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Week of November 16, 2014

Death: Exit Plan

November 16, 2014

We live much longer than we used to, thanks to medical advances, but what are the emotional and financial costs of extending life?  Some doctors don't know how to talk with their patients about preparing for death, so there's now a push to have frank conversations about end-of-life care. Also,one family's story of working within Oregon's "Death with Dignity" law.

  1. Katy Butler on Heaven's Door

    When Katy Butler's aging father got a pacemaker, his life slid into dementia, incontinence and misery. Katy talks about choosing care over cure.

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  2. Atul Gawande Advocates Compassionate Medical Care [Video]

    “I learned virtually nothing about mortality when I was in medical school,” Dr. Atul Gawande says. “I was terrible at knowing how to have a successful conversation with people facing terminal illness.” Gawande, author of the bestselling “Being Mortal,” is now trying to get people talking about better ways to live out the final chapter.

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  3. One City Talks about Death

    Less than 30 percent of Americans have filled out an advanced directive for end-of-life care, but 90 percent of the people in La Crosse, Wisconsin have one. Rehman Tungekar reports on Gundersen Health's remarkable effort to get an entire city talking about death and dying.

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  4. A Photographer's Days with His Father

    When photographer Phil Toledano's mother died in 2006, Phil - an only child - became his father's main caregiver. Phil started taking photos of him too. In the beginning, he says, "I was taking photographs for myself. I was recording something for myself." But when he started sharing the pictures online, the response was overwhelming. 

    See Toledano's photos here.

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  5. "Death Doesn't Bother Me, Anyway" Pt. 2

    For 26 years, Dan Pierotti knew — really knew — that his days were numbered. In 1988 he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. In this second installment of his story, Dan and his wife Judy talk about the dealing with medication, hospice and Dan's decreasing mobility. And they consider whether or not he will stop taking the medicine that keeps him alive.

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  6. Choosing Death With Dignity

    Ben Wald chose to hasten the end his life in 2012, as he was dying of lung cancer. His wife, Pam, discusses both the decision and the process of Oregon's Death with Dignity Act. You can also hear her extended interview

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  7. "When Death Comes," Read by Mary Oliver

    Mary Oliver has said, "The poem is meant to be given away, best of all by the spoken presentation of it; then the work is complete." To complete the second hour of the Death series, here's her reading of "When Death Comes," taken from At Blackwater Pond: Mary Oliver Reads Mary Oliver and used with permission from Beacon Press, 2006.

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Image: Bryan Pearson Via: Flickr Creative Commons

Our Digital Lives

November 16, 2014

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 days, but at what cost?

  1. Reclaiming the Internet

    Filmmaker Astra Taylor believes our digital life is undemocratic -- that we're concentrating power into the hands of giant tech companies, who make money off our posts and tweet. She tells Anne Strainchamps why she believes there should be greater regulation of the Internet.

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  2. Sonic Sidebar: Alone Together

    For three decades, MIT professor Sherry Turkle's been looking at the ways we interact with machines. She believes our digital devices are taking a toll on our personal relationships.

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  3. When Everything Happens Now

    Ever feel overwhelmed by digital technology? You're not alone. Media theorist Douglas Rushkoff says it's changing our relationship to time, and we're having trouble adapting.

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  4. Who Owns the Future?

    Visionary computer scientist Jaron Lanier explores the rise of the tech industry in his book "Who Owns the Future?" In it, he explains why the next information economy is hurting the middle class.

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  5. Dangerous Idea: Save the Habitat for All Creatures

    Doug Peacock's Dangerous Idea? We need to save the planet before it's too late.

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  6. On Our Minds: Rethinking Our Approach to Climate Change

    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 hands of an emerging global movement.

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