June 24, 2013 - Andrew Solomon

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NSA leaker Edward Snowden goes missing, Darrell Issa probes the IRS, news becomes truthinews, the KKK engineers a laser, and Andrew Solomon defines "exceptional" children.

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>> STEPHEN, STEPHEN, STEPHEN,

STEPHEN!

>> Stephen: THANK YOU SO MUCH.

WELCOME TO THE REPORT,

EVERYBODY.

GOOD TO HAVE YOU WITH US.

PLEASE, FOLKS, WE'VE GOT TO GO.

SIT DOWN.

WE'VE GOT TO DO THE SHOW

BECAUSE, FOLKS, TONIGHT -- SIT

DOWN, PLEASE.

FOLKS, I'VE GOT TO TELL YOU.

TONIGHT, WE HAVE A HUGE STORY

AND I DON'T HAVE TO TELL YOU

WHAT THAT IS.

I'M BEING TOLD I HAVE TO TELL

YOU WHAT THAT IS.

EVIDENTLY THAT IS MY ONLY JOB.

OKAY.

FORMER N.S.A. ANALYST AND

CURRENT DRONE BAIT EDWARD

SNOWDEN HAS GONE MISSING, FOLKS.

THAT'S RIGHT.

THIS COMPUTER WHIZ HAS HIT

ESCAPE, CONTROL-ALT-DELETED

HIMSELF AND HAS AVOIDED BEING

CAPS-LOCKED UP, F7.

JIM?

>> MAN ON THE RUN.

WHERE IS N.S.A. LEAKER EDWARD

SNOWDEN HEADED NEXT.

>> THE HIGH-STAKES GAME OF CAT

APPED MOUSE REACHES A FEVER

PITCH AS SPY WHISTLE-BLOWER

EDWARD SNOWDEN REMAINS ON THE

RUN.

>> EDWARD SNOWDEN SAYS CATCH ME

IF YOU CAN.

A GLOBAL GAME OF HIDE AND SEEK

>> Stephen: YES, A GLOBAL GAME

OF HIDE AND SEEK.

WHY DID WE AGREE TO COUNT ALL

THE WAY TO 100?

AND HAS ANYONE CHECKED BEHIND

CURTAINS IN THE LIVING ROOM?

NOW, FOLKS, NOBODY KNOWS EXACTLY

WHERE SNOWDEN MIGHT BE.

SO FAR THERE'S JUST BEEN A LOT

OF IRRESPONSIBLE SPECULATION AND

I WANT IN ON IT WHICH BRINGS ME

TO MY NOW RUNNING SEGMENT

♪ WHERE IN THE WORLD IS EDWARD

SNOW-DIEGO?

♪♪

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

>> Stephen: IF I GET IT RIGHT, I

COULD WIN A TRIP TO ANYWHERE IN

THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES.

OH, I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO GO TO

QUEENS.

BETTER GET MY SHOTS.

NOW, FOR WEEKS NOW, FOLKS, IT'S

BEEN BELIEVED THAT SNOWDEN HAS

BEEN HOLED UP IN HONG KONG.

LET ME SHOW YOU.

OKAY.

FOR WEEKS IT'S BEEN THOUGHT THAT

HE'S HOLED UP IN HONG KONG BUT

YESTERDAY HE BOARDED A FLIGHT TO

MOSCOW.

JIMMY?

JIMMY, IS THIS GOOD?

>> IT'S AN OCEAN, STEPHEN

Stephen: OKAY.

IS THAT WARMER?

>> YOU'RE BACK IN HONG KONG.

Stephen: ANYWAY, IT DOESN'T

MATTER.

IT DOESN'T MATTER WHERE MOSCOW

IS BECAUSE SNOWDEN MAY NOT EVEN

BE THERE.

HE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE ON A

FLIGHT THIS MORNING FROM MOSCOW

TO HAVANA, CUBA, BUT A REPORTER

ON THE FLIGHT TWEETED THIS PHOTO

OF SNOWDEN'S EMPTY SEAT.

MEANING EITHER HE DIDN'T SHOW OR

HE WAS IN THE BATHROOM.

AFTER ALL, HE IS A KNOWN LEAKER.

THE TRUTH IS, SNOWDEN COULD BE

ANYWHERE, FOLKS, EVEN RIGHT HERE

IN HAD THIS STUDIO.

HOLD ON, WAIT A SECOND.

JAY, ARE YOU EDWARD SNOWDEN?

>> NO, I'M JAY.

