Shows I would love to do
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Death and the Divine Feminine ~ How the dominance of the male patriarchy and the subversion of the feminine affects contemporary views and death practices. Guest: Starhawk, well known theorist of Paganism and one of the foremost popular voices of ecofeminism.
Famous Last Words ~ On the amazing, insightful and sometimes mysterious last words spoken by the dying or soon to be dead. Guest: Jamie Frater, founder of Listverse, who is fascinated with all things morbid and bizarre.
The Day the Music Died ~ Where and how death is portrayed in rock music, how fans react to notable rock deaths (Hendrix, Cobain, SRV, Hutchence, etc), and the extent to which rock musicians contribute to the glorification of youth and the denial of death (“I hope I die before I get old”). Guest: Someone from the Ultimate Classic Rock editorial team (firstname.lastname@example.org).
A Blast Into Oblivion ~ On the practice of loading cremated remains into fireworks. Guest: Fergus Jamieson, Executive from Heaven’s Above Fireworks (“A Happier Way to Say Goodbye”), the UK company that offers this service
How Jesus Caused 9/11 ~ A discussion of how the Christianization of pagan Rome in the 4th century, and the subsequent changes in burial practices from cremation to burial, dried up Roman demand for Arab burial spices (their only export), causing poverty and fomenting the rise of Islam in the 5th century. Guest: Bart Ehrman, PhD of Divinity and Early Church Historian
Transforming the Inevitable ~ How filmmakers, poets, artists, musicians, and writers use their artistic talent to transform American’s phobic attitude about death towards a more natural, open, and healthy acceptance of the inevitable. Guest: Caitlin Doughty
Proof of Heaven : A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife ~ Thousands of people have had near-death experiences, but scientists have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those scientists. Then, Dr. Alexander’s own brain was attacked by a rare illness. The part of the brain that controls thought and emotion—and in essence makes us human—shut down completely. For seven days he lay in a coma. Then, as his doctors considered stopping treatment, Alexander’s eyes popped open. He had come back. Guest: Dr. Eben Alexander
What? Me Worry? How comedy treats death, and how joking about the inevitable might relieve anxiety and open up opportunities for a more lighthearted but candid discussion. Guest: Lisa Carlson, Author of “I Died Laughing: Funeral Education with a Light Touch”
Tiny Deaths ~ Why the morbid fascination with Abigail Goldman’s “Die-O-Ramas?” Goldman takes the fake grass, dirt and tiny plastic people used in model railroad layouts, and turns them into imaginary crime scenes (Think scenes from a Coen Brother’s movie). She’s been making the macabre art for four years, and it’s become so popular there’s a waiting list for her work. Why? Guest: Abigail Goldman, a former crime reporter at the Las Vegas Sun.
Let the Celebration Begin! ~ On the growing demand for alternatives to a service provided by a clergy person for those families who are not affiliated with a church or who do not wish to have a traditional religious funeral service. Doug Manning’s certified “Celebrants” have been specifically trained to design a service that is completely personal, incorporating those unique stories, songs, and experiences that defined the loved one. Guest: Doug Manning, former Pastor and founder of In-Sight Books, Inc., publisher of his books on grief and elder care.
Knock on Wood ~ An interview with the craftsman who hand build wooden coffins, and a discussion of emotional or spiritual effects of building your own. Guest: A brother Trappist Caskets, New Melleray Abbey, the Catholic monastery where wooden coffins are hand crafted
Home Sweet Home ~ On options for dieing at home in your own bed, surrounded by dear family and friends. Guest: Final Passages founder Jerrigrace Lyons
The Death Midwife ~ What is one? What role do they play? Why have one? How do I find one? Guest: Certified Death Midwife Nora Cedarwood Young
Home, Home on the Plains ~ Natural burial preserves in America, and why putrefaction is the greenest choice for human remains. Guest: Mary Woodsen from the Green Burial Council.
Every Life Has a Story ~ On how the Internet and other technologies are changing obituaries. Guest: President of Tributes, Elaine Haney
Don’t Rock the Boat ~ A review of standard burial practices, with fancy coffins and concrete vaults. How we got where we are, and why we still do it. Guest: A conservative funeral director traditionalist, and Jessica Mitford, Author of “The American Way of Death Revisited,” a scathing yet witty critique of the funeral industry.