Bathtub vodka and red wine myths: podcasts about alcohol
This week, the first instalment in our two part series about recreational substances. Next week: weed!
After listening to the Bathtub vodka episode of The Sporkful (a co-pro with NPR's Planet Money) I couldn't stop talking about the alcohol industry's most bland offering. Did you know you can make vodka out of almost anything? Even a KitKat? Did you know Grey Goose was invented by a Connecticut-born college dropout in the 90s? This episode is chock-full of interesting facts about a very uninteresting beverage. After listening I was convinced I could start my own vodka empire despite the lack of any expertise whatsoever. The episode starts with a simple enough conceit: can you be allergic to cheap vodka? But it goes to some very interesting places. This episode is a must hear.
Podcasts featured this week:
- The Sporkful - Are cheap vodkas pretty much the same as expensive ones? Click here to listen to the full episode.
- On the Media - The story of how one bizarre TV special on the alleged benefits of red wine changed wine sales forever. Click here to listen to the full episode.
- The Racist Sandwich - Meet Bertony Faustin, a documentary filmmaker and Oregon's first Black winemaker, who is attempting to democratize the wine world. Click here to listen to the full episode.
- On Being with Krista Tippett - Susan Cheever has written a biography of Bill Wilson (co-founder of AA), and she knows addiction and recovery in her own life and that of her father, the late fiction writer John Cheever. Click here to listen to the full episode.
- Criminal - After her first marriage at 19 to a man dependant on alcohol, Carry Nation was on a mission to outlaw alcohol. Her method of persuasion? A hatchet. Click here to listen to the full episode.
- Mic Drop - In this episode, we meet Layla as she navigates drugs and alcohol with her friends at school. Click here to listen to the full episode.