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August 23, 2019

August 23, 2019

Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on August 23, 2019

4:00 – Report: Serious Flaws in 20% of US Hospice Programs

We all hope for some peace and comfort at the end of life. Hospices are designed to make that possible, relieving pain and providing emotional and spiritual support. But two new government studies released last month find that the vast majority of hospices have sometimes failed to do that. The reports are the government’s first to look at hospice deficiencies nationwide. The Office of the Inspector General in the Department of Health and Human Services found that from 2012 through 2016, health inspectors cited 87% of hospices for deficiencies. And 20% of hospices had lapses serious enough to endanger patients. We talk about it with Rita Marker of Patients Rights Council, who also looks at the latest rates of assisted suicide in the US.

4:20 – An unlikely Catholic conversion

As a college student, Abigail Favale experienced a feminist awakening that reshaped her life and faith. A decade later, on the verge of atheism, she found herself entering the oldest male-helmed institution on the planet–the last place she expected to be. She tells us how.

5:00 – Social Science Apologetics: Seven moral rules found all around the world

Anthropologists at the University of Oxford have discovered what they believe to be seven universal moral rules. How do they relate to the Catholic idea of the Natural Law? Does the Natural Law have any influence on modern philosophical thought? We talk with Dr. Greg Popcak.

5:20 – The Primal Scream of Identity Politics

Who am I? The question today haunts every society in the Western world. Legions of people—especially the young—have become unmoored from a firm sense of self. To compensate, they join the ranks of ideological tribes spawned by identity politics and react with frenzy against any perceived threat to their group. Can anything be done about it? We talk with Mary Eberstadt.