The Longest Shortest Time

EPISODE #19: The Mortality of Motherhood

Four years ago, my friend and colleague Kelly McEvers moved to the Middle East to become a war correspondent . . . and to have a baby. She recently chronicled her gut-wrenching inner conflict over being a mom who puts herself in harm’s way for a living in her powerful radio documentary Diary of a Bad Year: A War Correspondent’s Dilemma, which she produced with Jay Allison and Transom.org. After hearing the doc, I called Kelly at her studio in Beirut to delve deeper into what everyday motherhood is like when you do the job she does. Ever wonder what it’s like to pump in a war zone? Kelly has the answer.

Kelly at work (Glen Carey)

Kelly at work (Glen Carey)

Kelly teaching Loretta to ride a bike, back in the states.

Kelly teaching Loretta to ride a bike, back in the states

What experiences have made YOU feel mortal as a parent?
Tell us in the comments!