Saturday, August 29, 2009

Of nightmares and sleepwalking - Ran Levi

As always, one of the most charming podcast in the history of science genre is the Israeli עושים היסטוריה! עם רן לוי (Making History with Ran Levi). With an amazing variety, high production frequency, high content level and the ever present, Israeli tongue in cheek sense of humor, this podcast is a must have for all who mast the Hebrew language.

The latest episode was about sleep in its widest sense. Why do people and most animals need sleep, what happens during sleep and how do we find out about it. The issue spends many entertaining and informative minutes about the aberrations of sleep like nightmares and sleepwalking. One will learn the etymology of 'nightmare', the truth of the urban myth that one should never wake a sleepwalking person and how all these excesses can easily be explained once one fully comprehends the phenomenon of sleep.

For the international audience it is going to be a long wait for the English version of this outstanding podcast. As with so many other foreign podcasts: there are plans to make an English version, but the execution is eternally delayed.

More Making History with Ran Levi:
Mass Extinctions,
Making History with Ran Levi - עושים היסטוריה! עם רן לוי,
From Pavlov to Milgram,
A history of pandemics,
Surviving the atom bomb.
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