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The human brain is one of the most marvelous objects in nature, and we are still learning its secrets. It is a case where fact can be as fascinating as fiction, and science fiction has always held the brain in special regard.

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    One of the most fascinating and complex creations in all of nature is the human brain. The most complex computers in Silicon Valley are mere shadows of the incredible sophistication of the brain. Physicians have realized for centuries that the conscious actions of the body, walking, talking, reaching out to touch a loved one's face, as well as the unconscious actions like digestion and respiration,  are controlled by the brain. The brain has the power to comprehend and even create beauty, and the ability to express it through art and language. The brain is where all our memories are stored, yet it has an almost limitless capacity to learn new things.

    Brain

    Medical science is constantly learning new things about the brain, but science also realizes that it has barely scratched the surface of all there is to know and learn about this marvelous organ. It is the capacity of our marvelous brains which has lifted mankind above the other animals which inhabit our world, and it is also what gives us the ability to appreciate the other creatures in the world. To be sure, our knowledge of the brain and how it works has grown exponentially over the past half-century or so, but in many ways, we are not much further along than we were during Radio's Golden Age.

    • Encore Theatre presents a retelling of "Dark Victory", the 1939 Bette Davis film about a society girl with a brain tumor and the brilliant doctor who tries to save her.
    • The miraculous but delicate science of brain surgery is the theme again in Exploring the Unknown's "Dark Curtain" featuring Veronica Lake descending into madness.
    • Exploring Tomorrow explores a fictional concept called "The Happiness Effect". Whenever a person's thoughts become too negative, their minds change everything to happy thoughts thanks to the efforts of 'brain writers'.
    • When the Communists take over Warsaw, a bookstore owner fears for the fate of his children who are being brainwashed at the mandatory youth meetings. The only answer seems to be an escape to freedom in Sweden in the presentation of "Two Tickets to Stockholm".
    • The eternal battle between brain and brawn is explored in "The Slide Rule Says Pass" when the beautiful calculus teacher uses her slide rule to determine what the other team is going to do on NBC's Grand Marquee.
    • The lesson of Heart Beat Theater is that brains aren't everything, you also need to listen to your heart as well in "The Awakening of Uncle Charlie".
    • Behind the creaking door of The Inner Sanctum, creepiness ensues when a retired artist sells his brain to an evil doctor. The deal falls through when the doctor is murdered and bodies in the University Medical Lab begin disappearing.
    • Orson WellesThe late Professor Marx's brain will be of incredible value to science, so he agreed to leave it to the medical department, but the body is held for ransom in "Stolen Brain" on Police Headquarters.
    • It takes a lot of brains to explore the galaxy, something Space Patrol knows only too well. Commander Corry faces an evil industrialist who intends on holding the brain of a dying scientist in suspended animation in "The Brain Bank".
    • One of the most fascinating tales in all of science fiction is "Donovan's Brain", the story of a physician who removes a millionaire's brain just before his body dies. He keeps the brain alive in a glass tank filled with an electrically charges highly oxygenated saline solution. In time, the brain begins to communicate with the physician to the point of imposing his will over the doctor's actions. Suspense was impressed enough with the story that it was presented on two occasions. The first was in 1944 featuring Orson Welles playing the protagonist in a rare two-part presentation. At the beginning of 1948, Suspense adopted a one-hour format, and the script was used again in February of that year.
    • Science fiction takes a back seat to science fact when Cavalcade of America tells the story of pioneering brain surgeon Harvey Cushing in "The Doctor with Hope in his Hands". 

    See also: Amnesia and Memory Loss Collection and Computers and Electronic Brains in Old Time Radio.

