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Tara Westover On Leaving Her Survivalist, Conspiracy-Fueled Childhood Behind

Tara Westover was raised by Mormon survivalist parents who taught her that doctors were heathens and that school would brainwash her mind. She worked in her father's junkyard in the mountains of Idaho and was homeschooled by her mother, along with her six sisters and brothers. Westover often experienced physical and emotional abuse along the way, she said, and was never allowed to seek medical help for any of it.

When she decided to leave, she taught herself from an ACT prep-book and earned a score so high that she not only got into college, but also won a scholarship. Westover eventually got her Ph.D. in history from Cambridge University. She wrote about it all in her new book, "Educated: A Memoir." Jim Braude was joined by Tara Westover.

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