March 3, 2006
Though the rest of the country thinks of Samuel Langhorne Clemens as a southerner, it was a spell in San Francisco and the wilds of California which turned young Sam into "Mark Twain".
This week’s podcast tells the story of how a misfired duel, a bungled gold-mining claim, a suit for libel — and yes, a frog — conspired to create a work which took New York by storm and helped to forge an American original.
- Bullitt: the greatest car chase ever (from space!)
- #55: Caruso, the Palace, and the 1906 earthquake
- San Francisco Timecapsule: 02.09.09
- SFist — “not even jackassable”
- #46: San Francisco Fortune Cookie
Thanks to Tom Joad for the banjo tune “Bonaparte’s Retreat” – provided under a Creative Commons license