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Celebrated Talk Show Host Diane Rehm Reflects On Husband’s Death, How It Changed Her Life In PBS Special

Diane Rehm, right,  joined WABE's "All Things Considered" to talk about her one-hour PBS special, “When My Time Comes.”
Diane Rehm, right, joined WABE's "All Things Considered" to talk about her one-hour PBS special, “When My Time Comes.”
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For decades, longtime NPR host Diane Rehm had daily conversations on the public radio talk show that carried her name.

Today, Rehm wants to talk to you.

And she wants to talk to you about something you probably don’t want to talk about — with her or anyone: Death.

And not just death, but death on one’s own terms.

Whether you call it medical aid in dying, physician-assisted suicide or death with dignity, it’s a subject that has long been taboo. But Rehm’s one-hour PBS special, “When My Time Comes,” could change that. It debuted this week on PBS Passport.

Rehm sat down with WABE’s “All Things Considered” host Jim Burress and explained how the death of her husband, John Rehm, was the catalyst for the film coming together.