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A Better Way of Death

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After her father suffered a debilitating stroke, the journalist Katy Butler became his caretaker. Doctors gave him a pacemaker and other medical devices meant to keep him alive, but past a certain point, they were only sustaining his suffering. At the end of life as he wanted to live it, his doctor’s refused to turn off the gadgets and let him die “naturally.” Butler is in town this week and she joins us Tuesday to share her family’s struggle and to talk about what it means to die a “good death” today.

Katy Butler will be in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, June 24, to read from her book Knocking On Heaven's Door at the King's English Bookshop at 7 p.m. Details

Katy Butler is a journalist whose writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. Her first book is called Knocking On Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death [Amazon|Indiebound].

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.