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FBI Agent Phil Carson has held onto a secret for fifteen years, which will prove for the final time that there was a cover-up of the murder of Hip-Hop Superstar The Notorious B.I.G. by officials at the LAPD. Agent Carson is talking, and journalist Don Sikorski has the FBI Files to prove it. This ground-breaking podcast spans twenty years inside the underbelly of crime in the dark forces of the LAPD that used power and influence to hide the evidence and facts. LAPD Officers orchestrated the m ...
 
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Filmmaker, artist, author and general cultural icon John Waters visits the podcast this week to talk about this first novel, “Liarmouth: A Feel-Bad Romance.” The book features three generations of women in the Sprinkle family, and their very complicated (and antagonistic) relationships with one another. The first of them we meet is Marsha, an unrep…
 
Yes, there is a lot, A LOT, to love about whiskey. It our favorite beverage on the planet after all. BUT, there are some things that we do not like. In fact, there are 5 things in particular that we HATE about whiskey. If you like this content, or even the discussion of this subject, we would like to personally invite you to join our free member co…
 
Hernan Diaz’s second novel, “Trust,” is four books in one. Our reviewer, Michael Gorra, calls it “intricate, cunning and consistently surprising.” It starts with a novel inside the novel, about a man named Benjamin Rask, who builds and maintains a fortune in New York City as the 19th century gives way to the 20th. Diaz describes writing the uniquel…
 
During my journey I have come across countless "myths" about alcohol and its impact on diets and health. In this episode we bring on Dr. J. Mack Slaughter. I have know Dr. Slaughter since he was about 15 years old. He was in a boy band that Lindsey did photography for. The band didn't last long, but J. Mack parlayed that into a successful career in…
 
Our Founder Mark Longo hosted the options panel at this year's Securities Traders Association of Chicago (STAC) conference. Joining mark on the panel were: Henry Schwartz - Sr. Director, Head of Product Intelligence, Data & Access Solutions, Cboe Global Markets Bill Looney - Managing Director - Head of Global Business Development, XFA Jordan Naylor…
 
Jennifer Egan’s new novel, “The Candy House,” is a follow-up to her Pulitzer Prize-winning “A Visit From the Goon Squad.” A few characters appear in both books, but the novels are also united by Egan’s structural approach — an inventive one that, in “Goon Squad,” included a chapter written as a PowerPoint presentation, and in “The Candy House,” a c…
 
Have you ever wondered how much earth it takes to produce one bottle of whiskey? Well, we used to have that very same question. So we set out to get the answer, and there was only ONE place to go to find out - Frey Ranch Distillery. Colby and his family have been farming this slice of Nevada since before Nevada was a state. Everything they need to …
 
The cartoonist Liana Finck’s new book, “Let There Be Light,” recasts the story of Genesis with a female God who is a neurotic artist. “At the very beginning of this book, she’s existing in a void and she just decides to make something,” Finck says. “And it’s all fun and games until she starts to feel some self-doubt and realizes that she hasn’t don…
 
So we know that Van Winkle wheated bourbons have the same mashbill and are distilled at the same distillery as the Weller line. We know that the only differences are either proof, barrel selection, age, and of course - price. BUT. Do these products taste vastly different? Do the Van Winkle offerings taste superior to the Weller products? Does it de…
 
Elizabeth Alexander’s new book, “The Trayvon Generation,” grew out of a widely discussed essay of the same name that she wrote for The New Yorker in 2020. The book explores themes of race, class and justice and their intersections with art. On this week’s podcast, Alexander discusses the effects of video technology on our exposure to and understand…
 
In this episode we set up Four Roses Master Distiller, Brent Elliott, in a blind tasting with 3 Four Roses offerings. One of them is from 1938. Can he pick it out? If you like this content, or even the discussion of this subject, we would like to personally invite you to join our free member community. #whiskey #bourbon #fourroses #masterdistiller …
 
