"The comeback"
Doomed to be the waterboy after tearing his ACL, engineering student Baratunde Cola is determined to make it back to his college's football team.
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Sara Peters and Peter Aguero
Praying for a seizure
Sara Peters has epilepsy, but no drugs seem to help. So she agrees to be hooked up to a machine at the hospital for days, in hopes of inducing the one thing she and her husband, Peter Aguero, dread the most: a seizure. Recorded at TEDMED 2013.
Ben Moskowitz
Cheating the snake
When Ben Moskowitz gets to take special classes in elementary school, he's excited at first, but then he starts to realize there might be something different about him.
Alex Brown
The nature of time and meningitis
Science writer Alex Brown's philosophical education becomes very practical when he is diagnosed with meningitis.
Susannah Cahalan
Patient #217
Three years after a mysterious illness nearly drove her insane and took her life, Susannah Cahalan visits a patient with the same rare, dangerous condition.
Elna Baker
Nerd day (explicit)
Elna Baker's grade school reputation faces it's greatest threat: her engineer father's enthusiasm for homework.
Justin Werfel
Robotics lessons from termites
A physicist decides that the best way to make progress on his robotics project is to go to Namibia to study termites.
Seth Mnookin
Science vs. feelings in the fight over vaccines
Science writer Seth Mnookin set out to write a book on whether vaccines were dangerous, but discovered the issue was more complex than he'd thought.
Michael Nitabach
I was supposed to be a lawyer (explicit)
As grad school for neuroscience wears on, Michael Nitabach feels the pull of law school, and goes. But he had another surprise coming.
Esther Perel
Science & sexuality
Esther Perel's career gets an unexpected boost from the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Mara Wilson
A love affair of a lifetime (with science)
As a kid, Mara Wilson is decidedly uninterested in science, but as she grows up she starts to look for answers in new places.