Ending With A Flourish

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December 30, 2017

New Years celebrations are all parties and hats, songs and champagne. No one ever seems to talk about the fact that something big just ended. An entire year of life, come and gone. Shouldn’t we pause to mourn, or mark its passing with a little reverence?

We don’t handle endings well, in general. So this hour, let’s learn about how to make a good ending — whether leaving a lover, quitting a job, or getting ready for the end of life itself.

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Every week, Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond host the popular "Dear Sugars" podcast, where they read listener letters and give relationship advice. Sometimes, they have to parse the questions people think they're asking ("Does my partner hate cats?") from the ones simmering beneath the surface ("Should I leave this man and never look back?"). 

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11:06
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Ilana Gershon argues that if you want to have a successful career in the US today, you have to be a job quitter.

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9:46
Ernest Hemingway and the many endings of "Farewell To Arms"
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Hemingway rewrote the ending to his classic novel dozens of times. After he died, his grandson Sean Hemingway collected those other endings and published them in a new edition of the literary classic.

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10:42
A flower at the end of life
Dangerous Ideas

Author and professor Simon Critchley offers a dangerous idea that concerns time. And death.

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3:24
David Giffels and his dad
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A few years ago, David Giffels took on an unusual woodworking project — he started building his own coffin. With his 80-year-old father. But after losing his mother and best friend suddenly, his woodworking project took on a whole new meaning.
 

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11:33
Choose something from 2017 and leave it behind.
Dangerous Ideas

Anne shares a yearly ritual for leaving behind something you regret, and moving into the new year a little bit lighter. 

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1:11
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December 29, 2017