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Growing up Triviaholic, Going out to the Ball Park, and Recovering from Brain Trauma

Dave Beck
07/10/2008

Most toddlers don't know where the Wright brothers flew their first plane. But the young Ken Jennings did. He tells about going from a trivia loving child to becoming the Jeopardy world champion. Then, we hear a song that puts us in the mood for peanuts at the ballpark.

At 2:05 p.m. – Ken Jennings, Jeopardy Champ

Most four–year&ndfash;olds wouldn't know where the Wright brothers flew their first plane. But the young Ken Jennings did. His curiosity and love of facts eventually paid off. Ken's a record–breaking champion on the game show Jeopardy. He won more than 70 consecutive games and earned over 2 million dollars in winnings. But loving trivia has not always been an easy path to follow.

At 2:20 p.m. – How We Learn

Humans are hard–wired to learn. But current educational models run counter to the natural process of understanding. Professor Rita Smilkstein drew on brain research and personal interviews for her book, We're Born to Learn. In an archive interview from May 22, 2007, she tells Megan Sukys the six steps and seven words to unlock the brain's potential.

At 2:40 p.m. – 'Sounds Familiar' with Amanda Wilde

Amanda Wilde, host of The Swing Years and Beyond, brings us another familiar song we didn't know we knew so well.

At 2:50 p.m. – Living With a Brain Injury

A sudden blow to the head can cause anything from a mild concussion to paralysis. For Kyle Baumgartner, it left him close to death and barely able to walk. Thanks to wireless rehabilitation technology, Kyle's walking again and living a normal life. But Kyle's injury did more than change his mobility; it changed his entire perspective on life. He started out as a young athlete with a shot at playing major league baseball.

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