19-07 Segment 1: Facing Our Own Mortality: How to plan for a more peaceful death for yourself and loved ones

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Facing the prospect of death isn’t pleasant, but it is the reality of being human. We talk to two experts about how people can get their affairs in order both personally and medically to ensure their wishes are respected and their loved ones can properly grieve if the unthinkable happens.

Guests:

  • Katy Butler, journalist and author, The Art of Dying Well: A practical guide to a good end of life
  • Dr. Sunita Puri, Medical Director of Palliative Medicine, University of Southern California, author, That Good Night: Life and medicine in the eleventh hour

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18-51 Segment 1: Letters to Max: Two friends confront their mortality through letters

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Sarah Ruhl is a MacArthur Fellowship recipient and a famed playwright. As a professor, she met Max Ritvo, who went on to become a published poet. She recounts the story of their friendship and how they used letters to make a connection and comfort one another while Ritvo faced the end of his life.

Guest:

  • Sarah Ruhl, co-author, Letters to Max: A book of friendship 

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