David Sedaris ushers in stories about tough choices, and describes a serious (not) wardrobe crisis.
"Time of Death" is a new Showtime series that follows eight people as they succumb to terminal diseases, making visible the most painful moments of the dying as they confront the last months, days, and minutes of their lives. But creator and co-executive producer Miggi Hood says each episode is as much about life as it is about death. Hood joins The Takeaway to discuss how the series was conceived.
There seems to be a flaw in the calculator used by doctors to assess treatment options to lower cholesterol. Kim Allan Williams, vice president of the American College of Cardiology, discusses the tool that seems to be overestimating risk. Plus: NYU law professor Robert Blecker talks about his new book The Death of Punishment: Searching for Justice Among the Worst of the Worst; movement in the NYC median income numbers; hurdles to employment for those coming out of prison; and the 50th anniversary of Bread and Puppet.
This week, Fast Company writer Jason Feifer started a tumblr called Selfies at Funerals. Feifer’s reposting selfies posted by teens on Twitter or Instagram. It’s probably worth pointing out that, in fact, most of the pictures are actually taken before a funeral or after one. With a couple exceptions, these are pictures of kids in suits or dresses, taking a self portrait, usually in their homes.
How do you build a monument to a war that was more tragic than triumphant? Maya Lin was practically a kid when she got the commission to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall. Her minimalistic granite wall was derided by one vet as a “black gash of shame.” But inscribed with the name of every fallen soldier, it became a sacred place for veterans and their families, and it influenced later designs like the National September 11 Memorial.
Tim Kreider shares a deeply personal story about a friend whose life was full of fuzzy facts. Tim's friend Skelly was a private guy, and his friends didn't push him on the details of his personal life -- even when they discovered the little lies he told to impress them. ...
Death bassist and vocalist Bobby Hackney Sr. and filmmaker Jeff Howlett join John Schaefer to discuss the new new film A Band Called Death.
In this episode: The new documentary film "A Band Called Death," tells the story of a proto-punk '70s Detroit band whose music finally got its due more than three decades after being recorded.
Plus: Comedian Tig Notaro weaves a tale for our audience in The Greene Space – and tells us about the first album she ever bought with her own money.
And: Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Mikal Cronin brings his catchy power-pop to the studio, when he performs songs from his new album, MCII.
Old friends, hard choices, and a wardrobe malfunction. David Sedaris hosts, and reads a comic rant by Frank Gannon.
Willa Cather, a giant of 20th century American literature, expressly forbade the publication of her personal correspondence. But next month, an anthology of her letters, around 566 of them, is set to be published, finally submitting her private life to public scrutiny.
We talk to the Swedish company that is making specially-designed, commercially available coffins which will play your favorite music for you for all eternity. Comedians Jon Glaser and Eugene Mirman join us to talk about the music that they'd like to take to the grave.
Anything can happen. That's the essential spark that makes life — surprising. We've been asking you for your stories about your near death experiences. Cindy in Portland shared the story about a close call on the way to work. Kyle in Brooklyn encountered a bear while camping. And Aaron fell asleep behind the wheel while working several jobs. Those are just a few of the close calls you shared with us.
Death is painfully human, strangely ordinary, and universal. It causes us pain, it requires planning, and it requires final decisions. But here in America, in most cases, it doesn't require one thing: personally handling the dead. But more and more often, Americans are deciding to do things differently.
In concert with another segment from today about preparing bodies for burial at home, we're exploring a place everyone knows about but almost no one ever goes. A place of almost, near misses, near endings.
Why do so many end-of-life patients get care that is ineffective? Radiolab Jad Abumrad on the show's recent story.
What if I told you that there's a mathematical formula buried deep in living things that tells us — all of us, dandelions, gorillas, sea grasses, elm trees, buttercups — when it's time to die. Scientists think there is such rule. It has to do with size.