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A Conversation with Heather Armstrong

Gallery Books

On Tuesday, Heather Armstrong died by suicide after a lifetime struggle with depression.  

In 2001, Armstrong created the website Dooce, and quickly gained a following for her candid writing about motherhood and depression. In 2019, we spoke to her about her memoir “The Valedictorian of Being Dead,” where she recounted the time she participated in a clinical trial to flatline the brain — a risky attempt to “reboot” the system. For her, the process was essentially a process of dying in order to live. We are rebroadcasting our conversation with Heather Armstrong this Friday at noon and again on Saturday at 11 a.m.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, help is available. Call the National Suicide and Crisis hotline by dialing 988.


  • Heather Armstrong. She was the author of “The Valedictorian of Being Dead: The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live.” [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible]

Airdate: Friday, April 26, 2019 at 11 a.m. and Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 11 a.m. Rebroadcast on Friday, May 12, 2023 at 12 p.m. and Saturday, May 13 at 11 a.m.

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