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    Volume 1 - 31 shows - total playtime 14 hours 53 minutes
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    1. 2000 Plus 500621 Brooklyn Brain.mp3
    2. Adventures Of Superman 470327 Man Without Face Ep08of16.mp3
    3. Author Meets Critics 450228 Brainstorm.mp3
    4. Beauty Versus Brains 470902 Miss America Contestants.mp3
    5. Bergen Mccarthy 440326 321 W C Fields Jane Powell.mp3
    6. Bob And Ray 490816 X Bob And Ray Brain Surgery.mp3
    7. Broadway Is My Beat 510722 David Blaine Murder Case.mp3
    8. Cavalcade Of America 460311 Doctor With Hope In His Hands.mp3
    9. CBSRMT 760324 Brain Drain.mp3
    10. CBSRMT 760726 Brain Without Mercy.mp3
    11. CBSRMT 790221 Great Brain.mp3
    12. Counterspy 490915 Hot Car Killer.mp3
    13. Counterspy 500404 Magic Murder.mp3
    14. Crime Does Not Pay 500403 26 Ingenious Woman.mp3
    15. Damon Runyon Theater 490102 Tobias Terrible.mp3
    16. Dick Tracy 380420 0078 Purple Rider Exposed.mp3
    17. Edgar Bergen And Charlie Mccarthy 471207 Roy Rogers.mp3
    18. Encore Theater 460730 09 Dark Victory.mp3
    19. Exploring Tomorrow 50002 Country Boy.mp3
    20. Exploring Unknown 470420 Dark Curtain With Veronica Lake.mp3
    21. Family Doctor 320000 11 Fatty Brain.mp3
    22. Ft 530225 307 Two Tickets For Stockholm.mp3
    23. Ft 540825 384 Beauty And Brain.mp3
    24. Grand Marquee 461226 17 Slide Rule Says Pass.mp3
    25. Guiding Light Episode 0851.mp3
    26. Heartbeat Theater 581012 Awakening Of Uncle Charlie Skips.mp3
    27. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 520824 No Rest For Dead.mp3
    28. Iwcf 530812 69 Very Private Funeral.mp3
    29. Lone Ranger 450611 1933 Blessed Are Meek.mp3
    30. Lux Radio Theater 380404 170 Dark Victory.mp3
    31. Mysterious Traveler 440924 042 Death Laughs Last.mp3
    Volume 2 - 30 shows - total playtime 11 hours 59 minutes
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    1. Mysterious Traveler 470615 108 Death Is Judge.mp3
    2. Mysterious Traveler 500314 Big Brain.mp3
    3. Mystery Is My Hobby 400hudson Family Deaths.mp3
    4. Night Beat 520605 097 Marvelous Machine.mp3
    5. Night Surgeon Woman With Amnesia Sa.mp3
    6. Nightbeat 50.10.27 038 Doctors Daughter .mp3
    7. Perry Mason 540601 2797 Suzanne Calls Gus.mp3
    8. Planet Man 500000 Episode 75 Dantro And T21 Joined.mp3
    9. Police Headquarters 320000 Episode 37 Stolen Brain.mp3
    10. Sealed Book Beware Of Tomorrow.mp3
    11. Space Patrol 530103 Brain Bank And Space Binoculars.mp3
    12. Space Patrol 530530 Immortal Brain.mp3
    13. Strange Dr Weird 450130 Man Who Lived Twice.mp3
    14. Suspense 440518 Donovans Brain Ep01of02.mp3
    15. Suspense 440525 Donovans Brain Ep02of02.mp3
    16. Suspense 450329 Taming Of Beast.mp3
    17. Suspense 480207 Donovans Brain.mp3
    18. Suspense 620304 Doom Machine.mp3
    19. Taos 460418 1271 Hate Mongers Organization Pt 03.mp3
    20. Taos 460419 1272 Hate Mongers Organization Pt 04.mp3
    21. Taos 470603 1563 Superman Vs. Kryptonite Pt 15.mp3
    22. Taos 470619 1575 Superman Vs. Kryptonite Pt 27.mp3
    23. Taos 470625 1579 Superman Vs. Kryptonite Pt 31.mp3
    24. Theater Five 641029 Nightmare.mp3
    25. Theater Guild On Air 470302 065 What Every Woman Knows.mp3
    26. Tom Mix 460814 Mystery Of Flying City.mp3
    27. Valiant Lady 411002 Joan And Tubby Quarrell.mp3
    28. Weird Circle 430905 House And Brain.mp3
    29. Whistler 430605 055 Shadow Of Mind.mp3
    30. World Adventurers Club 320000 Land Of Doomed Souls.mp3
