Security Mom Juliette Kayyem: Protecting The Home And The Homeland

April 6, 2016

 

Security Expert Juliette Kayyem was driving home on the Thursday night following the Boston marathon bombing when the ground began to shake. Fifty police cars passed Kayyem on I-90, rushing to what she would later learn was the scene of a police shootout with the Tsarnaev brothers. Kayyem, former Undersecretary of Homeland Security and a CNN security analyst, received a call to come back to the studio to cover the news. Knowing that her three children were waiting at home, Kayyem was left with a decision: the home or the homeland?

So opens Kayyem’s memoir, Security Mom: An Unclassified Guide to Protecting Our Homeland And Your Home. Kayyem, who hosts WGBH’s Security Mom podcast, joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio to discuss security on a national and personal scale. “The goal of the book is to describe what homeland security is to people who live it, breathe it, are a part of it, and to tell it as a memoir because I think people will find it accessible,” Kayyem said. “I wasn’t born a terrorism expert, I wasn’t born a homeland security maven, I am like you. I am exactly like you, and sort of make it accessible to people by telling the stories of my own life.”

To hear the full interview, click on the audio link above.


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