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Drinking in America

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Historian Susan Cheever says that America has always oscillated between temperance and drunkenness, but that alcohol often gets left out of the story. She says one of the reasons is that we like our history “high-minded.” Cheever’s new book chronicles the ways alcohol has influenced critical moments in our history – from Paul Revere stopping for a drink during his famous ride to “our drunken friend” Richard Nixon. Thursday, Cheever joins Doug to talk about “Drinking in America.” [Rebroadcast]

Our previously scheduled show for Thursday, may 5, an interview with filmmaker Dawn Porter about her documentary Trapped has been canceled due to unexpected circumstances. We are working to reschedule that interview for a latter date.

Susan Cheever is the author of the biographies E.E. Cummings [Indiebound|Amazon|Audible], American Bloomsbury [Indiebound|Amazon|Audible], and My Name is Bill [Indiebound|Amazon] as wells as five novels and four memoirs. Her new book is called Drinking in America: Our Secret History [Indiebound|Amazon|Audible]

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