9 pm Wed., Aug. 21, on WILL-TV: The latest scientific research about keeping our brains young. Three U of I researchers are featured.
What is intelligence? How do we get it and can we increase it? Smarter Brains uncovers the latest research and reveals groundbreaking experiments that are redefining intelligence throughout our lifespan and especially our later years. Showing viewers the amazing science behind our intelligence — how it shapes our experience and enjoyment of the world around us, and how we can change and improve it, regardless of age. The program airs on WILL-TV at 1 pm Saturday, Aug. 17; 1 pm Monday, Aug. 19; and 9 pm Wednesday, Aug. 21.
Art Kramer, director of the University of Illinois' Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology; Edward McAuley, Beckman faculty member and professor of kinesiology and community health; and Gillian Cooke, Beckman postdoctoral researcher, are featured in the program. Smarter Brains takes the same tested approach as The Brain Fitness Program series, using inspirational stories, interviews with experts and researchers, and CGI illustrations. The result is a compelling narrative that explains intelligence and shows how neuroscience and psychology research indicates that we can not only make ourselves smarter, we can use everyday techniques and skills to help keep ourselves smart, active and vibrant throughout our lives. The program features leading neuroscientists, psychologists and experts from around the world weighing in on this life-changing subject. Smarter Brains presents the latest research that is proving that you can — and should — teach an old dog new tricks.
Smarter Brains explores crystallized intelligence, the knowledge and skills accumulated over a lifetime and which tends to increase with age, and fluid intelligence, the ability to reason quickly and to think abstractly. Fluid intelligence is the key to mental flexibility in older life and is critical for remaining engaged and at the top of our game. Fluid intelligence was once thought to peak in our twenties and decline during late adulthood, but recent research reveals that it is malleable throughout our lives — a game changer for anyone over the age of 30.
Smarter Brains also focuses on how processing speed and memory meet to form intelligence in the brain and reveals why a computer can never be as intelligent as a human. Experts from the Human Brain Project in Lausanne, Switzerland, who are exploring the frontier of intelligence toward machines, ask how you make a brain smarter if you start from scratch. Interviews with scientists behind some of the most incredible artificial intelligence break down how these developments compare and contrast with the human brain.
The program also reveals how social interaction, exercise and challenge impact our intelligence and our aging. It has been shown that what is good for the heart is good for the brain. But the latest neuroscience goes even further, suggesting that exercise may do more to bolster thinking than thinking does, and that people who engage in social interaction display higher levels of cognitive performance than those in a control group. Emotional and powerful illustrations show viewers how employing these methods can transform their lives.
Smarter Brains closes with the keys to intelligence, showing how to bring these lessons into daily life, to change the trajectory of aging, to regain spark and mental flexibility, and to give us all smarter brains.
Watch a preview.
4 pm today on WILL-FM's Live and Local. Kevin Kelly talks to some of those who knew Perrino best, ahead of WILL-TV's Thursday night program about him.
Dan Perrino, a longtime University of Illinois music professor, saxophonist and founder of the Medicare 7, 8 or 9 Dixieland jazz band, died almost exactly a year ago. He was loved and respected by students and friends far and wide for his work as a teacher, musician, mentor and more. On Thursday night at 8 pm, WILL-TV will air a special program about Dan and the band, and host Kevin Kelly will talk with a few of those who knew him well on the Tuesday edition of Live and Local.
More information about the TV special, including a preview.
7 pm Thursday on The Evening Concert: Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes peforms Chopin, Liszt and Schumann.
Special: Edinburgh Festivals: 2012/Year of Creative Scotland
CHOPIN: Ballade No. 1 in G Minor; Three Waltzes, Op. 70; Waltz in A-Flat, Op. 42; and
LISZT: Tre Sonetti di Petrarca; Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
SCHUBERT: An die Musik; Luca Pisaroni, bass-baritone; Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
Richard CAUSTEN: Twenty-Seven Heavens (UK Premiere); European UnionYouth Orchestra, Gianandrea Noseda, conductor
MILHAUD: Quintet, La cheminée du Roi Renée; Les Vents Français
CHOPIN: Waltz in A-Flat Major, Op. 34, No. 1; Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
10 am Monday, Aug. 26, on WILL-AM's Focus: We’ll talk with Champaign-Urbana native Bill Smith about what it was like to be at the March on Washington 50 years ago.
