On this week’s episode, Steel and Dave are joined by Katie, Dave’s friend and fellow nurse. Together, the trio discusses favorite summer blockbusters from their adolescence, discuss their views on death, modern medicine, and what constitutes a good death, answer listener questions (in which Dave confesses his most embarrassing medical secret) and endure another of Katie’s lightning round of questions. They end the episode with great music from Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Silver Jews, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, Neil Diamond, The Weather Girls, and Lisa Hannigan, and some deep wisdom from the Renaissance humanist Desiderius Erasmus’ treatise “Preparing for Death”.
- In God’s Hands [Steel]
- The Goonies [Katie]
- Star Wars: The Phantom Menace [Dave]
On Death and Dying
- Atul Gawande’s book Being Mortal
- How doctors would prefer to die
- Ken Murray on “futile caree”
Bonnie “Prince” Billy — I See A Darkness
Silver Jews — Random Rules
Israel Kamakawiwo’ole — Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Neil Diamond — Hell Yeah
The Weather Girls — It’s Raining Men
Lisa Hannigan — Safe Travels, Don’t Die
Today’s passage came from Desiderius Erasmus’ classic treatise De Praeparatione ad Mortem [Preparing for Death].