For 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 the care of others; and a passionate crusader who brought us to the forefront of a moral crossroad.
Join David D'Arcy to discover how a curious pathologist turned into an expert on death and challenged our ideas of life and personal self-determination.
Jack Kevorkian looks back on a controversial life, with observations from defense lawyer Geoffry Fieger and biographer Neal Nicol. Journalist Jack Lessenberry and NPR's Don Gonyea takes us through the sensation trials of the Michigan court system. Actor Al Pacino, who portrays Kevorkian in the upcoming HBO film, takes us into the psyche of this complicated man.
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For more information about Dr. Jack Kevorkian and assisted-dying, please visit the following websites:
- ABC News—14 February 1992: Barbara Walters interviews Dr. Kevorkian
- CBS News/60 Minutes—22 November 1998: Mike Wallace interviews Kevorkian and broadcasts Dr. Kevorkian’s video of his lethal injection of Thomas Youk. This act eventually led to Dr. Kevorkian’s conviction for second degree murder.
- Investigation by the The Detroit Free Press on Dr. Kevorkian's "assisted-suicides," published 3 March 1997.
- The HBO Film on Kevorkian—You Don’t Know Jack
- Letter from Kevorkian to Hon. William Hubbs Rehnquist, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of the United States.
Literature on Kevorkian and Assisted Dying:
- Humphry, Derek. Final Exit: The Practicalities of Self-Deliverance and Assisted Suicide for the Dying.
- Kevorkian, Jack. Prescription: Medicide: The Goodness of Planned Death.
- Dworkin, Gerald. R. G. Frey, ed. Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide (For and Against). Sissela Bok, 1998.
- Rosenfeld, Barry. Assisted Suicide and the Right to Die: The Interface of Social Science, Public Policy, and Medical Ethics. , 2004.
- Svenson, Arthur Gordon and Susan M. Behuniak Physician-Assisted Suicide: The Anatomy of a Constitutional Law Issue.
- Smith, Wesley J. Forced Exit : The Slippery Slope from Assisted Suicide to Legalized Murder, 1997.
- Smith, Wesley J. "A View to a Kill." National Review Online, December 14, 2005.
- Quill, Timothy. Physician-Assisted Dying: The Case of Palliative Care and Patient Choice. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.
- Vonnegut, Kurt. God Bless You Dr. Kevorkian. Washington Square Press, 2001.
Music Featured on the Program:
- Jack Kevorkian and the Morpheus Quintet—“A Very Still Life”
- Jacqueline Du Pré's recording of Johann Sebastian Bach, featured on “Les introuvables de Jacqueline du Pré”
- Mstislav Rostopovich recordings of Johann Sebastian Bach, featured on “Classical Legends”
Thank you to all who participated in the program:
Special Thanks to Bee Holder Productions and Foundation Films, producers of the documentary Kevorkian.
Support for this program comes from HBO--presenting "Dr. Jack Kevorkian . "
Writer/ producer/ host David D'Arcy is a journalist and critic who has been covering the cultural scene for NPR for almost 20 years. He is a frequent commentator on the arts for the BBC Radio program, "Front Row," and a correspondent for London's "The Art Newspaper."
Our line producer is David Bailes.
INDEPENDENT MINDS: Dr. Jack Kevorkian is an hour-long special.
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