Producer/Host: Donna Loring
Engineer: Amy Browne
Issue: Historic Novel Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Program Topic: Abandoned and Homeless Children from 1854-1929
Key Discussion Points :
a) Children were boarded on trains and sent west to live with adopted families for labor or to be part of the family but most of the children were adopted to work on the family farms etc.
b) Thousands of children were sent out west without any contact or communication with their birth parents, mostly as a result of parental loss or neglect.
c) Majority of Children were Irish Immigrants
d) Christina Baker Kline talks about writing and some ways to put your ideas on paper
A) Christina Baker Kline is a Novelist, her book Orphan Train was on the NY Times Best Seller List for six weeks and in the USA Today best seller list for over twenty weeks