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How We're 'Killing Ourselves To Live Longer'

With Melissa Block

Author Barbara Ehrenreich is out with a new book, “ Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer.” We’ll look at her bold new arguments.

Guests:

Barbara Ehrenreich, author, journalist and political activist, author of “Natural Causes.” ( @B_Ehrenreich)

Dr. Ronan Factora, Cleveland Clinic doctor who works at the Center for Geriatric Medicine.

From The Reading List:

Excerpt of Barbara Ehrenreich’s new book, “Natural Causes”: 

At age 76, author Barbara Ehrenreich has decided she is “old enough to die.” And that means opting out of medical screenings and annual exams. “I refuse to accept a medicalized life,” she writes in her new book, Natural Causes. The best-selling author with a PhD in cellular immunology comes down hard on the national obsession with wellness.

This hour, On Point: rethinking aging. And we’ll remember the life of the plain-spoken former First Lady Barbara Bush— who died yesterday at age 92.

— Melissa Block

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The cover of Barbara Ehrenreich's latest book, "Natural Causes."
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The cover of Barbara Ehrenreich's latest book, "Natural Causes."