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Captain Jim

How Booze Built America

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Alright me hearties, how can you resist a Discovery Channel series called "How Booze Built America"? Go here: http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/how-booze-built-america/videos for a preview. Wednesdays at 10.

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See, and I thought it sounded more like Homer J. from the Simpsons.

Jim, if you enjoyed that there is a really neat book out there called The History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage that would be worth checking out of the local library.

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An apple a day keeps the Doctor liquored up. The history of apples in alcohol alone is an interesting American tradition.

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Thank you for the book recommendation.

Watched the show last night. Fast, packed with information, something you actually have to watch and not just listen to in the background. Also, the directon and format of the show is, in my opinion, pretty cool, with the narrator (Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs fame) freely wandering in and out of historical set peices and giving away the tricks done to dress the stage and atmosphere. He'll start standing (without period garb) in the middle of a perfectly correct revolutonary war set, then wander back to where the cameras, vans, set workers are, breaking the barrier between stage and audience. The (obviously unscripted) excahange with the mondern cop wearing a kilt is priceless.

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