a volunteer in an experimental treatment for Alzheimer's disease, gets the latest on the search for an Alzheimer's vaccine and joins a group of baby boomers who are learning how to keep their brains young and their memories intact.

Make Up Your Mind (Episode #1302)

KQED World: Thu, Sep 13, 2012 -- 6:00 AM

SAF discovers the "you" inside your head - the part of your mind, sitting right behind your forehead, that decides what you do every waking second of the day. The program reconstructs a 150-year-old accident that caused a railroad worker named Phineas Gage to lose his sense of self; sees children's reasoning powers gradually come online; and scans Alan Alda's brain as he struggles to make decisions while feeling cheated.

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  • KQED World: Thu, Sep 13, 2012 -- 9:00 AM

Unearthing Secret America (Episode #1301)

KQED World: Thu, Sep 6, 2012 -- 9:00 AM

The great arc of early American history is brought to life through three tremendous archeological finds: Jamestown fort reveals the struggles of the colonists; slave quarters at Monticello and Williamsburg introduce viewers to a secret world for the first time; and the recently discovered Confederate submarine, Hunley - which carried out the world's first successful submarine attack and then failed to return - brings the Civil War into vivid close up.

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