What's on This Week

11.30.2014
How do we mark death and celebrate lost lives around the globe? In this hour, we hear stories from inside the funeral industry, wonder why dead bodies can compell or repell us,...
05.11.2014
(was 11.30.2014)
Scientists are discovering how plants secretly talk to each other.  How smart is your geranium, and what does a tree know?  Today, we're eavesdropping on the secret language of...

On Our Minds

From it’s inception, Thanksgiving has been a marriage of food and politics. In 1863, with the country in the midst of civil war, President Abraham Lincoln established the...
Adele and Kurt Godel
The scientific genius Kurt Godel is on our minds this week.  So Anne Strainchamps talks with the French writer, Yannick Grannec, about her novel, "The Goddess of Small Things...
“Advances in resuscitation science are beginning to challenge our understanding of what death really is,” says Sam Parnia. He's the director of cardiopulmonary resuscitation...
Matches
In the second hour of the death series, Pam Wald talked about helping her husband Ben - then terminally ill - use Oregon's Death with Dignity Act to speed the end of his life...
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In her latest book, "This Changes Everything," journalist Naomi Klein takes a critical view of our current approaches to climate change. She sees the solution resting in the...

Resources for Dealing with Death

In case our series on death and dying has left you with questions, or ready to start challenging conversations, we've asked some of our guests for their recommendations on resources that provide information on various aspects of death and grieving. For example, Chuck Lakin, the woodworker who’s building coffins that you can keep in your house as furniture, is also a home funeral educator. He’s put together a list of his favorite resources for home funerals and green burials.

Buddhist chaplain Steven Spiro has suggestions for information about conscious dying.

If you want help dealing with grief, Karen Reppen shares her recommendations.

And if you’re thinking about talking with your loved ones about end-of-life issues, Anne shares some of the best resources she’s found.