Stories of how people cope after brushes with death. Sometimes death comes as a disease. Sometimes it swims up and bites you. And sometimes it's a pen or pencil, sitting there, just waiting for you to ingest it.
In July, Tig was diagnosed with cancer. A week later she went on stage on
Los Angeles and did a now-legendary set about her string of misfortunes.
This is an excerpt of the full performance, which is available for download
at Louis CK's web site. (13 minutes)
Tim Kreider almost died after he was stabbed in the throat. But that wasn't
nearly as interesting as the year that followed. A version of this essay
appears in Tim's most recent book, We Learn Nothing. (4 minutes)
Producer Alex Blumberg introduces us to Richard, a former executive at a big time marketing firm who smoked pot daily — sometimes at work. As it turns out, Alex is intimately familiar with how Richard's getting high kept him from focusing on the important things in his life.
Measles cases are higher in the U.S. than they've been in a decade, mostly because more and more nervous parents are refusing to vaccinate their kids. Contributing Editor Susan Burton tells the story of what happened recently in San Diego, when an unvaccinated 7-year-old boy returned home from a trip to Switzerland, bringing with him the measles.