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
- Mark Adams wrote "Turn Right at Machu Picchu" about his attempt to commemorate the centennial of Hiram Bingham finding the site of Machu Picchu in the Peruvian Andes.
- National Geographic dedicated a special edition to the "discovery" of Machu Picchu in 1913.
- Vilcabamba, or Espiritu Pampa, is the pre-Columbian capital, or "lost city of the Incas" that Bingham was looking for when he was shown the site of Machu Picchu.
- The Yale News discusses the repatriation of the Machu Picchu artifacts.
- Sarah Vowell has written six best selling non-fiction books on American history and culture. Her latest is "Lafayette in the Somewhat United States." She is represented by the Stephen Barclay Agency.
- NPR, The Smithsonian, the New York Times, and Daily Beast reviewed Sarah's book about Lafayette when it was first published in 2015.
- "Lafayette In the Somewhat United States" has also been released as an audio book.
- George Washington's estate at Mount Vernon, Virginia is managed by the National Park Service. The historical collection includes the key to the Bastille from Paris.
- Wikipedia lists many of the honors and memorials to the Marquis de Lafayette in the United States.
- The website for the Scotch Whisky Association includes a map of Scotland's different whisky-producing regions.
- The Edinburgh City of Literature website lists a number of specially-themed walks and tours in the city.
- The Scotch Whisky Experience "virtual distillery" is located near Edinburgh Castle.
- The island of Islay has nearly a dozen distilleries, and Orkney has two.
- Oban is the town where Rick stayed on the west coast of Scotland.
- Liz Lister's website.
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)