Raising Cubby: A Father and Son Story


John Elder Robison was almost 40 when he realized he was living with Asperger's, only to discover his son Cubby had the same diagnosis. John Elder Robison saw his son through his hobbies with model trains, his interest in fireworks and a charge of terrorism. Today, we share the story of a father and a son ... a diagnosis and an enduring bond.

Author of Raising Cubby, John Elder Robison

That was a tender, if strange, moment between John Elder Robison and his younger brother Augusten Burroughs.

Augusten Burroughs: "What did normal people do when they stopped drinking?" — Salon

Many people know Augusten Burroughs as the author of the bestselling book Running with Scissors. But John Elder Robison is no slouch when it comes to writing. His new book is called Raising Cubby. A Father and Son's Adventures with Asperger's, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives.

Here is John Elder Robison and his son Jack Robison, otherwise known as Cubby discussing the book on Autism Talks TV.

Here to tell us what it was like to raise Cubby we were joined by his dad, John Elder Robison.

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Last Word - Dan Hill Story

*** This segment was broadcast but not included in our steamed audio online

Earlier you heard John Elder Robison speak about working with musician Dan Hill. Anyone listening to top 40 radio in the seventies -- and even much later -- has likely heard Sometimes When We Touch more times than strictly necessary.

The story behind it is likely far less familiar. Mr. Hill's memories of crushing heartbreak may forever change the way you hear Sometimes When We Touch.

Today's Last Word goes to Dan Hill.

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