Thursday, November 5, 2009

This Sunday (Nov. 8): Rounds welcomes 'My Stroke of Insight' author, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor

This Sunday (November 8 at 12 p.m. ET), Radio Rounds welcomes special guest Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, who last year was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World.

In December 2006, Dr. Taylor (left) woke up to discover that she was experiencing a stroke -- but amazingly, as a neuroanatomist, she knew and realized exactly what was happening to her. Three weeks later, neurosurgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital removed a golf-ball sized clot from her brain, and Taylor went on to write a book about her experience and her eight-year recovery. The book is entitled My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey, which spent 17 weeks on the New York Times Hardcover Non-Fiction Bestseller list.

ABC News described the book as "transformative," saying that "Dr. Taylor's experience will shatter your own perception of the world." We very much look forward to speaking with Dr. Taylor this Sunday, and we hope you can tune in! If you're interested in learning even more about Dr. Taylor, follow this link to watch her speaking engagement at the 2008 TED Conference.

To listen on Sunday, visit the blog for live streaming audio this Sunday, November 8 at 12 p.m. ET.


  1. Wheres the link :'(

  2. Go to the front page of the blog, and use the audio player in the top blog post! -- Avash

  3. I couldn't find any audiplayer :(
    maybe somethings wrong with my comp

  4. yeah now i can see it :|
    thanks :)

  5. Not sure what the problem is, unfortunately, although we'll look into it this week. Remember that the podcast will be available (Free to download) on iTunes by this Tuesday evening.

    Also, the problem might be with your browser -- try listening by using Internet Explorer or Firefox. Remember, the link is at the top of the page:

    Sorry for the inconvenience, and thanks for listening! -- Radio Rounds crew


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Avash Kalra is a medical student at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. He is a 2005 graduate of Cornell University, where he majored in Psychology. Before starting medical school, Avash worked for one year at the National Institute on Aging in Baltimore, Maryland, where he conducted research on lifespan extension. He then worked for one year as a clinical research coordinator in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Avash was born in England and lived there for 11 years. He spends his free time working as a staff writer for an NCAA hockey website. Over time, he has developed unhealthy obsessions with college hockey, poker, and the Dave Matthews Band. His favorite television shows include Lost, 24, Dexter, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He is now an avid reader... of medical textbooks. He frequently points out that he has "the perfect face for radio." And -- as you'll discover -- he likes puns.

Lakshman Swamy is a medical student at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. He is a 2005 graduate of the College of Wooster in Wooster, OH, where he self-designed the Neuroscience major. Before joining medical school, Lakshman worked for two years in the Trapp lab at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation as a lab technician working with multiple sclerosis.

Lakshman is a young gentleman in the MD/MBA program at Wright State, and accordingly, his favorite character on Scrubs is Dr. Kelso. He has an eclectic taste in music, loves audiobooks -- especially mysteries -- and watches 24, M*A*S*H, and Battlestar Galactica. Yes, two of those shows have run their final season -- he is also constantly behind the times. He has NO idea what he wants to do with his life, but he is sure it will involve turning down the position of Surgeon General for bigger and better things.

Shamie Das is an MD/MBA dual degree student at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. He graduated from Emory University in 2004 as a dual major in Biology and Sociology. He went on to earn his Masters Degree in Public Health in 2007 from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. As a graduate student, he also performed bench research in Molecular and Cell Biology at the Emory University School of Medicine. In his free time during college, Shamie volunteered as an EMT-Intermediate and went on to become certified as a Paramedic.

Shamie was born in England and soon after moved to the US. In his free time he enjoys photography, traveling and fine cuisine. A few of his life goals are to visit every continent and climb Everest. An avid extremist, Shamie enjoys leaping out of perfectly good airplanes, white water rafting and jumping headfirst into gorges. Recently engaged, he also spends countless hours on the phone with his fiancée. His favorite authors include Hemingway, Frost, and Crichton (and of course Robbins). Television is a thing of the past in his current life, but occasionally he still watches PBS and listens to NPR and (of course) Radio Rounds.