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Death comes out of the closet this week on KALW!  This Wednesday at 7 pm (PDT), join us on 91.7 for a special in-depth documentary on “Palliative Care:  The Search for Comfort and Healing In The Face of Death.”   Physicians, dying patients, and family members speak out on the need for good care at the end of life.  Most Americans polled want to spend their final days in comfort, free of pain.   Planning ahead can help ensure that your wishes will be honored when the time comes.  If you’re not around for the live broadcast, the program will be available at 

How to Protect Yourself When You're in the Hospital
Guest: Lisa McGiffert, Director of the Safe Patient Project and Senior Policy Analyst for  Consumers Union of the United States.
Listeners with questions for Chuck Finney and Lisa McGiffert, please call 415-841-4134.

Lauren M. Whaley/CHCF Center for Health Reporting

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Clowns remind us not to take ourselves too seriously. But it takes a professionally trained clown to lighten the mood in a hospital while being therapeutic. In a quiet hospital wing, some unlikely sounds float down the hallway: an accordion, a ukelele, and laughter. Luz Gaxiola and Molly Shannon make their daily rounds at the California Pacific Medical Center. They’re part of the Alameda based Medical Clown Project.