Author Daniel Okrent explores impact of prohibition on America

May 23, 2011

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Daniel Okrent's 'Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition', offers a holistic examination of alcohol prohibition.

Ninety-one years ago, the country locked up the liquor cabinet.

Prohibition became law of the land, bartenders closed up shop and consumers searched for inventive and illegal ways of obtaining alcohol.

In Chicago, it was the start of the bootlegging era. Eight Forty-Eight revisited a 2010 conversation WBEZ’s Richard Steele had with journalist and author Daniel Okrent about his book, Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. It offers a holistic examination of alcohol prohibition, and its lasting impacts on America.

Music Button: Don Redman and His Orchestra, “Chant Of The Weed,” From the CD 1931-1933 (Allegro Corporation)