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Independent Minds: Jack Kevorkian

Saturday, March 13, 2010 9pmProducer: Murray Street ProductionsListen AgainFor his clients, he is an angel of mercy; for his opponents, a doctor of death. But behind the fierce debates and spectacular trials is an accomplished inventor and artist; a man who never married but devoted his life to his work; a passionate crusader who has brought us to a moral and constitutional crossroads. In this special, host David D'Arcy discovers how a curious pathologist turned into an expert on death and challenged our ideas of life and self-determination.Jack Kevorkian looks back on his controversial life, with observations from his defense lawyer Geoffrey Fieger and biographer Neal Nicol. Journalist Jack Lessenberry and NPR's Don Gonyea take us through the sensation trials in the Michigan court system. Medical ethicist Dr. John Hardwig, end-of-life specialist Dr. Timothy Quill and disability advocate Marilyn Golden illuminate the complicated facets of physician assisted suicide.

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