January 8, 2014 - Ishmael Beah

  • 01/08/2014

Scandal engulfs Chris Christie, the media explains the concept of cold weather, and Ishmael Beah talks being a child soldier and his book, "Radiance of Tomorrow."

>> TONIGHT A NEW BREAKTHRUIN MEDICINE, A PILL THAT

DOESN'T GIVE YOU A BONER.

THEN AMERICA IS ENVELOPED INRECORD COLD, LUCKILY

AMERICANS ARE ENVELOPED INRECORD FAT.

AND MY GUEST AUTHOR ISHMAELBEAH WAS A CHILD SOLDIER,

STILL BETTER ADJUSTED THAN ACHILD ACTOR.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO NORTHKOREA'S KIM JUNG-UN, PLEASE

ACCEPT OUR GIFT OF DENNISRODMAN.

NO RETURNS.

THIS IS "THE COLBERTREPORT."

>> STEPHEN, STEPHEN, STEPHEN,STEPHEN, STEPHEN!

STEPHEN, STEPHEN, STEPHEN!

STEPHEN, STEPHEN, STEPHEN!

>> Stephen: THANK YOU,LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

WELCOME TO THE REPORT, GOODTO HAVE YOU WITH US.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)FOLKS, I TELL YOU, WITH A

WELCOME LIKE THAT, WAS THATNOT A WELCOME?

THANK YOU.

FOLKS, WITH THAT KIND OFWELCOME IT IS ALMOST AS IF

YOU KNOWS WHAT'S COMING.

FOLKS, HUGE NEWS TONIGHT.

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITEDSTATES OF NEW JERSEY CHRIS

CHRISTIE, IS IN HOT WATER.

OKAY, HOLD ON, I JUSTPICTURED HIM IN A HOT TUB.

SHAKE IT OFF.

NEW E-MAILS LINK TOP AIDESIN THE CHRISTIE

ADMINISTRATION TO A SHUTDOWNON THE GEORGE WASHINGTON

BRIDGE BACK IN SEPTEMBER.

IT WAS TRAFFIC ON A BIBLICALSCALE WITH NEW JERSEY

HIGHWAYS BACKED UP FOR DAYSWHICH IS SLIGHTLY LONGER

THAN NORMAL.

(LAUGHTER)NOW IT TURNS OUT, TURNS OUT,

FOLKS, THAT THE LANECLOSURES WERE MEANT TO MAKE

LIFE HELL AS PAYBACK TO THEMAYOR OF NEW JERSEY FOR NOT

ENDORSING CHRISTIE FORRE-ELECTION.

NO WORD YET ON WHAT THE RESTOF NEW JERSEY IS PAYBACK

FOR.

(LAUGHTER)NATION, I, I WILL HAVE FULL

TEAM COVERAGE ON THISTOMORROW BY WHICH I MEAN

JUST ME, OF COURSE.

AND REST ASSURED, I'M GOINGTO GO EXTREMELY EASY ON THIS

MAN.

BECAUSE I AM A COMMUTER ANDDO NOT WISH TO GET ON HIS

BAD SIDE.

NOT TO IMPLY THAT HE HAS ABAD SIDE.

ALL YOUR SIDES ARE WONDERFUL!

NOW NATION, IT'S IMPORTANT,I HOPE YOU KNOW THIS, IT IS

IMPORTANT TO TALK TO YOURKIDS ABOUT THE DANGERS OF

DRUGS.

BUT THAT CAN BENERVE-RACKING, SO BEFORE DUE

DO POP SOME XANAX, IT HELPS.

THIS IS CHEATING DEATH WITHDR. STEPHEN T COLBERT, DFA.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)AS ALWAYS, FOLKS, TEAM DEATH

IS BROUGHT TO YOU BYPRESCOTT PHARMACEUTICALS,

PRESCOTT, LOOK FOR US INYOUR YOUR SPAM FOLDER.

TONIGHT ON CHEATING DEATH,FIRST UP, MEDICAL

MINIATURIZATION.

FOR YEARS NOW SCIENTISTSHAVE THEORIZED THE FUTURE OF

MEDICINE LIES INNANOTECHNOLOGY.

