Sarah Vowell's Favorite Five

She's an on-air chronicler of American lives, a former Incredible (the voice behind Violet's bangs) and the author of The Wordy Shipmates, out this month, which finds the quirk in America's Puritan heritage. Here's what's on Vowell's short list this fall.

C-SPAN On the first morning of the Democratic National Convention, all the cable-news outfits were yakking about what Hillary Clinton might say--except one. On C-SPAN? Empty chairs on a silent stage. It was waiting for someone to show up and actually say something. This was the only channel on which a citizen could watch all the convention speeches. Plus, it...

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