October 21, 2015 Sarah Vowell's charming not-quite-a-history gives us a young, glory-hungry Marquis de Lafayette, and the Founding Fathers not as marble statues, but as real men who bicker, bumble and snore.
March 7, 2012 Novelist T.C. Boyle takes on a California environmental battle while Mary Doria Russell takes a fresh look at the Wild West of Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp. In nonfiction, Sarah Vowell tours Hawaii, Charles Fishman looks at the future of water, Allen Shawn reflects on being a twin, and Ben Ryder Howe on running a Brooklyn deli.
March 22, 2011 Sarah Vowell takes on the American occupation of Hawaii, author Katharine Greider dives into New York history through the lens of her crumbling Manhattan row house, and Lisa Abend follows the apprentices toiling away in the molecular gastronomy labs of Ferran Adria's elBulli.
Sarah Vowell has written several books on American history and culture, and was a contributing editor for the radio program This American Life from 1996–2008.
March 22, 2011 Sarah Vowell turns her acerbic wit on the epic story of Hawaii, up to the U.S. annexation in 1898. Vowell's quirky tone has its charming moments, but as critic Dan Kois writes, "deadpan casualness may not be a useful stance from which to approach the story of the death of a nation."
October 7, 2008 Think the Pilgrims were all straight-laced seriousness and tight buckles? Think again, says author Sarah Vowell. In her new book, The Wordy Shipmates, Vowell explores the lively history of America's ancestors. Just who were those folks living in the "shining city on a hill"?
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October 6, 2008 Are you experiencing political addiction? Signs include an obsession with the electoral map, overuse of the phrase "game-changer" and a trance-like fixation on Nov. 4. If this could be you, then we have three books to feed your habit.
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May 10, 2005 Vowell plays the role of historical tourist in her new book 'Assassination Vacation.' She recounts travels to various historical sites, piecing together stories of fallen presidents and the men who gunned them down.
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April 15, 2005 Vowell's new book, Assassination Vacation, is about her visits to the gravesites and monuments honoring Presidents Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley. Vowell also voiced the character of Violet in the animated film 'The Incredibles.' This story was originally broadcast on April 20, 2000 and Sept. 16, 2002.
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