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Don’t forget, you’re going to die…

Latest Episodes

17| Rachel Menzies

ESeason 2, Episode 8: Rachel Menzies – Death Anxiety and Mental Health What does death anxiety have to do with mental health? According to some new studies by Rachel Menzies of The University of Sydney, death anxiety may be the “worm at the core” of several mental health conditions. We talk about the science as it stands today and more questions Menzies is looking forward to asking and studying in further research. Guest Website: Sydney.edu.au/Rachel.Menzies Further Reading: Death anxiety. The worm at the core of mental health. Support WeCroak onPatreon Download our app, as featured in 10% Happier, Atlantic Magazine and The New York Times, atWeCroak.com Sounds by James Mercer

46 MINJUL 2
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17| Rachel Menzies

16| The WeCroak Guys

ESeason 2, Episode 7: The WeCroak Guys WeCroak Co-Founder Ian Thomas joins your host Hansa Bergwall to discuss all the death news that’s fit to croak about. We talk Kara Swisher, problems in tech, changes coming to the app, Hansa’s overwhelm finishing a book, and some interesting obits. Support WeCroak onPatreon Download our app, as […]

25 MINMAY 16
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16| The WeCroak Guys

15| Jules Evans

ESeason 2, Episode 6: Jules Evans – The Art of Losing Control After a spontaneous Near Death Experience, Jules Evans finds philosophy and puts his life back together in his hit book “Philosophy for Life.” But the ecstasy he experienced in his NDE always haunted him and in his second book “The Art of Losing Control” he sets out in search of it in all the ways people seek ecstatic experiences. We discuss this new book and all the blessings and dark sides of seeking and sometimes finding ecstasy. Buy: The Art of Losing Control Author Website: philosophyforlife.org Support WeCroak onPatreon Download our app, as featured in 10% Happier, Atlantic Magazine and The New York Times, atWeCroak.com Sounds by James Mercer

73 MINAPR 18
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15| Jules Evans

14| Elizabeth Minnich

ESeason 2, Episode 5: Elizabeth Minnich – The Evil Of Banality Elizabeth Minnich has spent the last few decades studying how genocides happen and her findings may surprise you. It turns out to pull off the biggest evils, you need a very particular kind of person, a thoughtless kind that is dependable and does his or her job. Genocides take logistics. This conversation is a ringing clarion call to bring thoughtfulness into all aspects of life. Buy: The Evil of Banality Author Website: https://www.aacu.org/contributor/elizabeth-minnich Support WeCroak onPatreon Download our app, as featured in 10% Happier, Atlantic Magazine and The New York Times, atWeCroak.com Sounds by James Mercer

61 MINAPR 4
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14| Elizabeth Minnich

13| Katy Butler

ESeason 2, Episode 4: Katy Butler – The Art of Dying Well Our society doesn’t talk enough about death enough and as a result, few are prepared for a thing we should all know to expect for ourselves and everyone we care about. Katy Butler is a refreshingly honest voice with practical information on navigating every stage of letting go. Buy: The Art of Dying Well Author Website: KatyButler.com Support WeCroak onPatreon Download our app, as featured in 10% Happier, Atlantic Magazine and The New York Times, atWeCroak.com Sounds by James Mercer

54 MINMAR 27
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13| Katy Butler

12| Todd May

ESeason 2, Episode 3: Todd May – A Fragile Life Todd May is a philosopher at Clemson University who consulted on the hit show The Good Place. We talk about death in philosophy and in living today. We also talk about all the practical philosophies like Stoicism, Buddhism and Taoism that promise to make us impervious to suffering and why Todd, at least, doesn’t want to escape his vulnerability. And also why despite not believing in their ultimate aim, he borrows heavily from them anyway. Buy: A Fragile Life Author Website: A Fragile Life Support WeCroak onPatreon Download our app, as featured in 10% Happier, Atlantic Magazine and The New York Times, atWeCroak.com Sounds by James Mercer

53 MINMAR 20
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12| Todd May

11| Ann Neumann

ESeason 2, Episode 2: Ann Neumann – The Good Death Ann Neumann takes us on an exploration of dying in America in this episode of The WeCroak Podcast. We talk about how death in America today is a system fraught with contradictions and failures that don’t serve the dying. We also talk about some of the movements trying to change the system for the benefit of all of us. Buy: The Good Death - An Exploration of Dying in America Author Website: AnnNeumann.com Support WeCroak onPatreon Download our app, as featured in 10% Happier, Atlantic Magazine and The New York Times, atWeCroak.com Sounds by James Mercer

