Wouldn’t it be great if you could eavesdrop on conversations between some of the greatest brain scientists in the world? Now you can, thanks to veteran television journalist Charlie Rose. In his 13-part series on the brain, which premiered in October 2009 and continues through November 2010, Rose and his co-host, Nobel laureate Eric R. Kandel, along with esteemed neuroscientists, explore a different aspect of the brain in each episode. Recent forays have been into mental illness, anxiety and aging; upcoming topics include decision making and the artistic brain.
The program feels much more like a conversation between enthusiastic intellectuals than a talk show. After watching Rose’s episode on the social brain, we understand why the show’s intimate format feels so rewarding, too. “Our brains are not calculators, where you punch in a bunch of numbers and you get a number out at the end,” Rockefeller University neurobiologist Cornelia Bargmann explained. “One of the most important things for us is each other.”