Diane Rehm: On My Own

SUN, APR 24, 2016 (1:01:10)

Diane Rehm is best known as the beloved host of WAMU's The Diane Rehm Show, but she is also the author of a memoir, On My Own. Robin Young, co-host of WBUR's Here & Now, joins her in a discussion of her book.

When Rehm's husband, John, passed away from Parkinson's Disease, she found herself "on her own" after fifty-four years of marriage. She struggled to create a new life within her new reality, learning how to cope with emotional and practical issues by herself while holding on to her memories of him. Rehm's memoir describes her experiences as well as those of some recently widowed friends of hers, exploring a variety of reactions to the death of a spouse. Beyond telling the story of her forging a new life on her own, she discusses the meaning she has found in advocating for the "right to die" movement in honor of her husband's unnecessarily prolonged suffering prior to his death. The book is both practical and inspiring, offering comfort for the recently bereaved and hope about the possibilities that remain to each of us as we deal with our inevitable mortality.

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+ BIO: Diane Rehm

Diane Rehm is the host of The Diane Rehm Show, originally the local morning talk show for Washington, DC's, NPR station, WAMU 88.5. Since Rehm began hosting in 1979 and the show was renamed in her honor in 1984, her program has attracted millions of listeners and grown to achieve international reach. She discusses an extremely broad range of topics and interviews representatives from an equally extensive range of fields, which earned her the National Humanities Medal in 2014. In addition to hosting her radio show, Rehm has individually written three books, Finding My Voice (1999), Life With Maxie (2010), and On My Own (2015). Along with her husband, John, she has co-authored a fourth book, Toward Commitment: A Dialogue about Marriage (2002).

+ BIO: Robin Young

Robin Young brings over 25 years of eclectic broadcast experience to her role as host of Here and Now. She is both a Peabody Award winning documentary filmmaker and the past host of a cooking game show.

She's been a correspondent for the Discovery Channel, CBS, ABC, and for several years was substitute host and correspondent for the Today Show on NBC. Robin may be best known to the Boston audience for her part in launching the popular Evening Magazine on WBZ-TV in the mid-70s, and for her television profiles on WNEV-TV in the mid-80's.

For the past decade she's also been producing and directing documentaries, including the Los Altos Story, a groundbreaking look at the effect of AIDS on a Rotary Club in California, which won both the George Foster Peabody and Cable Ace awards. She's won numerous industry awards, including 5 Emmy awards for reporting, hosting, and producing.

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