Death: the podcast

Hosted ByDr Arian Elfant

New Orleans has a unique relationship to death: we have a ridiculously high murder rate, we party at funerals, and we end up above ground. Death: the podcast tells the stories of personal experiences of death - fear of it, laughing at it, life-changing brushes with it, dealing with lost loved ones, and our own inevitable and unknown heart-stopping moment. Through confronting death we learn what it is to be alive.

How We Live with Death Row – Death: the podcast – It’s New Orleans

Why should we care about Death Row? Because it says more about us a culture than most of us think.

Rose Vines coordinates all social media and technology for The Ministry Against the Death Penalty. She works side-by-side with Sister Helen Prejean to abolish capital punishment in the United States.

In this episode of Death: The Podcast, Rose reflects with Arian about the experience of visiting Death Row, the experience of forming a relationship with an inmate she is convinced is innocent and the experience of driving away from him.

In helping us understand her passion to do this work, Rose articulates the message of her mentor Sister Helen, “Each of us is worth more than our own worst act.”


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