Slate and WBUR on brain implants, dyslexia, and a connection between music and language.

The Checkup Podcast Has Brains on the Brain

The Checkup Podcast Has Brains on the Brain

A podcast about health and health myths, from Slate and WBUR.
March 16 2015 2:00 PM

On the Brain

The Checkup from Slate and WBUR explores a brain implant for PTSD, dyslexia research, and a connection between musical training and language development.


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Listen to Episode 8 of WBUR’s The Checkup: On the Brain

The Checkup has returned for a second season! Enjoy this health podcast, a collaboration between Slate and WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station. You can find past episodes in The Checkup’s individual feed.


From WBUR and Slate, the solidly reported and also somewhat opinionated take on health news for you and your family. This installment explores the human brain with conversations about brain implant research, dyslexia, and language development aided by music.

Your hosts are Carey Goldberg and Rachel Zimmerman, former newspaper reporters and co-producers of WBUR’s CommonHealth blog. Each episode of The Checkup features a different topic—previous topics included college mental health, sex problems, the Insanity workout, and vaccine issues.

The Checkup Podcast is produced at WBUR by George Hicks.

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Carey Goldberg is the co-host of WBUR’s CommonHealth blog, and a former Boston bureau chief of the New York Times.

Rachel Zimmerman is the co-host of WBUR’s CommonHealth blog, and a former health care reporter at the Wall Street Journal.