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Poetry Sunday: Rich Youmans

Jul 14, 2019

Rich Youmans reads his poem, Doane Rock.  

Poetry Sunday: Alice Kociemba

Jul 7, 2019

Alice Kociemba reads her poem, "Death of Teaticket Hardware." 

The Forgetting: Episode 13

In the finale of “The Forgetting Podcast: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s” Season 1, we learn that there will be a season 2, slated for release in the fall. We also hear from co-hosts Greg O’Brien and David Shenk about the response they’ve received since the podcast was released. Greg talks about his hero, Larry David, who sent Greg a gift. An 85-year-old woman asks Greg a question about his Jeep and probably regrets it. David talks about the recent loss of his own mother to dementia. And Greg has an adventure in an Uber.

This episode was recorded June 7, 2019.

Sam Evans-Brown

Coastal communities across the nation are wrestling with the reality of rising seas. But when you've build a life centered around your dream home by the shore, the decision to pull up stakes and leave is a wrenching one. Nahant, Massachussets is a rocky crescent moon-shaped piece of land that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean just North of Boston. For its entire history, it’s been at the mercy of the ocean. 

Where’s the Government?

Jun 14, 2019

The Forgetting podcast: Episode 12

Special guest George Vrandenburg talks about his work pushing the federal government to spend more on research. George tells talks about the loss of his wife Trish to Alzheimer’s and how the disease impacted their family. Greg recalls an event in Los Angeles that reinvigorated him in the fight against the disease. Other topics: people need to talk about Alzheimer’s and dementia in order to demystify the disease; people need to look out for caregivers, who could find their own health compromised as they care for loved ones.

George Vrandenburg is chairman and co-founder of the organization UsAgainstAlzheimer's. Find out more about the organization here.

This episode was recorded October 11, 2017.

Moments in Gay History

Jun 13, 2019

As part of our collaboration with 20 Summers we bring you authors Rebecca Makkai and Christopher Castellani in recorded conversation about their latest novels, both capturing pivotal moments in gay history. Makkai’s novel The Great Believers is set during the 1980’s AIDS epidemic.

Traumatic events can physically change the brain. For people who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, those changes are significant. But therapies that focus on the mind-body connection can help survivors reverse some of those changes. From Barnstable, Massachusetts, Lee Romney brings us the story of one woman who is working at that, every day. A warning: this piece deals with the aftermath of childhood sexual trauma. 

A Family Diagnosis

May 31, 2019

The Forgetting podcast: Episode 11

Greg reveals that he blacked out twice while going to a business meeting, but he did not tell anyone. David tries to surprise Greg with two mystery guests. The surprise fails. Greg’s two sons, Conner and Brendan O’Brien, join the podcast for an honest discussion about their dad and dementia’s impact on their lives. Greg and his family discuss a difficult conversation they recently had about the family’s financial future.

This episode was recorded on July 27, 2017 at the WGBH Studio at the Boston Public Library Café in front of a live audience.

Moving Between Two Worlds

May 17, 2019

The Forgetting podcast: Episode 10

Greg and David are joined by Gloria Clayborne, the wife and caregiver to jazz icon Junior Mance, who has dementia. Greg talks about going into a rage and stepping out of a cab in Manhattan. Gloria discusses some of the strategies she uses to deal with her husband’s hallucinations and incontinence. David, Greg and Gloria talk about sex, and how some Alzheimer’s patients still have strong sex drives and a desire for intimacy.

This episode was recorded on May 24, 2017.

Finding New Pathways

May 3, 2019

The Forgetting podcast: Episode 9

Greg talks about the death of Trish Vradenburg, who, along with her husband George, helped create US Against Alzheimer’s – one of the most effective advocacy organizations in the Alzheimer’s world. Greg says his mind is telling him to do things he wouldn’t normally do, which makes him worry. David talks about the plan for how long the podcast will go on so that people can get the blunt truth about the disease.

This episode was recorded April 27, 2017.

Realize What's Important

Apr 12, 2019

The Forgetting podcast: Episode 8

Greg loses his friend. Greg gets upset with people who do the “drive by.” An encounter of the 3rd kind. Greg tells a joke about Alzheimer’s, reminding us to keep our senses of humor. A discussion of the disease before symptoms. Greg has advice for his friend as he faces dying.

This episode was recorded April 13, 2017.

Less Judgmental

Mar 29, 2019

The Forgetting podcast: Episode 7

Greg talks about flipping off drivers on the way to the station. David and Greg discuss when it’s appropriate to correct someone with Alzheimer’s, and when it’s be best to just let things go. David surprises Greg by bringing on special guest Lisa Genova, the author of the novel, “Still Alice,” and a close friend of Greg’s. Once again, the conversation turns to suicide, with Lisa offering some valuable context and information. Lisa tells a story about ALS.

This episode was recorded March 16, 2017.

Special guest: Lisa Genova

 

KEY WORDS: Alzheimers; Dementia; Depression; ALS; Lisa Genova

In a Place Like This

Mar 15, 2019

The Forgetting podcast: Episode 6

Greg talks about caregivers, and how it’s never just one person who has Alzheimer’s, but the whole family. Greg tells a story about being so filled with rage, he crossed a street without caring to even look for cars. Working out at the gym still helps Greg. And David asks Greg about why he continues to talk about “checking out,” and what he means by it.

This episode was recorded February 2, 2017.

Keywords: caregiver; rage; exit strategy; confession.