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    1. 2000 Plus 500621 Brooklyn Brain.mp3
    2. Adventures Of Superman 470327 Man Without Face Ep08of16.mp3
    3. Author Meets Critics 450228 Brainstorm.mp3
    4. Beauty Versus Brains 470902 Miss America Contestants.mp3
    5. Bergen Mccarthy 440326 321 W C Fields Jane Powell.mp3
    6. Bob And Ray 490816 X Bob And Ray Brain Surgery.mp3
    7. Broadway Is My Beat 510722 David Blaine Murder Case.mp3
    8. Cavalcade Of America 460311 Doctor With Hope In His Hands.mp3
    9. CBSRMT 760324 Brain Drain.mp3
    10. CBSRMT 760726 Brain Without Mercy.mp3
    11. CBSRMT 790221 Great Brain.mp3
    12. Counterspy 490915 Hot Car Killer.mp3
    13. Counterspy 500404 Magic Murder.mp3
    14. Crime Does Not Pay 500403 26 Ingenious Woman.mp3
    15. Damon Runyon Theater 490102 Tobias Terrible.mp3
    16. Dick Tracy 380420 0078 Purple Rider Exposed.mp3
    17. Edgar Bergen And Charlie Mccarthy 471207 Roy Rogers.mp3
    18. Encore Theater 460730 09 Dark Victory.mp3
    19. Exploring Tomorrow 50002 Country Boy.mp3
    20. Exploring Unknown 470420 Dark Curtain With Veronica Lake.mp3
    21. Family Doctor 320000 11 Fatty Brain.mp3
    22. Ft 530225 307 Two Tickets For Stockholm.mp3
    23. Ft 540825 384 Beauty And Brain.mp3
    24. Grand Marquee 461226 17 Slide Rule Says Pass.mp3
    25. Guiding Light Episode 0851.mp3
    26. Heartbeat Theater 581012 Awakening Of Uncle Charlie Skips.mp3
    27. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 520824 No Rest For Dead.mp3
    28. Iwcf 530812 69 Very Private Funeral.mp3
    29. Lone Ranger 450611 1933 Blessed Are Meek.mp3
    30. Lux Radio Theater 380404 170 Dark Victory.mp3
    31. Mysterious Traveler 440924 042 Death Laughs Last.mp3
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    1. Mysterious Traveler 470615 108 Death Is Judge.mp3
    2. Mysterious Traveler 500314 Big Brain.mp3
    3. Mystery Is My Hobby 400hudson Family Deaths.mp3
    4. Night Beat 520605 097 Marvelous Machine.mp3
    5. Night Surgeon Woman With Amnesia Sa.mp3
    6. Nightbeat 50.10.27 038 Doctors Daughter .mp3
    7. Perry Mason 540601 2797 Suzanne Calls Gus.mp3
    8. Planet Man 500000 Episode 75 Dantro And T21 Joined.mp3
    9. Police Headquarters 320000 Episode 37 Stolen Brain.mp3
    10. Sealed Book Beware Of Tomorrow.mp3
    11. Space Patrol 530103 Brain Bank And Space Binoculars.mp3
    12. Space Patrol 530530 Immortal Brain.mp3
    13. Strange Dr Weird 450130 Man Who Lived Twice.mp3
    14. Suspense 440518 Donovans Brain Ep01of02.mp3
    15. Suspense 440525 Donovans Brain Ep02of02.mp3
    16. Suspense 450329 Taming Of Beast.mp3
    17. Suspense 480207 Donovans Brain.mp3
    18. Suspense 620304 Doom Machine.mp3
    19. Taos 460418 1271 Hate Mongers Organization Pt 03.mp3
    20. Taos 460419 1272 Hate Mongers Organization Pt 04.mp3
    21. Taos 470603 1563 Superman Vs. Kryptonite Pt 15.mp3
    22. Taos 470619 1575 Superman Vs. Kryptonite Pt 27.mp3
    23. Taos 470625 1579 Superman Vs. Kryptonite Pt 31.mp3
    24. Theater Five 641029 Nightmare.mp3
    25. Theater Guild On Air 470302 065 What Every Woman Knows.mp3
    26. Tom Mix 460814 Mystery Of Flying City.mp3
    27. Valiant Lady 411002 Joan And Tubby Quarrell.mp3
    28. Weird Circle 430905 House And Brain.mp3
    29. Whistler 430605 055 Shadow Of Mind.mp3
    30. World Adventurers Club 320000 Land Of Doomed Souls.mp3
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    61 recordings on 30 Audio CDs
    total playtime 26 hours, 52 min

