November 26, 2014

Producer Picks: Our Favorite Moments With Atul Gawande

By Erica R. Hendry

Atul Gawande at The New Yorker Festival 2014 on October 12, 2014.

Atul Gawande at The New Yorker Festival 2014 on October 12, 2014.

For Thanksgiving, we dove into the archive to bring back one of our more popular shows this year: Atul Gawande: “Being Mortal: Medicine And What Matters In The End.”

You can listen again here starting Thursday at 11/10c. But here are some of our favorite highlights from the show:

On A Retail Model Of Medicine

“Fifty years ago it was doctor knows best and the doctor would tell you what option was best,” Gawande told Diane. “… We’ve shifted to what’s called the retail model. [We lay out] option A, option B, then you decide what you want. … What people want is a counselor and that’s what we’re evolving towards.”

Listen: The “Retail Model” of Medicine

How Do We Revolutionize Nursing Homes And Assisted Living?

Access to pets, door locks and building better communities could all help improve assisted living facilities, Gawande said.

“Giving people control over their lives can increase their longevity,” Gawande said.

Listen: Revolutionizing Assisted Care

On Aid In Dying

“On one level when there is just unbearable suffering … we are heartless if we are not willing to discuss or offer the possibility” of a prescription for aid in dying,” Gawande says. But “I am very worried about the idea that the goal is a good death. The goal is a good life as much as possible all the way until the very end.”

Listen: Aid In Dying

Diane On Her Husband John’s Death

Listen: Diane and Atul Gawande discuss her husband’s death


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