For some people, a chance life event can change everything. Injury or disease may require amputation- the loss of a limb. But not necessarily a loss of your game. In this episode, you’ll hear the story of these special athletes, the coaches that inspire them, and the doctors and that heal them.
Think of your favorite song. How does it make you feel? What images do you see when you hear it? Before reaching the brain to create those feelings and images, those musical sounds take a strange, physical, mechanical, and sometimes violent path through the ear.
A large part of how we perceive the audible world depends upon a set of tiny, vibrating bones--bones that often get overlooked until something goes wrong. In this month’s episode, we tell the story of these unsung skeletal heroes, the role they play in hearing, and how unforeseen circumstances can cause irreparable damage.
Picture the flag on a pirate ship. What do you see? A grinning skull and bones crossed in an ominous “X.” These bones are always gleaming white. But have you ever thought about how they got that way? Those pristine bones used to be wrapped in sheaths of muscle that moved them around, skin and hair that protected them. This episode tells the story of how a living, breathing organism turns into a pile of bones, and how those bones can tell us about the lives they led hundreds, or even thousands of years ago.
When Francis was born, nobody knew whether he’d survive. The doctors didn’t know what happened. His parents were in such a state of shock that they immediately abandoned him. Strangers underestimate him just because he looks different. Despite this, he found the strength to fight against negative attitudes and achieve things that no one expected.