On Death Podcast

I am…
Before I die, I want…
When I die, I want…
After I die, I want…

Four simple prompts, many different answers.

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In this podcast, doctor-in-training Eugene Kim interviews noteworthy people of different ages, gender and racial identities, cultures, faiths, and backgrounds to highlight the common threads between us all, by talking about an inevitable aspect of our life-cycle: Death.


For a deeper dive into the ‘why’ of this project, please read these reflections!

February 2016 – On Death: a manifesto
October 2017 – On Death, revisited
March 2018 – On Death revisited, again


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The Dirty Dozen


2016


2017


2018

  • 0329 – With Rashad Malik Davis

    Rashad is a 26yo creative, lover of stories, and story-teller.

    In this conversation, we discuss the painful genesis and healing journey of his book, his deeply rooted spirituality, and the importance of representation in the stories that we tell.

  • 0412 – With Caroline Wilson

    Caroline is a 19yo college student, positive human, and survivor of a traumatic brain injury.

    In this lovely conversation, we discuss the plastic nature of memories especially when you have impaired long-term memory, how a positive reframe of a situation can change your outlook on life, and the nature of social crutches and how they help us function.

  • 0426 – With Michael Caron

    Michael is a 40yo father, coach, and motivator.

    We discuss his formative years through a semester at sea, the wonder of being a new father while being present for a stepdaughter, and his philosophy on leadership and self-development.

  • 0510 – With Kristin Clague Reihman

    Kristin is a 47yo physician, healer, and mother.

    In this interview, we discuss the death of her mother when she was eighteen, her own near death experience fraught with pain, and how her spirituality is connecting with others.

  • 0524 – With Eric Garza

    Eric is a 41yo professor, hunter, and suicide survivor. 

    During this conversation, we discuss hunting as connection to landscape, pushing ourselves to take the shot and learn the skills, and the near death experience of his suicide attempt.

  • 0611 – With Ayden LeRoux

    Ayden is a 29yo artist, writer, and BRCA1+ human.

    During this conversation, we discuss the intertwining of science and magic to predict her future health, Land Art installations as spirituality, and how a partner changes our plans for death.

  • 0623 – With John Giacalone

    John is a 34yo husband, coach, and observer of patterns. 

    During this conversation, we discuss his vision for the future of both physical medicine and the world at large, speaking with his dying grandfather on the day of his wedding, and why he wants to be the guy that nobody knows.

  • 0706 – With Jen Rudolph

    Jen is a 39yo journeyer, mother, and wife.

    During this conversation, we discuss why she tries to withhold judgment on other minivans, the peace she felt when her grandfather died in his sleep, and why the death of two cousins serves as a reminder to stay present.

  • 0720 – With Hunter Frost

    Hunter is a 20yo tree climber, country boy, and survivor.

    During this conversation we discuss the challenges of tree climbing, the shifts in a 4yr relationship that began at 16, and the harsh perspective of breaking your back in a motor vehicle accident.

  • 0803 – With Alana Karma Once Again

    Alana is a 22yo survivor, phoenix, and hyper-dimensional immortal alien. Since our last conversation 16mo ago, she endured a horrific car accident that left her in a coma, without the use of her left side, and memory issues because of massive brain swelling. Now, just under a year since the crash, she is recovering function and learning new skills.

    During this conversation, we cover the long road between the accident and now, why these events might turn her into a better teacher, and how she has learned to appreciate her left side glitches.

  • 0819 – With Jim Goodreau

    Jim is a 71yo retired vascular surgeon, Air Force brat, and grieving father.

    During this conversation, we discuss his time as a Naval surgeon covering a huge swath of patients, his two strokes, and the immense losses of two of his sons.

  • 0831 – With Tasia Percevecz

    Tasia is a 28yo athlete, coach, and believer.

    In this conversation, we discuss the High, Low, Buffalo of the CrossFit Games, how an abusive relationship now allows her to connect with fellow humans, and her single mother’s strength as she mourned the death of her siblings.

  • 0916 – With Alex Szymanski

    Alex is a 19yo leader, athlete, and Catholic.

    During this conversation, the importance of sharing experiences, we discuss why he does not fear death, and why respect is the cornerstone of leadership.

  • 0928 – With John Foley

    John is a 29yo athlete, brother, and lover.

    During this conversation, we discuss his combative relationship with religion, the roast of his grandmother at her funeral, and why he is learning statistics on his commute to work.