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Terry Gross

Fresh Air opens the window on contemporary arts and issues with guests from worlds as diverse as literature and economics. Airs Monday through Friday at 9 p.m. on Red River Radio HD3 With NPR News Headlines at 9:01

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1:23pm

Tue October 9, 2012
Health

When Prolonging Death Seems Worse Than Death

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 3:18 pm

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Many of us think of death as the worst possible outcome for a terminally ill patient, but Judith Schwarz disagrees.

Schwarz, a patient supporter at the nonprofit Compassion & Choices, says prolonging death can be a far worse fate. For many patients, good palliative or hospice care can alleviate suffering, yet "a small but significant proportion of dying patients suffer intolerably," Schwarz writes.

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11:12am

Tue October 9, 2012
Commentary

One Debate, Two Very Different Conversations

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 1:13 pm

President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney finish their debate at the University of Denver on Oct. 3.
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When you consider how carefully staged and planned the debates are and how long they've been around, it's remarkable how often candidates manage to screw them up. Sometimes they're undone by a simple gaffe or an ill-conceived bit of stagecraft, like Gerald Ford's slip-up about Soviet domination of eastern Europe in 1976, or Al Gore's histrionic sighing in 2000. Sometimes it's just a sign of a candidate having a bad day, like Ronald Reagan's woolly ramblings in the first debate with Walter Mondale in 1984.

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1:22pm

Mon October 8, 2012
NPR Story

Louis C.K.'s Diagnosis: 'Masterful'

Originally published on Mon October 8, 2012 9:15 pm

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12:10pm

Mon October 8, 2012
NPR Story

Tig Notaro On Going 'Live' About Her Life

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 11:41 am

Comedian Tig Notaro dealt with a cancer diagnosis the best way she knew how — with humor.
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"Good evening, hello. I have cancer. How are you?"

That's how comedian Tig Notaro began her set at Largo in Los Angeles the day she was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. As she uttered those words to the audience, there was nervous laughter, weeping and total silence in response.

Comedian Louis C.K. was there that evening, and tweeted this about her performance: "In 27 years doing this, I've seen a handful of truly great, masterful standup sets. One was Tig Notaro last night at Largo."

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11:39am

Mon October 8, 2012
NPR Story

STEPHEN COLBERT

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 10:20 am

The host of The Colbert Report returns to Fresh Air to talk about his new book, America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't.

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