Listen to the first 80 seconds of Melissa Block’s piece on last night’s All Things Considered. And then fast forward to the final 67 seconds of the audio. What a powerful message, a powerful couple minutes of radio. To hear the contrast of the fluid voice of the Congresswoman before her brain was penetrated by a bullet in January of this year, and then witness the powerful will of her language several months later rages with hope.

Now, listen to the full ten-minute piece with Block’s interview with Representative Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly, which is bookended with Gabby’s voice. The context makes her readings all the more powerful. Non?

Yes, even those of us who work in public radio are not immune to those “driveway moments” in the darkness of the early evening. What a gift.

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I admire Gabby Giffords so much. Her recovery to date is an inspiration. I wish the very best for her and her husband, who speaks of her with such love.

I was struck by the sincerity of his tone too. Just a wonderful interview.

As a caregiver, I can appreciate what her husband has also been through and is going through. They're both such very strong people and the love between them is amazing.

thanks trent.  had missed this.

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How powerful and wonderful to hear Gabby Gifford's voice!  Thank you so much for this! 

Most welcome.