The Blood & Straw

This week in 1814, the physician who lent his name to one of France’s best-known inventions died. Learn about Dr. Guillotin and his “enlightened” death machine, and then drink this custom cocktail ’til your head falls off:

The Smoke and Honey

This week back in 1954, Willie Mosconi performed one of the most brilliant feats in sports, ever, draining 526 consecutive billiard balls. Learn about the child prodigy-turned-15-time-World-Champion – then rack up a set of these custom cocktails.

Nozawa dreams of Jiro

David Gelb, maker of a new documentary about the greatest sushi chef on Earth, names his favorite NYC sushi spots and talks about L.A. sushi legend Nozawa’s retirement plans.

The Astronaughties Deep Space Freeze

On March 13th, 1781, famed astronomer Sir William Herschel was using a homemade telescope in his backyard… when he spotted an object in the sky.

The Liquid Propaganda

This week back in 1949, an American judge sentenced Mildred Gillars – better known as “Axis Sally” – to prison. Learn about the All-American gal who became the seductive voice of German propaganda during WWII… then take a swig of bitter drink with a deceptively sweet surface.

The Lobster/Bee Connection

While listening to last week's show, something rattled in my brain when Rico and mead-maker guest William Bostwick compared boiling honey bees... to boiling lobsters. From the depths of my vast catalog of interesting-but-typically-useless food knowledge, I remembered a lobster/bee connection.

Stephin Merritt’s bubblegum picks

The Magnetic Fields’ frontman knew “Don’t Stop Believin'” was a masterpiece before Tony Soprano did. Click to hear a couple more of his unheralded favorites:

The B3

This week in 1899, Bayer Corp. patented a little pill they called “aspirin.” For a healthy heart, listen to the history of it’s creation once a day, then take two of these and call us in the morning.