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WCNY to premiere ‘American Masters–Oliver Sacks: His Own Life’

WCNY to premiere ‘American Masters–Oliver Sacks: His Own Life’ April 9; two preview screenings available to the public

WCNY, Central New York’s community-owned flagship public broadcaster, will premiere “American Masters¬–Oliver Sacks: His Own Life” April 9 at 9:30 p.m. on WCNY-TV. The program explores the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller as he shares intimate details of his battles with drug addiction, homophobia, and a medical establishment that accepted his work only decades after the fact.

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In celebration of the premiere, WCNY has created video interstitials at
Dr. Jenny Meyer, Neurologist at Upstate Medical University
Meet Dr. Jenny Meyer, an emerging neurologist who is following in the footsteps of renowned neurologist and author, Dr. Oliver Sacks, by treating her patients—not just the disease.

Dr. Dragos Mihaila, Neurologist at Upstate Medical University
Established physician Dr. Dragos Mihaila has specialized in the study of movement disorders for the last two decades. Learn more about Dr. Mihaila and how renowned neurologist and author, Dr. Oliver Sacks, has influenced the way he treats his patients.

WCNY also invites the community to attend two preview screening events March 30 and April 6.

The National Virtual Screening Event, March 30 at 7 p.m.
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Join audiences nationwide at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30 for a virtual celebration of “American Masters – Oliver Sacks: His Own Life” featuring highlights from the film and a panel discussion with Ric Burns (Director, “Oliver Sacks: His Own Life”), Kate Edgar (Executive Director, The Oliver Sacks Foundation), and Dr. Blanca Valdovinos (Director, Spanish Language Neurology Clinic, University of Rochester Medical Center). The panel will be moderated by Jenna Flanagan (Host, MetroFocus, The WNET Group).

This event is presented by The WNET Group and 92nd Street Y in collaboration with PBS stations GPB, MPT, NMPBS, South Florida PBS, WCNY, WFSU, WHUT, WQLN, WVIA, and WXXI.

WCNY, Upstate Oasis, and Geddes Federal Virtual Screening and Discussion, April 6 at 4 p.m.
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WCNY, in partnership with Upstate Oasis, presents the “American Masters–Oliver Sacks: His Own Life” live virtual screening and discussion event April 6 at 4 p.m. on Zoom. The event is sponsored by Geddes Federal. Join us in exploring the life and work of Oliver Sacks, watch clips from “Oliver Sacks: His Own Life,” and enjoy a live Q&A with Upstate Medial University Neurologist Dr. Jenny Meyer, all from the comfort of your home! The event is free, but registration is required.

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