VodkaLast week I had the pleasure of going on The Derek Hunter Show on WBAL and Washington’s Drive at Five with Larry O’Connor on WMAL. Both hosts were gracious in promoting the book and on WMAL (beginning at the 30-minute mark) we took questions: One man said a shot of vodka is perfect before he goes on stage to sing. Another claimed rubbing vodka on skin areas affected by poison ivy is quite helpful. So the next time you go on a hike, don’t forget your Off! spray and a flask of Smirnoff!

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If you’ve read my book, Vodka: How a Colorless, Odorless, Flavorless Spirit Conquered America (Lyons Press), you’ll know this country has Americanized the Russian spirit much as we Americanized certain Mexican and Italian foods. Smirnoff, after all, is manufactured in the United States. American Harvest comes from Idaho. The ever-popular Tito’s is from Texas. So if Russia ever threatens to withhold its vodka products in a trade war, we’ll be fine—unless you absolutely cannot do without, say, Russian Standard. I explained all this to Angela Johnson of the Wall Street Journal.

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You never know what they’ll ask over at the Daily Caller, but it’s always interesting (if not lurid!). So here you will find my Q&A with Daily Caller senior editor Jamie Weinstein. The last question (about a “best story” involving vodka) was fraught with peril. But I think it’s mostly harmless—and true!

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In the middle of a hectic two weeks doing media for Vodka: How a Colorless, Odorless, Flavorless Spirit Conquered America, I forgot to link to Neal Dewing’s extremely thoughtful and generous review of my book, plus a Q&A, in the Federalist. I am honestly quite certain it’s the nicest lengthy writeup of Vodka to date.

On July 27, I also had the pleasure of going to the studio for an hourlong show called Foodie and the Beast with David Nellis and his wife Nycci (of TheListAreYouOnIt.com) along with celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio (whose Aggio in Baltimore just received a rave “First Bite” review from the Washington Post‘s Tom Sietsema), Brabo’s Harper Curtis, and Will and Boris of Copperwood Tavern. Great food and refreshment on the set—what could be better?

Then it was up to Connecticut where I did a half-hour segment (using my in-laws’ landline) on The Jason Lewis Show (where I talked so long that I hit the fence!). The following night, July 29, I made my appearance at R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison. The book-talk was well-attended (35-40 guests) and everyone seemed to have a great time. A perk of being a visiting author to R.J. Julia: Pick a book, any book, on the house! So I chose the latest awesome edition of Club International.

Special thanks to Linda and Bob Dwyer for the room and board, food, and an outing to Dinosaur State Park!

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Last Saturday I did a half-hour segment on Belinda Skelton’s Atlanta Living (broadcast unavailable). And I also did a half-hour on Nevada Public Radio with Dave Becker via Skype (hence the incredibly clear recording). On Sunday I’ll be in the studio for an episode of TheListAreYouOnIt.com with Nycci Nellis. Then, on Tuesday, July 29, I will be speaking at RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, Connecticut. Hope to see my Nutmeggers there!

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A Busy Day for ‘Vodka’

July 15, 2014

This morning I was up and at ‘em, beginning with Byers & Co. on News/Talk 1340 in Illinois. A couple hours later I did a lengthier segment on the Tommy Schnurmacher Show on CJAD 800 in Montreal, including questions from listeners. Also today, a rather thoughtful review of Vodka by Jeremy Lott in the Washington […]

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‘Vodka’ on the Czabe! and more…

July 11, 2014

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to talk about my book, Vodka: How a Colorless, Odorless, Flavorless Spirit Conquered America (Lyons Press) on The Steve Czaban Show. Gotta love the Czabe! And then I went on a program that is very much the opposite of the Czabe—The Bill Feingold Show on 94.3 FM out […]

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More ‘Vodka’ in the Media

July 7, 2014

It was a busy Fourth of July weekend: On Friday the Fourth, I went on Irish radio—Newstalk with host Sean Moncrieff (beginning at the 6:05 mark). My half-hour segment on The Sipping Point with the wonderful Laurie Forster was posted on Saturday. My lunch interview with Sonny Bunch of the Washington Free Beacon was also […]

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‘Vodka’ in Napa & ‘The Final Say’

July 3, 2014

This week I had the pleasure of talking about my book, Vodka: How a Colorless, Odorless, Flavorless Spirit Conquered America (Lyons Press) with Jeff Schechtman on KVON in Napa and with the Brothers Rappaport on The Final Say. Thanks guys for having me on! At the moment, Amazon is temporarily out of stock. But only […]

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NRO Podcast on ‘Vodka’

July 1, 2014

National Review Online‘s Between the Covers podcast of my book Vodka: How a Colorless, Odorless, Flavorless Spirit Conquered America (Lyons Press) has just been posted. Many thanks to host John Miller!

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