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American Masters, Oliver Sacks: His Own Life
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American Masters, Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

American Masters, Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

Friday, April 9, at 9 PM

Repeats Saturday, April 10, at 2 AM

Also airs on Fusion on Saturday, April 10, at 3 PM and Sunday, April 11, at 9 PM


In February 2015, a few weeks after receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis, Oliver Sacks sat down with award-winning filmmaker Ric Burns for a series of interviews in his apartment in New York City. For 80 hours, surrounded by family, friends and notebooks from six decades of thinking and writing about the brain, he talked about his life and work, his abiding sense of wonder at the natural world and the place of human beings within it. 

Drawing on these deeply personal reflections, as well as interviews with close friends, family members, colleagues and patients, and archival material from every point in his life, “Oliver Sacks: His Own Life” is the story of a beloved doctor and writer who redefined our understanding of the brain and mind.

American Masters

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life


Explore the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller Oliver Sacks.