What can facing death and danger teach us about humanity and the world we live in, and what wisdom can be learned from working in war zones?
In every episode, foreign correspondent Ramita Navai, renowned for her investigations and for telling the ‘story behind the story’, talks to a fellow war reporter about the life-changing moment they faced death.
As guests recount extraordinary stories of kidnap and danger – many never told before – they explore what the experience taught them about themselves and the world, and how it’s changed their perspectives on life.
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Show notes and transcripts:
– Watch Ramita’s latest documentary No Country for Women on ITV Hub
Presented by Ramita Navai
Executive Producers Richard Osman and Matt Raz
Produced and edited by Chris Scott (@ctscott_)
In the series finale of The Line of Fire, Ramita interviews Sebastian Junger, the number one New York Times bestselling author, multi award-winning journalist and Oscar-nominated documentary maker.
Sebastian explains how he was inspired to become a journalist while researching dangerous jobs, and what drew him to conflict reporting.
When he was covering the war in Bosnia, Sebastian’s first book The Perfect Storm became an instant best-seller, and Sebastian describes how retreating from the limelight to cover the war in Sierra Leone helped him cope with the pressures of overwhelming success.
Sebastian discusses life-changing experiences, including the time he spent with the famed Afghan fighter Ahmad Shah Massoud and being embedded with a platoon of US soldiers in the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan, then considered one of the most dangerous postings in the US military.
Sebastian shares his insights about the effects of witnessing violence and the worst of human nature, and about his decision to leave war reporting after the death of his close friend and collaborator Tim Hetherington who was killed while covering the Arab Spring in Libya in 2011.