Radiant Minds: The World of Oliver Sacks
Hosted by: Indre Viskontas
Radiant Minds: The World of Oliver Sacks is an Audible Original Podcast series which tells the story of the human brain one person at a time. Drawing inspiration from the work of Dr. Sacks, the nine-part series includes rare and some never before published archival tape of Oliver speaking—his audio diaries and his thoughts on various conditions.
Each episode of the series centers on a condition that sparked his interest. Listeners will hear from some of the people he wrote about, and many other friends and colleagues who knew him intimately.
The series host, Indre Viskontas (pictured below), a neuroscientist and soprano, developed a unique relationship that started back when she wrote to him as a seventeen-year-old.
In later episodes, listeners will hear from Tony Cicoria—the man struck by lightning from Musicophilia, and from Witty Ticcy Ray, whom Oliver wrote about in The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. We’ll explore the brain’s wondrous ways of adapting to new challenges; and the lives of people whose brains are unique.
We’ll speak with neurologists and neuroscientists about memory, creativity, and recovering from trauma. And we will hear from an array of Oliver’s friends and colleagues in the arts: from Josh Groban and Renée Fleming to Bill T. Jones and Ed Catmull; from astronauts to music therapists.
“Radiant Minds is the realization of a dream of mine; it’s a posthumous collaboration with a mentor and friend who was a huge influence on my career as a neuroscientist. Working on this podcast, I felt I could once again explore the mysteries of the human brain with one of the most beloved humanists of our time. Because of our access to rare and never before heard audio from the Sacks archive, as well as so many people he knew intimately, this Audible Original reminds me of the energy, curiosity and sense of wonder Oliver brought to every encounter.” — Dr. Indre Viskontas