NPR’s treasured host Diane Rehm is at a crossroads. Late this year, after the election, she plans to stop hosting the interview show she has led for nearly four decades. She doesn’t say she’s retiring, because she intends to stay active in many ways – especially advocating for state legislation to allow doctors to prescribe life-ending medication to mentally competent adults who are terminally ill.
In her just-published memoir, On My Own, Diane Rehm describes watching her husband starve himself to death after deciding that Parkinson’s had left him no reason to live. She writes about her first year as a widow, and how it is re-shaping her identity.