21: Death



Quick. Name a society that’s more death-denying than our own here in the USofA. Probably can’t, can you? How did it come to this? Well, truth be told, it doesn’t matter, because we’re all gonna die!! That’s right. Death will become us. And there’s no use in pretending like it’s not something vastly important to the very art of living.

In honor of this quite universal truth (unless there really are vampires or other immortal beings walking the Earth), and with the encroaching Halloween holiday that inspires so many normally respectable young women to find the sexy/trashy angle of just about any costume, we wanted to bring it straight up on this week’s episode.

And who better to talk about death with than someone whose career is working with the dead? Meet our good friend Laura, a mortician who loves her line of work more than sugar-high kids love filling pillowcases with fun size bags of skittles and bottle caps every October 31st.

See, as we said, everybody dies, and when someone does pass along, it’s up to our trusty morticians, coroners, funeral…people, and others in the industry to take good care of the ex-citizens, particularly since the family they left behind are grieving, the politics of burial are constantly changing, and oh yeah! Science!

Laura sits down and talks to us about the ins (embalming fluid) and outs (blood, other fluids the person carried around inside of themselves throughout their life) of caring for the dead. You’ll be amazed at what you hear and (to a lesser degree, cause this is radio) see! Bucking the stereotype of morticians as “that creepy old dude at the morgue,” Laura is in fact a lovely young woman, who saw fit to show up in her lovely hearse dress that we couldn’t deny you all.

Fingernails coordinated, too.

Have a safe and happy Halloween, and enjoy our episode on the Geography of DEATH. OoooOOOOOoooooooooOOOOO (that’s the best werewolf howl we can express using the Latin alphabet).

Produced by Tyler S. for TDC Productions
Theme Song: “The Face of the Earth” by The Dismemberment Plan
Other Music Included:
Saves the Day – “At Your Funeral”
Pixies – “Dead”
They Might Be Giants – “Exquisite Dead Guy”
eels – “P.S. You Rock My World”