USING MICROSCOPIC ROBOTS TOFIGHT ILLNESSES AND DISEASE,

RECENTLY RESEARCHERS MADE AMAJOR MINIATURIZATION

BREAKTHROUGH IN THEIRABILITY TO CONTROL THESE,

THE FIRST CYBORG SPERMREMOTE CONTROLS USING

MAGNETS.

SCIENTISTS WERE ABLE TOACCOMPLISH THIS BY GETTING

INDIVIDUAL SPERM TO ENTERTINY MAGNETIZED NANOTUBES.

NOW THE OBVIOUS DOWNSIDE OFMAGNETIZED SFERM IS THE

DANGER OF WATCHING PERFORMAND ACCIDENTALLY ERASING

YOUR-- BUT THERE ARE SOMEBENEFITS, FOR EXAMPLE, THESE

LITTLE CYBERSPERM COULD BEUSED TO HELP FERTILIZE AN

EGG OR DELIVER DRUGS TO VERYSPECIFIC PARTS OF THE BODY.

FOR INSTANCE, IT COULDDELIVER ANXIETY MEDICATION

RIGHT TO YOUR BRAIN WHICHYOU WILL NEED AFTER LEARNING

THAT THERE IS SPERM IN YOURBRAIN.

(LAUGHTER)AND IF YOU ARE'S

UNCOMFORTABLE WITH ASTRANGER'S ROBO SPERM

PUSHING DRUGS AROUND YOURBLOODSTREAM, REST ASSURED IT

ISN'T SOME RANDOM PERSON'SSPERM, IT'S RANDOM BULL

SPERM.

(LAUGHTER)YEAH.

SO LADIES, THE GOOD NEWS ISTHERE'S HELP FOR YOUR

INFERTILITY.

THE BAD NEWS YOU'RE HAVING AMINITAUR.

THAT'S RIGHT.

THAT'S RIGHT.

WE'RE GOING TO BUILD YOU ALABYRINTH.

(LAUGHTER)WELL I'M NOT GOING TO LET

THIS CYBERBABY BATTER CRAZEPASS ME BY.

WHICH IS WHY I'M DRIVEGRABBING THE BULL SPERM BY

THE HORNS AND TEAMING UPWITH PRESCOTT PHARMACEUTICAL

TO LAUNCH AN UPGRADE TO MYBEST SELLING LINE OF BABY

BATTER, FORMULA 401 BYINTRODUCING FORMULA 401 OH

ONE OH ONE OH OH ONE.

IT IS RADIO CONTROLLED SPERMTHAT YOU KNOW IS CUTTING

EDGE TECHNOLOGY BECAUSE EACHBATCH OF CYBERSEED WAS

PRODUCED IN THE CORNER OF ALOCAL RADIO SHACK.

(LAUGHTER)BELIEVE ME, THEY'RE HAPPY

JUST TO HAVE ANYONE IN THERENOWADAYS.

SIDE EFFECTS OF FORMULA 401OH ONE OH ONE OH OH ONE

INCLUDE MATHLETE'S FOOT.

INVOLUNTARY JOWL MOVEMENTSAND GLAND OF THE LOST.

NEXT UP, HEALTH TECHNOLOGY.

WE ALL KNOW-- THANK YOU,SKELLY.

WE ALL KNOW OBAMACARE IS ADISASTER.

JUST LACK AT ANY NEWSPAPERHEADLINE FROM WHEN THE WEB

SITE WASN'T WORKING.

LUCKILY, NOW THERE'S A FREEMARKET SOLUTION TO SEEING A

DOCTOR WITHOUT THE CRIPPLINGBURDEN OF HAVING INSURANCE.

JIM?

>> WELCOME TO DR. ON DEMAND.

THE DOCTOR ON DEMAND APPLETSYOU HAVE AN IMMEDIATE

FACE-TO-FACE CONSULTATIONWITH A REAL BOARD-CERTIFIED

LICENSED PHYSICIAN WHO CANDIAGNOSE YOU AND PRESCRIBE

MEDICATION.

>> THIS DOCTOR IS ONE OFABOUT 1,000 DOCTORS

NATIONWIDE TREATING PATIENTSVIA APP.

>> THIS IS A MAJORBREAKTHROUGH.

MEDICAL EXPERTISE WITH THECONVENIENCE OF A SMART

PHONE.

