WBEZ | Daniel Okrent http://www.wbez.org/tags/daniel-okrent Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Is data overload more info or more spam? http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-10-24/morning-shift-data-overload-more-info-or-more-spam <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/info overload flickr Sean MacEntee.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Americans have access to more information at fast speeds than ever before. But is instant info always a good thing? We debate it out with a digital junkie and an analog enthusiast. (Photo: Flickr/Sean MacEntee)</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-death-by-data-bombardment/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-death-by-data-bombardment.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-death-by-data-bombardment" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Is data overload more info or more spam? " on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 08:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-10-24/morning-shift-data-overload-more-info-or-more-spam Author Daniel Okrent explores impact of prohibition on America http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-23/author-daniel-okrent-explores-impact-prohibition-america-86901 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-23/Prohibition Flickr Dewar&#039;s Repeal.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Ninety-one years ago, the country locked up the liquor cabinet.<br> <br> Prohibition became law of the land, bartenders closed up shop and consumers searched for inventive and illegal ways of obtaining alcohol.<br> <br> In Chicago, it was the start of the bootlegging era. <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> revisited a 2010 conversation WBEZ’s Richard Steele had with journalist and author <a href="http://www.danielokrent.com/" target="_blank">Daniel Okrent</a> about his book, <em>Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition</em>. It offers a holistic examination of alcohol prohibition, and its lasting impacts on America.<br> <br> <em>Music Button: Don Redman and His Orchestra, “Chant Of The Weed,” From the CD 1931-1933 (Allegro Corporation)</em></p></p> Mon, 23 May 2011 14:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-23/author-daniel-okrent-explores-impact-prohibition-america-86901 Prohibition’s doctor-sanctioned drunkenness http://www.wbez.org/story/alcohol/prohibition%E2%80%99s-doctor-sanctioned-drunkenness <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/champagne 2.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>As you raise your glass of champagne tonight, toast the fact that you&rsquo;re not celebrating New Year&rsquo;s Eve between 1919 and 1933. The &ldquo;Noble Experiment&rdquo; better known as Prohibition caused drinking rates to drop precipitously and made it a lot harder to get that precious glass of bubbly.&nbsp;</p> <div>Harder that is, but not impossible. Drinking didn&rsquo;t stop in the U.S. during Prohibition, nor was it technically illegal. (Only selling, making or transporting alcohol was.) We all know the legends of the speakeasies, those password-protected watering holes lousy with dolled-up dames and their mobster dates. But writer <a href="http://www.danielokrent.com/">Daniel Okrent</a> traces a less glamorous set of work-arounds in his book <em>Last Call: the Rise and Fall of Prohibition</em>. According to Okrent, you were just as likely to end up in the doctor&rsquo;s office or the pharmacy as the speakeasy. For $3, or about $37 in today&rsquo;s money, you could get a weekly prescription to keep the taps running.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the audio excerpt above, Okrent describes how the medical establishment was in cahoots with the liquor biz, underground as it was. As you&rsquo;re listening, just be glad you can go to a bar this weekend. So much less romantic to steal a boozy New Year&rsquo;s kiss under the cold, unflattering fluorescent lights of a CVS. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="../../../../../../series/dynamic-range"><em>Dynamic Range</em></a><em> showcases hidden gems unearthed from Chicago Amplified&rsquo;s vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. David Okrent&rsquo;s talk was presented by the </em><a href="http://www.chicagohs.org/"><em>Chicago History Museum</em></a><em> in May of 2010, and was recorded by </em><a href="../../../../../../amplified"><em>Chicago Amplified</em></a><em>. Click </em><a href="../../../../../../episode-segments/prohibition-seminar-way-we-drank"><em>here</em></a><em> to hear Okrent&rsquo;s talk in its entirety, and click </em><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/wbez/id364380278"><em>here</em></a><em> to subscribe to the Dynamic Range podcast.</em></div></p> Fri, 31 Dec 2010 18:22:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/alcohol/prohibition%E2%80%99s-doctor-sanctioned-drunkenness