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The Exit Podcast Conversations with Drs Philip Nitschke & Fiona Stewart is a regular conversation series that not only discusses the new updates to the Peaceful Pill eHandbook but covers the latest in Assisted Dying/ Voluntary Euthanasia news from around the world. The Podcasts also include interviews with key players and reviews of new books in the area.

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Exit Podcast No 24

17 October 2021

The Huib Drion Letter: 30 Years Later

When former Dutch Supreme Court Judge, Huib Drion, wrote a short but pointed letter to the editor of the newspaper, NRC, little could he have known what his legacy would be. Drion argued that all older people should have a right to terminate their lives at a time of their choosing. He argued that this

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Exit Podcast No 23

15 August 2021

The Azide Wars

The Azide Wars have come about with the advent in the Netherlands of Middel X as an end of life method.  As a country where voluntary euthanasia has long been legal, there has been a groundswell of discontentment amongst older people who resent having to ask doctors for help to die. Addressing this souring mood

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Exit Podcast No 22

30 May 2021

Restrospective: Philip Nitschke reflects on 25 years of political activism

The May Exit Podcast (note name change) features an interview with Philip Nitschke as he reflects on the highs / lows of 25+ years of end of life political activism including the effect on his work of his move to the Netherlands, how it feels to be politically persecuted, major turning points in the debate

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Exit Podcast No 21

18 April 2021

The Pushback: Towards a New Human Rights Debate

In early April, Dutch activist group, CLW launched legal action against the Dutch state arguing that the prohibition on assisted suicide and assisted suicide drugs should be abolished. The Pushback: Towards a New Human Rights Debate is the topic of Exit’s 21st Podcast. If self-determination is a fundamental human right, CLW argue and if a nation

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Exit Podcast No 20

14 March 2021

The Inevitable – The New Book by Katie Engelhart

In The Inevitable – The first book by Katie Engelhart, readers can find one of the most thorough analyses of the modern right to die movement. Exit first met Katie Englehart about 5 years ago when she was part of the production team behind the Vice documentary, Time to Die. After 4 years of filming,

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Exit Podcast No 19

21 February 2021

The USA Lethal Mixtures

In this week’s Doxit Death with Dignity Podcast we discuss the February 2021 update to the Peaceful Pill Handbook. Since the scarcity of Nembutal – the best end of life drug – in the US due to both its prohibitive price and the refusal of EU drug manufacturers to sell the drug in that country (because

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Exit Podcast No 18

24 January 2021

Premedication & Potentiation

In this week’s Doxit Podcast we discuss the January 2021 update to the Peaceful Pill eHandbook which focuses on the two issues of premedication and potentiation and the role both play in a peaceful and reliable death. Potentiation is relevant if one has drugs / substances that are old, or from dubious sources or which

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Exit Podcast No 17

3 January 2021

2020 Looking Forward / Looking Back

The year that was thanks to COVID-19 but it was not all bad news. Exit’s most recent Doxit Podcast ‘Looking Back Looking Forward’ reflects on the good and the bad to come out of the pandemic experience. For example, like so many organisations around the world, Exit moved our core operations online. Face to face

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Exit Podcast No 16

13 December 2020

Australian/ NZ Legal Wave of Change

From 25 years ago when voluntary euthanasia for the terminally ill was so controversial that the Federal Government of Australia used a hitherto unknown section of the Australian Constitution (s122) to overturn the Northern Territory‘s Rights of the Terminally Ill Act to today when politicians can’t act fast enough as a show of compassion and

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Exit Podcast No 15

8 November 2020

Physiology of a Good Death – why it works & how!

In this Doxit Podcast we explore the physiology behind the good death. Taking the recent new Peaceful Pill eHandbook chapter on ‘Death Physiology’ as our starting point, we discuss the science behind the efficacy of some methods as distinct from others (eg. Nembutal over Opiates) and consider how each strategy discussed in the book falls

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Exit Podcast No 14

18 October 2020

A Letter from Ireland with Tom Curran

Exit first met Tom Curran in 2008 when he attended our initial Irish workshop at the Seomra Spraoi anarchist collective in Dublin (because no other booked venue would host the public meeting and workshop): such was the controversy surrounding assisted suicide/ assisted dying in Ireland. Fast forward a decade, and Tom has become the legitimate face of

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Exit Podcast No 13

13 September 2020

NuTech 2020 Conference Program for Sat 26 Sept: a sneek peak!