WHY WASTE TIME GETTING ANEXAM WHEN YOU CAN JUST SHOOT

YOUR DOCTOR AN EMOJI OF YOURSHATTERED FEMUR.

LITTLE SUNGLASSES, ISN'TTHAT COOL?

(LAUGHTER)WITH DR. ON DEMAND YOU

FACETIME WITH A DOCTOR FROMYOUR COMPUTER, SMART PHONE

OR TABLET WHICH IS GREATNEWS FOR ANYONE WITH AN

IPHONE, AN ANDROID OR APUBLIC LIBRARY WHERE THEY

CAN PRESS THEIR JUNK UPAGAINST A WEB CAM.

(LAUGHTER)FOLKS, THIS APP IS GOING TO

REVOLUTIONIZE MEDICINE.

IT'S DESIGNED TO MOD OTHERTHAN-- MODERNIZE THE

HEALTH-CARE SYSTEM BY USINGMOBILE TECHNOLOGY TO MAKE A

SIMPLE DOCTOR'S VISITSTRESS-FREE FOR PATIENTS AND

DOCTORS ALIKE.

YES, IT'S LESS STRESSFUL FOREVERYONE.

DO YOU REALLY THINK YOURDOCTOR ENJOYS CUPPING YOUR

BALLS?

NO.

NOW CAN WATCH YOU DO ITYOURSELF.

AND HEY, IF YOU GET REALLYGOOD AT IT, I KNOW A SITE

THAT WILL PAY YOU $40 TO DOIT ON CAMERA.

(LAUGHTER)AND ONCE YOU CONNECT WITH A

DOCTOR YOU CAN EVEN UPLOADPHOTOS FOR THEM TO EXAMINE.

IN FACT, THE ONLY THING YOUCAN'T DO IS SEND A STOOL

SAMPLE.

LEARNED THAT ONE THE HARDWAY.

RUINED A PERFECTLY GOOD HEADPHONE JACK.

CLEARLY, CLEARLY APP-BASEDHEALTH CARE IS THE FUTURE OF

MODERN MEDICINE.

AND PRESCOTT WILL NOT BEOUTFUTURED.

THAT'S WHY THEY ARE PROUD TOINTRODUCE A BRAND-NEW APP,

IT'S CALLED HEALTH ROULETTE.

FOR JUST $20 YOU CAN GET A30 SECOND FACE-TO-FACE

CONSULTATION WITH ACERTIFIED MEDICALLY AWARE

HUMAN AND MEMBER OF THEHEALTH ROULETTE COMMUNITY.

WILL IT BE A DOCTOR?

MAYBE.

THAT'S WHY IT'S CALLEDHEALTH ROULETTE-- ROULETTE.

SIMPLY PRESS CONSULT AND YOUHAVE LOGGED IN TO YOUR FIRST

A POINTMENT.

OKAY, HELLO THERE.

I HAVE GOT A LITTLE RASH ONMY HAND, DOES THAT LOOK RED

AND SWOLLEN TO YOU?

>> I DON'T KNOW.

DOES THIS LOOK RED ANSWOLLEN?

(LAUGHTER)>> Stephen: OKAY, OKAY.

YEAH, YEAH, YOU MIGHT WANTTO PUT SOME OINTMENT-- AND

YOU ALREADY HAVE.

OKAY.

SIDE EFFECTS-- (APPLAUSE)

>> SIDE EFFECTS HAVE HELPHEALTH ROULETTE INCLUDE A

TEMP-AND-TEETH, CARNEY TOOBAND ABRA CAD DAVER.

THAT IS IT FOR SHEETINGDEATH.

BROUGHT TO YOU BY PRESCOTTPHARMACEUTICALS FAMILY-OWNED

FOR THREE GENERATIONSBECAUSE WE CAN'T LIFT THE

CURSE.

UNTIL NEXT TIME I WILL SEENEW HEALTH

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,EVERYBODY, THANKS SO.

FOLKS, YOU KNOW IF YOU'VEBEEN WATCHING THE NEWS YOU

KNOW THAT AMERICA IS STILLON THE GRIPS OF THE POLAR

VORTEX.

JACK FROST ISN'T JUSTNIPPING AT OUR NOSE, HE'S

SNAPPING AT OUR GENITALSLIKE A KIT KAT.

GIVE ME A BREAK.

BUT DON'T TAKE MY WORD THATIT'S COLD OUT THERE.

