Caption: Ian Brown
Ian Brown 

Conversations 103: Ian Brown

From: Richard Fidler
Series: Conversations with Richard Fidler
Length: 53:26

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A conversation with journalist Ian Brown, author of 'The Boy in the Moon'. Ian Brown talks about life with his son Walker; born with an extremely rare genetic mutation that holds him at the developmental level of a two year old child. Read the full description.

Ian_brown_small Ian Brown is a feature writer with Toronto's Globe & Mail.

Ian is one of Canada's most respected journalists; a guy who was often seen as a brilliant but somewhat difficult man. Then the birth of his son Walker completely up-ended the life of his whole family.
 
Walker was born with an extremely rare genetic abnormality: as he grows bigger as he gets older, but developmentally he remains at the level of a two-year-old child.

Walker's must wear cuffs to restrain him from hitting himself. To get to sleep he often needs to be held and sung to. Ian and his wife spent a decade without adequate sleep.

Ian confesses there were moments where he seriously questioned the value of surrendering so much time and energy for a boy whose life seems so constrained. But even so, he says Walker has brought him moments of almost perfect grace and peace.
 

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Piece Description

Ian Brown is a feature writer with Toronto's Globe & Mail.

Ian is one of Canada's most respected journalists; a guy who was often seen as a brilliant but somewhat difficult man. Then the birth of his son Walker completely up-ended the life of his whole family.
 
Walker was born with an extremely rare genetic abnormality: as he grows bigger as he gets older, but developmentally he remains at the level of a two-year-old child.

Walker's must wear cuffs to restrain him from hitting himself. To get to sleep he often needs to be held and sung to. Ian and his wife spent a decade without adequate sleep.

Ian confesses there were moments where he seriously questioned the value of surrendering so much time and energy for a boy whose life seems so constrained. But even so, he says Walker has brought him moments of almost perfect grace and peace.
 

Broadcast History

Originally broadcast on ABC Radio, Australia (re-edited here for a US audience).

Timing and Cues

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In cue: "You know I was a fairly callow guy..."
Out cue: "... right after this."
Dur: 59"

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Out cue: "... That's just ahead."
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Break 1
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Dur: 58"

Segment 2
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Out cue: "... That's just ahead."
Dur: 14'55"

Break 2
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Dur: 58"

Segment 3
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Out cue:"... Thanks for listening."
Dur: 16'21"

Conversations 103.Brown Single File
In cue: Theme music.
Out cue: "... Thanks for listening."
Dur: 52'27"

Intro and Outro

INTRO:

Right now: 'Conversations with Richard Fidler' (pron: FY-dler) features Ian Brown, author of 'The Boy in the Moon', whose son Walker was born with an extremely rare genetic mutation that keeps him at the developmental level of a two year old child.

OUTRO:

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Lambada de Serpente Aaron Goldberg Worlds. Sunny Side 2006 01:56
Hollywood Sunset Barry Adamson Lost Highway. Fontana Interscope 1997 :59

Related Website

abc.net.au/conversations