“Perfect Pitch”

The ability to "know" the musical pitch of any sound has traditionally been thought to be learnable only at a very early age through musical training. But new research shows perfect pitch is teachable to adults as well. Experts discuss the implications on all forms of learning.

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of December 29, 2019

Medical Notes: Week of December 29, 2019

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of December 29, 2019, including: The last three flu seasons have been bad, but there’s a chance this year could be even worse. Then, sleeping too much can be a risk factor for stroke. Plus, more than 30 million people in the United States think they’re allergic to penicillin when they’re not. And finally, if you’re scheduled for surgery, ask your doctor what kind of music she listens to in the operating room.

Woman's hands playing harp

17-07 Segment 2: Music for the Dying and Grieving

Music thanatology is a specialized practice of playing harp music for the dying. A practitioner of the art explains how there is also science to it as well.

16-52 Segment 2: Beat Deafness

Some people simply have no rhythm. A small percentage may be "beat deaf," the rhythmic equivalent of tone deafness.

15-13 Story 1: Tone Deafness

  Synopsis: Millions of people can't carry a tune when they sing and believe they're tone deaf. However, most simply have trouble matching tones when they sing and would benefit from more practice. To the truly tone deaf person, all pitches sound alike. No amount of practice would help. Experts discuss the concept and offer … Continue reading 15-13 Story 1: Tone Deafness