Mar 7, 2012 — Novelist T.C. Boyle takes on a California environmental battle while Mary Doria Russell takes a fresh look at the Wild West of Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp. In nonfiction, Sarah Vowell tours Hawaii, Charles Fishman looks at the future of water, Allen Shawn reflects on being a twin, and Ben Ryder Howe on running a Brooklyn deli.
Mar 22, 2011 — Sarah Vowell takes on the American occupation of Hawaii, author Katharine Greider dives into New York history through the lens of her crumbling Manhattan row house, and Lisa Abend follows the apprentices toiling away in the molecular gastronomy labs of Ferran Adria's elBulli.
Mar 22, 2011 — Sarah Vowell turns her acerbic wit on the epic story of Hawaii, up to the U.S. annexation in 1898. Vowell's quirky tone has its charming moments, but as critic Dan Kois writes, "deadpan casualness may not be a useful stance from which to approach the story of the death of a nation."