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“Education is the progressive discovery of our own ignorance.” – Will Durant
How many times during the course of any day do you say to yourself or out loud: “Gee, I didn’t know that”? Learning about new things or historical details about a subject is an ongoing process for people of all ages. Toddlers discover how to master walking or the meaning of new words, young school age children soak up knowledge every day in their family life or school environment, adolescents learn from their peers, teachers and parents, college-age students gain knowledge either by studying or observing, adults are in a constant mode of learning on the job or consuming literature or following the news. Every day we are in the process of discovery what we don’t know or understand about a subject. This process of discovery is what keeps us vital and engaged.
How much do you know about “booze”?
This question may have caught you off guard. But think about it. Your entire point of reference about “booze” may be from your own experience as a casual drinker, a child of an alcoholic, a bartender, an employee of a brewery or distillery, an alcoholic or a treatment professional in the field of alcoholism. Often we see a news story about someone dying as a result of their alcoholism or at the hands of another who suffers from alcohol abuse, we learn of events that turn chaotic due to people being drunk, we watch public service announcements about alcohol abuse. We have laws and regulations that control the types of advertisements allowed to promote alcoholic products, cautionary signs displayed in business that sell alcoholic beverages, and many, if not most, breweries and distilleries promote “please drink responsibly” campaigns. Finally, on occasion people will ask, perhaps rhetorically: “Why don’t we just outlaw all forms of alcohol?” Good question, but to answer this question you might want to take a closer look at Discovery Channel’s new three-part series.
“How Booze Built America”
Starting tonight, September 19, 2012, your local Discovery Channel will air Part 1 of a new three-part series: “How Booze Built America”. It can be seen tonight and the following two Wednesday evenings at 10:00PM EDT/PDT.
A Discovery Channel video clip promo
If you are having trouble viewing the video, you can see it here.
According to TalkTVworld.com, Mike Rowe, the host of this new series, will “take
an in depth and slightly unusual look at the story of our nation. Between
reenactments of actual historical events, and current day interviews with
historians and experts, Rowe will make the case that alcohol is clearly one of
the key ingredients that formed our culture and our country.”
About Discovery Channel
Launched in 1985, Discovery Channel offers documentary television programming which focuses on science, technology and history. It is available in 409 million households across the world. Many of their series are award winning. It will be interesting to see how they handle this very delicate subject “How Booze Built America.”
If you watch, let us know what you think. What did you discover that you didn’t know before?