TAKE THE TVs.

>> AND HOW COLD IS IT?

EVEN THE POLAR BEAR, THAT ISRIGHT, HAS TO SPEND THE

NIGHT INSIDE.

>> HOW COLD IS IT, CHECK ITOUT.

SO COLD IN MICHIGAN THEDETROIT RIVER HAS FROZEN.

>> HOW COLD IS IT?

IT'S SO COLD IN LOUISVILLE,KENTUCKY, THAT A PRISONER

WHO ESCAPED FROM A MINIMUMSECURITY LOCKUP ON SUNDAY

TURNED HIMSELF BACK IN ONMONDAY NIGHT WHEN IT WAS 20

BELOW ZERO.

>> JUST HOW COLD IS IT.

>> HOW COLD IS IT OUT THERE.

>> HOW COLD IS IT, JOHNSCOTT.

WE'LL TELL YOU, ACROSS THECOUNTRY COMING UP.

STAY WITH US.

>> Stephen: HOW COLD IS IT,IT IS SO COLD YOU FILL IN

THE BLANK.

>> Stephen: OKAY BE.

>> OKAY, GET CREATIVE BUT DONOT USE A WITCHES ANATOMY,

AS SOME PEOPLE ALREADY ARE.

>> Stephen: HEY, NO PROPS,YOU GET T KEEP IT CLEAN,

KEEP IT CLEAN, HERE WE GO.

@FOX NEWS T IS COLDER THAN AWARLOCK'S TAINT, OKAY.

AND SEND.

THERE YOU GO.

OKAY.

BUT CABLE NEWS KNOWS THATAMERICANS CAN'T COMPREHEND

THAT IT'S COLD OUTSIDE FROMABSTRACT CONCEPTS LIKE

TEMPERATURES.

THAT'S WHY THEY DON'T JUSTTELL, THEY SHOW.

USING THE LATESTMETEOROLOGICAL TECHNOLOGY

RIPPED STRAIGHT FROM YOUTUBE,THE DOPPLER CUP OF WATER

9,000.

>> IT'S SO COLD IF YOU TAKEBOILING WATER AND THROW IT

INTO THE SKY T TURNS INTOSNOW JUST LIKE THIS.

>> WHEN YOU GET THIS BOILINGHOT WATER AND THROW IT UP IN

THE AIR-- YOU CAN SEE A LOTOF IT JUST TURNS RIGHT INTO

SNOW.

>> THREE, TWO, ONE.

>> AND THERE YOU HAVE IT,.

>> THIS IS THE POST DRAMATICSCIENCE EXPERIMENT IN NEWS.

(APPLAUSE)SINCE THEY BROUGHT RICH

HUMAN BACK TO LIFE WITH ABOLT OF LIGHTNING.

(LAUGHTER)OKAY, OKAY, LET ME GET THIS

CONCEPT.

WATER TURNS INTO ICE BUT IJUST DON'T REALLY UNDERSTAND

WHAT IT FEELS LIKE OUTSIDE.

ANYBODY ELSE?

>> YOU KNOW I LOVE MY COLDWEATHER EXPERIMENTS.

I BROUGHT A PIECE OF WOODWITH A NAIL IN IT.

AND NOW MY HIT ENIS STUCK.

AND THEN-- I BROUGHT ABANANA, A FROZEN BANANA, I

WALKED OUTSIDE.

JUST TO SHOW, SEE-- YOU CANACTUALLY HAMMER A NAIL WITH

THE BANANA.

>> Stephen: OH, IT'S COLD,IT'S COLD OUTSIDE.

NOW I UNDERSTAND.

BY THE WAY, SHE'S HAMMERINGTHE BANANA, OKAY.

BY THE WAY, IF YOU ARE'SGOING TO HAMMER THE BANANA

MAKE SURE YOU'RE ALONEBECAUSE MY COLLEGE ROOMMATE

WALKED IN ON ME ONCE AND ITWAS VERY EMBARRASSING.

FOLKS, LIKE FRIDAYING AN EGGON THE SIDEWALK IN SUMMER,

HAMMERING WITH A BANANA ISBUT ONE OF THE MANY

FOOD-BASED TECHNIQUES THATREPORTERS HAVE AT THE READY

TO DEMONSTRATE WEATHERCONDITIONS TO THOSE OF US

WHO HAVE NEVER BEEN OUT OFDOORS.

