A podcast of fascinating facts! What do extraterrestrial radio signals and a mushroom from Texas have in common? What is a “number station“ and why is it so spine-tinglingly creepy? Join comedians Shane Rogers and Duncan MacEwan for an entertaining and hilarious deep-dive into obscure facts from science, history and pop culture. A new topic each week!

May 6, 2021

Dry America: The Prohibition Debacle

It makes perfect sense that a comedy podcast would cover this week’s topic, because prohibition was a joke.

If you’re not familiar with the story behind the bootlegging, moon shining, home-brewing chaos of 1920s America, you’ll want to listen to this week’s episode and learn all about the giant clusterf*** that was the 18th Amendment.   

In this episode:

  • Prohibition Through the Ages
  • The Code of Hammurabi
  • Beer Bartering
  • The Puritans, Pilgrims, and Alcohol
  • The American Temperance Society
  • Women's Christian Temperance Union
  • Drys vs Wets
  • Visitation Bands
  • Carrie Nation
  • The Anti-Saloon League
  • Wayne Wheeler
  • Wheelerism and Pressure Politics
  • Prohibition and the Ku Klux Klan
  • Blue Mondays
  • World War 1 and the War Against German Brewers
  • The Food and Fuel Control Act
  • The Alcoholic Blues 
  • The Volstead Act and an Epic Mustache
  • The 18th Amendment 
  • Connecticut and Rhode Island, Heroes
  • Woodrow Wilson's Veto Attempt
  • The Conundrum of Enforcement
  • Section 29
  • Vine-Glo
  • Warren G. Harding Flouts the Law
  • Congress Flouts the Law
  • Congress and the Man in the Green Hat Flout the Law
  • Everyone Flouts the Law
  • Smuggling, Brewing, Bootlegging, Bathtub Gin, Moonshine
  • Denatured Alcohol
  • Al Capone
  • The Stock Market Crash
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • Repeal


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