"Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism" (Encore Presentation)

Aug 22, 2016

(Note: This interview originally aired back in December.) We speak with the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Ron Suskind, whose bestselling nonfiction books include "Confidence Men" and "The One Percent Doctrine," among others. Suskind joins us to discuss his latest book, a memoir called "Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism." This work, first published in 2014, chronicles Suskind's family’s two-decade struggle with his son Owen's autism. As was noted of the book by the St. Louis Post Dispatch: "Reading Suskind's factual yet moving account of the devotion, love, and energy put into helping Owen will leave readers wondering if they could do the same. This is a wonderful book, whether or not you know a person with autism." Suskind's book is also the basis for a newly released documentary film, which is now playing at the Circle Cinema here in Tulsa. Also on today's show, our commentator Barry Friedman remembers Khalid Jabara, a 37-year-old Tulsan who was recently killed -- by his next-door neighbor -- in what might well have been a hate crime.