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Debra Gwartney loved her two oldest daughters like she loved herself. And they loved her in return. But Debra got a divorce, moved the family to Oregon, and relations with her daughters got worse and worse. Finally, at the ages of thirteen and fourteen, they ran away. In this story, Debra and her daughters try and retrace what, exactly, went wrong. Also, Brent Runyon tells the story of the day in eighth grade that he set himself on fire, and what led to that. It's excerpt from his memoir, called The Burn Journals.

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Photo: Timothy Hamilton

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Ira Glass

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