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"Death is not a failure", writes Dr. Atul Gawande. "Death may be the enemy, but it is also the natural order of things". We live much longer than we used to, thanks to medical advances, but what are the emotional and financial costs of extending life? Some doctors don't know how to talk with their patients about preparing for death, so there's now a push to have frank conversations about end-of-life care. Also, one family's story of working within Oregon's "Death with Dignity" law. [Broadcast Date: August 14, 2015]

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