This American Life: ‘The Homesick Explorer’

From This American Life:

“This American Life contributor Sarah Vowell tells the story of a mapmaker named Charles Preuss who charted the Western Territories with two of American history’s legendary explorers—John Charles Fremont and Kit Carson. The maps Preuss made were best sellers and helped open the Western frontier to settlement. But, as he wrote in the diary he kept while in the wilderness, he hated pretty much every minute of the expedition. Actor Dermot Mulroney reads excerpts from Preuss’s diary.  (8 minutes)”

Vowell’s story is Act Three of this episode (38:41-46:20).

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