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Prof. Michael Hausser
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University College London
The white pyramidal neurons above are found in the hippocampus, which helps process and retrieve memory.

It may be startling to realize things you did before the pandemic you've now forgotten how to do. For most of us, it doesn't take much time to regain those abilities.

An email from an Up To Date listener related that, after 18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, she resumed her beloved quilting hobby only to find she couldn't remember how to measure or cut the fabric.

When she went to her quilting store for assistance, the owner told her that several customers had come in with the same concern — that they had forgotten how to quilt.

Professor Craig Stark takes us on a reassuring walk through how our brains store, sort and recall memories.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
Elizabeth Ruiz is a freelance producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact her at elizabeth@kcur.org or on Twitter at @er_bentley_ruiz
As senior producer of Up To Date, I want our listeners to hear familiar and new voices that shine light on the issues and challenges facing the myriad communities KCUR serves, and to expose our audiences to the wonderful and the creative in the Kansas City area. Just as important to me is an obligation to mentor the next generation of producers to ensure that the important conversations continue. Reach me at alexanderdk@kcur.org.