What's on This Week

11.16.2014
“Death is not a failure,” writes Dr. Atul Gawande. “Death may be the enemy, but it is also the natural order of things.” We live much longer than we used to, thanks to medical...
11.16.2014
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The average American spends more time on Facebook than with their pets or exercising -- and that's not counting Twitter, Instagram, or Vine. We're more connected than ever these...

On Our Minds

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...
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...
Doctors face an almost impossible dilemma when it comes to end-of-life care. They want to do everything possible to keep their patients alive and healthy for as long as...
A coffin that transforms into an entertainment center
Picking out the perfect coffin isn't something you have to save until the last minute! A variety of DiY coffin makers across the country are making functional coffins that...

Your Photos of Remembrance

People who have had near-death experiences report strikingly similar stories: a dramatic transformation of perspective; passage through a tube or a tunnel into another world; a brilliant light; being greeted by deceased family and friends. And when they come back, their lives are transformed. Raymond Moody, the psychiatrist and philosophy professor who has collected thousand of stories of NDEs, says that people now feel “the most important thing we can do while we’re alive is to learn how to love.”

Scientists believe that these experiences are real, but there is still much debate about why these experiences happen and what they might mean. For some scientists, these experiences are purely physiological, for others, they may in fact be a gateway into a different realm of consciousness. Either way, these experiences pose extremely challenging questions for science and spirituality. Steve Paulson presents an overview of these issues, complete with links and a video of a conversation among leading thinkers in the field.