#154 – The Good News on Memory


Dr. Sue Halpern is author of the book, Can’t Remember What I Forgot: The Good News from The Front Lines of Memory Research. She is also scholar in residence at Middlebury College in Vermont.

Here’s what she says about herself: “I was educated at Yale and at Oxford, where I was a Rhodes Scholar, and from which I received a doctorate in political theory. Before I received my degree I worked with young men just released from prison and with welfare mothers at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York. After I got my degree I spent a few years teaching, first at Columbia Medical School (ethics) and then at Bryn Mawr (politics), all the while writing for various magazines and newspapers. Writing was more compelling to me than teaching, so I left academia to write full time, and to move to the Adirondacks, where I wrote my first book, Migrations to Solitude. In addition to writing, I helped start and edit, with Robert Coles and Alex Harris, the award-winning documentary magazine, DoubleTake, helped start the first public library in my town, and founded and ran a wilderness-based elementary school there. In Vermont, where I am a scholar-in-residence at Middlebury College, I am on the board of three schools and the director of a national civic education program for high school students that uses journalism to inculcate democratic values called The Face of Democracy, which I founded in anticipation of the 2006 midterm elections. Can’t Remember What I Forgot is my fifth book; the movie version of my last book of non-fiction, Four Wings and a Prayer, will be released in late 2007. I live in the Green Mountains in a town of 500, on land once owned by Robert Frost. I am married to the writer and environmental activist Bill McKibben, and we have a teenaged daughter.”

(Psychology podcast by David Van Nuys, Ph.D.)



  1. Rick Vail
    Posted June 11, 2008 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    I really enjoyed this program, I learned a couple of new things which is saying something since I have been studying cognitive neural science quite heavily lately. I had something else I was going to say but I can’t remember…

  2. Powder Skier
    Posted August 2, 2008 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    Good show, as they always are.

    Are you willing to share the name of the podcast(er) that you mentioned from somebody at Harvard?

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