Friday, July 18, 2014
U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney ruled that the death penalty was unconstitutional. Judge Carney argues that the lack of certainty over when, and more importantly if an execution will take place constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
His humorous and edgy 1982 “sermon” took on the question of whether hydrogen bombs would deliver us from more terrifying circumstances. A literary classic, the full audio recording is now available for the first time.
Friday, June 06, 2014
We don’t know for certain who owns our digital legacies after we die. A group of legal volunteers called the Uniform Law Commission is trying to sort this out with model legislation they call the Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, or FADA. The goal is to give executors and other legal proxies access to files created by the deceased. Bob speaks to Suzanne Brown Walsh, attorney and chair of FADA, about the act.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
The Scene: Kansas City
From KCUR's Arts & Culture desk, a service of Kansas City Public Media
A doctor with stage IV prostate cancer decided he doesn't want a fancy store-bought coffin. When he asked a local artist to help him build a simple pine box, they formed an unlikely friendship.
Saturday, May 03, 2014
The topic of death carries immense weight and affects every one of us in a different way. Some find the prospect of moving on from this life to be a scary, unwelcome feeling. Others feel at peace knowing there is an end, and that encourages them to live in a different way. On this episode of The Really Big Questions, we explore the idea of what a “good death” means.
Friday, May 02, 2014
Monday, March 24, 2014
Today Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said there was no longer any doubt about Flight 370 — according to satellite data, the plane flew south into remote waters in the Indian Ocean and could not have landed safely.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
We turn to doctors to save our lives -- to heal us, repair us, and keep us healthy. But when it comes to the critical question of what to do when death is at hand, there seems to be a gap between what we want doctors to do for us, and what doctors want done for themselves.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Friday, January 24, 2014
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
By Robert Krulwich : Host, Radiolab
What are the odds that you will die this year? Whatever they are, the mortality tables suggest those odds will double eight years from now. Death, apparently, moves closer at a curiously regular pace. Why this eight-year progression? Is it something biological? Random? What is it about eight that attracts the Grim Reaper? Let's ask.
Friday, December 13, 2013
David Sedaris ushers in stories about tough choices, and describes a serious (not) wardrobe crisis.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
"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.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
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.