Episode 177: The Old Show

A mid 20th century hearing aid from CHF’s collections.

A mid 20th century hearing aid from CHF’s collections.

It’s time to take a look at your life! As part of CHF's Thanks to Chemistry project, we present the three-part series The Stages of Life. These shows spotlight the common chemistry of childhood, adulthood, and old age. Today’s episode centers on old age. First, Pennsylvania State University’s Richard Mailman tells us what happens to the brain’s billions of nerve cells as we age. Then, reporter Jon Kalish takes a look at the latest iteration of the hearing aid, the cochlear implant. .

Show Clock

00:00 Opening Credits
00:26 Introduction
01:10 Interview: Inside the Brain
06:34 Cochlear Implant: Becoming the Bionic Woman
14:10 Closing Credits


The Three Stages of Life is part of CHF’s Thanks to Chemistry project, sponsored by BASF Corporation, The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, DuPont, and ExxonMobil.

Special thanks to Tori Indivero for interviewing the scientists in this series.

Our theme music is composed by Andrew Chalfen. Music includes Breezin by Podington Bear; Herbie by Podington Bear; and The Boy in the Bubble, by Paul Simon (courtesy of BMI).

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