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June 30, 2014 Arts & Culture

Intoxication and Civilization: Beer’s Ancient Past

This episode takes on the frothy subject of beer, and explores the science, culture, and history behind the suds.

Black and white photograph of men in suits sitting around table holding beers with two barrels in front. Writing on photo says "Nice to have been waited on."

“Intoxication and Civilization: Beer’s Ancient Past” features beer and wine archaeologist Patrick E. McGovern and chemist, professor, and home brewer Roger Barth.

Our guests discuss the science behind beer, how modern craft breweries can help us understand ancient beers, and how technology has allowed us to drink like an ancient king. They also discuss the spiritual side of beer and the role beer has played in human evolution.


Hosts: Michal Meyer and Bob Kenworthy
Producer: Mariel Carr
Guests: Patrick E. McGovern and Roger Barth
Video: Behind the Scenes at Dogfish Head Brewery
Video from NPR: Glimpse the History of Life in a Beer


“Take Me Higher,” Jahzzar
“Green Lights,” Jahzzar
“Bill Pickett,” Robodub
“Portasound Dub” Robodub
“Watch the Road Bub,” All Urban Outfield
“Seconde Introspection,” Horten V3
“Devil with the Devil,” The Underscore Orkestra
“Foods that start with Q,” All Urban Outfield
“The Plaintive Heating Griddle,” Ergo Phizmiz
“Elephant,” Moana
“Sunny Day,” The Rabbits
“Nia,” Dubh Thrian
“Sonstiges,” Podington Bear
All songs from freemusicarchive.org

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