Tolerance: A History of Drink
Uncork the champagne! December 5th marked the 75th anniversary of Prohibition’s repeal, but was the ban on alcohol as bad as we remember? Does Prohibition really deserve its reputation as a failed experiment? In this hour, political historian Jim Morone gives us an introduction to the politics of sin. Then a modern-day moonshiner tells how the government watches closely as he makes corn whiskey in his grandfather’s still. Finally, a therapist from the Hazelden Center talks about the spiritual side of alcoholism.
- The Politics of Drink — Historian James Morone explains what nativism, racism, and women’s suffrage had to do with the temperance movement of the early 20th century. And he argues that Prohibition was not the abysmal failure it’s often made out to be.
- The US Brewers Foundation gives a lesson in history
- Find out why a few college presidents would prefer a lower drinking age
- Imbibe the secret history of rum
- Slur your words with Benjamin Franklin’s complete Drinker’s Dictionary
- Visit Chuck and Jeanette Miller’s Belmont Farm Distillery in Culpeper, VA
- Read an excerpt of James Morone’s award-winning book, Hellfire Nation
- When whiskey was the king of drink