The Leonard Lopate Show

Nurse Norma Bowe explains why she decided to teach a college course on death and why it became so popular. She’s joined by journalist Erika Hayasaki, to discuss how Norma worked with four extraordinary students from struggling families and difficult neighborhoods toward happiness. She rescued one young woman from her suicidal mother, helped a young man manage his schizophrenic brother, and has inspired another to leave his gang life. Hayasaki writes about the class and its impact in The Death Class: A True Story about Life.

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