71: Defying Sickness

71: Defying Sickness

Aug 1, 1997
Stories of people trying to do exactly what the doctors say they can't — or shouldn't.
  • Host Ira Glass with Walt Strommer, on Dreams of Disabled People. (6 minutes)Health Care/MedicineVeteransWar

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  • Photographer Joel Meyerowitz decided to go on a last big trip with his father, Hy, who has Alzheimer's. Joel also brought his own son. The purpose of the trip? To try to get close to a part of Hy's personality that Alzheimer's had eradicated, and to see if it might be possible to jump start some of his memories. Joel and his son decided to make a movie of the trip. We hear some of the very funny, very moving raw footage. The film, Pop, aired on the PBS program Frontline. (32 minutes)AutomobilesFamilyFathersHealth Care/MedicineMental HealthTravel

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  • A hemophiliac teenager who tries to set world records and to motocross. (13 minutes)Health Care/MedicineTeenagers

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  • Mark O'Brien is a writer in California, who lives most of each day in an iron lung, thanks to a childhood case of polio. It's an excerpt from Jessica Yu's Oscar-winning documentary. (6 minutes)Film/Film MakingHealth Care/MedicineRomanceSexuality

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