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Meeting Herbie Goldberg and Uta Frith

Presenter, Essential Classics

Meeting Herbie...

 

Sarah meets the one and only Herbie Goldberg at London’s Southbank Centre

 

It feels strange being back in the yellow studio after a week spent in the pop up studio at South Bank Centre – quiet, and a bit enclosed. I'm missing having the listeners around me. I bet Rob feels the same. The bit I enjoyed most was doing the brainteaser - if the listeners knew the answer they would laugh out loud; if they were stuck, I'd hear groans and sighs. Brainteaser legend Herbie Goldberg was there - I was thrilled to meet this fount of musical knowledge (and a very modest person, too!)*

 

Meeting Uta...

 

Psychologist Uta Frith enjoys a joke with Sarah

 

A new week has started now and I have a new guest - Uta Frith, the developmental psychologist. We actually met up a few weeks ago, and the first thing Uta did was command me to eat. I'd just been on air for three hours, and with her empathetic skills, she detected that I was running low on fuel! She sat patiently while I ate a sandwich. This is typical of her compassion and awareness of the feelings of others. She has done so much great work to raise awareness of autism and dyslexia and it was a privilege to talk to her - hope our interviews are as enjoyable to listen to as they were to record! And if you missed the fascinating documentary on autism that Uta featured in last night (Horizon: Living with Autism, BBC2, 9pm 1st April), remember you can still watch it on iPlayer.

 

* yes, he got the answer to the Only Connect challenge right: "chickens".

 

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