The Takeaway

Bourbon Heist Reveals Industry of Illusion

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A series of bourbon and whiskey thefts have shook Kentucky. But one expert says the smuggling ring—which almost got away with $100,000 in spirits—tells us a lot about the industry.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Is AA for Everyone?

Monday, April 06, 2015

Author and journalist Gabrielle Glaser questions the methods - and results - of Alcoholics Anonymous.

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Freakonomics Radio

What’s More Dangerous: Marijuana or Alcohol? (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Imagine that both substances were undiscovered until today. How would we think about their relative risks?



Artistic, Ambitious and Addicted

Monday, December 22, 2014

The deaths of actors Robin Williams and Philip Seymour Hoffman earlier this year linked to drugs and alcohol re-surfaced the question of why artists struggle with substance abuse.

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Behold! A Holiday Buyer's Guide For Music Lovers

Friday, November 28, 2014

We've got a metal band's boxed wine for grandma, a meow-mixed hip-hop album for the kids and a bath mat that is so fresh and so clean.
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The Takeaway

In Arkansas, Voters Keep a Present-Day Prohibition

Monday, November 10, 2014

Prohibition ended over 80 years ago, but on Election Day, Arkansas voters rejected an amendment to authorize statewide sale of alcohol.  

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Writers And Musicians On Their Favorite Bars Worldwide, And 'Bartender Rock'

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Sean Manning's new book is 'Come Here Often? 53 Writers Raise A Glass To Their Favorite Bar.' He and writer-bartender Rosie Schaap talk about pairing bars with music.



Maryland Ban on Grain Alcohol Hurts Violin Makers

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Binge drinkers and frat boys aren't the only ones despairing over Maryland's new ban on grain alcohol: Violin makers who used the liquor to make varnish are also affected.
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PRI's The World

Beer and Chivas fly off the shelves as Baghdad's liquor stores reopen after Ramadan

Monday, August 04, 2014

Ramadan is finally over, and for many Muslims that means big feasts with family and friends. For Baghdad's drinkers, it also means goodbye to the black market for booze and hello again to their local liquor stores


The Brian Lehrer Show

The Science of Booze

Friday, June 13, 2014

We're familiar with its effects. But what's the magical chemistry behind fermented beverages? And what in the world goes into a "Corpse Reviver #2?"

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Studio 360

Your Brain on Drugs: Creative?

Friday, April 18, 2014

The association of art with altered states of consciousness goes back a long way. Archeological evidence of fermented beverages and some of the oldest musical instruments were found at the same 9,000-year-old site in China. Do alcohol and marijuana improve creativity?

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Freakonomics Radio

What’s More Dangerous: Marijuana or Alcohol?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Imagine that both substances were undiscovered until today. How would we think about their relative risks?

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MAP: Tracking New York City's Distillery Boom

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

New York now has a bunch of distilleries, 22 of them in New York City. Wanna sample? You're in luck - many of them offer tours and tastings.

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The Sporkful

Tequila Revisited: A Redemption Story

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Ilana Edelstein, author of The Patron Way: The Untold Inside Story of the World's Most Successful Tequila, tries to help Dan overcome his tequila aversion.

The Takeaway

The Biology of Intimacy & Making Love Last | Kansas Bill Allows Discrimination to Expand Religious Liberty | Being Ginger" and the Stereotypes of Red-Heads

Friday, February 14, 2014

States Seek Changes to Alcohol Laws | The Biology of Intimacy & Making Love Last | How Do They Do That? Figure Skating | A Look at the Movies Hitting the Box Office | Being Ginger" and the Stereotypes of Red-Heads | Kansas Anti-Gay Bill Allows Discrimination to Expand Religious ...

The Leonard Lopate Show

On Writers and Drinking

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Olivia Laing examines the link between creativity and alcohol in the work and lives of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever, and Raymond Carver, who were all alcoholics. In The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking, she takes a journey from Cheever’s New York to Williams’s New Orleans, from Hemingway’s Key West to Carver’s Port Angeles, to piece together a map of alcoholism, a disease that has also affected her own family.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

William Moyers and His Parents on Addiction

Friday, February 08, 2013

As the survivor of multiple relapses and near-fatal experiences with his addiction to alcohol and other drugs, William C. Moyers knows what it’s like to desperately need a good treatment program but not know how to find one. He and his parents, journalist Bill Moyers and Judith Moyers, talk about their experience confronting William’s addiction and the journey through intervention, treatment, and recovery. William Moyers’ book Now What? An Insider’s Guide to Addiction and Recovery leads readers through recognizing when someone needs help, finding a quality treatment program, navigating the treatment process, and establishing a support system after treatment.

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Binge Drinking Among NYC Teens Associated with Violence, Drug Use and Unsafe Sex

Sunday, January 27, 2013

In “Rebel without a Cause,” James Dean’s father impotently warns the high-schooler to stay away from gatherings where teens imbibe alcohol.

“You know what kind of drunken brawls those kind of parties turn into,” he says. “It's not a place for kids.”



LIRR Moves to Ban Alcohol on Some Overnight Trains

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Long Island Railroad is launching a pilot program banning alcohol on overnight weekend trains out of Penn Station, beginning next month.


The Leonard Lopate Show

Kristen Johnston’s memoir, Guts

Monday, March 12, 2012

Emmy Award-winning actress Kristen Johnston discusses her memoir, Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster, in which she writes about her addictions to alcohol and drugs and how she overcame them. She also talks about the stigma that’s often attached to recovery and her efforts to open the city’s first addiction-recovery high school.

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