musician http://kalw.org en Beyond the pale of Parkinson’s Disease http://kalw.org/post/beyond-pale-parkinson-s-disease <p class="p1">I met Ben Rivers in 2011. Though only 41 years old, he had Parkinson’s disease for 10 years. At that point in time, most any kind of movement was hard.</p><p class="p2"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An estimated 50,000 to 60,000 Americans a year are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. It is a condition which can be a greatly debilitating. Neurons in the brain gradually die off, taking with them a brain chemical called dopamine that’s critical for movement.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 01:48:06 +0000 Judy Silber 39557 at http://kalw.org Beyond the pale of Parkinson’s Disease Hawaiian singer-guitarist John Cruz http://kalw.org/post/hawaiian-singer-guitarist-john-cruz-saturday-24-3-pm <p>Listen anytime this week via <a href="http://www.kalw.org/local-music-player">KALW&#39;s Local Music Player</a>.&nbsp; <em>Folk Music&nbsp;&amp; Beyond&#39;s</em> special guest is&nbsp;John Cruz, award-winning&nbsp;singer-songwriter from Hawaii.&nbsp;&nbsp;John is&nbsp;a guitarist, story-teller, and teacher&nbsp;and serves as cultural ambassador for Hawaii.&nbsp;&nbsp;He was chosen&nbsp;to play at President Obama&#39;s&nbsp;inauguration.&nbsp;&nbsp;John will&nbsp;perform a few songs&nbsp;and tell&nbsp;lots of stories.&nbsp; We&#39;ll hear songs from his recent recordings &quot;Acoustic Soul Thu, 02 Feb 2012 05:16:48 +0000 JoAnn Mar 5271 at http://kalw.org Hawaiian singer-guitarist John Cruz