Mon February 10, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Beyond the pale of Parkinson’s Disease

Musician Ben Rivers

I met Ben Rivers in 2011. Though only 41 years old, he'd had Parkinson’s disease for 10 years. At that point in time, most any kind of movement was hard.

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. 

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Wed February 1, 2012
Folk Music & Beyond

Hawaiian singer-guitarist John Cruz

John Cruz

Listen anytime this week via KALW's Local Music PlayerFolk Music & Beyond's special guest is John Cruz, award-winning singer-songwriter from Hawaii.  John is a guitarist, story-teller, and teacher and serves as cultural ambassador for Hawaii.  He was chosen to play at President Obama's inauguration.  John will perform a few songs and tell lots of stories.  We'll hear songs from his recent recordings "Acoustic Soul" and "One Of These Days."