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Many people face difficult decisions at the end of life that are further complicated by emotion and technology. In today's 2nd hour, we'll talk about the challenges of making choices in the final moments -- as a friend, family member or care giver. (iStockphoto.com)

July 25th: What's On Today's Show

by Gwen Outen
Jul 25, 2011

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The Seeds Of Terror In Norway
The man who confessed to coordinated terror attacks that killed nearly 80 people in Norway on Friday was arraigned in court today, in a closed hearing. Anders Behring Breivik pleaded not guilty and claimed that he was trying to save Europe from a Muslim takeover. Police are now poring over more than 1500-pages of online rants by Breivik against Islam, European immigration and Norwegian liberal politics. Neal Conan talks about the latest events in Norway and the cultural undercurrent of multiculturalism in Europe.

Supporting SlutWalks' Mission, Not The Method
Women around the world are fighting against sexual injustice with SlutWalks. Often marching in hot pants, garter belts, bras and halter tops, they hope to reclaim the word "slut" and make it safe for women to dress anyway they like. Author and columnist Rebecca Traister supports the mission of SlutWalks, but questions their methods. "I wanted to love SlutWalks," she wrote, but has "mostly felt irritation that stripping down to skivvies and calling ourselves sluts is passing for keen retort." Host Neal Conan talks with Traister on the Opinion Page about her reaction to SlutWalks and her latest piece, "Ladies, We Have a Problem" recently featured in The New York Times.

Our Final Moments And Difficult Decisions
At the end of life, we often face difficult decisions that are further complicated by emotion and technology. Friends, family, and medical professionals must balance intervention with acceptance, and separate their wishes from those of the patient. A new book of essays, Twelve Breaths a Minute, captures the experiences of doctors, caregivers, family members, 911 dispatchers, and others who have learned invaluable lessons from those final moments and decisions. Host Neal Conan talks with the book's editor Lee Gutkind, founder and editor of the literary magazine Creative Non-Fiction, and leukemia specialist Dr. Larry Cripe about the end of life challenges many of us will face — as friends, family members or health workers.

Pure Folk: William Elliott Whitmore
William Elliott Whitmore has been called a folk singer, a roots troubadour and an heir to Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen. He grew up on the 'fertile crescent' — his words — between the Mississippi and Des Moines Rivers, on a horse farm in Iowa. He lives there still, where he works out the dark rich dirt under his fingernails on the frets of his banjo and guitar, singing songs about pain, hard work and politics. Much of his new record, Field Songs is an ode to the family farmers whose homestead plots he sees disappearing around him. He joins NPR's Neal Conan to play some songs and talk about life on the farm.

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