The last episode of The Nature of Things I described focused on the wonders of the human mind. This time, the non-humans get their turn in the spotlight, as "Think Like An Animal" looks at fascinating animal behaviours that show they're much starter than many of us may have thought. From birds to whales to "Esther the Wonder Pig," animals show instinct and logic that can go over our heads. "Think Like An Animal" premiere November 24 at 8pm eastern on CBC - but for people in Canada, it's available anytime with on-demand Described Video on the CBC website and the CBC-TV app! (Note: The "D" button is along the bottom of the player between the CC button and the volume control.)
A medical school dropout (Paul Henreid) goes right back into a life of crime after getting released from prison, but finds himself on the run when a heist goes wrong. Can a psychiatrist who looks just like him be his way out? 1948. Part 1 of 3. First posted September 7, 2009.
(This is one of my favourites!)
We hear about school shootings and bullying often on the news, but are there ways to stem the tide of anger? A short film from Mazzarella Media I wrote description for tries to help teenagers figure out how to spot warning signs and what to do about them. The situations are familiar to kids, including the social media they use. In this clip, a couple girls are tipped off to threats made against a teacher.
After the big race, Johnny (Jack Nicholson) schemes to keep Nancy away from Dave, but ends up in another race – for his best friend’s life. Part 2 of 2. First posted August 31, 2009.
Jack Nicholson stars as a small-time race driver whose penchant for speed and danger is not limited to the track, and whose temper gets out of control when his best friend falls in love with the wrong girl. 1960. Part 1 of 2. First posted August 24, 2009.
People who become vision-impaired in childhood or adulthood can attest to the concept of neuroplasticity: the ability of the brain to adjust and be "rewired" as they must learn new skills. A man who introduced that concept, Dr. Norman Doige, returns to the long-running CBC series The Nature of Things with fascinating stories of helping the brain itself to heal. In "The Brain's Way of Healing", Doige meets people all over the world whose lives have been changed by non-invasive methods that have improved debilitating brain conditions. I loved writing and producing description to help illuminate the concepts and the dedication of the scientists and patients dealing with everything from Parkinson's to severe autism to massive brain injuries. Catch it in Canada on CBC-TV October 27 at 8pm eastern, and afterward on the CBC-TV app with on-demand Described Video.
When his new bad reputation earns him a starring role in the show, Philippe (Francis Lederer) starts settling his debt to Monique (Ida Lupino), bringing them closer. But will his affair with Yvonne finally be exposed? Part 2 of 2. First posted August 17, 2009.
Are you ready for some new family fare for Halloween? I had to be ready in the summer to write description for the début of "Ghost Patrol", the animated adventures of Gabi and Spence (and dog Spooky), small-town ghost hunters hoping for their first big find - and getting more than they bargained for. The fast-paced special is running throughout Disney Channel's "Monstober" in the U.S. and premieres in Canada on Family October 21 at 4pm eastern, returning just in time for trick-or-treat through the last weekend of October, ending with 4pm eastern on the 31st.
In a dark Paris cinema, a struggling actor (Francis Lederer) accidentally kisses the wrong woman (Ida Lupino), setting off a scandal that causes a media frenzy. 1936. Part 1 of 2. First posted August 10, 2009.
Falling out with the East Side Kids becomes the least of Danny’s (Bobby Jordan) troubles when Hank and Butch break out of prison. Can Muggs (Leo Gorcey) and the gang keep him alive? Part 2 of 2. First posted August 3 2009.