    Brain Disc A001

    1. Exploring Tomorrow 50002 Country Boy
    2. Guiding Light Episode 0851
    3. Mystery Is My Hobby 400hudson Family Deaths

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    1. Night Surgeon Woman With Amnesia Sa
    2. Nightbeat 50.10.27 038 Doctors Daughter

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    1. Sealed Book Beware Of Tomorrow
    2. Family Doctor 320000 11 Fatty Brain
    3. Police Headquarters 320000 Episode 37 Stolen Brain

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    Brain Disc A004

    1. World Adventurers Club 320000 Land Of Doomed Souls

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    Brain Disc A005

    1. Lux Radio Theater 380404 170 Dark Victory

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    Brain Disc A006

    1. Dick Tracy 380420 0078 Purple Rider Exposed
    2. Valiant Lady 411002 Joan And Tubby Quarrell
    3. Whistler 430605 055 Shadow Of Mind

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    Brain Disc A007

    1. Weird Circle 430905 House And Brain
    2. Bergen Mccarthy 440326 321 W C Fields Jane Powell

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    Brain Disc A008

    1. Suspense 440518 Donovans Brain Ep01of02
    2. Suspense 440525 Donovans Brain Ep02of02

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    Brain Disc A009

    1. Mysterious Traveler 440924 042 Death Laughs Last
    2. Strange Dr Weird 450130 Man Who Lived Twice
    3. Author Meets Critics 450228 Brainstorm

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    Brain Disc A010

    1. Suspense 450329 Taming Of Beast
    2. Lone Ranger 450611 1933 Blessed Are Meek

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    Brain Disc A011

    1. Cavalcade Of America 460311 Doctor With Hope In His Hands
    2. Taos 460418 1271 Hate Mongers Organization Pt 03
    3. Taos 460419 1272 Hate Mongers Organization Pt 04

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    Brain Disc A012

    1. Encore Theater 460730 09 Dark Victory
    2. Tom Mix 460814 Mystery Of Flying City

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    Brain Disc A013

    1. Grand Marquee 461226 17 Slide Rule Says Pass

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    Brain Disc A014

    1. Theater Guild On Air 470302 065 What Every Woman Knows

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    Brain Disc A015

    1. Adventures Of Superman 470327 Man Without Face Ep08of16
    2. Exploring Unknown 470420 Dark Curtain With Veronica Lake
    3. Taos 470603 1563 Superman Vs. Kryptonite Pt 15

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    Brain Disc A016

    1. Mysterious Traveler 470615 108 Death Is Judge
    2. Taos 470619 1575 Superman Vs. Kryptonite Pt 27
    3. Taos 470625 1579 Superman Vs. Kryptonite Pt 31

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    Brain Disc A017

    1. Beauty Versus Brains 470902 Miss America Contestants
    2. Edgar Bergen And Charlie Mccarthy 471207 Roy Rogers

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    Brain Disc A018

    1. Suspense 480207 Donovans Brain

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    Brain Disc A019

    1. Damon Runyon Theater 490102 Tobias Terrible
    2. Bob And Ray 490816 X Bob And Ray Brain Surgery

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    Brain Disc A020

    1. Counterspy 490915 Hot Car Killer
    2. Planet Man 500000 Episode 75 Dantro And T21 Joined

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    Brain Disc A021

    1. Mysterious Traveler 500314 Big Brain
    2. Crime Does Not Pay 500403 26 Ingenious Woman

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    Brain Disc A022

    1. Counterspy 500404 Magic Murder
    2. 2000 Plus 500621 Brooklyn Brain

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    Brain Disc A023

    1. Broadway Is My Beat 510722 David Blaine Murder Case
    2. Night Beat 520605 097 Marvelous Machine

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    Brain Disc A024

    1. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 520824 No Rest For Dead
    2. Space Patrol 530103 Brain Bank And Space Binoculars

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    Brain Disc A025

    1. Ft 530225 307 Two Tickets For Stockholm
    2. Space Patrol 530530 Immortal Brain

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    Brain Disc A026

    1. Iwcf 530812 69 Very Private Funeral
    2. Perry Mason 540601 2797 Suzanne Calls Gus
    3. Ft 540825 384 Beauty And Brain

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    Brain Disc A027

    1. Heartbeat Theater 581012 Awakening Of Uncle Charlie Skips
    2. Suspense 620304 Doom Machine

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    Brain Disc A028

    1. Theater Five 641029 Nightmare
    2. CBSRMT 760324 Brain Drain

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    Brain Disc A029

    1. CBSRMT 760726 Brain Without Mercy

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    1. CBSRMT 790221 Great Brain

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