This American Life – Didn’t Ask to Be Born

In this 35 minute This American Life segment…Debra Gwartney loved her two oldest daughters (one later attended Eagle Rock School and graduated) like she loved herself. And they loved her in return. But Debra got a divorce, moved the family to Oregon, and relations with her daughters got worse and worse. Finally, at the ages of thirteen and fourteen, they ran away. In this story, Debra and her daughters try and retrace what exactly went wrong. The story was produced by Sandy Tolan of Homeland Productions in collaboration with Debra Gwartney and her daughters. It’s part of the World Views series of first person narratives, which gets funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Debra is writing a book about what happened in their family.

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