Our guest on today’s episode of Modern Notion Daily is Caitlin Doughty, a mortician and author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Stories from the Crematory (W. W. Norton & Co., paperback September 2015). Doughty promotes “death positivity”—which does not mean you should be happy when a loved one dies, but that you should embrace the dying and post-death process. In the interview, Doughty reveals her plans for her own body after she dies. Later in the hour, reporter Erika Beras takes us south of the border to Oaxaca, Mexico, to learn about making mezcal. She visits with artisanal producers of the drink, as well as people making the smoky spirit in their own homes.

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