Walking home last night, I was tapped into my Weapon of Mass Distraction listening to an NPR podcast.

The technology is, rudimentary, here, to say the least. However, the story has got to be heard. The narrator is Walter Dulley, who underwent a transorbital lobotomy when he was 12 — more than 40 years ago. Dulley's journey of dealing with his operation, performed by its inventor Walter Freeman, by talking to other patients and his own father, who consented to the surgery, is incredibly compelling.

(The story is also available via streaming media or downloaded in Mp3.)