Episode 76: Drunk History
Guest: Edward Slingerland
Sunday, September 26, 2021
What better topic for our hoist-a-glass history show than the role of intoxication in the rise of civilization? Turns out getting hammered, tanked, wasted, plastered have played a major role in getting where we are today. Drinks in hand, host Historians Chris Anderson and Rick Beyer welcome Edward Slingerland, author of Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization. Find out how evidence from archaeology, history, neuroscience, and genetics, suggests our taste for chemical intoxicants isn’t a flaw – it has helped solve a number of distinctively human challenges. The historical impact of humanity’s appetite for getting juiced up.
Ancient China, Modern Science, and the Power of Spontaneity.