Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly - January 15, 2016

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is a production of THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET. Visit for additional information. Show #1920 will be fed over PBS at 5:00 p.m. EST on January 15, 2016 (check local listings).

Doctors’ End-of-Life Discussions – As Lucky Severson reports, many patients who don't express their end-of-life wishes, receive aggressive treatments in hospitals that their doctors wouldn't want for themselves.  According to Dr. Phil Pizzo, Dean Emeritus of Stanford’s School of Medicine, 80-95% of doctors “want to die at home, they want to have their family around them. They don’t want to be on life support.”   In a response to this situation palliative care expert Dr. VJ Periyakoil has created the Stanford Letter project to help patients and families express their end-of-life wishes.

Sweet Honey in the Rock and MLK – As the nation observes the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, Correspondent Kim Lawton catches up with the Grammy-nominated a capella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock, which has been singing about racial inequality, social justice and spirituality for more than 40 years. They discuss the group’s music video tribute to King, “Give Love,” and the principles taught by King that are still relevant in race relations today. They also talk about the group’s new CD, “#LoveinEvolution,” which will be released on January 22nd.

# # #