In The Media – Audio


Dr. Ira Byock on “What Mortality Can Teach Us About Living”

StudioTulsa ST Medical Monday
October 14, 2018


The Right to Die Becomes Law in CA

The Diane Rehm Show
Oct 6, 2015

What Would You Do If You Were Going To Die Soon?

The Joy Cardin Show, WPR
Sept 3, 2015

The Latest In The Debate Over “Aid In Dying”

The Diane Rehm Show
Feb 17, 2015

Ira Byock on KCRW

Which Way  L.A.?
Host: Warren Olney
Feb 12, 2015


New Efforts To Expand Options For Terminally Ill Patients

The Diane Rehm Show
Oct 23, 2014


Ira Byock Advocates Better Care at the End of Life

Think Out Loud
Host: Allison Frost
Oregon Public Broadcasting, Jan 12, 2013
A transformation is needed in the way our society and culture – not merely our health care system – cares for seriously ill people and supports family.


Contemplating Mortality with Ira Byock

Interview with Krista Tippett
On Being, American Public Media, Apr 26, 2012
Dr. Ira Byock is a leading figure in palliative care and hospice in the United States. He says we lose sight of ‘the remarkable value’ of the time of life we call dying. What if we understand death as a developmental stage — like adolescence or mid-life? Dr. Ira Byock is a leading figure in palliative care and hospice in the United States. He says we lose sight of “the remarkable value” of the time of life we call dying if we forget that it’s always a personal and human event, and not just a medical one. From his place on this medical frontier, he shares how we can understand dying as a time of learning, repair, and completion of our lives.

The Best Care Possible – What It Is and How To Get It

The Commonwealth Club, Mar 29, 2012
As one of the country’s leading palliative-care physicians, Dr. Byock explains why the way we die is among the biggest national health crises facing us today. He describes what palliative care really is and addresses the economic, ethical and systematic challenges of our current health-care system.

‘Best Care’: We Make Death Harder Than It Has To Be

Talk of the Nation
Host: Neil Conan
NPR, Mar 26, 2012
“We have a disease-treatment system more than a health care system these days,” Byock tells NPR’s Neal Conan. “That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s not enough. We have to begin to care well for people who are living with these diseases, not simply the physiology and pathology itself.” 

Conversations on End-of-Life Care with Ira Byock

Hank Willner, M.D., in conversation with with Ira Byock, MD
Hospice Foundation of America, Mar 28, 2012

The Exchange

Host: Laura Knoy
New Hampshire Public Radio, Mar 20, 2012
Dartmouth physician Ira Byock says even with incredible advances in medicine, far too many Americans suffer needlessly and die “badly”.  In a new book, Byock calls for a new approach toward the end of life; one focused on taking care of persons, not just “bodies”, and helping patients and their families reach decisions about dying.

A New Look At End-of-Life Care

Vermont Edition
Host: Jane Linholm
Vermont Public Radio, Mar 19, 2012
Doctor Ira Byock argues that we need to seriously shift our political and cultural thinking about end of life care. The Dartmouth-Hitchcock physician is one of the leading thinkers on palliative medicine, and his new book is “The Best Care Possible: A Physician’s Quest to Transform End of Life Care.”

The Best Care Possible

The Leonard Lopate Show
WNYC, NYC, Mar 19, 2012