579: My Damn Mind

579: My Damn Mind

Feb 12, 2016
The brain! It's powerful! We have the story of how one man's delusions lead him to a situation that's just as strange as the worst thoughts his mind is cooking up. That story's a collaboration with the New York Times. Our second story is about a man using the power of his own mind to deal with a problem.

Pictured: Alan Pean, with visible scar from a bullet wound. Photo by Chad Batka for The New York Times.
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  • A staffer at St Joseph Medical Center in Houston finds a patient shot on the floor of his room. He is unarmed, and has been shot by the cops in the hospital. (3 minutes)

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  • We tell the story of that patient, Alan Pean, and how his delusions lead him to a situation that's just as strange as the worst thoughts his mind is cooking up. (40 minutes)

    This story is a collaboration with the New York Times.

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  • In this act, writer Michael Kinsley describes harnessing the power of his own mind to deal with his Parkinson's diagnosis. (11 minutes)

    Michael Kinsley is a contributing columnist for Vanity Fair and the Washington Post. His articles on denial and living with Parkinson's are here and here.

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Alan Pean, with visible scar from a bullet wound. Photo by Chad Batka for The New York Times. Click photo to enlarge.

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