Episode 17: Who Would Win in a Presidential Knife Fight?


Reba: Gin & Tonic made w/Beefeater pink gin

Image from The Manual website

Vaughn: A red wine I couldn’t figure out *insert oops emoji*

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Kelly: Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc

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Jamie: Yellow Hammer Slammer

  • 1 oz amaretto liquor (I used Disaronno)
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz light rum
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 3 oz orange juice
  • maraschino cherries for garnish
Image from Southern Parm blog


Reba: Hostess Twinkie coffee pods; Woodford Reserve Double Oaked bourbon

Vaughn: Quality heating pad; Chita Japanese whisky

Kelly: Attend a live show in a local theater, like The Play That Goes Wrong

Image from The Play That Goes Wrong website

Jamie: Presidential Knife Fight–the card game

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Episode 16: From Green Tea to Space Dust


Tanya: Amaretto Sour

  • 2 oz amaretto liquor (ex. Disaronno)*
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp simple syrup
  • Maraschino cherries & half orange slice for garnish

*Tanya prefers measuring with her heart

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Rebecca: Decaf Green Tea

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Kelly: Trader Joe’s Simpler Wines Peach flavor

Image from Become Betty blog

Jamie: Elysian Brewing Space Dust IPA

Image from New York Beverage website


Tanya: Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel by Anthony Doerr (Find it at this link: https://bit.ly/3MQ27Cb); Pachinko: A Novel by Min Jin Lee (Find it at this link: https://bit.ly/38OekIQ)–now a show on Apple TV+; Dark (a German show on Netflix); Inventing Anna (also on Netflix)

Rebecca: The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood (Find it at this link: https://bit.ly/3vDQngw); How to be Authentic: Simone de Beauvoir and the Quest for Fulfillment by Skye C. Cleary (Find it at this link: https://bit.ly/3vY2KmB); A Novel Obsession: A Novel by Caitlin Barasch (Find it at this link: https://bit.ly/3OSDPte); & Before and After the Book Deal: A Writer’s Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book by Courtney Maum (Find it at this link: https://bit.ly/3kyvQDR)

Kelly: The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections: A Novel by Eva Jurczyk (Find it at this link: https://bit.ly/3MKDPcW)

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Jamie: Poirot Investigates: A Hercule Poirot Collection by Agatha Christie (Find the free eBook version at this link: https://bit.ly/3FewfF6. But also check out the audiobook version, narrated by Richard Armitage on Audible at this link: https://adbl.co/3KGnp3T or David Suchet on Audible at this link: https://adbl.co/3LVwWpn); Our Flag Means Death (HBO max); the subreddit r/HollisUncensored

Episode 15: Yeah it’s St. Paddy’s Day. Everyone is Irish tonight–The Boondock Saints

Disclaimer: No one said we were original when it comes to being an American on St. Patrick’s Day. Also, our views on the quality of The Boondock Saints film is thus:

  • If you are a fan of the film, we may or may not contest the film’s status as a so-called “cult classic,” and may or may not agree that yes, it is about as quotable as Pulp Fiction or Ghostbusters. Also, that cast?! I mean, Willem Dafoe, Norman Reedus, Billy Connolly?
  • If you are not a fan of the film, we may or may not find the following descriptions to be fair assessments:
    •  “A juvenile, ugly movie that represents the worst tendencies of directors channeling Tarantino.”–Rotten Tomatoes consensus
    • “The Boondock Saints has ended up a cheap looking B-movie that’s pretentious, derivative, and sorely lacking a sense of fun.”–Miles Fielder (Rotten Tomatoes)
    • “An embarrassing waste of time, and nothing even resembling the guiltiest of guilty pleasures…”–Felix Vasquez Jr. (Rotten Tomatoes)
    • “If I was stuck on a desert island with only this movie and nothing else to do, I would go drown myself!”–Fitznew (IMDB)

Brian: Guinness

Photo by Matt Detrich for the IndyStar digital newspaper

Kelly: An Italian wine called Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Image from Reverse Wine Snob website

Jamie: ….also Guinness

Photo from Guinness for The Orange County Register digital newspaper


Brian: Giolitti for gelato (Rome); All’Antico Vinaio for sandwiches (Florence)

Image by Emilio Lorenzo Fortunati
Photo by Lukáš Buňát

Kelly: Mr. Mayor (Hulu); Go visit some museums or theaters, etc. before the next COVID variant hits!

Photo from IMDB

Jamie: Jen White Tattoos (Alexandria, VA); Monsters Inside Me (Discovery+)

Photo from @jenwhitetattoos Instagram
Photo from JustWatch website

Episode 14: What Wine Goes with Cap’n Crunch? –George Carlin


Candace: Red wine from FirstLeaf Wine Club subscription

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Kelly: Shoe Crazy Wine Chardonnay

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Jamie: Shoe Crazy Wine Pink Rose Sangria and Cabernet Sauvignon

Images from VinoShipper.com


Candace: Get yourself an air fryer (and then air fry some chickpeas)

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Kelly: The Dickinson Sisters Mysteries series by Blythe Baker; Something in Particular with Teddy & Arthur webcast

Image from Blythe Baker’s website
Image from the Something in Particular website

Jamie: Ozaiic yoga socks; a sister-in-law who visits and makes you baked ziti; HERstory on the Rocks podcast

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Image from 1986 Entertainment’s website

Episode 13: Fine Irish Whiskey & Homemade Wine


Brad: The Quiet Man 8 year single-malt Irish Whiskey; I.C. Light beer

Image from The Whiskey Wash website
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Michael: 2019 Barolo wine he made himself

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Kelly: Love Cork Screw “Good Times Good Friends” Pinot Grigio