Stephen: ARE YOU SURE?

YOU'RE WHITE AND YOU HAVE

GLASSES.

>> SO ARE YOU.

tephen: OH, MY GOD!

I MIGHT BE EDWARD SNOWDEN.

TALK!

AM ME: EDWARD SNOWDEN?

SPEAK UP, GOD DAMN IT.

[BLEEP].

NO!

OKAY.

STORY CHECKS OUT.

FOLKS, MY JOB IS NOT EASY, AS

YOU CAN SEE.

BUT LATELY MY JOB HAS BEEN KIND

OF FUN.

YOU SEE, BARACK OBAMA IS

ENGULFED IN SO MANY SCANDALS,

YOU ALMOST FORGET HE'S BLACK.

FOR MY MONEY, HIS MOST SERIOUS

SCANDAL IS THE I.R.S.'S

TARGETING OF THE TEA PARTY.

WELL, LAST WEEK THOSE TEA PARTY

PATRIOTS ROARED BACK.

>> TEA PARTY PROTESTERS STORMING

CAPITOL HILL.

RAILING AGAINST THE I.R.S. AND

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

>> THOUSANDS OF SUPPORTERS

GATHERED OUTSIDE THE CAPITOL TO

STAND UP AGAINST TARGETING FROM

THE I.R.S. AND TO PUSH BACK

AGAINST BIG GOVERNMENT.

>> NOW IT'S TIME FOR THE

POLITICIANS TO LISTEN TO ALL OF

YOU.

YOU'RE HERE.

AND YOU'RE CLEAR.

WITH YOUR MESSAGE.

>> Stephen: THAT'S RIGHT.

YOU'RE HERE.

YOU'RE CLEAR.

AND IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE QUEER,

HIGH MUSS BAND RUNS A CAMP THAT

CAN CURE YOU WITH JESUS.

LUCKILY, FOLKS, ONE MAN IS

GETTING TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS

SCANDAL: CALIFORNIA

REPRESENTATIVE AND MAFIA TRIBUTE

FACE DARRELL ISSA WHO

INTERROGATED TOP OFFICIALS FROM

THE I.R.S.'S CINCINATTI OFFICE

IN CLOSED-DOOR HEARINGS AS HE

EXPLAINED ON CNN'S STATE OF THE

CROWLEY.

>> WHAT WE HAVE ARE PEOPLE WHO

COME IN TO TRANSCRIBE INTERVIEWS

AND THEY'RE SAYING UNDER PENALTY

OF CRIMES THAT CERTAIN THINGS

ARE TRUE

>> Stephen: DID YOU HEAR THAT?

CERTAIN THINGS ARE TRUE.

REMEMBER, THAT'S UNDER PENALTY

OF CRIMES WHICH MEANS I BELIEVE

IF THEY'RE LYING THEY HAVE TO

COME COMMIT A CRIME.

AND THAT'S AGAINST THE LAW.

AND ISSA PRESENTED THE HARD

EVIDENCE OF WHAT HE FOUND.

>> THE ADMINISTRATION IS STILL

TRYING TO SAY THERE WAS A FEW

ROGUE AGENTS IN CINCINATTI WHEN

IN FACT THE INDICATION IS THEY

DIRECTLY BEING ORDERED FROM

WASHINGTON.

MY GUT TELLS ME THAT TOO MANY

PEOPLE KNEW THAT THIS WRONGDOING

WAS GOING ON.

>> Stephen: YEAH, MY GUT TELLS

ME THE SAME THING.

I MEAN THIS CAN'T JUST BE

CINCINATTI.

REMEMBER THE OLD SAYING: WHAT

HAPPENS IN CINCINATTI, NOTHING

HAPPENS IN CINCINATTI.

AND THAT'S WHAT ISSA SAID.

BUT HE REFUSED TO RELEASE THE

FULL TRANSCRIPTS FOR A VERY GOOD

REASON WHICH HE ALSO REFUSED TO

RELEASE.

BUT ON ON TUESDAY, CONGRESSMAN

ELIJAH CUMMINGS RELEASED THE

FULL TRANSCRIPT TO THE PRESS.

AND IT PROVED CONCLUSIVELY THAT

ISSA WAS RIGHT.

TO NOT WANT THE TRANSCRIPT

RELEASED.

JIM?

>> A CINCINATTI-BASED I.R.S.

