Week of May 1, 2016
Segment 1: NPR Host Diane Rehm
NPR host and talk show legend Diane Rehm discusses her forthcoming retirement after 43 years on the air. She also talks about losing her husband of 54 years, John Rehm, and her advocacy for the right to die. Her memoir is called "On My Own."
"What people have said to me is how much they appreciate the pacing and the sound of my voice, because there are so many perfect voices on radio and TV, and mine stands out, because it is imperfect."
Segment 2: Life After Loss - Kati Marton
Award-winning journalist and distinguished author Kati Marton, Paris: A Love Story tells her story of love, loss, and life after loss. After the sudden death of her husband, diplomat Richard Holbrooke, Paris offers a chance for a fresh beginning. Her memoir describes her fifteen year marriage to news anchor Peter Jennings, with whom she had two children, and Ambassador Holbrooke, with whom she found enduring love.
“This really isn’t a book about grief. It’s really about getting past grief. … Richard would not want me to be paralyzed by grief. So this book is really about going from loss to life.”
Week of April 24, 2016
Segment 1: Being Deaf in a Hearing World
When Gerald Shea was 6 years old, he nearly died of Scarlet Fever. When he returned to his 1st grade class, he found that he had to figure out what people were saying. He never knew he had severe hearing loss from the Scarlet Fever until by chance; he took a hearing test at the age of 33. His memoir is Song Without Words: Discovering My Deafness Halfway through Life.
“[The nurse] was shocked. She said ‘you're deaf.’ I said ‘I’m not deaf, I can hear you.’ She said, ‘no, you’re not profoundly deaf, you can hear sounds, you can hear lots of what I say, but you are severely deaf in much of your hearing, you’ve got to do something about it.’”
Segment 2: When Autistic Kids Grow Up
The CDC estimates that as many as 1 in 50 school-aged children have autism. What happens when all those children grow up and become adults? Glen Finland, Next Stop: An Autistic Son Grows Up spent the summer riding the metro with her adult son David, teaching him to ride on his own. Though David has autism, hers is a universal story of how our children grow up and how we learn to let go and reclaim our lives, no matter how hard that may be.
“The biggest monster under the bed for every parent of a special needs child is, ‘who will be there for my child when I am no longer here?’”