Listening Generously

Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen is the co-founder of the Commonweal Cancer Help Program and clinical professor of family and community medicine at the University of California-San Francisco.  This week, we turn (once again) to Krista Tippett as she sits down with Dr. Remen to speak with her about the art of listening to patients and other physicians.

As a person who listens to a lot of people, I found Dr. Remen’s compassion to be contagious.  It became clear to me that her strength is not only listening, but as a result of it, she is also a beautiful story-teller.

This is a show about the difference between curing and healing and how our losses help us to live.  And for anyone in, or interested in, the medical field – it is a must listen.

“You know, sometimes what appears to be a catastrophe, over time becomes a strong foundation from which to live a good life. It’s possible to live a good life even though it isn’t an easy life.” – Dr. Remen


Credits: Tippett, Krista. “Listening Generously.” Being.  American Public Media, December 27, 2007.


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