Nov 15

Why the true story of Prohibition matters today

Posted 1 year, 5 months ago.


Bestselling author Daniel Okrent, the curator of our new American Spirits exhibit, talks about the real story of Prohibition and why its central debate is still relevant today.

Nov 14

Why marijuana prohibition isn’t currently working

Posted 1 year, 5 months ago.


When Colorado and Washington voters passed measures legalizing recreational marijuana last week, they demonstrated — probably unknowingly — a rueful familiarity with the failure of Prohibition.

Mar 23

BEER Act challenges history… and logic

Posted 3 years, 0 months ago.


Seven decades after prohibition, Senators Kerry and Crapo are challenging not only the history of taxation on alcoholic beverages, but its logic as well.

Dec 2

"Boardwalk Empire" true to life

Posted 3 years, 4 months ago.


Watching HBO’s Boardwalk Empire (a show focused on prohibition-era Atlantic City) not long ago, I couldn’t help but be struck by the performance of Stephen Graham as Al Capone. This, I realized, might be the first Hollywood production ever to get Capone right.