The Gist: The Good Death with Caitlin Doughty and the Brazilian economy.

Why Women Should Run the Death Industry

Why Women Should Run the Death Industry

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Nov. 20 2014 8:42 PM

The Kitsch of Death

Over the last 50 years, we’ve turned to horror and fantasy instead of facing the frank reality of death. 

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Caitlin Doughty is a Los Angeles-based mortician, death theorist, and the founder of the Order of the Good Death.

Photo Illustration by Slate. Photo Courtesy Caitlin Doughty.

Listen to Episode 141 of Slate’s The Gist:


If it bleed, it leads, but today on The Gist we discuss the bloodless. Our guest Caitlin Doughty is the author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons From the Crematory and host of the popular series Ask a Mortician. Plus, Eric Fine from Van Eck Global shares insight into Brazil’s economy, plus pop-up commentary from NPR’s Adam Davidson. For the Spiel, explaining Serial to people who explain things (badly) to other people.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.