The Takeaway Weekender: Music and Memories, Literary Classics, and a Breakthrough in Science

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Dan Cohen provides personalize playlists for Alzheimer's patients in the new documentary Alive Inside. (Bond360)

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender! Our weekend podcast consists of a round up of the week's best interviews and top stories. Catch up on the news you missed with some of these must-hear stories.

Could something as simple as music be a saving grace for the more than 5 million American's suffering from Alzheimer's? The new documentary "Alive Inside" chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. Dan Cohen, Executive Director of Music and Memory, and Michael Rossato-Bennett, the filmmaker behind the documentary, weigh in.

This week, Ernest Hemingway readers got a new experience with an old classic. The publishing house Scribner released a new version of "The Sun Also Rises" that's never been seen before. Sean Hemingway is a curator in the Department of Greek and Roman Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. He's also the grandson of Ernest Hemingway, and editor of this new edition.

The job of containing and putting out a fire is a massive undertaking. Fire fighters are the first line of defense, and park services are working with local officials, hotshots, and smoke jumpers. Jeff Davis is a retired jumper now living in Silver City, New Mexico. He explains the unpredictable nature of firestorms, and how smoke jumping has evolved over time. 

A British technology company has invented a new material that might bother your eyes. The material, called Vantablack, will vastly improve astronomical cameras and telescopes for scientists and the military. It's considered the darkest material known to man. Dr. Stephen Westland, a professor of Colour Science at University of Leeds, explains this new technology, and the science behind the color black.

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

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