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Diane Rehm On 'When My Time Comes'

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Renee Bright
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KUER

Since departing the public radio air waves in 2016, Diane Rehm has been on a crusade: campaigning for terminally ill patients’ right to determine their time of death — also known as the right-to-die movement.

Diane’s connection to this issue is deeply personal. Her husband John had Parkinson’s disease, and when the illness became unbearable, he asked his doctor to help him end his life. The doctor said no, and John Rehm died slowly. Diane’s new book, When My Time Comes, is an urgent exploration of medical aid in dying, full of conversations with patients and doctors, politicians and religious leaders, as well as people opposed to right-to-die. A companion documentary film launches early next year.

Diane Rehm’s book is When My Time Comes: Conversations About Whether those Who are Dying Should Have the Right to Determine When Life Should End. [IndieBound|Amazon|Audible].

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.