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This Week: Benjamin Zander
This Week
December 10, 2004

This week on NOW:

Charlie Houston made history scaling some of the world’s most towering mountains, became one of the world's foremost authorities on high altitude medicine, and helped developed a prototype for the artificial heart. As one of America's pioneering mountaineers, a prominent physician and naval flight surgeon, Houston’s hunch about high-altitude flying would give America's pilots an edge and help defeat the armies of Hitler and the warlords of Japan. Bill Moyers goes back to the mountains with Charlie Houston, whose quiet life of achievement has made the world a better place for countless strangers. Houston’s telling of an early, harrowing attempt to scale the world’s second highest mountain, K-2 in the Himalayas, illustrated with rare film footage, resonates as a poignant metaphor for his approach to life. “Whatever you can do or think, you can begin it, boldness has power and magic and genius in it,” he tells Moyers. “We were doing something that's beyond our reach, and trying to do something bigger than ourselves.”

As a sought-after speaker to major organizations for his presentations on leadership and creativity, Benjamin Zander has made a career of talking about the art of possibility to students, musicians, and business leaders around the world. David Brancaccio speaks with world renowned conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, who uses his passion for music to talk about the infinite possibilities in all of our lives. Zander, along with his wife, psychotherapist Rosamund Stone Zander, are the authors of THE ART OF POSSIBILITY, which coaches readers on transforming their professional and person lives.

In Depth

Charles Houston

Mountaineer and Physician Charles Houston

The Literature of Mountaineering

Benjamin Zander

Photo Essays: Explore the World

Conductor Benjamin Zander

Sheet Music
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Bill Moyers talks with Dr. Charles Houston (27:13)

David Brancaccio talks with Benjamin Zander (14:50)

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