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Art in Recovery, Gluten-Free Girl, and Lost Sounds

Megan Sukys
11/13/2008

In 2003, Seattle artist Lisa Anderson suffered two strokes that stripped away her hard-won ability to read and draw. Today, she shares how she reconnected to her life and the world by returning to art. We also hear how going gluten-free transformed a woman's outlook on life.

At 2:05 p.m. – Art in Recovery

When blood vessels in your brain stop delivering oxygen, your brain begins to die. That's called a stroke; it's among the leading causes of death in America. A stroke survivor can face a long journey, and in some cases, she needs to re–learn basic skills like reading and talking. Seattle artist Lisa Anderson used drawing and reading aloud to define herself as a kid. In 2003, she suffered two strokes that stripped away her hard–won ability to read and draw.

At 2:20 p.m. – Lost Sounds

"Lost Sounds" won the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Historical Album. It reveals the role played by African Americans in the early recording industry. Tim Brooks and David Giovannoni organized the music for the CD, and here they speak to Amanda Wilde about their work.

At 2:40 p.m. – Gluten–Free Girl

Whenver you have a slice of toast, a cupcake, or a beer, you're consuming gluten. Gluten is a protein composite found in all forms of wheat, barley, rye, and a lot of processed foods. But for one in 133 people, gluten triggers a severe illness known as celiac disease. Seattle writer Shauna James Ahern is the author of the book "Gluten–free Girl." Beyond health and food, the gluten–free approach has inspired Shauna to embrace all of her life's challenges. But before Shauna was diagnosed with celiac, she thought she might never feel well again. Shauna James Ahern talks with Jeremy Richards.

At 2:50 p.m. – Sounds Familiar

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

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