Sarah Vowell served as a contributing editor on "This American Life"
from 1996 to 2008, and she is the author of several nonfiction books, including "Unfamiliar Fishes"
(2011), "The Wordy Shipmates"
(2008) and "Assassination Vacation""
(2005). She has also written two essay collections, "The Partly Cloudy Patriot"
(2002) and "Take the Cannoli"
(2000). Her first book "Radio On,"
(1997) is her year-long diary of listening to the radio in 1995. In addition to doing voice acting in the film "The Incredibles" (2004), she appears in the They Might Be Giants documentary "Gigantic" and the mini-series "10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America." Vowell has contributed to numerous newspapers and magazines, including Esquire, Spin, The New York Times Book Review and McSweeney's, and she is a former columnist for Time, Salon and the San Francisco Weekly. In addition to serving as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Vowell has made appearances on "Late Show with David Letterman" and "Late Night with Conan O’Brien." She is the president of the board of 826NYC
, a non-profit tutoring and writing center in Brooklyn for students ages six through 18.