This is part 2 of my conversation with John Marshall, author of Wide Open World. Listen to part 1.

Wide Open World is a new memoir by John Marshall, a 9-time Emmy Award winning producer from Portland, Maine.

This book is more of an opus to experience and a richly told account of likely the most beautiful thing John Marshall has ever done for himself, his family, and everyone they helped and were helped by along the way to finding whatever it was that they found waiting for them out there on the road. And we’ll hear all about what that was.

Before the trip, John’s marriage was struggling and he was becoming increasingly disconnected from his teenage kids. The trip was to be a change agent.

And since the trip, John’s been committing time to helping orphans around the world, and I’m sure we’ll explore when and where this fire kindled inside of him, and from where the inspiration for the trip and book came.


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Watch John’s video about Orphan School


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