"Yoo hoo! Look what I found down here!" Who could possibly could resist a mother's call to investigate?
Elizabeth Mushinsky Mitchell came by her parenting instinctively. She lost her own mother when she was eight, but had a feel for what it took to be a great mother: true engagement, genuine pathos, and a generous dose of inventiveness.
From 1992, she was coordinator of the Gold Key tour guide program at Choate Rosemary Hall, and was admired and beloved by the students there. She died in 2015.
Katie speaks with Liz's daughter, journalist Biz Mitchell, whose latest book is Lincoln's Lie: A True Civil War Caper Through Fake News, Wall Street, and the White House, published in October 2020 by Counterpoint Press.
This, too, is a week where we give thanks to every mother who is no longer here to bask her in daughter's achievement. We express special gratitude to Shyamala Gopalan Harris, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris's mom, who would be oh so proud.
Don't forget to visit us at ourmothersourselves.com. And while you're there, please contribute your word to the mother word cloud.
Music composed and performed by Andrea Perry.
Artwork by Paula Mangin. (@PaulaBallah)
Producer: Alice Hudson
Intern: Rosie Manock (@RosieManock)