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Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

Jun 23, 2010

In 1919, the US passed the Eighteenth Amendment banning the sale and consumption of alcohol. The result: one of the worst crime sprees in US history. The rise of organized crime around Prohibition is well known, but Okrent looks at a forgotten aspect of this period: the reaction and response of ordinary citizens to this great social experiment. Daniel Okrent joins guest host Nick Roman to discuss this strange era that lasted from 1920 to 1933.

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