After surviving the Mumbai terror attacks. Linda Ragsdale made good on her promise to honor her friend Naomi’s last wish — teach her how to draw a dragon — by starting a non-profit to travel the world and teach children around the globe about peace. But five years into fulfilling that promise, Linda was faced with yet another threat to her life. Linda tells poet Amelia Edelman about her journey toward recovery, her mission to teach peace through her nonprofit “The Peace Dragon,” and how an unexpected cancer diagnosis threatened to unravel her beliefs. Then Amelia takes Linda’s decade of harrowing ordeals and transform them into poetry.
Versify is a production of Nashville Public Radio and The Porch, Nashville’s nonprofit literary center. Editing and production came from WPLN’s Emily Siner, with additional editing by Anita Bugg, and Susannah Felts. The episode was hosted, scripted and produced by Joshua Moore. The music is by Blue Dot Sessions and Jahzzar. The audio for this episode was recorded by Tasha Lemley at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books. Versify is distributed by PRX. The A
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