Lost in America

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Stories of people who are lost, histories that are lost, and things that are lost. Sarah Vowell tells the lost story behind a patriotic song, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." An early version of the song celebrated an American terrorist. Davy Rothbart reads from letters, notes, scraps of paper and school papers which have been lost by their original owners. He collects and publishes things like this in his magazine, Found. This show was recorded onstage in front of audiences on a five-city tour in May, 2003.

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Ira Glass