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Diane Rehm Discusses Husband’s Death and Her Stance on Assisted Suicide

Since the 1970s, Diane Rehm has hosted a public radio talk program from WAMU in Washington. Today, The Diane Rehm Show reaches 2.4 million listeners each week on more than 200 NPR member stations, including News 88.7 FM. Last week (Feb. 17, 2016), Rehm visited Houston as part of a tour promoting her new memoir […]

Craig Cohen, Houston Public Media.

Diane Rehm On My Own Book CoverSince the 1970s, Diane Rehm has hosted a public radio talk program from WAMU in Washington. Today, The Diane Rehm Show reaches 2.4 million listeners each week on more than 200 NPR member stations, including News 88.7 FM.

Last week (Feb. 17, 2016), Rehm visited Houston as part of a tour promoting her new memoir On My Own, in which she writes about life after the death of her husband John, who suffered from Parkinson’s and ultimately sought a way to end his own life. That experience has led Rehm to speak out in favor of physician-assisted suicide.

In a candid conversation in front of an audience at Christ Church Cathedral downtown — an event in conjunction with Houston’s Brazos Bookstore — Diane and Craig Cohen talked about her life with and without her husband.

(Above: NPR host Diane Rehm talks with Houston Public Media donors prior to an event at Houston’s Christ Church Cathedral on Feb. 17, 2016. Photo: Craig Cohen, Houston Public Media.)

Extended Conversation:

Hear Craig Cohen’s complete conversation with Diane Rehm at Houston’s Christ Church Cathedral on Feb. 17, 2016:

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