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Downtown's Lloyd Library, a research library and exhibit space, has quite the collection of rare and treasured books that will be on view starting December 6. The library's executive director, Patricia van Skaik, joins our Anne Arenstein to discuss the Treasures of the Lloyd exhibit featuring a first edition of Darwin's "Origin of the Species" and a book once owned by Harry Houdini.

The source of all your favorite spirits

Jun 28, 2013

Pretty much every spirit known to man begins life as some sort of plant: sake began with a grain of rice; scotch emerged from barley; tequila from agave; rum from sugarcane; and bourbon from corn. In The Drunken Botanist, Amy Stewart explores how humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform all matter of plant life into alcohol over the centuries. She’s with Mark Perzel this morning for a little liquor education.

"The Drunken Botanist"

Apr 5, 2013

Pretty much every spirit known to man begins life as some sort of plant: sake began with a grain of rice; scotch emerged from barley; tequila from agave; rum from sugarcane; and bourbon from corn.