Apr 30, 2020
Diane Rehm spent almost four decades on-air interviewing iconic
cultural + political figures on The Diane Rehm Show, and
she represents the very sound of National Public Radio. Often
described as the "diva of discussions", Diane has the unique
ability to own a strong opinion on matters but also the uncommon
ability to remain open to other's opinions. Naturally curious to
others' perspective Diane possesses an amazing combination of
steeliness + vulnerability.
Today, Diane opens up about her latest book When My Time
Comes + the opposing arguments for + against the
right-to-die. You'll also learn about her longstanding career
in radio, working through crippling anxiety early in her career,
how she overcame debilitating neurological voice disorder and why
she sees herself as the "luckiest person".
- When Diane was 19, her 49-year-old mother died from liver
disease. In her last of countless trips to the hospital, she begged
to die in order to be released from the pain + suffering. Eleven
months later, Diane's father died of a broken heart.
- "We are all going to die. It's part of the life circle.
Accepting that, planning for it, talking about what it is that you
want at the end of life is what I am encouraging people to
- As a Serbian Orthodox, Diane felt pressure to marry an Arab
just months before her mother's death. Feeling relief + freedom
after her father died, Diane got a divorce.
- After stumbling into radio, Diane experienced severe anxiety
daily for nearly 2 years until her bosses uplifting + encouraging
messages gave her the confidence.
- Diane has interviewed countless political and cultural
figures including Fred Rogers, Bill + Hillary Clinton and Barack
Obama. "When each person comes into the studio, what I see
is not a bigger-than-life human being but rather a human
- In 1998, Diane was diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia, a
neurological condition that affects the quality of her voice.
- Ten years after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease,
Diane's husband of 54 years John Rehm expressed his need to die.
For 10 days, he stopped eating, drinking + taking his medication
- Right-to-die advocate: Diane encourages
individuals to move past the fear of death to have conversations
about end-of-life care.
- "Find your own passion. Be open + ready to the
- "He was one of if not the greatest teachers of
humankind that I've seen in my lifetime." Diane shares
that her interview with Fred Rogers was her most memorable
interview. Listen here.
- It’s been said that all great people can have their
lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to
read? I have received the greatest love from so many
people in my life that I am the luckiest person in the world.
- Learn more about Diane Rehm here.
- Get a copy of Diane Rehm's book When My
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