072 Mind Traveler

When he moved to California in the early 1960s, he befriended the poet Thom Gunn, began entering weight-lifting competitions and joined the Hells Angels on motorcycle trips to the Grand Canyon. As a medical doctor and a writer, he achieved a level of popular renown rare among scientists. He first won widespread attention in 1973 for his book “Awakenings,” about a group of patients with an atypical form of encephalitis or “sleeping sickness” who responded to a new drug treatment with a partial rebirth. In the film adaptation his character was played by Robin Williams. Today’s dead celebrity is Oliver Sacks

Famous & Gravy is created and co-hosted by Amit Kapoor and Michael Osborne. This episode was produced by Evan Sherer. Play our mobile quiz game at deadoraliveapp.com and sign up for our newsletter at famousandgravy.com

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Transcript of this episode

New York Times Obituary for Oliver Sacks

Live interview with Radiolab’s Robert Krulwich

From Our Neurons to Yours podcast from Stanford Neuroscience

1989 PBS Newshour Profile of Oliver Sacks

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