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On 'Sound Medicine': Death and dying in the 21st century, the way we die, and how hospice can help


The award-winning “Sound Medicine” will talk with caregivers in its special program for Jan. 27, featuring interviews that explore the way we die, what it means to have a living will, and how hospice programs can help.

“Sound Medicine” covers controversial ethics topics, breakthrough research studies and the day-to-day application of recent advancements in medicine. It’s also available via podcast and Stitcher Radio for mobile phones and iPads and posts updates on Facebook and Twitter.

In this program, host Anne Ryder speaks with expert physicians and nurses to explore how death and dying have changed in the past decades and how advances in medical technology have redefined our last moments.

Ken Murray, M.D., a retired family medicine physician and author of “How Doctors Die,” discusses his essay and personal experiences with death. Murray also discusses end-of-life decisions and how consumers can educate themselves on life-saving medical care.

Frank Ferris, M.D., discusses how death and dying are changing, thanks to shifts in medical care. Ferris is director of international programs at The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice, a teaching affiliate of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.  

Joanne Harvey, MSW, hospice social worker, grief counselor and author of “Dying to Live: Embracing the Journey,” discusses how family members and loved ones can have a conversation about entering hospice. Harvey also shares personal experiences from her time as a hospice social worker.

Anna Boiko-Weyrauch, producer of “When a Doctor Meets a Soul,” shares her father’s unusual encounter with a dying patient. Boiko-Weyrauch’s father is family practitioner Karl Weyrauch, M.D.

“Sound Medicine,” co-produced by the IU School of Medicine and WFYI Public Radio (90.1 FM) and underwritten in part by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, is aired on the following Indiana public radio stations: WBSB (Anderson, 89.5 FM), WFIU (Bloomington, 103.7 FM; Columbus, 100.7 FM; Kokomo, 106.1 FM; Terre Haute, 95.1 FM), WNDY (Crawfordsville, 91.3 FM), WVPE (Elkhart/South Bend, 88.1 FM), WNIN (Evansville, 88.3 FM), WBOI (Fort Wayne, 89.1 FM), WFCI (Franklin, 89.5 FM), WBSH (Hagerstown/New Castle, 91.1 FM), WFYI (Indianapolis), WBSW (Marion, 90.9 FM), WBST (Muncie, 92.1 FM), WBSJ (Portland, 91.7 FM), WLPR (Lake County, 89.1 FM) and WBAA (West Lafayette, 101.3 FM).

“Sound Medicine” is also broadcast on these public radio stations across the country: KSKA (Anchorage, Alaska), KTNA (Talkeetna, Alaska), KUHB (Pribilof Islands, Alaska), KUAF (Fayetteville and Fort Smith, Ark.), KIDE (Hoopa Valley, Calif.), KRCC (Colorado Springs, Colo.), KEDM (Monroe, La.), WCMU (Mount Pleasant, Mich.), WCNY and WRVO-1 (Syracuse, N.Y.), KMHA (Four Bears, N.D.), WYSU (Youngstown, Ohio), KPOV (Bend, Ore.) and KEOS (College Station, Texas).