The Road Home

Eddie Lanier struggled with alcoholism for over 40 years, until his 28th stint in rehab finally led to sobriety. Homeless and hungry, Eddie found a friend in David Wright, a passerby whose frequent donations stood out. Four years after they shared Eddie's remarkable story with StoryCorps, David persuaded Eddie to move into his home. They still live together to this day.

"The Road Home" is part of StoryCorps' first-ever half-hour animated special, Listening Is an Act of Love, which premiered November 28, 2013 on the PBS documentary series, POV. Watch the special for free on our YouTube channel. Now also available for download on iTunes—or purchase the DVD!

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Credits

Directed by
The Rauch Brothers

Art Direction
Bill Wray

Producers
Lizzie Jacobs & Mike Rauch

Animation
Tim Rauch
Audio Produced by
Michael Garofalo & Jud Esty-Kendall

Original Music
Fredrik

Publisher
House of Hassle

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