Ross Reynolds has a wide-ranging discussion of end-of-life issues with Atul Gawande, author of “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End."
Gawande discusses several issues such as how medical science views death as a failure, and does not always examine how medical treatments affect people at the end; innovations in assisted living and hospice to not only improve the quality of life, but also allow people to live longer; and how health care professionals are trying to become better at end of life care.
Ross Reynolds interviews Matt Bai, national political correspondent for Yahoo News, about his book on the Gary Hart debacle.
If you know who Hart is, you probably remember his flame-out campaign for president. In 1987 the Democratic Senator from Colorado was running against George H.W. Bush was ahead by double digits. But when the Miami Herald ran a story about a supposed affair Hart was having with model Donna Rice, his campaign fell apart within a week.
Ross Reynolds talks with Frank Schaefer, author of "Defrocked: How A Father's Act of Love Shook the United Methodist Church," about his decision to officiate his son's same-sex marriage and the ensuing case over his dismissal from position as pastor in the Methodist church.
Many Seattle-area residents remember Joe Guppy from his days as a performer. For years he was an improvisational artist and actor, and one of the minds behind the long-running television program "Almost Live."
Marcie Sillman talks to book hugger Nancy Pearl about a "cozy" mystery to settle in with now that the rain has returned to Puget Sound. Her recommendation for the week is "Murder at the Brightwell," by Ashley Weaver.
Marcie Sillman gets the week's reading list from beloved librarian Nancy Pearl, who in honor of back-to-school season recommends two academic satires: "Famous Writers I Have Known," by James Magnuson, and "Dear Committee Members," by Julie Schumacher.