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Gold Star Children

Gold Star Children

There are 20,000 kids in the U.S. who have lost a mother or father serving in the military. For family at home, young or old, the loss is painful, immediate, and profoundly life-altering.

After losing her own father in the Vietnam War as a young child, filmmaker Mitty Mirrer set out to make a documentary film about the lives of Gold Star children like her. What she found was a community of sons, daughters, and widows working through hardship and enriching each others' lives. When the loss of a loved one in service created a vacuum, fellow families and military personnel moved to fill in the gaps. Mirrer's film, Gold Star Children, follows these families as they honor their loved ones and live new lives in their memory.

Guests:
Cierra Becker: a Gold Star child whose father was killed while serving in the US military in Iraq
Crystal Becker: the widow of the late Staff Sergeant Shane Becker. She has two girls, Cierra and Cheyenna, and is raising both of them in Texas.
Mitty Mirrer: producer and director of the film "Gold Star Children" whose father was killed in the line of duty in Vietnam.
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Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

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  Walter Mosley: writer

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