A nationwide radio audience heard a Boise woman and her son this morning talk about how their heartbreaking struggles got the attention of millions of readers in December 2012.
The woman authored an essay titled " I Am Adam Lanza's Mother," published by the Blue Review. It promptly went viral, attracting thousands of readers around the region before it was reposted, in full, by the Huffington Post and Gawker, and quickly spread across the globe.
In the article, Liza Long wrote about her 13-year-old son who lives with mental illness. She equated their struggle with many other mothers and sons, including Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old Newtown, Mass., man guilty of one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history.
"I am Adam Lanza’s mother. I am Dylan Klebold’s and Eric Harris’s mother. I am James Holmes’s mother. I am Jared Loughner’s mother. I am Seung-Hui Cho’s mother. And these boys—and their mothers—need help. In the wake of another horrific national tragedy, it’s easy to talk about guns. But it’s time to talk about mental illness.”
This morning on NPR's Morning Edition, heard locally on Boise State Public Radio, Long appeared with her son as a part of the StoryCorps project, which recently spent a month in Boise, recording dozens of personal Idaho histories.
In addition to this morning's broadcast, heard by an estimated audience of 13 million, the conversation featuring Long and her son [along with all of the other recordings] is archived by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
The name of Long's son [and above image] is concealed to protect his identity.
You can listen to this morning's StoryCorps conversation featuring Liza Long and her son below.