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The Beautiful Brain

Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (74 ratings)

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This is a story about the beautiful game – football. (Or soccer, as it's known in Australia). The highs, the lows, historic match days and foul play. It’s a celebration of a beloved player, a history maker, and his tragic ending at the final whistle. It’s a story about science and discovery, about the people on the frontline of life changing research.

But above all it’s a story about family, and about consequence.

All of this is wrapped up in three little letters, C.T.E.

A four part investigative documentary from multi-award winning producer Hana Walker-Brown (Audio Production Awards Best Documentary [Winner, 2017, 2016], Prix Europa [Nominee, 2018, 2017, 2015], Åke Blomström Prize [Winner, 2015] Hearsay International Audio Arts Award [Nominee, 2014] and Charles Parker Prize Gold Award [Winner, 2013]) The Beautiful Brain looks at the devastating effects of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) – a degenerative brain disease found in people who’ve suffered severe or repeated blows to the head.

Beginning with the story of FA Cup winner Jeff Astle, the podcast expands outwards looking at the widows, daughters and families who are left fighting for answers following the death of their loved ones. As the series progresses Hana’s investigation leads her from Britain’s football pitches to support groups for victims of domestic violence and beyond, sparking a vital discussion about accountability and the urgent need for further scientific studies into CTE.

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Intense story

Intense. I had no idea about this. What's even worse was the kick back from people who wanted the research to be rescinded. Terrible.

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fascinating, heart breaking, eye opening!

amazing story and intellectually satisfying as well. highly recommend for medics and sports fans (Or their families)

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Eye opening. I'm loving documentary audiobooks

If your not into soccer then just work your way through the first 20 mins; but a very enjoyable book after that. The first 20 mins is still required to connect (emotionally) with the person and family, and what they had to go through.

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Worth a listen

Great. Emotional, eye opening and informative. If you love to play sport it's worth a listen. If you're interested in the brain or degenerative diseases this opens the door to CTE.

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valid, groundbreaking takes guts

i found this book compelling and challenging. we are the sum total of our brain

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A brilliant listening Documentary.

Every human being should listen and heed this documentary.
our children's lives depend on
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Fanatastic

Loved it. This book was very informative and interesting at the same time. After finishing this I got interested in finding out and resarching more about CTE and Jeoff Astler. Also watched the movie Concussion after it. Great effort everyone.

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brilliant work

excellent podcast highlighting the human cost of CTE. should be mandatory listening for every coach of high impact sport.

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Found this story so compelling I need to know more

It was equal in empathy and research. the interviews were balanced between both to give multiple aspects to frame the topic of CTE. well written, constructed and read. loved it

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Excellent doco

I've told many people about this. Such a well paced written investigation. I'd love to listen to more work by this author. Really useful information.

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  • M.G.
  • 02-05-2019

Excellent Moving Story

This is excellent. True story that moved me to tears. Told with compassion and respect I think this will stay with me for years to come.

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  • Alexander
  • 03-06-2019

A Paper Thin Jeff Astle Biography

Largely disappointed (although I a greatly appreciate that it's free). More like a 3 and a half hour radio discussion

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  • S Stevenson
  • 29-04-2019

Amazing

Absolutely loving this series so far! It’s very well put together and you really do get immersed into the story. Highly recommended

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  • 22-04-2019

Outstanding

An horrific tale compellingly told. Free stones left unturned in the telling. The Astle family come across as incredibly stoical and proud people. A shame perhaps that Gordon Taylor's utter indifference to the Astle's story wasn't emphasised more. Brilliantly researched and written.

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  • lisa stanley
  • 30-06-2020

not what I thought would be. moving story!!

I thought this wascdome kind of mindfulness podcast as called beautiful brain. downloaded it quick to listen to whole I walked the dogs. when football came on i thought...oh no. carried on listening an i thought was brilliant! very moving story. so glad I downloaded it.

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  • Ellie Mac
  • 23-06-2020

interesting

got bored half way through with bits keep being repeated. I think it would have been better over 2 episodes

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  • 3ripul A
  • 13-06-2020

very enlightening!

I'm looking forward to sharing this knowledge with my students and my local community.

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  • Anupadin
  • 10-06-2020

An Important Piece of Investigative Journalism

A tragic story for those of us who grew up watching Jeff Astle and important science for those playing, directing and controlling contact sports around the world.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-05-2020

Compassionate, Compelling, and Factual Story

I recommend this series 2 everyone very eye-opening and compassionate. The strength of the Astle family have his unbelievable.

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  • Caitlin Hill
  • 06-05-2020

Hard hitting

Hard hitting informative documentary on CTE with real life experiences. Poignant, emotional and interesting. Well spoken and well written. A must for any baggies fans out there.