Program 489: Sarah Vowell American Hawaii; Rick Mercer Canada 150; Winning the Palio

Release Date: 07-01-2017


Author and This American Life contributor Sarah Vowell tells us what she's recently learned about the Americanization of the Hawaiian islands. Then say "Happy 150th birthday" to Canada with one of its top TV personalities, Rick Mercer. Plus, a tour guide from Siena tells us how her adopted neighborhood won last year's Palio horse race — twice.


  • Author Sarah Vowell
  • CBC-TV host Rick Mercer
  • Art historian and tour guide Anna Piperato from Siena, Italy

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Program Extras

More with Sarah Vowell - <p>Rick chats with Sarah Vowell, author of &quot;Unfamiliar Fishes,&quot; about Hawaiiana kitsch and clich&eacute;s, and the importance of visiting the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. (runs 3:24)</p>