(LAUGHTER)NOW NOT MANY PEOPLE KNOW

THIS BUT BACK WHEN IANCHORED THE CHANNEL 7 NEWS

AT NOON AT WPPS PATERSONSPRINGS NORTH CAROLINA I WAS

ALSO THE SECOND ALTERNATEWEEKEND GO UNDERSTUDY AND I

STILL HAVE MY METEOR LOGICALDEMONSTRATION FRUIT KIT,

OKAY SO IF THERE ARE NICHOLDWEATHER REPORTERS OUT THERE

LOOKING TO LEARN FROM AMASTER, PAY ATTENTION.

HERE IS HOW IT WORKS.

IF YOU WANT TO SHOW THEAUDIENCE THAT IT IS BRISK,

BUT STILL ABOVE FREEZING,USE A NAVAL ORANGE TO

ASSEMBLE A SWING SET.

ALTERNATIVELY IF YOU NEED TOSHOW THAT IT'S IN THE 50s

WITH A CHANCE OF RAIN,CHANGE A CAR TIRE WITH A

BARTLETT PEAR, OKAY.

BUT IF IT'S OVER 60 DEGREESAND CLOUDY THERE IS NO WAY

TO SAY THAT EXCEPT BYBEATING A RACCOON TO DEATH

WITH A PINEAPPLE.

ALL RIGHT?

LIKE THAT.

DOW LIKE THAT?

A LITTLE ROUGH STUFF.

LITTLE ROUGH STUFF.

ANY TEMPERATURE HIGHER THANTHAT, FRUIT WON'T WORK.

YOU'RE GOING TO WANT TO USEDELI MEATS, ALL RIGHT.

AND AUDIENCE CAN ONLYUNDERSTAND THAT IT'S 95

DEGREES IF YOU BUFF OUT ASCRATCHED QUARTER PANEL WITH

A HONEY BAKED HAM.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,EVERYBODY, MY GUEST TONIGHT

IS A FORMER SOLDIER WHOSENEW NOVEL IS RADIANCE OF

TOMORROW.

THE KIR SUM FRIENDS OFTOMORROW DIVIDED BY TWO

TIMES PI OF TOMORROW.

PLEASE WELCOME ISHMAEL BEAH.

>> THANK YOU FOR COMING ON.

ALL RIGHT, ALL RIGHT, MAY ICALL YOU ISHMAEL.

>> YES.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

NOW YOU FROM AGE 13 TO 16WERE A CHILD SOLDIER,

CORRECT?

>> YES, I WAS.

>> OKAY, WE'RE UP AGAINSTLETTERMAN AND CONAN SO, ANY

FUNNY STORIES.

>> THERE ARE PLENTY OF FUNNYSTORES.

>> REALLY?

>> PEOPLE MAY NOT REALLYUNDERSTAND.

>> IS THERE ANY WAY TO KEEPTHIS LIGHT?

>> THERE COULD BE SOME WAYS.

>> OKAY.

>> COULD BE SOME WAYS.

>> HOW DOES ONE BECOME ACHILD SOLDIER AT AGE 13?

>> WELL, IN MY COUNTRY YOUHAD A CIVIL WAR THAT STARTED

WHEN I WAS 11.

>> OKAY.

>> SIERRA LEONE.

>> I DIDN'T KNOW IT WAS ACOUNTRY.

>> MOST PEOPLE DON'T.

>> IT SOUNDED LIKE A STATIONWAGON.

>> WE BECAME REALLY, REALLYFAMOUS BECAUSE OF THE WAR

THAT WE HAD RIGHT AFTERTHAT.

WE DID NOT KNOW THAT THEYWERE THERE.

>> WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE ACHILD SOLDIER.

IS THERE AN ORGANIZED CHILDMILITIA OR IS IT MORE LIKE

GUERRILLA GROUP.

>> NO, WHAT HAPPENS IS THATWHEN THERE IS A WAR IN THE

COUNTRY, AT SOME POINT THEGOVERNMENT ARMY EVEN, THE

REBEL GROUP START RECRUITINGCHILDREN.