43 MINMAR 13
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11| Ann Neumann

10| Hugh Ryan

ESeason 2, Episode 1: Hugh Ryan – When Brooklyn Was Queer Hugh Ryan is a writer and historian who works on issues of queers politics and culture. In his book we talk about a queer subculture that thrived along the waterfront in Brooklyn for over a hundred years, had its own lingo and values and inspired some of America’s greatest literature along the way. Then it disappeared and was almost entirely forgotten until Hugh pieced together what was left. We chat about life, death, and how even a whole culture can disappear in a blink of an eye. Buy: When Brooklyn Was Queer Author Website: HughRyan.org Support WeCroak onPatreon Download our app, as featured in 10% Happier, Atlantic Magazine and The New York Times, atWeCroak.com Sounds by James Mercer

58 MINMAR 6
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10| Hugh Ryan

9| Heather Havrilesky

EHeather Havrilesky writes the advice column Ask Polly for New York magazine’s The Cut. Her writing is about looking closely at the culture we are living in and taking apart the delusions we are so close to we don’t see them. It’s why she makes a great advice columnist and why her new book of essays “What if This Were Enough?”, is so fun to talk about. Buy: What If This Were Enough? Author Website: HavrileskyWebsite.wixsite.com Support WeCroak onPatreon Download our app, as featured in 10% Happier, Atlantic Magazine and The New York Times, atWeCroak.com Sounds by James Mercer

76 MINFEB 6
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9| Heather Havrilesky

8| Hansa & Ian Regroup on Death, Technology and Podcasting

EWe’ve spoken with meditation teachers, palliative care nurses who work with the dying, physicists and technologists. But have we learned anything about death? In this episode we discuss the WeCroak Podcast thus far and talk about the questions we want to explore next. We think we are on to something here. Tune in for a regroup of where we’ve been so far and a teaser of episodes to come. Support WeCroak onPatreon Download our app, as featured in 10% Happier, Atlantic Magazine and The New York Times, atWeCroak.com Sounds by James Mercer

22 MIN2018 NOV 29
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8| Hansa & Ian Regroup on Death, Technology and Podcasting
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Latest Episodes

17| Rachel Menzies

ESeason 2, Episode 8: Rachel Menzies – Death Anxiety and Mental Health What does death anxiety have to do with mental health? According to some new studies by Rachel Menzies of The University of Sydney, death anxiety may be the “worm at the core” of several mental health conditions. We talk about the science as it stands today and more questions Menzies is looking forward to asking and studying in further research. Guest Website: Sydney.edu.au/Rachel.Menzies Further Reading: Death anxiety. The worm at the core of mental health. Support WeCroak onPatreon Download our app, as featured in 10% Happier, Atlantic Magazine and The New York Times, atWeCroak.com Sounds by James Mercer

46 MINJUL 2
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17| Rachel Menzies

16| The WeCroak Guys

ESeason 2, Episode 7: The WeCroak Guys WeCroak Co-Founder Ian Thomas joins your host Hansa Bergwall to discuss all the death news that’s fit to croak about. We talk Kara Swisher, problems in tech, changes coming to the app, Hansa’s overwhelm finishing a book, and some interesting obits. Support WeCroak onPatreon Download our app, as […]

25 MINMAY 16
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16| The WeCroak Guys

15| Jules Evans

ESeason 2, Episode 6: Jules Evans – The Art of Losing Control After a spontaneous Near Death Experience, Jules Evans finds philosophy and puts his life back together in his hit book “Philosophy for Life.” But the ecstasy he experienced in his NDE always haunted him and in his second book “The Art of Losing Control” he sets out in search of it in all the ways people seek ecstatic experiences. We discuss this new book and all the blessings and dark sides of seeking and sometimes finding ecstasy. Buy: The Art of Losing Control Author Website: philosophyforlife.org Support WeCroak onPatreon Download our app, as featured in 10% Happier, Atlantic Magazine and The New York Times, atWeCroak.com Sounds by James Mercer

