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The Takeaway

For Flight 370 Families, Loved Ones Forever Missing

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.

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Radiolab

The Bitter End

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.

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Radio Diaries

#11: Willie McGee and the Traveling Electric Chair

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

On the night of May 7th, 1951, in the small town of Laurel, Mississippi, close to a thousand people gathered around the courthouse. They came to witness an execution. Willie McGee was a young black man who had been accused of raping a white woman...

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The Truth

It's Your Funeral (part 1)

Friday, January 24, 2014

Live the death you've always wanted. Performed by Andy Moskowitz, Jackie Hoffman, Ben Jones, Damon Ketron, Phoebe Tyres, Shacottha Fields, Blanche Ames, and Rebecca Robles. Written by David Wilcox. Produced and directed by Jonathan Mitchell.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Class on Death Teaches About Life

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Nurse Norma Bowe explains why she decided to teach a college course on death and why it became so popular.

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Radiolab

Am I Going To Die This Year? A Mathematical Puzzle

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

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.

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Selected Shorts

David Sedaris Presents Stories About Difficult Choices

Friday, December 13, 2013

David Sedaris ushers in stories about tough choices, and describes a serious (not) wardrobe crisis.

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The Takeaway

Learning About Life from"Time of Death"

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.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NYC Median Incomes; Statin Calculator; Death Penalty; Bread and Puppet

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.

On Being

Ira Byock — Contemplating Mortality [remix]

Thursday, November 07, 2013

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On Being

[Unedited] Ira Byock with Krista Tippett

Thursday, November 07, 2013

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On The Media

In Defense of Funeral Selfies

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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.

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Studio 360

American Icons: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Friday, October 04, 2013

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. 

Bonus Track: Kurt Andersen's full interview with Maya Lin

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Radiolab

Stashed Away Secrets

Thursday, August 01, 2013

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. ...

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Soundcheck

A Band Called Death

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Death bassist and vocalist Bobby Hackney Sr. and filmmaker Jeff Howlett join John Schaefer to discuss the new new film A Band Called Death.

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Soundcheck

A Band Called Death; Tig Notaro’s Hilarious Tale; Mikal Cronin Plays Live

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

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.

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    On Being

    Meredith Monk's Voice [remix]

    Thursday, June 27, 2013

    A kind of archeologist of the human voice, Meredith Monk says that "the voice could be like the body" — flexible and fluid with practice. The longtime Buddhist practitioner pushes the boundaries of what we can do without words.

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    On Being

    [Unedited] Meredith Monk and Krista Tippett

    Thursday, June 27, 2013

    A kind of archeologist of the human voice, Meredith Monk says that "the voice could be like the body" — flexible and fluid with practice. The longtime Buddhist practitioner pushes the boundaries of what we can do without words.

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    On Being

    Christian Wiman — A Call to Doubt and Faith, and Remembering God [remix]

    Thursday, May 23, 2013

    The poet Christian Wiman is giving voice to the hunger for faith — and the challenges of faith — for people living now. After a Texas upbringing soaked in a history of violence and a charismatic Christian culture, he was agnostic until he became actively

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    On Being

    [Unedited] Christian Wiman with Krista Tippett

    Thursday, May 23, 2013

    The poet Christian Wiman is giving voice to the hunger for faith — and the challenges of faith — for people living now. After a Texas upbringing soaked in a history of violence and a charismatic Christian culture, he was agnostic until he became actively

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