Family, Friendship, and Mother Nature - Jillian Lauren

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Family, Friendship, and Mother Nature

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A woman finds an unexpected new family when she adopts a son, a bad soldier learns to write from personal loss, and a man is working at a nuclear power plant when disaster strikes.

Jillian Lauren found a new family when adopting a son from Ethiopia.

Etgar Keret was an Israeli soldier who discovered the power of writing after losing a friend. 

Carl Pillitteri experienced an earthquake from inside the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor.

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Stories in this Episode

14:50
Family Roots

by Jillian Lauren

A woman finds an unexpected new family when she adopts a son

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13:17
My First Story

by Etgar Keret

A bad soldier learns to write from personal loss.

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15:16
Fog of Disbelief

by Carl Pillitteri

A man is working at a nuclear power plant when disaster strikes.

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Extras From This Episode

Jillian Lauren

Jillian Lauren Extra

Jillian with her young son shortly after adoption.

Jillian Lauren Extra 2

Jillian with her young son.

Etgar Keret

Etgar Keret 1

Etgar as a young man.

Etgar Keret reads his short story “Pipes”.

Carl Pillitteri

Inside Ikoi Post Quake

Inside Ikoi after the quake.

Ikoi 1 465X311

Carl in front of Ikoi restaurant when he returned to the exclusion zone on December 3, 2011, nine months after the earthquake.

The music in this story

  • The Drift - Uncanny Valley
  • Sam Sklair, Dan Selsick and Pops Mohammed - Ethiopian Lullaby
  • Nigel Kennedy & The Kroke Band - Time 4 Time
  • Eric Satie - Gnossienne 1 (Buddah Bar Remix)