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We tackle the age old question of nature vs nurture using computer generated images, brain scans and expert testimony.

This riveting, new three-part series examines three groups of geniuses to answer questions about human intelligence. Do differences in gender, brain size and brain hemisphere dominance enable these remarkable individuals to excel so far beyond their peers? Or, can education and environment help fuel intelligence and enable anyone to become a prodigy, if given the opportunity?

Using computer generated images, brain scans and expert testimony, we unlock some of the brain’s biggest mysteries Make Me a Genius profiles Susan Polger, whose unique education early in childhood shapes a supreme ability to play chess, making her the world’s first female chess grand master. Delving deep into the minds of savants, Accidental Genius shares the story of one man who suffered a serious brain injury that released a manic talent for painting that he had never known. Born Genius introduces us to Marc Yu, an amazing seven year old classical concert pianist whose brain seems specifically created for music.


  • My Brilliant Brain: Make Me A Genius
    Can you turn an ordinary child into a prodigy? Let Susan Polger tells you how this hypothetical becomes reality.
  • My Brilliant Brain: Born Genius
    Can one be born a genius or is it nurtured? Is there any side effect if we overdo it? We present Marc Yu, age 2, who possess amazing music abilities.
  • My Brilliant Brain: Accidental Genius
    Is there a hidden genius potential in each of us? Can it be unlock? Join George Widener and Tommy McHughas as they talk about their hidden potential.