Krista brought Jane Gross to our attention at our weekly Monday staff meeting as someone who knows aging intimately from the “far shore of caregiving.”
This Pulitzer-nominated journalist developed her expertise on caregiving and aging not just vocationally, but through living this experience with her elderly mother in her final years.
"Complicated grief" - a yearning for a lost loved one so intense that it strips a person of other desires. And dealing with it may mean retelling the details of a loved one's death and listening to it again and again.
A nourishing story of forgiveness, mercy, and redemption. Yes, StoryCorps does it again.
Great sayings and photos from Walter Breuning, who died this year in Montana at the age of 114.
We received this remarkable video from a brother to his sister. A tribute on art, cancer, and vulnerability that touched us deeply.
The symphony, Henryk Gorecki wrote in 1976, is centered on three texts — including a prayer inscribed by a teenager on a cell wall of a Gestapo headquarters — which the composer turned into haunting laments, backed by simple, slowly churning surges of beautiful music.
"In the story of Job, Job lost everything, and he got everything back twofold.… I'm blessed and I'm loved, and I know that I've made a difference."
I’m often asked about our process for choosing people and topics. The answer goes something like this. We are always juggling a number of priorities — responding to what is happening in the world; getting to subjects of enduring interest that we feel we can draw out in a distinctive way; bringing important voices on to the show, some of them famous, but more often people who, though captivating and wise, remain below the radar of headlines and hype. Their names find their way to a long list of possible guests that we add to all the time, either from our own reading and conversations or from the many ideas our listeners send in.
Replace notes with words and you might say that reading Miller is similar to Mingus "thinking on a piano."
British fantasy writer Sir Terry Pratchett advocates a right to "early death." Video of his Richard Dimbleby Lecture.
A reflection on the enduring imprint of fictional characters like J.D. Salinger's Holden Caufield.
Compelling video of elephants mourning the death of a calf, and a magnificent segment on the secret language of elephants.
"I am building my capacity for love now, so it can sustain me later." —Alanna Shaikh, on Alzheimer's lessons and the love of her father.
Studs Terkel's death reminds our online editor of the opportunity he passed up.