MANAGER WHO DESCRIBES HIMSELF AS

A CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN TOLD

CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATORS

THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE THAT THE

WHITE HOUSE WAS INVOLVED IN

TARGETING CONSERVATIVE GROUPS.

>> Stephen: GOD DAMN IT.

SO THIS SCANDAL IS NOT CONNECTED

TO OBAMA.

I DON'T WANT TO HEAR THAT.

I WANT TO HEAR TONIGHT'S WORD.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

TRUTHINEWS.

NATION, LISTEN.

I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I DO

NOT WATCH THE NEWS TO SEE WHAT I

DON'T WANT TO HEAR.

AND I SHOULDN'T HAVE TO.

THESE DAYS THERE'S A NEWS

CHANNEL FOR EVERYONE:

CONSERVATIVES HAVE FOX.

LIBERALS HAVE MSNBC, AND THE

ELDERLY WHO LOST THE REMOTE IN

1988 HAVE HEADLINE NEWS.

NOW, CABLE NETWORKS HAVE ONE

CARDINAL RULE.

THAT RULE IS TO TELL THEIR

VIEWERS WHAT THEY WANT TO HEAR.

SPEAKING OF WHICH, TUNE IN

TOMORROW FOR MY SPECIAL REPORT

"HAVE YOU LOST WEIGHT?"

AND, FOLKS, TELEVISION NEWS

ISN'T ONLY SAYING WHAT YOU WANT

TO HEAR.

THEY'RE LETTING YOU HEAR YOU SAY

IT.

>> WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU.

'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU

VIA TWITTER.

>> WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU

THINK.

>> DON'T FOR GFER GET TO VOTE.

HERE'S YOUR CHANCE TO HELP US

CREATE A FOOD LOVERS MAP OF THE

WORLD.

>> WE DID A BILL O'REILLY

DOT-COM POLL BUT IT DOES

INDICATE WHAT MY VIEWERS

BELIEVE.

75% OF THEM SAID FACTOR WAS FAIR

IN ITS COVERAGE.

>> TWITTER ONLINE AND THEN WE'LL

FIGURE IT OUT TOMORROW

>> Stephen: JUST LIKE ANCHORMAN

WALTER CRONKITE USED TO SAY: AND

THAT'S THE WAY I THINK IT WAS.

I DON'T KNOW.

WE'LL FIGURE IT OUT TOMORROW.

THE POINT IS CABLE NEWS IS

INCREASINGLY PUTTING THE "ME" IN

MEDIA.

ESPECIALLY THE GOOD FOLKS OVER

AT CNN.

ON THE SAME DAY THAT THE FULL

I.R.S. DEPOSITION TRANSCRIPT

CLEARING OBAMA WAS RELEASED,

CNN'S HEADLINE READ "SHIFTING

I.R.S. POLLS CONTRADICT KEY

DEPOSITION."

TAKE THAT.

KEY DEPOSITION.

CNN HAS THE POLL.

A POLL THAT SAYS HALF OF

AMERICANS THINK OBAMA DID IT

ANYWAY.

NOW, FOLKS, YEARS AGO I GAVE YOU

SOMETHING CALLED TRUTHINESS,

IGNORING WHAT THE FACTS SAY AND

INSTEAD GOING WITH WHAT FEELS

RIGHT IN YOUR GUT.

WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS?

FOLKS, YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS

WHEN YOU PUT A BUNCH OF THOSE

GUTS TOGETHER?

I'LL TELL YOU WHAT HAPPENS.

WHAT HAPPENS IS YOU TURN

TRUTHINESS INTO TRUTHINEWS.

WITH TRUTHINEWS, CABLE NEWS

NETWORKS HAVE ONLY ONE

OBLIGATION.

THEIR OBLIGATION IS TO REPORT

WHATEVER THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

ALREADY THINK.

IF ONLY TRUTHINEWS WERE AROUND

IN THE LAST CENTURY WE COULD

HAVE SEEN GREAT HEADLINES LIKE

DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN?

YOU TELL US.

AND 63% BELIEVE TITANIC IS STILL

UNSINKABLE.

LUCKILY, NOW TRUTHINEWS IS HERE

TO USHER IN A NEW STANDARD OF

BROADCASTING.

FIRST, WE ASK YOU WHAT YOU THINK

THE NEWS IS.

THEN REPORT THAT NEWS YOU TOLD

US BACK TO YOU.

