In 1931, lap-steel guitarist George Beauchamp and partner Adolph Rickenbacker invented the modern electric guitar, laying the foundations for ear-splitting rock ‘n’ roll, youth revolutions, and holding up your lighter during a power ballad.
This week back in 1862, Isabelle Maria Boyd was captured by the Union Army for the first time. And why would the Union want to incarcerate a fun-loving teenaged debutante?
This week back in 1928, a Missouri bakery set the bar for greatness… when it started selling the first pre-sliced bread in history. Listen to the tale, then propose a (ahem) toast with this original cocktail.
On Independence Day weekend back in 1884, debauched frontier town Dodge City, KS staged the first ever American Bullfight, in an effort to keep its reputation sullied. Learn about the controversial spectacle, then get outta Dodge and into this custom cocktail.
This week back in 1972, Bernice Gera became the first female umpire in pro baseball history…and then immediately resigned. Learn why she took herself out of the ballgame, then steal home to mix this All-American cocktail.
This week back in 1667 the first successful human blood transfusion took place… which is not to say the ones that followed were successful. Listen to the wild and woolly story, then replace part of your bloodstream with this hangover cure – the mutant offspring of a Bloody Mary and a Corpse Reviver #2.
100 episodes ago back in 2008, two enterprising and underutilized radio minds launched a groundbreaking new show. Their subject: dinner parties. Their mission: to win them.
This month back in 1678, the town of Coventry, England first celebrated the world’s most famous streaker: Lady Godiva. Hear the Lady’s taxing tale, then moon over this custom cocktail created in her honor.
This week back in 2001, notorious British heist-meister Ronnie Biggs returned to England for a pint of bitter… knowing full well he’d be arrested for his role in one of the most audacious robberies in UK history.
This week in 1903, Texas’ most unlikely Justice of the Peace — Phantley Roy Bean Jr. — died. He literally held court in his frontier saloons, so we served ourselves a summons to one of the best cocktail spots in Austin to let another bartender lay down the (liquid) law.