“For the heart, life is simple: it beats for as long as it can. Then it stops.”
— Karl Ove Knausgaard, in his book "My Struggle"

No topic is more defining — and more taboo to discuss — than death. It’s the one thing all of us will share.

  • 🎬 Our friends Perri Peltz and Matthew O’Neill, the directors and producers of "Axios on HBO," have spent two years and traveled to 10 states to produce a landmark documentary on death and dying, "Alternate Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America."
  • It premieres this Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 8 pm ET on HBO.
  • This Deep Dive looks at how quickly and radically the way we die is changing for all of us.

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