This excerpt was taken from a program titled “How to Live When You Have to Die,” featuring Atul Gawande, M.D. It was recorded in collaboration with  the New Yorker Festival, on October 2, 2010.

Practicing surgeon Atul Gawande discusses the four important parts of talking with
terminally ill patients about their end-of-life care. Rather than pressing
patients to make hard decisions, Gawande emphasizes the importance of asking
questions about their hopes and fears.