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End Of Life

The Takeaway

Love, Sex and Alzheimer's: The Question of Consent

Friday, April 24, 2015

An Iowa man this week was found not guilty of sexually abusing his wife, whom nursing home staff members said was cognitively unable to give consent. How are these cases to be handled?

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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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The Leonard Lopate Show

How Medicine Can Improve Life — and Death

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Medicine can improve our lives, but surgeon and writer Atul Gawande wants medical care to also  improve the way we die.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Fathers and Sons and Medical Ethics

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A look at how different generations approach tough medical decisions. Barron Lerner, bioethicist, historian of medicine and internist at New York University’s Langone School of Medicine and the author of The Good Doctor: A Father, a Son, and the Evolution of Medical Ethics (Beacon Press, 2014), talks about how he and his father, both physicians, approach end-of-life issues with their patients.

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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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The Brian Lehrer Show

What Doctors Want from End of Life Care

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Why do so many end-of-life patients get care that is ineffective? Radiolab Jad Abumrad on the show's recent story.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Who Made Money Off Sandy?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A group of leading Senators have announced a deal on immigration reform. Chung-Wha Hong of the New York Immigration Coalition talks about the bipartisan proposal. Plus: Benjamin Barber on how cities are responding to global issues; WNYC’s Robert Lewis on the economics of the Sandy recovery, including lucrative contracts; Jad Abumrad and Sean Cole talk about a recent Radiolab piece about what doctors want for their own end of life care; Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY-18) talks about representing the Hudson Valley; and can we ever stop drivers from honking?

Radiolab

The Bitter End

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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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The Brian Lehrer Show

Preparing to Die

Friday, July 22, 2011

Peter Waldman, reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek, discusses his investigation of for-profit hospice care.

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The Takeaway

Reflecting on Jack Kevorkian, Dead at Age 83

Friday, June 03, 2011

Dr. Jack Kevorkian died at age 83 Friday morning at a Michigan hospital. Kevorkian was a controversial figure; outspoken on assisted suicide, the doctor said he helped 130 people who had chosen to end their lives. Terry Youk's brother, Thomas, was euthanized in 1998 with the help of Jack Kevorkian. He supported his brothers challenging decision. Professor of political science at Dickinson College, Jim Hoefler is an expert in biomedical ethics and end-of -life decision making. He says that Jack Kevorkian "muddied the waters" in the end-of-life debate by choosing to help people who weren't in dire circumstances.

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The Takeaway

Jack Kevorkian Dead at Age 83

Friday, June 03, 2011

Dr. Jack Kevorkian died Friday morning at age 83. He was in a Michigan hospital. Known as "Dr. Death," Kevorkian was an outspoken advocate for assisted suicide and said that he had been responsible for helping 130 people commit suicide. He was a controversial figure. In March 1999, he was sentenced to 10 to 25 years in a maximum security prison. Joe Swickard, reporter for The Detroit Free Press talks about his legacy.

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It's A Free Country ®

End-of-Life Counseling Back from the Dead

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I think it’s important to remember that it’s really important for people to have these discussions, and I think that importance got totally lost in all that “death panel” business that was going on and the political hysteria that accompanied it.

Trudy Lieberman, contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review

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