IN VARIOUS WAYS, SOMETIMESIT CAN BE BY FOOT, SOMETIMES

IT WOULD KILL THEIR FAMILIESAND THEN THEY WOULD TAKE

THEM INTO THE GROUP ANDSOMETIMES YOUNG PEOPLE

TRYING TO STAY ALIVE BECAUSEIF IT COMES TO IT, IF THEY

ARE NOT PART OF ANY GROUPYOU BECOME THE PREY FOR

ANYBODY.

SO IN MY CASE I LOST MYIMMEDIATE FAMILY AND WAS RUN

APPROXIMATING FROM THE WAR,EVERYTHING I KNEW AS A CHILD

HAD BEEN COMPLETELYDESTROYED.

AND THEN I WENT TO AMILITARY BASE TO LOOK FOR

SAFETY ALONG WITH A GROUP OFYOUNG PEOPLE AND THIS IS

WHERE WE WERE TRAINED IN THEMIDDLE OF WAR.

>> IT IS NOT LIKE REGULARSOLDIERS WHERE YOU TRAIN FOR

YEARS AND SOMETIMES NEVER GOTO BATTLE.

YOU ARE TRAINED WHILE YOUARE HEARING THE GUNSHOTS.

>> SO THEY GIVE YOU A GUNAND SAY GO OUT AND TRAIN.

>> YOU JUST HAVE TO SHOOTAND THEN YOU LEARN ON THE

JOB.

>> DO YOU HAVE CHILDRENYOURSELF?

>> NOT THE QUESTION.

>> OKAY.

WHEN YOU DO, YOU ARE GOINGTO HAVE THE TRUMP CARD OF

ALL TRUMP CARDS.

THEY'RE GOING TO SAY DAD, IDIDN'T GET AN X BOX ONE THIS

CHRISTMAS, THEY WILL SAY YOUKNOW WHAT I GOT FOR

CHRISTMAS WHEN I WAS YOURAGE, AN AK-47.

>> YOU WORRY ABOUT THIS,CALLED A LONG WAY GONE.

>> YES.

>> LONG WAY GONE.

YOU'VE GOT A NEW BOOK CALLEDTHE RADIANCE OF TOMORROW.

THAT IS A VERY HOPEFUL TITLEFOR SOMEONE WHO WAS A CHILD

SOLDIER AND HAVE SEEN THEHORRORS OF WAR.

ARE YOU A HOPEFUL PERSON,LIKE ARE YOU HOPEFUL FOR

YOUR HOME COUNTRY OF SIERRALEONE.

>> I AM VERY HOPEFUL.

I'M HOPEFUL FOR A LOT OFTHINGS.

I'M HERE SO THAT IN ITSELFIS HOPE.

>> HOW DID YOU GET HERE?

HOW DOES ONE STOP BEING ACHILD SOLDIER.

>> WELL, IT DEPENDS ON WHEREYOU ARE.

IN MY CASE I WAS REMOVEDFROM THE FIGHTING BY UNION I

SELF AND ACTUALLY DIDN'TWANT TO LEAVE BECAUSE IT'S

ALL I COME TO KNOW.

I DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING ELSEWAS POSSIBLE.

AND AT THERE POINT IN MYCOUNTRY THE WAR WAS STILL

GOING ON.

SO THEY REMOVED ME.

AND MY COMMANDER HAD TO GIVEME UP AND I WENT AND I WENT,

AND EVENTUALLY I CAME TO THEUNITED STATES AND NEW YORK.

>> WHAT WAS YOUR FIRSTIMPRESSION WHEN YOU LEFT.

WHEN YOU GOT ON THE PLANE,WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST

IMPRESSION.

>> HI NEVER BEEN ON A PLANEBEFORE.

IT WAS VERY COLD.

I TURN ON THE AIR AND IDIDN'T TURN ON THE AIR, THE

AIR WAS COMING OUT.

AND NOBODY TOLD US, NOBODYGAVE US ANY INDICATION

WHATSOEVER.

SO I WAS THERE WITH ANOTHERYOUNG FELLOW AND WE SURVIVED

THIS OR ARE WE GOING TO DIEON THIS.

IT WAS ABSOLUTELY COLD.

ON THE PLANE, YOU KNOW.

>> VERY COLD.

>> WERE YOU IN COACH?

>> WE WERE IN COACH.

>> THIS IS TO THE-- WHICHWAS WORSE.

