Part Two of The Current
The Blues & I: The Story of Laura Smith (Documentary)
In the mid-1990s, Laura Smith was a musician on the cusp of a career breakout. Then a series of accidents left her in chronic pain ... the kind of pain that can take over your life. She found herself dependent on prescription painkillers - and barely able to make music.
Ann Silversides is a freelance writer who received a grant from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research to investigate issues around prescription painkillers. That's how she met Laura Smith and came to make the documentary, The Blues and I. It first aired on the Current in February.
And things are going better for Laura Smith. She is doing more concerts, is off social assistance and is medication free.
Last Word - How the Hippies Saved Physics
We ended the program today with a groovy bit of history. For U.S. science students in the early 70's, the glow was already off the space race, and thousands of new graduates in physics were unemployed because Defence funds had dried up.
So what did all those jobless PhD's do? They saved an entire branch of science... At least that's the idea of the author of a new book, How the Hippies Saved Physics. In the days to come, we'll blow your mind with that thought.
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