Charlotte Talks Special: A Conversation With Author and Essayist Sarah Vowell

Mike Collins and Sarah Vowell at Lenoir Rhyne University's P.E. Monroe Auditorium on October 27
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Our conversation from October 27 with Sarah Vowell, writer, humorist,and former contributer to Public Radio's 'This American Life'. She joined us at Lenoir Rhyne University to talk about her contributions to history and culture through her writing and about her books Assassination Vacation, and Lafayette in the Somewhat United States.

She has one of the most recognizable voices in the world... or at least on public radio.  She came into the public consciousness on This American Life in the 90's and has since appeared on David Letterman, with Jon Stewart and in the film The Incredibles

Her voice may be her calling card but words are her bread and butter. Sarah Vowell is the author of six non-fiction books on American history and culture, including Assassination Vacationabout locations around the nation immortalized by political murder.

Sarah Vowell on whether our ability in our country to ‘get on each other’s nerves’ has ever been this bad:

‘I mean, we’re in North Carolina. Remember that, like, four-year period when we were literally shooting at each other? That was worse.’

Her most recent book is Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, a humorous account of the Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette. 

Sarah Vowell joined Mike Collins at the Pease Auditorium at Lenoir Rhyne University on October 27  for a special conversation as part of the Lenoir Rhyne Visiting Writers Series.

After the broadcast portion of the show, we continued with questions from the audience. Listen here: