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From fish house punch to Bud Light: America’s long, complicated relationship with alcohol

Dr. Kevin R. Kosar is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. he is the author of Whiskey: A Global History and Moonshine: A Global History. He lives in Washington, DC.

Dr. Christine Sismondo is the author of Prohibition, a six-part podcast series for Wondery’s American History Tellers. She also is the author of America Walks into a Bar; Canadian Spirits (with co-author Stephen Beaumont) and Mondo Cocktail: A Shaken and Stirred History. A National Magazine Award-winning writer, Sismondo is a columnist for the Toronto Star and has been writing about spirits, bars and history for a range of publications including the Globe and Mail and Maclean’s for over twenty years. She also acts as a judge for the World Gin and Vodka Awards and is an Academy Chair for the World’s Best 50 Bars. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

Dr. Scott Martin is a professor of history at Bowling Green State University. He is a social and cultural historian who specializes in the 19th-century United States and the history of drugs and alcohol. He is the editor of the three volume Sage Encyclopedia of Alcohol, and the author of Devil of the Domestic Sphere:  Temperance, Gender and Middle-Class Ideology, 1800-1860 and other volumes and studies. He is joining us from Ohio.

C. Jarrett Dieterle is a senior fellow at the R Street Institute. He is a regulatory attorney by training and has co-authored Supreme Court briefs. Jarrett is the editor of, a website and weekly newsletter dedicated to policy developments in the alcohol industry, as well as the author of recently published  book, Give Me Liberty and Give Me a Drink! He is the host of The Right to Drink podcast series. He is in Richmond, Virginia.