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Hideo Higashibaba left the cult he was born into when he was 22 years old. The Unification Church, also known as the Moonies, was founded in Korea by a man named Sun Myung Moon who proclaimed he was the Second Coming of Christ. In Growing Up Moonie Hideo asks people he grew up with what their childhoods were like and shares his struggles to make sense of his weird sheltered youth and the person he grew up to be. Edited and co-produced by Quinn Myers. 

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Hideo Higashibaba, creator and host

Hideo Higashibaba is an independent producer and writer based in Durham, North Carolina. He spends most of his time with his dog Stanley and enjoys hiking, cooking, and reading as many science fiction and fantasy novels as he can find. He loves stories and jokes and is probably telling one or the other at any given moment.

In a past life Hideo was the on-air afternoon host for National Public Radio affiliate WAER in Syracuse, New York where he reported on racial and income segregation and refugee resettlement. He has also contributed to WBEZ, WYSO andl online magazine Art21. Hideo graduated with B.A. in Political Economy from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He has also worked in a taco truck, as a server at a restaurant, construction worker, nanny, landscaper, and house cleaner.

Quinn Myers, editor and co-producer

Quinn Myers is an audio producer and journalist living in Chicago. He’s contributed work to NPR, WBEZ’s Curious City, the South Side Weekly and various other outlets. Follow him @rquinnmyers.