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    Coroners in the 19th Century South

    Professor Stephen Berry talked about coroners in the 19th century South. He discussed the role of a coroner as an agent of the state and talked about the records created from coroner…

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    Book Discussion on On My Own

    Diane Rehm talked about her memoir, On My Own, in which she discusses how she came to be a spokesperson for the right-to-die movement. She spoke with author Bethanne Patrick. “A…

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    Book Discussion on The Good Death

    Ann Neumann talked about her book The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America, in which she examines how new medical innovations, medical ethics, and state laws, such as…

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    Death Rates Rising for Middle-Aged White Americans

    Barbara Ehrenreich talked about her article “What Happened to the White Working Class?” The December 1, 2015, story in The Nation examines census data and analysis that shows a…

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    Book Discussion on Virtual Afterlives

    Candi Cann talked about her book, Virtual Aferlives: Grieving the Dead in the Twenty-First Century, in which she talks about how the rituals of death and grieving have changed throughout…

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    "Death With Dignity" Laws

    Mickey MacIntyre talked about “death with dignity” laws in a number of states. Earlier that month, a 29-year-old activist with terminal brain cancer publicized her decision…

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    Book Discussion on Knocking on Heaven's Door

    Katy Butler talked about her book, Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death, in which she argues for more humane, less invasive end-of-life care. She spoke at…

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    Book Discussion on Knocking on Heaven's Door

    Katy Butler talked about her forthcoming book, Knocking on Heaven’s Door:The Path to a Better Way of Death, in which she argues for more humane, less invasive end-of-life…

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    Book Discussion on About to Die

    Barbie Zelizer talked about her book, About to Die: How News Images Move the Public, in which she explores the impact and controversy surrounding news photos that depict imminent…

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    Authors on Christopher Hitchens' Mortality

    Martin Amis, Carol Blue, Cary Goldstein, and Robert Weil discussed Christopher Hitchens' book Mortality, in which Mr. Hitchens, while suffering from esophageal cancer, described the torments of…

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    Book Discussion on Long for This World: The Strange Science of Immortality

    Jonathan Weiner talked about his book, Long for This World: The Strange Science of Immortality. The interview, part of Book TV’s college series, was recorded in the King’s…

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    Book Discussion on Dust to Dust: A Memoir

    Benjamin Busch talked about his book, Dust to Dust: A Memoir, in which he reflects on mortality. He recounted how he returned from a brutal tour of war and his young daughter did not…

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    After Words with Dick Teresi

    Mr. Teresi makes the controversial argument that the business of organ harvesting is blurring the line between life and death. He contends that organ harvesting puts pressure on…

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    Book Discussion on To Serve the Living

    Suzanne Smith talked about her book, To Serve the Living: Funeral Directors and the African American Way of Death. The interview, part of Book TV’s college series, was recorded on the…

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    Bonaventure Cemetery

    The historic Bonaventure Cemetery was toured. Ms. Doty talked about some of the notable people buried there, focusing on Revolutionary and Civil War eras. C-SPAN’s Local…

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    Book Discussion on This Republic of Suffering

    Drew Gilpin Faust talked about her book This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War. During the war, approximately 620,000 soldiers lost their lives. In her book…

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    Book Discussion on If That Ever Happens to Me

    Lois Shepherd talked about her book, If That Ever Happens to Me: Making Life and Death Decisions after Terri Schiavo (The University of North Carolina Press, 2009). She was interviewed…

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    After Words with Susan Jacoby

    Ms. Jacoby explores what she calls the age-related myths of the health industry and American culture. she says these myths attempt to convince people that longevity can be…

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    Open Phones

    Telephone lines were open for comments on the issue of end-of-life planning as part of Medicare beginning on January 1, 2011.

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    Book Discussion on Long for This World

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jonathan Weiner talked about a group of scientists and entrepreneurs who are working to achieve human immortality. He spoke at Politics and Prose…

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