cognition

POV SHORTS
Making Memories

 

Two films about history and memory, with a 21st-century twist. Wendy’s Shabbat: Shabbat is typically observed at home with family, but here these seniors share in the celebration at a fast-food Wendy’s. This film is a story of rediscovering the joys of community in older age, however unorthodox it may appear. 116 Cameras: As the Holocaust survivor community ages, the USC Shoah Foundation has embarked on an ambitious new project to transform survivors into 3D digital projections. This film follows Eva Schloss, a survivor of Auschwitz and stepsister of Anne Frank, through her story as an interactive hologram that will have conversations with generations to come.

 

 

 

NOVA
Inside Animal Minds: Who’s the Smartest?

 

What would it be like to go inside the mind of an animal? We have all gazed into a creature’s eyes and wondered: what is it thinking about? What does it really know? Now, the revolutionary science of animal cognition is revealing hard evidence about how animals understand the world around them, uncovering their remarkable problem-solving abilities and exploring the complexity of their powers of communication and even their emotions. In this mini-series, NOVA explores these breakthroughs through three iconic creatures: dogs, birds and dolphins. We’ll travel into the spectacularly nuanced noses of dogs and wolves, and ask whether their reliance on different senses has shaped their evolution. We’ll see through the eyes of a starling in flight and test the tool-using skills of the smartest of birds, the crow. We’ll listen in as scientists track dolphins in the Caribbean and elephants on the African savannah, trying to unlock the secrets of animal communication. As we discover how researchers are pushing the animal mind to its limits, we’ll uncover surprising similarities to — and differences from — the human mind. What makes an animal smart? Many scientists believe the secret lies in relationships. Throughout the animal kingdom, some of the cleverest creatures – including humans – seem to be those who live in complex social groups, like dolphins, elephants and apes. Could the skills required to keep track of friend and foe make animals smarter? To find out, NOVA goes inside the social lives of some of the smartest animals on the planet.

 

 

 

Alzheimer’s:
The Caregiver’s Perspective

 

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 15 million family members and friends provided 18.1 billion hours of unpaid care in 2015 to those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. In this film, caretakers share their diverse experiences of caring for loved ones, from diagnosis to saying the long goodbye.

 

INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAI‘I
Why Every Minute Counts

 

The National Institutes of Health spends over $6 billion a year on cancer research, over $4 billion on heart disease research and over $3 billion on HIV/AIDS research. By comparison, only $480 million is spent on Alzheimer’s research. And since 2000, deaths from Alzheimer’s have increased 89 percent. INSIGHTS explores why every minute counts in finding a cure for Alzheimer’s – and how without one, what the possible dire consequences to our health care system and economy could be.

 

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POV
Listening is an Act of Love: A StoryCorps Special

 

This animated special from StoryCorps celebrates the transformative power of listening, featuring six stories from 10 years of the innovative oral history project, where everyday people sit down together to share memories and tackle life’s important questions.