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Saturday 26 July  
Maria Hai-Anh Tuyet Cao, 52. From left - December 5 2003, February 15 2004

The State We're In - Overtime

On air: 6 October 2012 2:00 (Photo: Walter Schels)

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The State We're In, 6 October 2012. A man in North Carolina spends 13 years on death row but was innocent. A woman with cancer learns to laugh at herself. And a photographer in Germany takes photos of dead people to get over his fear of dying.

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Glen Edward Chapman
Glen Edward Chapman
Death row mistake - listen in new player



Glen Edward Chapman in North Carolina was convicted and sentenced to death for the murders of two women. He was innocent, but spent 13 years waiting to die. But then he had a confrontation with himself that made him more determined than ever to have his conviction overturned.

Chapman tells host Jonathan Groubert about the legal struggle to free himself after being wrongfully sentenced to death. He also talks about the first thing he ate after being set free: a baloney and cheese sandwich. Edward now helps people who are facing the kinds of things he went through.

More: Psychology professor’s mitigation work helped free death row inmate

Kristin Kranzley Parks
Kristin Kranzley Parks
Essay: Laughter was my lifeline - listen in new player



When Kristin Kranzley Parks was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer, she decided to stare it down... with a smile.

Hair loss? No problem – she loved the feel of rain on her head.

Kristin explains how laughter helped her through the worst that the disease threw at her, and how she’s been healthy for a year. View photos.

 

 

Walter Schels
Walter Schels
Before and after - listen in new player



German photographer Walter Schels and his partner Beate have taken a stunning and haunting series of portraits of people right before AND right after they died.

Jonathan and Walter have a surprisingly upbeat conversation about his own fear of dying, the intensity of the images and what’s to be learned from them about death and... well... life. View photos.

More: Life Before Death slideshow - The Guardian.

Video: Walter Schels and Beate Lakotta discuss meeting and photographing terminally ill people.

  • Kristin Kranzley Parks<br>&copy; RNW - http://www.rnw.nl/english
  • Edelgard Clavey, 67. First portrait: December 5 2003 <br>&copy; Walter Schels/Wellcome Trust - http://www.walterschels.com/h/?lang=en
  • Edelgard Clavey, 67. Second portrait: January 4 2004<br>&copy; Walter Schels/Wellcome Trust - http://www.walterschels.com/h/?lang=en
  • Beate Taube, 44. First portrait: January 16 2004<br>&copy; Walter Schels/Wellcome Trust - http://www.walterschels.com/h/?lang=en
  • Beate Taube, 44. Second portrait: March 10 2004<br>&copy; Walter Schels/Wellcome Trust - http://www.walterschels.com/h/?lang=en
  • Peter Kelling, 64. First portrait: November 29 2003<br>&copy; Walter Schels/Wellcome Trust - http://www.walterschels.com/h/?lang=en
  • Peter Kelling, 64. Second portrait: December 22 2003<br>&copy; Walter Schels/Wellcome Trust - http://www.walterschels.com/h/?lang=en

Discussion

beehiep 26 April 2014 - 8:22pm / VN

Great show on the pre- and post- death photos! Wonderfully lighted. Such grace and dignity. Administrators on Jumeirah Playing golf Locations for his or her synergy along with aid,bán cây giống and now we expect operating strongly throughout partnership to accomplish the event over the subsequent 1 .Great show on the pre- and post- death photos! Wonderfully lighted. Such grace and dignity.

Marilyn Hersh 8 October 2012 - 10:25pm / USA

I love the stories of this show. Please, please do not end it.

Albin 8 October 2012 - 7:54am / Canada

Have much appreciated the show over the years, and hope you can find a way to continue.

Anonymous 8 October 2012 - 7:47am / Canada

There is no point photographing dead ppl

DCLioness 7 October 2012 - 5:51pm / United States

i loved Kristin's story. I am currently batteling breast Cancer for the second time in my right breast after being Cancer free for 10 years. For a little added incentive to fight like a Warrior, I also have Lung Cancer in the right lung. Laughter and a positive attidue are two of the best weapons to have in your arsenal...so far along with the treatment I am receiving both tumors are decreasing in size. Congrats to Kristin for reaching her goal to be cancer free and may she stay that way for a 100 yrears.

Anonymous 7 October 2012 - 4:41pm / USA

Very beautiful and dignified photos. However, I'm struck by how young all the subjects were at their death--very sad.

Anonymous 7 October 2012 - 4:41pm / USA

Very beautiful and dignified photos. However, I'm struck by how young all the subjects were at their death--very sad.

Anonymous 7 October 2012 - 3:13pm / United States

What a wonderful show and truly a shame it is going to end soon! I structure my Sunday mornings listening to WBEZ in Chicago, and never miss an episode. The shows are timeless; I'd love to hear them again while waiting for funding to return. I'm hoping for that miracle!

Rebecca Snyder 6 October 2012 - 11:08pm

Glen Chapman's story is amazing. Most amazing of all is the way the man transformed himself. I was weeping during this story. What a truly amazing man.

Anonymous 6 October 2012 - 11:01pm / USA

Great show on the pre- and post- death photos! Wonderfully lighted. Such grace and dignity.

I do hope you get your funding!

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