>> HUH?

>> THE CIVIL WAR, A CIVILWAR OR COACH, WHICH ONE.

>> I WOULD TELL YOU,ACTUALLY A LOT OF THINGS

WERE VERY, VERY-- FOREXAMPLE, YOU KNOW, WHEN WE

GOT TO NEW YORK IT WASWINTER OF '96, I'M FROM A

PLACE ARE IT GUNT GET COLDERTHAN 60 DEGREES, I ARRIVE

HERE.

>> WOW.

>> WHAT WHAT FRUIT DO THEYUSE TO DEMONSTRATE HOW COLD

IT IS?

>> BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE TODO, OUR WEATHER, OUR WEATHER,

I DON'T THINK WE EVEN HAVETO-- TOMORROW WILL BE NICE

AND THE NEXT DAY AND THE DAYAFTER THAT, YOU KNOW.

>> THIS IS A NOVEL ABOUT AMAN OR TWO FRIENDS WHO GO

BACK TO SIERRA LEONE TO THELIFE WHERE THEY USED TO LIVE,

TO SEE THE PEOPLE THEY USEDTO KNOW DURING THE CIVIL

WAR.

>> IT REALLY TALKS ABOUT WHYTHE PEOPLE GO BACK AFTER WAR,

WHY DO THEY GO BACK TO THEIROWN COUNTRY.

BECAUSE I BEGAN TO OBSERVEAFTER MY FIRST BOOK THAT

MOST PEOPLE WERE VERYINTERESTED WHEN THE PLACE

HAD COLLAPSED.

BUT NO ONE TALKS ABOUT ITWHEN THE GUNFIRES.

AND PEOPLE GO BACK.

AND THIS IS ACTUALLY THEMOST DIFFICULT.

HOW DO YOU GO BACK AND STARTLIVING AGAIN.

WHAT TRADITIONS DOW HOLD ONTO.

HOW DO YOU MOVE TOWARDS THEFUTURE WHEN THE PAST IS

PULLING AT YOU.

SO I HAVE A FEW CHARACTERS.

I HAVE THE ELDER, THREEOLDER PEOPLE AND THEN THERE

ARE TWO YOUNG MEN, ONE OFTHEM IS TRYING TO KEEP THE

FAMILY TOGETHER, AND THEN OFCOURSE ALL THE CHALLENGES

THAT COME WITH THAT.

SO THE RADIANCE OF TOMORROW,REALLY WHAT I'M TRYING TO

EXPLAIN IS OFTENTIMES PEOPLETHINK ABOUT PEACE OR

HAPPINESS IN ONE'S LIFE.

THAT'S NOT TRUE.

EVERY DAY A HUMAN LIFE YOUHAVE TO FACE SOME

CHALLENGES.

SOME CHALLENGES ARE BIGGERTHAN OTHERS THAT DONE MEAN

ARE YOU NOT LEAP.

IN THE BACK OF ALL THATPEOPLE FIND TIME TO LOVE

EACH OTHER TO HAVE FUNNYMOMENTS IN THEIR LIVES,

GREAT FAMILY, AND TO MOVE ONWITH THEIR LIFE.

AND THIS IS POSSIBLE.

SO THAT'S REALLY WHAT I AMTRYING TO GET AT IN THIS.

AND ALSO USING LANGUAGE WITHMY OWN CULTURE AND MY OWN

TRADITION.

BECAUSE I COME FROM THE OLDTRAER DECISIONS.

AS WELL.

AS A BOY I WOULD SIT AROUNDTHE FIRE AND THE OLDER

PEOPLE WOULD TELL A STORY.

AND IT'S QUITE BEAUTIFUL.

SO I TRIED TO SHOW SOME OFTHAT AS WELL.

>> WHAT DOW MISS MOST ABOUTSIERRA LEONE.

>> PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING.

THE FOOD IS ABSOLUTELYWONDERFUL.

IF I WAS THERE I WOULDN'T BECOLD RIGHT NOW.

>> WELL, ISHMAEL BEAH, THANKYOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING ME.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: THE BOOK IS THERADIANCE OF TOMORROW.

ISHMAEL BEAH, WE'LL BE RIGHTBACK.

>> THAT'S IT FOR THE REPORT,EVERYBODY, GOOD NIGHT.