THEN TAKE AN INSTANT TWITTER

POLL TO SEE IF YOU FEEL INFORMED

BY YOURSELF WHICH WE WILL READ

ON THE AIR UNTIL WE REACH THAT

GOLDEN DAY WHEN WE ARE SO

RESPONSIVE TO OUR VIEWERS THAT

CABLE NEWS IS NOTHING BUT A

MIRROR, A LOGO AND A NEWS CRAWL.

AND THAT'S THE WORD.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

THANKS SO MUCH.

FOLKS, YOU KNOW, IF YOU KEEP UP

ON THE DAILY NEWS LIKE I DO, WE

ALL KNOW THAT THE NEWS IS FILLED

WITH DEPRESSING STORIES OF

CRIME, WAR AND DEATH.

IT'S EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK.

LAST WEEKEND'S FOOD SECTION HAD

A RECIPE FOR GENOCIDE BY

CHOCOLATE.

AND IT'S SO RICH IT VIOLATES

ARTICLE TWO OF THE GODIVA

CONVENTION.

THAT'S WHY FROM TIME TO TIME I

LIKE TO BRING YOU THE NEWS FROM

THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET.

THIS IS TINY TRIUMPHS.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

FOLKS, WHEN IT COMES TO THE KU

KLUX KLAN, I AM NO FU FLUX FAN.

FOR ONE THING, WHITE AFTER LABOR

DAY?

NO.

THAT IS A HATE CRIME AGAINST

FASHION.

BUT YESTERDAY I SAW A STORY THAT

MADE ME REALIZE THAT TODAY'S

K.K. IS NOT YOUR FATHER'S KLAN.

AND YES, I'M IMPLYING YOUR

FATHER WAS IN THE KLAN.

JIM?

>> WE HAVE SEEN DEATH RAYS IN

SCIENCE FICTION MOVIES.

BUT THE F.B.I. CHARGEDDED TWO

UPSTATE NEW YORK MEN, ERIC

FEIGHT AND GLEN CRAWFORD, A

SELF-DESCRIBED ENGINEER AND KLAN

MEMBER WITH BUILDING A WORKABLE

DEATH RAY.

>> Stephen: YES, THE KLAN HAS A

WORKABLE DEATH RAY WHICH MEANS I

CAN FINALLY USE THIS GRAPHIC I

HAD MADE SIX YEARS AGO AGO.

>> LASER KLAN!

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

>> Stephen: I HAD IT MADE FOR

WHEN GEORGE LUCAS WAS HERE.

HE ASKED ME NOT TO USE IT FOR

SOME REASON.

NOW, NATION, I DON'T WANT TO

SENSATIONALIZE THIS STORY BUT...

>> LASER KLAN ♪♪

Stephen: IT WAS AN SPENCIVE

GRAPHIC.

I NEED TO SHOW IT AS MUCH AS I

CAN.

NATION, THE MOST AMAZING THING

ABOUT THIS TECHNOLOGICAL

BREAKTHROUGH IN RACISM IS THAT

IT MIGHT HAVE ACTUALLY WORKED.

>> THE MURDERER'S PLAN ALLEGEDLY

CALLED FOR ATTACHING AN

INDUSTRIAL GRADE X-RAY MACHINE

TO A SPECIALLY DESIGNED

TRIGGERING DEVICE STORED IN A

TRUCK.

THE WEAPON WOULD BE MOBILE

SHOOTING CONCENTRATED DOSES OF

RADIATION ON UNSUSPECTING

TARGETS WHO WOULD DIE WITHIN TWO

WEEKS.

>> Stephen: YES, THE ONLY OTHER

WAY TO INFLICT YOUR TARGET WITH

A DOSE OF RAID THAT DEADLY TO

CALL THEM ON THEIR CELL PHONE.

NOW I'M NOT SURE HOW AUTHORITIES

UNCOVERED THE KLAN'S RADIATION

CAN NONE, BUT THEY MIGHT HAVE

BEEN TIPPED OFF BY THEIR NEW

ROBES.

NOW, FOLKS, DON'T GET ME WRONG.

THESE GUYS ARE DERANGED LUNATICS

WHO HAVE NO PLACE IN SOCIETY.

BUT AS WITH EVERY KU KLUX KLAN

DEATH RAY STORY I ENCOUNTER, I

BELIEVE YOU'VE GOT TO LOOK ON

THE BRIGHT SIDE.

WE MAY THINK OF THESE GUYS AS

BACK WOODS, RACIST HATEMONGERS

BUT IT TURNS OUT THAT SOME OF

THEM ARE URBAN, ENLIGHTENED

HATEMONGERS BECAUSE THEY OFFERED

THIS WEAPON TO JEWISH

ORGANIZATIONS TO KILL MUSLIMS

AND OTHER ENEMIES OF ISRAEL.

