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Seeking empowerment in the shotgun seat next to 'Mothertrucker'

Amy Butcher needed relief from an increasingly abusive relationship.

She went looking for a role model, and found one in Joy Wiebe, the self-proclaimed "Mothertrucker," the only female ice road truck driver in Alaska.

Joy was tough, fearless, and completely in charge of her own life. So when she invited Amy to ride shotgun with her, Amy made the trek.

She tells the story in her book Mothertrucker: Finding Joy on the Loneliest Road in America.

The author joins us to cover abuse and healing, powerlessness and redemption.

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