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To The Best Of Our Knowledge
August 17, 2019
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Awaken Your Mind With Music

While working on this week’s show, “Music On Your Mind,” I re-watched the documentary “I’ll Be Me,” which recounts country star Glen Campbell’s farewell tour. What’s remarkable about this tour is he started it after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. And while sometimes he didn’t know where he was or why he was playing, he still sang and played the guitar beautifully.

He’s inspiring. But so are some of the other people we talked to for this show, including my mother, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's two years ago, and sings with her memory care group. I learned that both professional musicians and the rest of us can re-find music deep within us, no matter the age, and even if we’ve lost most other memories. Write to us at listen@ttbook.org if you have a music and memory story. We’d love to hear it.

—Shannon

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The Power Of Music And Memory: 'Music Was Waking Up Something Within Each Of Them'

Oakwood residents and singers
"To the Best of Our Knowledge" producer Shannon Henry Kleiber shares a story about her mother, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease two years ago, and the power of music.
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MacArthur Fellow Anne Basting On Asking People With Dementia 'Beautiful Questions'

man reviewing photograph
Anne Basting has found asking people with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia open-ended queries, rather than pointed yes or no questions that require remembering something specific, can create powerful connections.
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Sparring With Toxic Masculinity

Thomas Page McBee
Thomas Page McBee achieved a first recently – he became the first transgender man ever to box at Madison Square Garden. He talked to Angelo Bautista about what he learned about male violence and why men fight.
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