In 1963 when he made the trip from Champaign to Washington D.C., Bill Smith was 21. As an active member of the NAACP chapter at the University of Illinois, he says he remembers feeling awed and inspired by the sheer number of other people who were gathered at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Even as a high school student at Champaign Central, he says he was involved with bringing the blacks and whites together. But it was when he returned from the march that he says he was motivated to really become an agent for change.
Host Jim Meadows talks with Smith about his experience at 1963 March on Washington; his relationship with his long-time mentor, the Erma Bridgewater, and about the racial climate during the 1960s in east central Illinois.
We’re also joined by Sundiata Cha-Jua, an associate professor of history and African American studies at the U of I about the significance of the march in the context of the larger movement and about Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
Did you know someone who marched in a protest during the 1960’s? Did you? What was it like to be a part of one? We want to hear from you this hour on Focus!
Watch The March on WILL-TV at 8 pm Tuesday, Aug. 27. Get more information.
10 am Monday, Sept. 2, on WILL-AM: In most American schools, every student is taught the same basic material at the same basic rate. But school doesn't have to be like that.
Researchers have long known the best way to learn is with a personal tutor. But tutoring is expensive. Providing the benefits of tutoring to everyone hasn't been possible. Now, experts say technology creates new ways for schools to customize education for each student. This program documents the rise of so-called "personalized learning." It takes listeners to schools that are reinventing their approach to education, and explores how teaching and learning change when personalization replaces one-size-fits-all in the classroom.
Big Picture Science, 5 pm Saturday: Some researchers say sugar is toxic. But should cupcakes be regulated like alcohol?
The sweet stuff is getting sour press. Some researchers say sugar is toxic. A new study seems to support that idea: mice fed the human equivalent of an extra three sodas a day become infertile or die. But should cupcakes be regulated like alcohol?
Hear both sides of the debate. Another researcher says that animal studies are misleading, and that for good health, you should count calories, not candy and carbs.
Plus, an investigative reporter exposes the tricks that giant food companies employ to keep you hooked on sugar, salt, and fat.
Also, a listener corrects our pronunciation of Neil Armstrong’s birthplace in the Sounds Abound episode.
It’s Skeptic Check … but don’t take our word for it!
Robert Lustig – University of California, San Francisco, author of Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease
James Ruff – Biologist post-doc at The University of Utah
John Sievenpiper – Knowledge synthesis lead of the Toronto 3D Knowledge Synthesis and Clinical Trials Unit, St. Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto, Canada
Michael Moss – Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist at The New York Times, and author of Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
7 pm Monday, Aug. 19, on The Evening Concert: Concerto in A Minor with Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.
The “Rheingau Music Festival” from Deutsche Welle Radio features Paavo Jarvi conducting the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s 1st Symphony. Also on the program, Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor with soloist Khatia Buniatishvili and Clouds by contemporary German composer Peter Ruzicka.
7 pm Tuesday, Aug. 20, on The Evening Concert: Sir Mark Elder conducts.
Sir Mark Elder leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a program of Shakespeare-themed works. On the program are Elgar’s Falstaff: A Symphonic Study; Tchaikovsky’s famous Romeo and Juliet fantasy Overture; Delius’ Walk to the Paradise Garden and Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from ‘West Side Story’.
9 pm Wednesday, Aug. 14, on WILL-TV: Physician Michael Mosley looks at the latest scientific discoveries about how our bodies respond to a workout.
We have always been told that regular exercise is one of the keys to a healthy, happy life, and, broadly speaking, the more exercise the better. But new research suggests that short bursts of intense exercise may be as effective as, if not better than, long periods of moderate exercise.
Mosley investigates, using himself as the guinea pig, whether humans can get exercise benefits from working out just three minutes a week. He also discovers that a one-size-fits-all approach to maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle is no longer the best that science can offer. With advances in genetic testing, scientists are uncovering new, surprising truths about what exercise really does to our bodies and why we all respond to it differently.
In The Truth About Exercise, Mosley discovers a complex interplay between genes and environment. He also finds that to get the most out of exercise, people need to perform the right types of exercise, at the right time and in the right place.
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