January 28, 2016

Dying. It’s something everyone will do eventually. But talking about how we want to die is not something we as a society, are comfortable doing. Is it better to try everything and prolong life, regardless of quality of life, or do we sometimes need to face the inevitable — and make it as good an experience as possible for both the person and their family?

 

On January 28, 2016, HealthCetera continues our ongoing conversations about how we die. the program opens with an interview by producer Liz Seegert of filmmakers Carolyn Jones and Lisa Frank, who want to change the conversation about death and dying. They’re filming a new documentary called “Dying in America,” looking at this issue through the eyes of nurses—those who deal with life and death struggles daily. Some are good struggles, some not. All are important. Jones and Frank talk with Seegert about their passion for this topic and why everyone needs to pay attention to this issue.

 

On the second half of the program, producer Diana Mason interviews with David Leven, Executive Director of End of Life Choices New York, about his organizations lawsuit to get New York State to permit aid in dying, as well as legislation that the organization is advocating to advance New Yorkers’ right to die.

 

So tune into HealthCetera on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 1:00 PM on WBAI, 99.5 FM, or live streaming at www.wbai.org. Or you can listen to the program here:

HealthCetera is sponsored by the Center for Health, Media & Policy at Hunter College, City University of New York.