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Friday, May 17, 2013

The Interview Behind ‘I Drive Your Truck’

Paul Monti next to the truck of his son, Jared Monti. Jared Monti died while serving in Afghanistan in 2006. (Anna Miller/Here & Now)

Paul Monti next to the truck of his son, Jared Monti. Jared Monti died while serving in Afghanistan in 2006. (Anna Miller/Here & Now)

A conversation Here & Now’s Alex Ashlock had with Paul Monti of Raynham, Mass. sparked a song that hit No. 1 on the country charts last month.

Monti’s son Jared was killed in Afghanistan in 2006 and a couple of years ago he told Ashlock that he still drives Jared’s truck, as a way to remember and feel connected to him.

A songwriter heard that conversation and wrote the song “I Drive Your Truck.”

The story was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered this week.

Guests:

  • Paul Monti, father of Jared Monti, who was killed in Afghanistan.
  • Alex Ashlock, producer and reporter for Here & Now who also directs the show.

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