On the one hand, obituaries are an amalgam of a bunch of different kinds of journalism: they're feature stories, they're profile pieces, they cover history, and they're hard news too.
On the other hand, the subject is always... dead.
This hour, a look at the art of obituaries and obituarists.
- Kate Cimini - A reporter for The Salinas Californian and CalMatters
- Vanessa Gould - Produced and directed the documentary Obit.
- Heather Lende - Obituarist for the Chilkat Valley News in Alaska and the author of Find the Good: Unexpected Life Lessons from a Small-Town Obituary Writer
- Bruce Weber - Retired New York Times obituarist
Colin McEnroe, Cat Pastor, and Chion Wolf contributed to this show, which originally aired August 24, 2017.