Episode #413

Brains, Betty, Stollman

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Saturday, March 29, 2003

Kurt Andersen and novelist and neuroradiologist Aryeh Lev Stollman explore creativity and its connection to the brain. They hear about a fiction writer with autism who satirizes special education, a jazz pianist who believes his fingers know things his brain doesn't, and an art professor who trades in her paint brushes for an electrode headband. 


Aryeh Lev Stollman

Betty Rules

A little-known band makes it big with their true-story musical, Betty Rules. Kurt Andersen talks with the three members of Betty and we hear them perform.


Special Guest: Aryeh Lev Stollman

Kurt Andersen and novelist and neuroradiologist Aryeh Lev Stollman talk about art and the brain.

Aryeh Lev Stollman is a neuroradiologist at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. He's the author of the novels The Far Euphrates and The Illuminated Soul. Stollman's new book of short stories ...


Vijay Iyer

Vijay Iyer is a jazz pianist and composer as well as an accomplished cognitive scientist. His studies of the brain and the body actively shape how he perceives and makes music. Produced by Simon Rentner.


Brainwave Chick

Artist and multi-media professor Paras Kaul is less interested in how our brain experiences art, and more concerned about harnessing the mysteries of what's inside the brain. She uses mental electricity itself as the raw material for her work. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.



Jonathan Mitchell is autistic, and chronicles his condition through fiction. His first novel is a satire of the world of special ed. Produced by Tamar Brott.