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Mon July 6, 2015
Shots - Health News

Knowing How Doctors Die Can Change End-Of-Life Discussions

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 7:02 pm

Nora Zamichow says if she and her husband, Mark Saylor, had known how doctors die, they might have made different treatment decisions for him toward the end of his life.
Maya Sugarman/KPCC

Dr. Kendra Fleagle Gorlitsky recalls the anguish she felt performing CPR on elderly, terminally ill patients.

It looks nothing like what we see on TV. In real life, ribs often break and few survive the ordeal.

"I felt like I was beating up people at the end of their life," she says. "I would be doing the CPR with tears coming down sometimes, and saying, 'I'm sorry, I'm sorry, goodbye.' Because I knew that it very likely not going to be successful. It just seemed a terrible way to end someone's life."

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2:30pm

Mon July 6, 2015
U.S.

With Corruption Rampant, Good Cops Go Bad In Texas' Rio Grande Valley

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 7:02 pm

Jonathan Treviño poses in front of a drug bust.
Courtesy of Jonathan Treviño

This week, NPR examines public corruption in South Texas. The FBI has launched a task force to clean up entrenched misconduct by public officials in the Rio Grande Valley. In this installment of the series, we hear from a police officer who became a drug dealer.

In the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, where people are accustomed to seeing public officials led away in handcuffs, the case of the Panama Unit shocked everyone. The Valley's celebrated anti-narcotics squad went to the dark side.

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2:30pm

Mon July 6, 2015
Theater

The Mornin' Ain't So Beautiful For This Dark 'Oklahoma!' Production

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 7:02 pm

Damon Daunno (Curly) and Amber Gray (Laurey) star in director Daniel Fish's experimental retelling of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!
Cory Weaver Courtesy of Bard College

Oklahoma! was the first musical that the celebrated team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II wrote together. On the surface, it tells the story of a young woman (Laurey) deciding whether to go to a party with a dangerous, lonely farmhand (Jud) or a nice, young cowboy (Curly).

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12:15pm

Mon July 6, 2015
The Salt

Mechanization Brings Quick Change To Borneo Region Known For 'Slow Rice'

Workers with Ceria wait for a pipe-welding machine to finish connecting two sections of plastic irrigation pipe in Bario, Malaysia. The company has brought mechanized farming to the Kelabit Highlands.
Jerry Redfern for NPR

Change typically doesn't come fast or often in the Kelabit Highlands in the interior of Malaysian Borneo. "Go slowly" is both a motto and a way of life here. For centuries, even millennia, locals have gathered and grown their own foods in the dense tropical jungle.

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11:07am

Mon July 6, 2015
Tiny Desk

Christopher Paul Stelling: Tiny Desk Concert

Tiny Desk Concert with Christopher Paul Stelling.
Morgan McCloy NPR

After spending time with Christopher Paul Stelling's third album, Labor Against Waste, I expected a certain intensity to his performance. But I didn't expect him to nearly implode behind my desk, as the fierceness of his heartfelt songs was set against deft fingerpicking on his beat-to-hell '64 Gibson gut-string classical guitar. That guitar, bought in Asheville, looks like a well-worn friend, with its dark bruised wood and his initials hand-carved into its body.

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