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Wes Moore

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If you haven’t heard of Wes Moore before you likely will have by the end of this week. His book The Other Wes Moore is the Multnomah County Library’s Everybody Reads book choice for the year. He’s speaking at Literary Arts on Monday night. Stories about him will likely be in Oregon newspapers throughout the week. And he’ll be right here on TOL on Monday morning.

Wes Moore is 33 years old. He’s a Rhodes scholar, a decorated combat veteran, a White House fellow, a investment professional in New York at CitiGroup and, yes, a writer.

His book tells his story, and that of another man named Wes. Another man named Wes Moore, in fact. The two men are around the same age. They’re both from Baltimore. They both grew up without their fathers.

They saw their childhood neighborhoods – in Baltimore, and also for the author Wes Moore, in the Bronx – become hubs of drug use and death. And they both got in trouble with police at before they were teenagers.

But the other Wes Moore is serving life in prison for felony murder after killing a police officer.

The Senior Inquiry students at Roosevelt High School in Portland read The Other Wes Moore. They compared it to Oliver Twist and The Wire, among other things.

We’ll broadcast this show live from the Senior Inquiry class. When I spoke with them on Friday in preparation for the program a couple of them wanted to know if they could ask Wes Moore “tough questions.” I encouraged it. And look forward to hearing the resulting conversation.

What questions — tough or otherwise —do you have for Wes Moore?


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