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My Friend, The Synesthete

Just as we were putting the finishing touches on Steffie Tomson’s “10 Questions” synesthesia video, I was paid a visit by my friend Robin. I’ve known Robin for close to 40 years and she has always been an incredibly visual person. In fact, she makes a living as a graphic designer.

Here’s Robin. There’s a synesthete born every minute!

As I watched Steffie’s video, Robin peaked over my shoulder. When Steffie was asked “What color is Monday?,” Robin confidently blurted “Red” about a half a second before Steffie said “Red.”

I turned to look at Robin with an arched eyebrow. “Are you a synesthete?,” I asked her. Robin looked surprised.

“I guess so,” she said. “I’ve always associated letters and numbers with colors. I just assumed everyone did.”

Robin, welcome to the Synesthesia Club. You’re one in one-hundred!

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Joshua Seftel

    Executive Producer Joshua Seftel’s love for science started at a young age. He was a Pre-Medical Sciences major in college, and his first job out of school was as a high school physics teacher. Meanwhile, Josh discovered a passion for filmmaking and made his first documentary, the Emmy-nominated “Lost and Found” (1992), about the plight of Romania’s orphaned and abandoned children. He hasn’t stopped making films since, including “Taking on the Kennedys” (1996) and “War, Inc” (2008) starring John Cusack, Marisa Tomei, and Ben Kingsley. Josh also directed the first season of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” and helped develop the Emmy-nominated PBS children’s show “Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman.” He has long been committed to public broadcasting and is a frequent contributor to “Nova Science Now.”