73 MINAPR 18
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15| Jules Evans

14| Elizabeth Minnich

ESeason 2, Episode 5: Elizabeth Minnich – The Evil Of Banality Elizabeth Minnich has spent the last few decades studying how genocides happen and her findings may surprise you. It turns out to pull off the biggest evils, you need a very particular kind of person, a thoughtless kind that is dependable and does his or her job. Genocides take logistics. This conversation is a ringing clarion call to bring thoughtfulness into all aspects of life. Buy: The Evil of Banality Author Website: https://www.aacu.org/contributor/elizabeth-minnich Support WeCroak onPatreon Download our app, as featured in 10% Happier, Atlantic Magazine and The New York Times, atWeCroak.com Sounds by James Mercer

61 MINAPR 4
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14| Elizabeth Minnich

13| Katy Butler

ESeason 2, Episode 4: Katy Butler – The Art of Dying Well Our society doesn’t talk enough about death enough and as a result, few are prepared for a thing we should all know to expect for ourselves and everyone we care about. Katy Butler is a refreshingly honest voice with practical information on navigating every stage of letting go. Buy: The Art of Dying Well Author Website: KatyButler.com Support WeCroak onPatreon Download our app, as featured in 10% Happier, Atlantic Magazine and The New York Times, atWeCroak.com Sounds by James Mercer

54 MINMAR 27
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13| Katy Butler

12| Todd May

ESeason 2, Episode 3: Todd May – A Fragile Life Todd May is a philosopher at Clemson University who consulted on the hit show The Good Place. We talk about death in philosophy and in living today. We also talk about all the practical philosophies like Stoicism, Buddhism and Taoism that promise to make us impervious to suffering and why Todd, at least, doesn’t want to escape his vulnerability. And also why despite not believing in their ultimate aim, he borrows heavily from them anyway. Buy: A Fragile Life Author Website: A Fragile Life Support WeCroak onPatreon Download our app, as featured in 10% Happier, Atlantic Magazine and The New York Times, atWeCroak.com Sounds by James Mercer

53 MINMAR 20
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12| Todd May

11| Ann Neumann

ESeason 2, Episode 2: Ann Neumann – The Good Death Ann Neumann takes us on an exploration of dying in America in this episode of The WeCroak Podcast. We talk about how death in America today is a system fraught with contradictions and failures that don’t serve the dying. We also talk about some of the movements trying to change the system for the benefit of all of us. Buy: The Good Death - An Exploration of Dying in America Author Website: AnnNeumann.com Support WeCroak onPatreon Download our app, as featured in 10% Happier, Atlantic Magazine and The New York Times, atWeCroak.com Sounds by James Mercer

43 MINMAR 13
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11| Ann Neumann

10| Hugh Ryan

ESeason 2, Episode 1: Hugh Ryan – When Brooklyn Was Queer Hugh Ryan is a writer and historian who works on issues of queers politics and culture. In his book we talk about a queer subculture that thrived along the waterfront in Brooklyn for over a hundred years, had its own lingo and values and inspired some of America’s greatest literature along the way. Then it disappeared and was almost entirely forgotten until Hugh pieced together what was left. We chat about life, death, and how even a whole culture can disappear in a blink of an eye. Buy: When Brooklyn Was Queer Author Website: HughRyan.org Support WeCroak onPatreon Download our app, as featured in 10% Happier, Atlantic Magazine and The New York Times, atWeCroak.com Sounds by James Mercer

58 MINMAR 6
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10| Hugh Ryan

9| Heather Havrilesky

EHeather Havrilesky writes the advice column Ask Polly for New York magazine’s The Cut. Her writing is about looking closely at the culture we are living in and taking apart the delusions we are so close to we don’t see them. It’s why she makes a great advice columnist and why her new book of essays “What if This Were Enough?”, is so fun to talk about. Buy: What If This Were Enough? Author Website: HavrileskyWebsite.wixsite.com Support WeCroak onPatreon Download our app, as featured in 10% Happier, Atlantic Magazine and The New York Times, atWeCroak.com Sounds by James Mercer

76 MINFEB 6
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9| Heather Havrilesky

8| Hansa & Ian Regroup on Death, Technology and Podcasting

EWe’ve spoken with meditation teachers, palliative care nurses who work with the dying, physicists and technologists. But have we learned anything about death? In this episode we discuss the WeCroak Podcast thus far and talk about the questions we want to explore next. We think we are on to something here. Tune in for a regroup of where we’ve been so far and a teaser of episodes to come. Support WeCroak onPatreon Download our app, as featured in 10% Happier, Atlantic Magazine and The New York Times, atWeCroak.com Sounds by James Mercer

22 MIN2018 NOV 29
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8| Hansa & Ian Regroup on Death, Technology and Podcasting
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