PNS National Newscast

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the Public News Service (podcast)"
"Hey Google, play the Public News Service podcast"
"Alexa, play Public News Service podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app


Audio Activation
"Siri, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Hey Google, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Alexa, play Two-Thousand-Twenty Talks podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app


PNS Daily Newscast - June 18, 2021 

President Biden just signed a law declaring Juneteenth a federal holiday; and the first tropical storm system is forecast to make landfall in U.S. by end of the week.

2021Talks - June 18, 2021 

The U.S. marks a new national holiday; Republicans reject Sen. Joe Manchin's election reform compromise; and U.S. Supreme Court upholds Obamacare but strikes a blow to equal rights.

Advocates Promote End-of-Life Plannning

National Healthcare Decisions Day with Dolores Huerta in English
 By Suzanne Potter - Producer, Contact
April 16, 2021

LOS ANGELES - Today, April 16, is the 8th annual National Healthcare Decisions Day - a day where health-care advocates encourage everyone to think about the kind of health care they'd want at the end of life.

Now, civil-rights icon Dolores Huerta is speaking out in a pair of videos in English and Spanish - asking people to consider what they'd want if, say, they develop severe dementia and can no longer make health-care decisions.

"Who will speak for us in case we get a life-threatening illness and cannot communicate our wishes for our end-of-life care?" asked Huerta.

Some people might want to go into hospice, while others would want the hospital to exhaust all life-saving measures.

The group Compassion & Choices has developed an online toolkit in both languages that helps people write down an advance directive, name someone as a health-care proxy or delegate power of attorney.

Sixty-nine percent of Americans say talking about end-of-life wishes is important, but only 56% actually have talked to their loved ones about it - according to a new nationwide study by Vitas Healthcare. Huerta advised people to have the conversation, early and often.

"This is a great opportunity for us to reach out to our loved ones and start having those difficult but necessary conversations about advance-care planning," said Huerta.

In the same study, one in five Americans say they weren't prepared to make critical end-of-life decisions when a family member got very sick or even died during the pandemic.

A survey from the University of Michigan found that the majority of Americans have not completed a durable power of attorney or an advance directive.

Best Practices