Episode 31: Jacob Soboroff

AWM Author Talks
AWM Author Talks
Episode 31: Jacob Soboroff

This week, AWM Program Director Allison Sansone chats with award-winning NBC News correspondent Jacob Soboroff. This conversation took place September 3rd, 2020 and was recorded live via Zoom.

This is our final Author Talks episode of the year. We are taking a couple weeks now to rest but we will return in January with more fun, engaging, and inspiring conversations with contemporary writers. Have a great rest of the year and an even happier new year.

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“The reason [Juan and José] let me tell their story was because he had the same questions I did. How did this happen and how can we prevent it from ever happening again?”

“And when I say ‘it’ I want to be specific. American Academy of Pediatrics called this government-sanctioned child abuse. Physicians for Human Rights called this torture, what the American government did.”

“I set out to write this book to answer questions that I couldn’t answer for myself.”

“I always took this assignment as one of literally thousands of versions of this story that I think ultimately should be told. Every person who was separated has a story. All the officials involved in this policy have a story.”

“There were career officials who almost at every opportunity tried to stop this from happening. It was the Trump administration officials who kept pushing back and kept pushing forward.”

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