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Freakonomics Radio’s “How to Be Better at Death”

Freakonomics Radio’s “How to Be Better at Death”

Caitlin Doughty is an articulate, charismatic advocate for funeral and death care reform. This past weekend I finally listened to her Febriuary 2021 interview on the Freakonomics Radio podcast. I was not disappointed.

10: Marble Lasts, Soil Feeds

10: Marble Lasts, Soil Feeds

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”How Do You Want to be Remembered?This past week was the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. And when we talk about September 11th, the thing we always say is how important it is to remember. How...

RadioLab’s “The Queen of Dying”

RadioLab’s “The Queen of Dying”

RadioLab has long been one of my favorite podcasts. If we had an unlimited budget these are the kinds of shows we'd produce. That's why it's so exciting when the talented production team at RadioLab focuses their time and attention on the end-of-life experience. In...

9: Let’s Keep Doing Virtual Funerals

9: Let’s Keep Doing Virtual Funerals

Some of the most heartbreaking stories in 2020 were about families that couldn’t gather together to grieve the death of a loved one. Virtual funerals became a thing for the first time. I wanted to do this episode because I was hearing stories about virtual funerals that were surprisingly awesome.

8: How Artificial Intelligence Fills the Primary Care Gap

8: How Artificial Intelligence Fills the Primary Care Gap

"Sometimes in our healthcare experiences we just feel like numbers in an office, you know, running through, not getting enough time to say what we wanted to say or get our questions answered. And that's a symptom of healthcare not being human."Do you have a primary...

7: Senior Housing Has a People Problem

7: Senior Housing Has a People Problem

"The average time to hire any sort of frontline healthcare worker - nationally - is 49 days. And that's by far the largest time to hire in any sort of macro industry in the United States."Today we’re going to talk about Senior Housing - where do we live when we can’t...

6: Advance Care Planning Systems – The Miracle Hiding in Plain Sight

6: Advance Care Planning Systems – The Miracle Hiding in Plain Sight

"Advance care planning is not enough. It's critically important that we develop highly reliable systems."Advance care planning - clarifying your wishes in advance about the kind of care you want to receive - improves outcomes for patients, families and healthcare...

5: Walt Patrick’s Intro to Green Burial

5: Walt Patrick’s Intro to Green Burial

" People are looking hungrily for anything that can give them a sense of efficacy in a world that doesn't seem to care what they think."Green Burial basically means no embalming, no concrete vault, no coffin. It's how people did things for millennia, but today it...

4: Talk to Your Kids About Death – Jeanne Proust

4: Talk to Your Kids About Death – Jeanne Proust

"The fact that our time on this earth is limited is actually the ultimate incentive to act."Meet Jeanne Proust. She's a philosopher and educator - in this thirteen minute piece she explains what philosophy says about death. These timeless ideas help us make sense of...

3: Downsizing the Silver Tsunami – Sharon McRill

3: Downsizing the Silver Tsunami – Sharon McRill

Sharon McRill is the founder and owner of the Betty Brigade. Her book, “Downsizing the Silver Tsunami” is the compilation of 16 years of working with thousands of clients and helping them resolve the moving problems and logistical and vendor questions that come up...

2: Paula Span’s Intro to Hospice

2: Paula Span’s Intro to Hospice

Paula Span is a reporter, journalist and educator. She writes the New York Times “The New Old Age” column and trains the next generation of journalists at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Paula’s book, “When the Time Comes: Families with Aging...

1: Design Thinking + Death

1: Design Thinking + Death

This all started for me back in 2015, it was a Ted talk from BJ Miller and it was called "What Really Matters at the End of Life". You should go and watch the whole thing, but here's the part that you need to know: BJ Miller: Healthcare was designed with diseases, not...

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