Full episode
239: Lost in America
Act Two

Teacher Hit Me With A Ruler

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. She's accompanied by Jon Langford and the band. Sarah is the author of The Partly Cloudy Patriot and other books. (16 minutes)

Song:

“Hell's Roof” by Jon Langford and the Lost in America Tour Band. Jon's the lead singer and songwriter with the Mekons, the Waco Brothers, and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts.