Independent Minds: Dr. Jack Kevorkian
For his clients, he is an angel of mercy; for his opponents, a doctor of death. But behind the fierce debates and spectacular trials is an accomplished inventor and artist; a man who never married but devoted his life to the care of others; and a passionate crusader who brought us to the forefront of a moral crossroad. Join David D’Arcy to discover how a curious pathologist turned into an expert on death and challenged our ideas of life and personal self-determination. Jack Kevorkian looks back on a controversial life, with observations from defense lawyer Geoffry Fieger and biographer Neal Nicol. Journalist Jack Lessenberry and NPR’s Don Gonyea takes us through the sensation trials of the Michigan court system. Medical ethicist Dr. John Hardwig, end-of-life specialist Dr. Timothy Quill and disability advocate Marilyn Golden illuminate the complex facets of physician assisted suicide. Actor Al Pacino, who portrays Kevorkian in the upcoming HBO film, takes us into the psyche of this complicated man.