While a steady stream of disturbing news continues to come from Ukraine, new works of fiction highlight the ways in which lives there have been transformed by conflict. On this week’s podcast, the critic Jennifer Wilson talks about two books, including the story collection “Lucky Breaks,” by Yevgenia Belorusets, translated by Eugene Ostashevsky. “B…
 
It doesn't matter how long you've been hanging around in the whiskey community, you know there is a lot of hype about certain bottle. A LOT of hype. But is it warranted? Are some of these bourbons selling for hundred and in some cases thousands worth the price? They may be fantastic whiskeys and pours that we absolutely love - but are the bottles w…
 
Thomas Fisher’s new book, “The Emergency,” details his life as an emergency physician at the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he’s worked for 20 years. It provides an up-close look at a hospital during the pandemic, and also zooms out to address the systemic issues that afflict American health care. “This book was conceptualized prior to…
 
Today we set out to find the answer to the question - "Can what you taste in a whiskey and whether you like that whiskey be influenced"? Though the results may be shocking, we totally saw it coming. Some whiskeys out there have a lot of hype. Some have a very high value on the market. Some are allocated and hard to find. But does that mean they are…
 
Fintan O’Toole was born in Dublin in 1958, the same year that T.K. Whitaker, a member of the Irish government, published an influential report suggesting that Ireland open its doors economically and culturally to the rest of the world. O’Toole’s new book, “We Don’t Know Ourselves,” weaves memoir with history to tell the story of modern Ireland. “Th…
 
Let's say you're shopping for some bourbon and you see a 10 year bourbon, along with that same brand with an 18 year age statement. Wouldn't you assume the 18 year would be a better choice? It's likely a higher price point, so it's gotta be better right? Not so fast! In this episode we secretly double blind taste test 3 whiskey enthusiasts to see i…
 
In “A Molecule Away From Madness,” the neurologist Sara Manning Peskin writes about the errant molecular activity that underlies many serious mental afflictions. Peskin’s book, reminiscent of the work of Oliver Sacks, conveys its scientific information through narrative. “I wanted to capture how this actually unfolds in real time,” she says on this…
 
We get asked often - "Where can I find a birth year bottle?" Vintage whiskey, also known as "dusty's" within the whiskey enthusiast community, are fun to have in your collection. They provide a unique experience for friends and family who may be over for a pour. It's not often you can pour yourself some delicious brown juice that was distilled befo…
 
Scholars have long believed that the first Americans arrived via land bridge some 13,000 years ago, when retreating glaciers created an inland corridor from Siberia. Jennifer Raff, an anthropological geneticist at the University of Kansas, tells a different story in “Origin.” According to Raff, the path to the Americas was coastal rather than inlan…
 
We've all heard of Blanton's Single Barrel bourbon. We've all chased Blanton's. But do you know the REAL story of how Blanton's was created? Well, our guest Freddie Johnson - third generation at Buffalo Trace Distillery knows EXACTLY how Blanton's was created. Tune in and hear the story from the man himself. If you like this content, or even the di…
 
In 2017, Frank Bruni suffered a stroke while sleeping in the middle of the night, an event that led to blindness in his right eye. His new memoir, “The Beauty of Dusk,” examines not only his physical condition but the emotional and spiritual counsel he sought from others in order to deal with it. On this week’s podcast, he discusses the experience,…
 
t's hard not to love the full, robust flavors that come with a Barrel Proof whiskey. Some bourbon lovers find that they love their lower proof whiskeys, but many LOVE the cask strength. After careful consideration, we present to you our TOP 10 BARREL PROOF Bourbons! Barrel Strength friends...gather round! COMMENT below YOUR favorite Barrel Proof/Ca…
 
You probably take the index for granted. It might be hard to remember that the handy list of subjects at the back of a book, with the corresponding page numbers on which each subject is discussed, had to be invented. This happened in the early 13th century, and on this week’s podcast, Dennis Duncan talks about his new book, “Index, a History of the…
 
Have you ever wondered which of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection you would like best? In this episode we set up a "DOUBLE BLIND" with Lindsey, Wes, and Curtis. They had no clue they were drinking the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, and they didn't know what was in their glasses. We think you will find the results pretty surprising! If you lik…
 
