67: Your Dream, My Nightmare
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Act One: Voice Over
Sandy Allen tells the story of learning to play an instrument that suddenly sounds very different — his own voice.
Track Three: The End of the Road
Producer Chana Joffe-Walt really loves the slideshows that schools display at end-of-the-year parent assemblies.
Track Four: What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?
A lot of music discovery happens when we are kids.
More by Sarah Vowell
Sarah Vowell and her twin sister, Amy, retrace the Trail of Tears. They visit the town in Georgia that was the capital of the Cherokee Nation before the Cherokee were expelled. They enjoy a tourist trap hotel in Chattanooga. They go to Ross's Landing, the embarkment point for the water route of the Trail of Tears. (27 minutes)
Sarah Vowell's story continues. She and Amy visit the home of President Andrew Jackson, the villain in the Trail of Tears drama. They drive west to Cherokee graves in Kentucky and a commemorative marker that's been placed, oddly, at an Arkansas high school. They head into Oklahoma, where the Cherokee settled and where they were born. Sarah talks with her oldest living relative about the Trail. And she and Amy end their trip at the place where they first heard about the Trail of Tears: an amphitheater where every summer, they saw a dramatic two hour recreation of the Trail. (23 minutes)
Act Two: One Sinatra Fan ... Versus All Of Network TV.
Before Sinatra died, Sarah Vowell appeared on this radio program and made a prediction about how network news would cover Sinatra's death ... and she made a simple plea.