FOLKS, I BELIEVE THIS IS WHAT

MARTIN LUTHER KING WAS TALKING

ABOUT WHEN HE DREAMT OF A DAY

WHEN PEOPLE OF ALL CREEDS AND

COLORS COULD SIT TOGETHER AT THE

TABLE OF BROTHERHOOD TO DISCUSS

MICROWAVING ARABS.

BUT IT IS A LITTLE EMBARRASSING

FOR ME BECAUSE I NEVER THOUGHT

THESE IGNORANT BIGOTS COULD EVER

BE SMART ENOUGH TO BUILD A DEATH

RAY.

IT TURNS OUT I WAS JUST BLINDED

BY MY OWN PREJUDICED.

I JUDGED THESE KLANSMEN ON THE

COLOR OF THEIR ROBES AND NOT ON

THE CONTENT OF THEIR RADIOACTIVE

MURDER MACHINE.

AND FOR THAT, I MUST TAKE A

MOMENT RIGHT NOW TO SAY, CAN YOU

CLUCKS CLAN, I APOLOGIZE.

I CAN'T IMAGINE THAT ANYONE

COULD EVER TAKE THAT OUT OF

CONTEXT.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT HAS A NEW BOOK

CALLED "FAR FROM THE TREE."

THE KINDLE EDITION HAS NEVER

EVEN TOUCHED A TREE.

PLEASE WELCOME ANDREW SOLOMON.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

ANDREW SOLOMON, THANKS FOR

COMING ON.

>> THANK YOU

Stephen: ALL RIGHT, SIR.

YOU ARE A WRITER AND A LECTURER

ON POLITICS AND CULTURE AND

PSYCHOLOGY.

THE AUTHOR OF THE NOON DAY DEEM

ONWHICH WON THE NATIONAL BOOK

AWARD.

GOOD FOR YOU.

>> THANK YOU.

Stephen: YOUR NEW BOOK IS

CALLED FAR FROM THE TREE.

PARENTS, CHILDREN AND THE SEARCH

FOR IDENTITY.

ALL RIGHT.

WHO IS LOOKING FOR THEIR

IDENTITY HERE?

THE PARENTS OR THE KIDS?

>> THEY'RE ALL LOOKING FOR THEIR

IDENTITY.

>> Stephen: BUT I'VE GOT KIDS.

I KNOW WHO I AM.

I'M STEPHEN COLBERT.

>> THE STORY OF THE BOOK IS THAT

PARENTS HAVE CHILDREN THINKING

WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO DO IS

REPRODUCE THEMSELVES

>> Stephen: IT'S CALLED

REPRODUCTION.

>> INDEED

Stephen: HAVE YOU TRIED IT?

VERY GRATIFYING.

I HAVE.

YES, I HAVE.

HIGHLY PLEASURABLE.

BUT EVERYONE...

>> Stephen: GO AHEAD, YEAH.

THE REALITY IS THAT YOU HAVE

KIDS, AND THEY TURN OUT TO BE

FULL OF SURPRISES AND FULL OF

DIFFERENCES.

I HAVE YET TO MEET ANYONE WHO

HAS NOT OCCASIONALLY LOOKED AT

THEIR CHILD AND SAID, WHERE DID

YOU COME FROM?

>> Stephen: WHAT ARE YOU

TALKING'.

>> THE QUESTION ALL PARENTS ASK

THEIR CHILDREN.

I FIGURE OUT HOW PARENTS RESPOND

TO HAVING CHILDREN WHO ARE

DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT.

PARENTS WITH DOWN SYNDROME OR

SCHIZOPHRENIA, PARENTS OF

CRIMINAL, PARENTS OF PEOPLE WHO

ARE TRANSGENDERED AND OF

PRODIGIES WHO ARE ALSO QUITE

OVERWHELMED

>> Stephen: YOU'RE DEALING WITH

SOME HEAVY STUFF IN THIS.

YOU'RE DEALING WITH HEAVY STUFF.

>> BUT I HAVE TO SAY ALL OF

THESE STORIES WHICH APPEAR TO BE

SO FULL OF DARKNESS ENDED UP

BEING STORIES THAT HAVE AN AWFUL

LOT OF LIGHT IN THEM

>> Stephen: A LOT OF HOPE IN

HERE AND THERE ARE PARENTS

RESPONDING IN REALLY BEAUTIFUL

WAYS TO THE CHALLENGES POSED BY

CHILDREN THEY DIDN'T EXPECT.

