Better Off Dead
Andrew Denton is a twinkly-eyed, whip-smart Australian broadcaster, beloved, in part, for his ability to extract truths from even the stoniest interviewees. A few years ago, he quietly withdrew from public life, but he's returned with this new podcast series, in which he examines the arguments and misunderstandings and moral complexities around euthanasia, which is illegal in Australia, as it is almost everywhere. Since witnessing his own father's protracted, difficult dying, Denton has been compelled by the question of what might comprise 'a good death', and in this series seeks to get the whole hushed business out on the table. He explores both sides of the debate, and - importantly - speaks at length with the terminally ill patients who are staring their mortality in the face, and often struggling with unbearable pain.
These are complicated stories, observed with wit and warmth; Better Off Dead never wallows, and the result is by turns confronting and uplifting. Each episodes runs around 30 minutes.
Gateway episodes: #1 The invasion of death (7 Nov 2015) / #5 The keys to life and death in someone else's hands (22 Feb 2016) / #12 Velvet Ray (21 Mar 2016)