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South Florida Grieves After Paris Attacks

Nov 15, 2015
Audrey Armitage

In the aftermath of the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, the French consul held a vigil in Brickell on Saturday. Roughly 40 people gathered at the consulate with candles and flowers to mourn those killed during Friday’s attacks. Shock and deep sadness permeated the scene.

A controversial bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide in California is headed to the governor for consideration, after almost nine months of intense — often personal — debate in the legislature.

If Gov. Jerry Brown signs the bill, California would become the fifth state to allow doctors to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients who request it, after Oregon, Washington, Vermont and Montana.

Left For Dead: Inside America’s Coldest Cases

Sep 3, 2015
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There are more than 10,000 known Jane and John Does in the U.S. – unidentified and unclaimed bodies languishing in limbo for years, sometimes for decades. In this episode of Reveal, we crisscross the nation tracing Jane and John Doe cases, showing why so many bodies remain unidentified despite new and powerful forensic tools. Often, the job of solving these cases is taken up by amateur Web sleuths.

She never left Harlan alive

In 1969, a young woman was stabbed to death in Harlan, Kentucky, and buried without a name.

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A well-known Miami anti-violence activist is suddenly dealing with her own tragedy.

Tangela Sears' son, David Queen, 29, was fatally shot after an argument at his apartment complex in Tallahassee two weeks ago. A suspect has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

Queen was a Miami native. Sears is now trying to make sense of losing her only child to gun violence, the very thing she’s been fighting here for over a decade.

 

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04/16/14 - Someone dies…what happens next? Wednesday’s Topical Currents looks at America’s relationship with death today with NPR  award winning reporter and producer Kate Sweeney. She’s written American Afterlife: Encounters in the Customs of Mourning

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01/31/14 - This is a Topical Currents online bonus segment. After the broadcast, there were many unanswered questions.  Host Bonnie Berman continues the conversation with Texas attorney David Dow, who’s defended some 100 death row inmates and witnessed many executions.  He says he knows some were innocent.  He’s written a book which considers death philosophically, but not just by execution.

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In the summer of 1993 Nelson Mandela was touring the United States raising money for his African National Congress political party. He visited one of the most racially separate cities in the U.S. but had a much different experience compared to his visit three years earlier in Miami.

Mandela came to visit in early July. That summer I was working as an intern for a CBS News radio station in Chicago. I was assigned to help the reporter who was on scene at host Rev. Jesse Jackson's headquarters in Chicago's South Side, where the population is largely African-American.

Nelson Mandela, who became an icon of the struggle for racial equality during a decades-long struggle against South Africa's apartheid system, is being remembered across the globe on Thursday following his death at age 95.

Mandela died after a prolonged lung infection, which had been a recurring problem for him since his days as a prisoner of conscience on South Africa's Robben Island. He served 27 years at the notorious jail.

"He is now resting. He is now at peace," South African President Jacob Zuma said in an address to the nation.

REPORT: Nelson Mandela Dead At 95

Dec 5, 2013

Former South African president Nelson Mandela has died. Click here to read this story as updates become available.

For further coverage of Mandela's death, read NPR's Mandela series.

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09/16/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with psychiatrist Dr. Mark Epstein.  He’s written THE TRAUMA OF EVERYDAY LIFE.  Most of us have a limited – and limiting – understanding of trauma.   Epstein says trauma is more than death, chronic illness or cataclysmic life events in the news . . . that it isn’t a rare event . . . but is central to our psychological makeup.

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09/11/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents ponders the overuse of life-prolonging medical care, with journalist  Katy Butler (Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death). There are some 6-million Americans over the age of 85.  They’re now the nation’s fastest growing age group. The vast majority  hope to die at home, but 44% die in hospitals, a fifth of those in intensive care.

07/24/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents examines lifestyle adjustments needed after the death of a long-term spouse. We’ll speak with two octogenarian men, Hal Spielman ("Suddenly Solo”) and Bob Levinson (“Full Circle”), who lost long-term wives . . . but rebounded . . .

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06/17/13 - Monday’s  Topical Currents addresses the bleak responsibilities of dealing with the death of a loved one. We’ll speak with attorney Scott Taylor Smith about his book, WHEN SOMEONE DIES:  The Practical Guide to the Logistics of Death. Smith was pained by the unexpected passing of his mother . . .