HIDING IT FROM MY KIDS SO THEY

DON'T SEE WHAT THE STANDARD IS.

>> I'M HIDING IT FROM MY KIDS

TOO

>> Stephen: WHY DO YOU SAY

EXCEPTIONAL?

WHY EXCEPTIONAL?

SOME OF THESE KIDS YOU WOULD

HAVE JUST CALLED SPECIAL.

OF.

>> WE'RE TRYING TO COME UP WITH

TERMS ALL THE TIME TO DEFINE

THEM.

WHAT IS THE WORD THAT CONVEYS

BOTH THIS IS REALLY DIFFICULT

AND NOT WHAT I WANTED AND THIS

BECAME THE JOY OF MY LIFE.

>> Stephen: WERE YOU AN

EXCEPTIONAL CHILD?

>> I AM.

Stephen: ARE YOU A

SCHIZOPHRENIC OR ANYTHING LIKE

THAT?

I SEE NO OBVIOUS EXCEPTION.

>> SCHIZOPHRENIA HASN'T SURFACED

YET BUT I'M THE GAY CHILD OF

STRAIGHT PARENTS.

THAT THREW UP SOME CHALLENGES

FOR MY PARENTS.

I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS A KID AND

WE WENT TO A SHOE STORE AND THE

SALESMAN SAID AT THE END OF OUR

LITTLE TALK THAT MY BROTHER AND

I COULD EACH HAVE A BALLOON.

MY BROTHER WANTED A RED BALLOON

AND I WANTED A PINK BALLOON.

MY MOTHER SAID I THINK YOU'D

REALLY RATHER HAVE A BLUE

BALLOON.

I SAID I WANTED THE PINK ONE.

SHE SAID THAT MY FAVORITE COLOR

WAS BLUE.

NOW MY FAVORITE COLOR IS BLUE

AND I'M STILL GAY.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

>> Stephen: PEOPLE WHO HAVE

EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN SOMETIMES

SAY TO PEOPLE WHO JUST HAD

EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN WELCOME TO

HOLLAND.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN.

>> THERE'S AN ESSAY WRITTEN BY A

WRITER FOR SESAME STREET IN

WHICH SHE SAID THAT THE

EXPERIENCE OF HAVING A DISABLED

CHILD IS LIKE PLANNING A TRIP TO

ITALY, LEARNING THE LANGUAGE,

GETTING THE GUIDE BOOKS, MAKING

THE RESERVATIONS GETTING ON THE

PLANE AND BEING TOLD WE'RE

LANDING IN HOLLAND.

YOU CAN IMAGINE THE DUTCH AREN'T

SO CRAZY ABOUT THIS COMPARISON.

BUT HER IDEA...

>> Stephen: THEY'RE SO...

THEY'RE EXCEPTIONAL THIS THEIR

OWN WAY.

>> EXACTLY.

Stephen: SO YOU GO TO HOLLAND

AND THEN WHAT HAPPENS?

>> IT'S NOT WHAT SHE SAYS.

YOU GET TO HOLLAND AND THINK I

WANT TO GO TO ITALY.

ALL MY FRIENDS ARE GOING TO

ITALY.

BUT YOU HAVEN'T LANDED IN A

TERRIBLE PLACE.

YOU'VE LANDED IN A COUNTRY THAT

HAS TULIPS AND WINDMILLS.

IT EVEN HAS RECOMMEND BRANTS.

SHE SAID THE EXPERIENCE OF

HAVING A DISABLED CHILD IS NOT

WHAT YOU WERE LOOKING FOR BUT IT

IS ULTIMATELY SOMETHING IN WHICH

THERE ARE REWARDS.

I WOULD THINK OF SOMEONE I GOT

TO KNOW WHO SAID THE ENTERMENT

OF A SON WHO HAD DIED

TRAGICALLY.

LET ME BURY HERE THE RAGE I FEEL

TO HAVE BEEN TWICE ROBBED ONCE

AS A CHILD I WANTED AND ONCE THE

SON I LOVE.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU SO MUCH

FOR JOINING US.

>> THANK YOU.

Stephen: THE BOOK IS "FAR

FROM THE TREE."

ANDREW SOLOMON.

WE'LL BE RIGHT

>> Stephen: THAT'S IT FO