Boy Soldier, Quarterback, Pick Up Lines, and Peaches - Kimberly Reed

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Boy Soldier, Quarterback, Pick Up Lines, and Peaches

A high school quarterback leaves Montana as a promising son and returns years later to reveal a shocking secret; a boy from Sierra Leone describes his transformation from innocent child to cold-hearted soldier; a teenage girl discovers how to control her errant parrot; and a construction worker discovers the up-side of his girlfriend’s one-year prison sentence.

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13:42
Life Flight

by Kimberly Reed

A woman confronts her past, and future, when she is forced to make a trip to her hometown.

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15:14
The Sounds of My Village

by Ishmael Beah

A man from Sierra Leone describes his transformation from innocent child to cold-hearted soldier.

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07:04
The Toucan Beak

by Laura Revness

A teenage girl discovers how to control her errant parrot.

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05:24
A One Year Sentence

by Bobby Stoddard

A construction worker discovers the upside of his girlfriend’s one-year prison sentence.

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Kimberly Reed

Prior to her Moth story, Kim made the critically-acclaimed documentary Prodigal Sons about her experience as she attempts to reconcile with her long-estranged brother Marc, who has seen her as a rival since childhood. We highly recommend that listeners interested in Kim’s story check out her amazing documentary for themselves.

Ishmael Beah

Ishmael’s story was first captured in his book A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. Publisher’s Weekly says ”this absorbing account by a young man who, as a boy of 12, gets swept up in Sierra Leone’s civil war goes beyond even the best journalistic efforts in revealing the life and mind of a child abducted into the horrors of warfare.” We also highly recommend his book to Moth listeners. For more information on Ishmael, visit his website.

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