What do "The Brothers Karamazov," "Anna Karenina," and "The Cherry Orchard" have in common? They all talk about Kvass. The authors were Russian and Kvass is a popular drink there and all around Eastern Europe. But, until recently, there wasn't much of it available in the States. Listen as Brendan gets a lesson on the Slavic fermented beverage, which is made from stale rye bread, from the folks over at Enlightenment Wines.
The UK Celebrates the End of Rationing
Sixty-three years ago this month, the United Kingdom marked the end of an era. Learn a little about WWII food meat rationing and get a pork-infused cocktail recipe to celebrate!
The Origins of ‘I Love Lucy’
Back in 1951, "I Love Lucy" debuted on CBS-TV... barely. Learn the tale and get strong armed into trying a delicious rum cocktail.
The Story of Play-Doh: From Cleaning Putty to Crafty Toy
Around this time back in 1956, an Ohio company turned a useless household product into one of the most beloved inventions ever. Learn the squishy history and enjoy a custom crimson cocktail.
Rubik’s Cube’s Puzzling Past
This month marks the 72nd birthday of the inventor of an object that infuriated millions.
How Doughnuts Got Their Holes and The Mortal Eyes
This week, back in 1847, a seafarer from Maine created one of the most popular confections in America.
Not Getting Into Studio 54 Got Nile Rodgers Into Pop History
Hear disco godfather Nile Rodgers' tale of the birth of "Le Freak," then wash it down with a very chic cocktail.
How a Playwright Almost Started a War
Guest historian Sarah Vowell shares a tale adapted from her new book, "Lafayette in the Somewhat United States," about one of the proudest playwrights (and worst spies) of all time. Soak it in...along with a bubbly cocktail inspired by his escapades.
The Drunken Night of Debauchery That Inspired an Idiom
Just in time for a rambunctious Halloween weekend, find out about the night so rowdy, it changed the way we describe rowdy nights. Then wash it down with a strong cocktail that'll paint your tongue red.
Baijiu Breakdown: Get a Lesson on the Chinese Aromatic Alcohol
Rico gets a very hands-on crash course on the pungent and potent Chinese liquor, from Los Angeles cocktail star Cari Hah -- who developed an entire baijiu-centric menu for L.A.'s Peking Tavern.