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circa 1950: A Major Maestro radio. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

FM Radio Hits the Airwaves

If you listen to this show on the radio, you have Edwin Armstrong to thank for it. He was commissioned by RCA to combat radio static on the AM band, but his solution -- FM transmitting -- wasn't quite what the corporation had in mind.


The Short History of the First SMS

How postcards, holiday greetings, and a whole bunch of random sentences created the text messaging protocol that defined a decade.


A Beer Historian on Today’s Beer Trends

We turned to beer critic and historian William Bostwick to pour over some recent beer news, from craft brewers getting a little too crafty, to sport stadium beer that's not quite boozy enough.


‘Children of Paradise’ Was a Minor Miracle

One of the most acclaimed movies ever, was made under some of the worst conditions ever. Produced in France amid WWII, "Children of Paradise" made it to American cinemas in November 1945.


A New Trend Bubbling Up: Carbonated Coffee

Building on the cold brew coffee trend - and the eternal love for cracking open a cold, carbonated bottled drink on a hot day - Austin entrepreneur Kevin Chen has developed Coffer, a naturally-fermented carbonated coffee soda.


The Sistine Chapel’s Unwilling Artist

The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel might be Michelangelo's most iconic masterpiece, but when he was first offered the commission, he absolutely did not want the job. Learn all about it, and a fortifying drink to serve with it.


The Eerie End of Edgar Allan Poe’s Own Story

This week back in 1849, the great gothic horror writer Edgar Allan Poe headed off on his last business trip. What happened after that remains a mystery... except for the fact that he died. Concoct your own theories after sipping an appropriately dark cocktail from Baltimore's Poe-themed bar.


Inventing the Typewriter (and Beginning the ‘Hunt-and-Peck’)

Christopher Latham Sholes' "literary piano" led to the 1868 invention of the typewriter -- and, along with it, the QWERTY keyboard layout. Learn about some of the quirks of Sholes' device, and then try to type the alphabet while drinking this cocktail.


Telephone Switchboards Get Their First Female Voice

Telegraph offices were staffed by young boys - but as telephone operators... they were less than a perfect fit. So in 1878, the first woman became an operator, and changed the face - and voice - of an industry.