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Death, Sex & Money

A Funeral Director's Life After Burnout

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

We check in with Caleb Wilde, the sixth-generation Pennsylvania funeral director who told me about his struggle with depression last year. 

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Death, Sex & Money

Siblinghood

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

After hearing from more than 200 listeners about their siblings, it's clear that the people we spend our childhoods with aren't the easiest ones to act like adults toward.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

Meditation on Death Row

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Can meditating for 10 days change your life? It has for dozens of inmates at a maximum security prison in Alabama who signed up for a grueling, intensive course of Vapassana meditation. Jenny Phillips tells the story in her documentary film "The Dhamma Brothers."

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On Being

Jane Gross — The Far Shore of Aging [remix]

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Jane Gross — The Far Shore of Aging

It is a story of our time — the new landscape of living longer, and of dying more slowly too. Jane Gross has explored this as a daughter and as a journalist, and as creator of the New York Times’ “New Old Age” blog. She has grounded advice and practical wisdom about caring for our loved ones and ourselves on the far shore of aging.

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On Being

[Unedited] Jane Gross with Krista Tippett

Thursday, May 07, 2015

[Unedited] Jane Gross with Krista TippettThis unedited conversation with Jane Gross comes from the produced show "The Far Shore of Aging." It is a story of our time — the new landscape of living longer, and of dying more slowly too. Jane Gross has explored this as a daughter and as a journalist, and as creator of the New York Times’ “New Old Age” blog. She has grounded advice and practical wisdom about caring for our loved ones and ourselves on the far shore of aging. See more at www.onbeing.org/program/far-shore-aging/255

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Slate Political Gabfest

The "Can I Get Some of That Clinton Cash?" Edition

Friday, May 01, 2015

Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson are joined by Ta-Nahisi Coates to discuss the situation in Baltimore following the death of a black man while in police custody. They also talk about recent Supreme Court arguments over marriage equality and the death penalty and debate the week in Democratic campaign politics.     The Slate Political Gabfest is sponsored by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for a no-risk trial and a $110 bonus offer when you visit Stamps.com and use the promo code GABFEST.     And by the University of California, committed to advancing our world through discovery. Learn more at universityofcalifornia.edu. The University of California—the power of public.     And by Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses for a fraction of the price. Casper mattresses come with free delivery and returns within a 100-day period. And get 50 dollars toward any mattress purchase by visiting casper.com/gabfest and using the promo code POLITICAL.     Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus.   Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfest@slate.com Show notes at slate.com/gabfest

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The Takeaway

Turning Human Corpses Into Compost

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Urban Death Project wants to bring sustainability and peace to our social practices of death and dying by taking deceased human bodies and turning them into nutrient rich compost. 

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Sustainability, Childhood Freedom, and Composting Corpses

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Takeaway explores new international goals on climate change and poverty, the debate over "free-range" parenting, and a new initiative to compost the dead.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Raising a Hawk After a Father's Death

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Helen Macdonald is an experienced falconer, but she had never before trained the goshawk, until her father died suddenly on a London street.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Scott Simon

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The NPR host spoke about his relationship with his mother, and his memoir about her, Unforgettable. Find out what he reads, watches, and listens to below!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Hospital Room, A Dying Mother, and A Twitter Handle

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Scott Simon chronicles his mother's death and reminisces about her life, revealing her humor and strength, and celebrating familial love.

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On Being

Bruce Kramer — Forgiving the Body: Life with ALS

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Bruce Kramer — Forgiving the Body: Life with ALS

From the moment of his diagnosis with ALS, Bruce Kramer began writing — openly, deeply, and spiritually — about his struggle, as he puts it, to live while dying. He died on March 23, 2015, while we were in production on this show. His words hold abiding joy and beauty, and reveal an unexpected view opened by this disease.

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On Being

[Unedited] Bruce Kramer with Krista Tippett

Thursday, March 26, 2015

[Unedited] Bruce Kramer with Krista TippettThis unedited conversation with Bruce Kramer comes from the produced show "Forgiving the Body: Life with ALS." From the moment of his diagnosis with ALS, Bruce Kramer began writing — openly, deeply, and spiritually — about his struggle, as he puts it, to live while dying. He died on March 23, 2015, while we were in production on this show. His words hold abiding joy and beauty, and reveal an unexpected view opened by this disease. See more at www.onbeing.org/program/bruce-kramer-forgiving-the-body-life-with-als/7420

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Storycorps

StoryCorps Podcast 418: Guardians of the Golden Gate

Friday, March 13, 2015

Kevin Berthia talks with retired California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Briggs. They met the day Berthia tried to end his life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Radio Rookies

Remembering Keith Tingman Jr.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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It’s with deep sadness I’m writing this post. Radio Rookies has lost a valued member of our community. Former Rookie Reporter Keith Tingman died on February 12. We remember him here.
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The Takeaway

A Digital Mausoleum: Facebook After Death

Friday, February 13, 2015

Facebook is letting users decide what should happen to their profile when they die. Your account can be frozen, deleted or you can designate a "legacy contact" to take over your account.

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Radiolab

Reckoning With End of Life Care

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Listen to Jad and producer Sean Cole discuss the chasm between the end-of-life care doctors want for themselves and the care end-of-life patients often receive, on The Brian Lehrer Show.
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The Takeaway

Preparing to Die: Dr. Atul Gawande on Medicine's Struggle with Mortality

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

How do you help a dying person? Boston surgeon Atul Gawande discusses some of the difficulties doctors—including himself—have helping patients with end-of-life care.

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Storycorps

StoryCorps 412: True Blue

Monday, February 09, 2015

Shane Fairchild, a transgender man lived with his wife Blue Bauer, a transgender woman for almost 6 years. Blue transitioned when she was 54 years old. She and Shane met at a bar and were inseparable until Blue got lung cancer. She died on April 12, 2013. Shane sat down with their friend, Sayer Johnson in St. Louis to remember Blue.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

On Our Minds: Reinhold Messner

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Correction: In the broadcast version of this interview, Reinhold Messner is incorrectly said to have walked 28,000 kilometers across Antarctica. He walked 2,800 kilometers. Reinhold Messner is arguably the world’s greatest living mountaineer. He’s climbed 14 of the world’s tallest peaks, and if that isn’t impressive enough, he was the first to climb Mt. Everest alone and without supplemental oxygen. He recounts some of these adventures in a new book called “Reinhold Messner: My Life at the Limit.” Steve Paulson caught up with him and asked how he got hooked on climbing.  

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