The NuTech Conference was held on Saturday 26 September with a 100% online program, drawing speakers from the Netherlands, US, France, Australia, Scotland & more. NuTech is the only global group to explore the possibilities offered by new technologies in regard to a peaceful and reliable death, instead of doctor-administered voluntary assisted dying. This year’s

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Exit Podcast No 12

6 September 2020

In Conversation with Professor Sean Davison

In 2011, Sean Davison pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of his mother Patricia (who was dying of cancer). He helped her to die when her hunger strike failed. Sean served 5 months home detention in New Zealand for his compassion. In 2020, Sean entered a plea bargain of guilty to the murders of three seriously ill/ disabled men

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Exit Podcast No 11

16 August 2020

Sarco X Euthanasia Capsule Arrives

Sarco X is a 3D-printed euthanasia capsule that provides a peaceful and reliable death. First exhibited at the Amsterdam Funeral Fair in 2018 and then at Venice Design in 2019 and Cube Design Museum in 2020, the latest iteration of the Sarco – Sarco X – has recently undergone its final lab testing at Haarlem in the Netherlands and is now

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Exit Podcast No 10

26 July 2020

Is a Nembutal Death ‘Cruel & Unusual’?

In this week’s Podcast, we discuss the controversial use of Nembutal in capital punishment executions in the US. In particular, we examine the argument that prisoners have recently presented to US Courts that death by pentobarbital injection causes flash pulmonary edema. Flash pulmonary edema, they say, constitutes cruel & unusual punishment. And cruel & unusual punishment is

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Exit Podcast No 9

12 July 2020

Do You Need a Doctor?

This week’s Doxit Podcast examines the topic of the medicalisation of death. Whereas once a death was the domain of religion, and suicide was considered a sin against God, more recently the public discourse on suicide has medicalised the act, treating it as a mental illness. No rational person could ever wish to end their

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Exit Podcast No 8

28 June 2020

Miscarriage – The Story of Graham Morant

In 2018, Graham Morant was found guilty of inciting (and assisting)his wife Jenny to suicide. This is the first case where a charge of incitement to suicide has led to a conviction. Graham received 6 years for assisting Jenny’s suicide and 10 years for inciting. These sentences were to be served concurrently. but… At the time of

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Exit Podcast No 7

14 June 2020

The R2D Debreather, more on the lethal salts, plus CNN story on Cindy Shepler & her trip to Pegasos

This week we pick up on two of the issues covered in this month’s June update to the Peaceful Pill eHandbook (Nitrite & the Debreather) and discuss the recent CNN article on ME/ CFS sufferer, Cindy Shepler and her VAD at Pegasos in December last year. The R2D Debreather is a device that enables a person to

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Exit Podcast No 6

31 May 2020

The Rise & Fall of Chloroquine

Long before President Trump touted that chloroquine would be the ‘game changer’ in the fight against COVID-19, this under-rated and useful end of life drug was making something of a comeback since it was first promoted by the French suicide manual Suicide Mode d’Emploi in 1982. The ready availability of this anti-malarial has contributed to

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Exit Podcast No 5

24 May 2020

Lethal Salts Part II

This Podcast continues the discussion of the Lethal Salts by taking a look at a number of eye witness accounts and teasing out some of the elements of the Exit RPA Test – the Reliability, Peacefulness, Availability Test as it is discussed and used in The Peaceful Pill eHandbook.

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Exit Podcast No 4

17 May 2020

Lethal Salts & the Law

In some ways the Lethal Salts have remained under the right-to-die radar. But are they the new Drion pill? Are they the new peaceful pill? What does the law have to say on these relatively freely available lethal substances? And what of a clamp-down to prevent public access? Some even suggest that the Lethal Salts

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Exit Podcast No 3

10 May 2020

Happy Hypoxia in the Age of COVID & Dementia

This week we take the lead from the plethora of news reports on ‘happy hypoxia’ vis a vis COVID-19 and a good death. The term ‘happy hypoxia’ first gained attention in early 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some people whose lungs were severely affected by the virus (so that oxygen could not readily cross into

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Exit Podcast No 2

3 May 2020

Advance Directives in the Time of COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new urgency to end of life planning, as far as Advance Directives go. The arrival of COVID-19 reinforces the need for everyone to prepare a legally-recognised advance directive document and arrange the appointment of a legal representative (eg. guardian, proxy, agent, etc.). An advance directive can outline the nature of

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Exit Podcast No 1

26 April 2020

Covid-19 & the Good Death

The Doxit Podcasts is a series of discussions about a good death: focused on the monthly updates to the Peaceful Pill eHandbook & global news / developments on assisted suicide etc. Podcast No 1 addresses the April 2020 COVID-19 Update to the Peaceful Pill eHandbook, examining issues such as COVID-19 pneumonia, active & passive ventilation,

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