Program 480: Turn Right at Machu Picchu; Sarah Vowell: Lafayette in the USA; Scotch

Release Date: 04-08-2017


Author Mark Adams shares what he learned about Incan history while trekking to Machu Picchu, just a century after it was revealed to the outside world. Then author and radio commentator Sarah Vowell explains how Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette helped unify Americans after the contentious presidential election of 1824. And Rick checks in with tour guides from Edinburgh to get tips on visiting Scotland's whisky distilleries.


  • Mark Adams, author of "Turn Right at Machu Picchu" (Dutton) and "Meet Me in Atlantis" (Penguin/Random House)
  • Sarah Vowell, author of "Lafayette in the Somewhat United States"  (Riverhead)
  • Anne Doig, Scottish tour guide based in Edinburgh
  • Brian Hay, tour guide based in Edinburgh
  • Liz Lister, tour guide based in Fife, Scotland 

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Program Extras

More with Sarah Vowell - Rick and author Sarah Vowell discuss the paradoxical role played by autocratic France in supporting democratic revolution in America, as a way of causing grief for the British. A caller in Wisconsin adds that he wishes more historians would write like Sarah Vowell. (runs 3:19)