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October 22, 2009

Travel By Train

Audrey Hunter was 17 the first time she hopped a train. The 23-year-old pre-nursing student now admits it's a dangerous thing to do, but for three years of her life, Audrey courted danger and traveled the country by train. She took odd jobs and "squatted" with other kids her age. New Orleans became the closest thing to a home, and after Katrina hit, Audrey headed back there after finishing her migrant farming job up north. She recalls helping clean up the city, the impact those images had on her, and she talks with Dick Gordon about how all of these travels showed her what she now wants to do with her life.

  • Music in this story: Freight Train, performed by Laura Veirs for the album Two Beers Veirs; Asleep in Nawlins performed by Dead Man Street Orchestra for the album Where's Corey; City of New Orleans performed by Arlo Guthrie
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