Jennifer Haigh’s new novel, “Mercy Street” — which Richard Russo calls “extraordinary” in his review — is about a woman named Claudia who works at a women’s clinic in Boston. It’s also about the protesters outside. On this week’s podcast, Haigh says the novel was inspired in part by her own time working on a clinic’s hotline. “Obviously I am strong…
 
While we LOVE bourbon, and we LOVE whiskey...there are some whiskeys that we do not love. In fact, we wouldn't consider buying them. We are not here to bash brands or distillers, they certainly have their place. It's just our opinion, and these types of whiskey are not for us. What about you? BRT Merch: If you like this content, or even the discuss…
 
Harley Rustad’s new book, “Lost in the Valley of Death,” is about an American adventurer named Justin Alexander Shetler, who went on a quest in the Himalayas that ended in his disappearance. One of Shetler’s heroes was Christopher McCandless, whose story was told in Jon Krakauer’s “Into the Wild.” On this week’s podcast, Rustad discusses Shetler’s …
 
MGP Whiskey has been around for decades and has played a major role in the history of bourbon. MGP can take credit for many of the craft distilleries and brands we love today for their role in contract distilling delicious American bourbon. Heck, MGP might just make a few bourbons that you love and you might not even know! A few weeks back we crowd…
 
Are allocated bourbons really worth all the hype? Can you notice a major taste difference? Are there shelf available products out there that taste just as good if not better? Well these are all questions worth exploring. In this episode Randy sets up Wes and Lindsey on a "double blind taste test". Double blind meaning, the tasters do not know what …
 
Ruta Sepetys writes Y.A. historical fiction that draws plenty of adult readers as well. Her new novel, “I Must Betray You,” is about a Romanian teenager who is blackmailed to become an informer for a Communist regime. On this week’s podcast, Sepetys talks about why she turned her focus to the epochal events of 1989, and about what she wants readers…
 
Imani Perry’s new book, “South to America,” joins a tradition of books that travel the South to find keys to the United States: its foundations, its changes and its tensions. Perry, who was born in Alabama, approaches the task from a variety of angles, and discusses some of them on this week’s podcast. “It includes personal stories,” Perry says. “I…
 
Let's start with what this episode is not. It is NOT a slam on Blanton's. In fact, we love Blanton's. This IS an episode that provides our top 10 alternatives to Blanton's that we feel taste just as good if not better. PLUS, these alternatives are affordable and easy to find at most liquor stores. So, if you're tired of not finding any Blanton's an…
 
Jing Tsu’s new book, “Kingdom of Characters,” is about the long and concerted efforts of linguists, activists and others to adapt Chinese writing to the modern world, so that it could be used in everything from typewriters and telegraphs to artificial intelligence and automation. On this week’s podcast, Tsu talks about that revolution, from its roo…
 
There is a bourbon out there that some of you love, many may have on their shelf, and most have tasted that doesn't REALLY exist. It's a whiskey that everyone has heard of, but few know the story and history behind the brand. What is it? Guess you'll have to tune in to find out! If you like this content, or even the discussion of this subject, I wo…
 
Welcome to the second season of The Anchor! This week Caslyn interviews, Hope and Xavier, two bowling seniors who provide insight into the bowling team, Daisy interviews Alexa to earn what it's like to be bilingual in Mississippi, and Brynna interviews Taylor Langford about his teaching and coaching careers at Lafayette High School.Producers: Daisy…
 
The writer and editor Robert Gottlieb does double duty on this week’s podcast. He talks about the life and career of Sinclair Lewis, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of “Babbitt,” Lewis’s best-selling novel about the narrow-mindedness and conformity of middle-class America in the first half of the 20th century. But first, he talks about his…
 
How do you negotiate with price gouging liquor stores, aka "Museums", aka "Prostitutes of the Whiskey World"? Randy shares is top tips and tricks when it comes to breaking down the barrier of these price gougers to get access to reasonably priced bottles. It may not work with some store owners, but it has worked for us before. Worth the try! If you…
 
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