How did one mother survive the anguish of, not one, but two runaway teenage daughters, then reclaim their love? Also, when an Oscar-nominated wildlife filmmaker was found dead in Africa, was it a deliberate attempt to thwart her conservation efforts? Lisetn to podcast.
Debra Gwartney is a former reporter for the Oregonian, was a Newsweek correspondent for 10 years, and the proud mother of two beautiful daughters. Following their parents’ divorce and their mother’s move to Eugene, Oregon, the girls grew increasingly angry, until they ran away at the ages of 13 and 15. They lived on the streets in Eugene, then ran to San Francisco – then disappeared altogether. Debra Gwartney joins us to share her heart-wrenching journey to find her girls, and how things stand today. Her new book is Live Through This: A Mother’s Memoir of Runaway Daughters and Reclaimed Love.
In January 2006, Joan Root, a 69-year-old naturalist, Oscar-nominated wildlife filmmaker, and staunch conservationist, was murdered by two masked men armed with an AK-47 shortly after midnight in her bedroom on the shore of Kenya’s beautiful Lake Naivasha. The police stated it was a robbery gone bad … but was it? Root had made enemies in her efforts to save Kenya’s wildlife. Veteran journalist Mark Seal, and contributing editor at Vanity Fair, set out to investigate this real-life mystery in Wildflower: An Extraordinary Life and Untimely Death in Africa.
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