Apr. 10th, 2017

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A recent episode of This American Life:

https://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/613/ok-ill-do-it

(Act II)

features a young woman who, in her mid-20s, discovered that her mother had had a really exciting secret life back when her mother was in her early 20s. She had been recruited as a college student to run guns to support the militant wing of the African National Congress in South Africa. She was a white woman, and posed as a honeymooner for a few months in Africa, along with a white man she was not romantically involved with (or interested in in any way, in fact) and they successfully ran guns for about three months, which was what they'd been recruited to do, while also going out to look at animals like they were normal honeymooners on safari.

Her reaction to find out that HER MUM (who never seemed like one of the COOL mums!) had done something this fascinating and daring reminded me of the younger Weasleys' initial reaction to the theory that their mother might be one of the Wand Smugglers.

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