Memory/7,000 Junipers/Dougherty

Memory: There’s something about spring, the sudden abundance of fragrances perhaps, that causes people to linger in the past. Experts believe that, of the five senses, the olfactory sense is most connected to memory. A traveling exhibition called “Memory” is on display at The Museum of Life and Science in Durham through May 1, 2005 and this Sunday night CNN will air a special called “On Memory.” Fayetteville electrical engineer and four-time U.S. Memoriad champion Scott Hagwood is featured on the CNN special. Hagwood joins host Melinda Penkava, Cecil Charles of the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center at Duke and Asheville-based novelist Tommy Hays for a discussion about memory — how it works, how we depend on it, and what happens when it slips away. Tommy Hays’ new book, “The Pleasure Was Mine” (St. Martin’s Press/2005) chronicles a husband’s attempt to care for his Alzheimers-stricken wife while creating new memories with his grandson. Listener Call-in. (40:00)

7000 Junipers: Five years ago on the first day of spring, volunteers got up at dawn to begin planting juniper seedlings in Pocosin National Wildlife Refuge. The planting was part of a project to create a natural art installation in the wildlife refuge, inspired by the works of German artist Joseph Beuys. This year, the last seedling was planted, and many of the original seedlings have grown into trees. Host Melinda Penkava talks with organizer Feather Phillips, executive director of Pocosin Arts, about what the project will eventually look like. (6:00)

Weekend Look Ahead: Earth Artist Patrick Dougherty joins host Melinda Penkava for a conversation about his current installation at the NC Museum of art in Raleigh. (10:00)


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