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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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jews and Booze

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Marni Davis examines the long and complicated relationship Jewish Americans had to alcohol during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the years of the national prohibition movement’s rise and fall. In Jews and Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition Davis shows that alcohol commerce played a crucial role in Jewish immigrant acculturation and the growth of Jewish communities in the United States.

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The Takeaway

The Big Ban that Didn't Work Out

Friday, June 01, 2012

Cities across America have banned all sorts of things: styrofoam, plastic bags, plastic bottles, plastic happy meal toys, foie gras. These are just a few of the contemporary bans, of course. Today, The Takeaway looks at the biggest ban in American history — a ban that started in specific cities but spread nationwide. It lasted for over a decade, but eventually was struck down. This was a ban on alcohol.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

March's Book: The Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, by Daniel Okrent

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Daniel Okrent, former Public Editor for the New York Times, examines how and why we came to outlaw alcohol in this country, what life under Prohibition was like, and how it changed the country forever. In Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition , he shows how diverse forces came together to bring about Prohibition: the growing political power of the women’s suffrage movement, which allied itself with the antiliquor campaign; the fear of small-town Protestants that they were losing control of their country to the immigrants in the cities; the anti-German sentiment stoked by World War I; and a variety of other factors, ranging from the rise of the automobile to the advent of the income tax.

Pick up a copy and start reading! Daniel Okrent will be here on March 6 to talk about the book. Leave your questions and comments below to join the conversation!

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Slate Culture Gabfest

Slate: The Culture Gabfest, The Ken Burns Flinch Edition

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner raise their glasses to Ken Burns’ newest historical documentary, Prohibition. Next, Gabfesters look at the Swedish furniture powerhouse Ikea. For their final seg


The Takeaway

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick on 'Prohibition'

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

By today’s standards, the idea of a constitutional amendment banning alcohol in the U.S. seems preposterous, oppressive, and just plain naïve. But 92 years ago, when the National Prohibition Act passed, it was widely backed. Of course, Prohibition was eventually repealed, but not before it had far-reaching consequences on American gender relations, crime, popular culture, and politics. A new three-part documentary series called "Prohibition" tells this uniquely American story on PBS, beginning October 2.


It's A Free Country ®

You Take That Back! A Look at the Challenge of Repealing Federal Law

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Republican leaders in Congress have started the debate about repealing the health care overhaul legislation, and plan to vote on the repeal on Wednesday. In advance of the vote, It's A Free Country takes a look at how other repeal efforts in American history have fared.


It's A Free Country ®

Debating the Facts about Legalizing Marijuana

Friday, October 29, 2010

The real question is do we want to have this marijuana operate in a black market where there's simply no control over it whatsoever, which is where the criminal syndicates and gangs organizations take over that control and thrive.

- Gabriel Sayegh, New York State director of the Drug Policy Alliance, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Context and a TV Show: Boardwalk Empire

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Dana Stevens, film critic for Slate and co-host of the Slate Culture Gabfest podcast, discusses the HBO miniseries "Boardwalk Empire" about Prohibition-Era Atlantic City, and Daniel Okrent, writer, editor, inventor of Rotisserie League Baseball, former public editor at The New York Times and the author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, offers his insight into the era and history of Prohibition.

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A Swinging Garden Party on Governor's Island

Friday, August 27, 2010

The twenties come roaring back again this weekend on Governors Island. The fifth Jazz Age Garden Party revisits the era of bobbed-hair flappers, and dapper gentlemen, speakeasies, and hot jazz.


The Takeaway

Prohibition: 90 Years Since Bootlegging Became Cool

Friday, January 15, 2010

Bootlegging was written into the U.S. constitution 90 years ago today. On January 16, 1920, the prohibitionists finally got what they had been fighting for decades: the federal government had banned the manufacture and sale of alcohol. The prohibition movement had be active since 1810 and its legacy is still visible today.