Image from Randall’s Wine & Spirits website

Jamie: Tap Water from La Casa de Goodall

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Brad: Red Wing boots; Levi’s 569 jeans; Moleskine notebooks; James Baldwin’s book Giovanni’s Room; Castle (on Hulu); and The Quiet Man whiskeys

Michael: Brad Taylor’s book End of Days; Only Murders in the Building (on Hulu)

Kelly: The Washington Post’s “Made by History” series; Lynn Messina’s book series The Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries

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Jamie: Boxer puppies; The Chase (on Netflix)

Episode 12: The End of Damp January


Aaron: (1) Whiskey Cocktail, (2) 1860s Improved Whiskey Cocktail, (3) Mid-Century Old Fashioned/Old Fashioned #2

(1) Whiskey Cocktail

  • 1 sugar cube soaked in bitters
  • 2 oz. Uncle Nearest Whiskey (1856)
  • 2 oz. Water
Image from ReserveBar website

(2) 1860s Improved Whiskey Cocktail

  • 3-4 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1/4 oz. simple syrup
  • 1/4 oz. curacao
  • 1 dash of absinthe
  • 2 oz. rye whiskey
  • 1 large ice cube
  • garnish with an orange peel
Image from National Hog Farmer website

(3) Mid-century Old Fashioned/Old Fashioned #2

  • 1 orange wedge
  • 2 maraschino cherries
  • 1/4 oz. simple syrup
  • 3 dashes angostura bitters
  • 2 oz. Old Forrester 86 Bourbon
  • Muddle the ingredients and add 1 large ice cube
Image from Total Wine & More website

Rob: Nagging Doubt’s 2019 The Pull

Image from Nagging Doubt Winery website

Abbey: Nagging Doubt’s 2020 Sallows Road Siegerrebe

Image from Nagging Doubt Winery website

Find Nagging Doubt wines here: https://naggingdoubt.com

Kelly: Athletic Brewing Company craft non-alcoholic Upside Dawn golden beer

Image from Athletic Brewing Company website

Jamie: Guinness pint & a Jameson-Ginger Ale (Irish Buck)

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Rob: a movie called Profile on Netflix

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Abbey: a streaming show called Only Murders in the Building on Hulu

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Kelly: The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution by Lindsay M. Chervinsky (find it here: https://bit.ly/3o3q4fz); the Ida B. Wells Barbie (find it here: https://bit.ly/3r63Xa5)

Image from Lindsay Chervinsky’s website
Image from the Barbie Inspiring Women website

Jamie: a streaming show called Queer Eye (especially season 6) on Netflix; the Queer Eye Fab 5 Loft LEGO set (find it here: https://bit.ly/3rXOzfm)

Image from The Current
Image from LEGO.com

Episode 11: The Bright Ages


Matt: Saw Tooth cocktail (a twist on the Old Fashioned)

  • 2 oz. Bourbon
  • 1/2 oz. Braulio Amaro
  • 1 Brown sugar cube OR 1/2 oz. Maple Syrup
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David: random French red wine from his wife’s wine advent calendar

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Kelly: Non-alcoholic “Mimosa”

  • 2 oz. Seedlip Grove 42 Citrus non-alcoholic spirit
  • 1 oz. orange-peach-mango juice
  • 2 oz. sparkling water/seltzer
Image from KegWorks website

Jamie: Dill Pickle Martini

  • 2 oz. dill pickle juice
  • 3-4 oz. vodka
  • pickle spear for garnish
Image from Allrecipes website


Matt: Cubano sandwich

See this website for brief history/recipe: https://bit.ly/3tLrVsW

Image from Serious Eats website

David: Writer’s Tears Irish Whiskey

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Kelly: The Bright Ages: A New History of Medieval Europe by Matt Gabriele & David Perry (duh); also everyone should learn how to knit!

Find The Bright Ages at this link: https://bit.ly/3tO3BH6

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Image from Nimble Needles website

Jamie: A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage

Find it at this link: https://amzn.to/3tOZzy6

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Episode 10: Insurrection Anniversary

Michael’s Drink: Florida Avenue Brewing Passion of the Heights

Photo from Florida Avenue Brewing Website

Kelly’s Drink: FRE Chardonnay

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Jamie’s Drink: Bombay Sapphire gin & Fever Tree tonic

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Jeffrey Olster’s Surviving Genocide: Native Nations and the United States from the American Revolution to Bleeding Kansas (find it here: https://bit.ly/3zQRQk5)


Wordle; Erica Armstrong Dunbar’s Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge (find it here: https://bit.ly/3ng53hl)


LEGO Typewriter (temporarily out-of-stock: https://bit.ly/3qjl2Nx); Any version of Trivial Pursuit

Episode 9: Choice is an illusion

Rebecca’s Cocktail(s):

Red Pill

  • Vodka
  • Raspberry puree
  • Rose syrup

Blue Pill

  • Vodka
  • Blue Raspberry juice
Photo by Ivan Diaz, Tasty.com

Conor’s Drink:

Song Hill Wine, Diamond

Photo from Song Hill Wine website

Kelly’s Drink:

Song Hill Wine, Ice Wine

Photo from Song Hill Wine website

Jamie’s Cocktail:

Spiked Apple Cider

  • Flor de Caña 12 rum
  • Hot spiced apple cider
Photo from Flor de Caña website
Photo from CookingNook website


Rebecca: Go see The Matrix: Resurrections ASAP

Conor: Norman Maclean’s book Young Men and Fire (which you can find at this link: https://bit.ly/3ssi3nt)

Kelly: Get your Covid boosters; enjoy some Song Hill Wine (find it here: https://songhillwinery.com); and Rebecca Hall’s book Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts (which you can find at this link: https://bit.ly/3pmP3LX). Be sure to check out Kelly’s other podcast Unsung History for an upcoming episode with Dr. Hall!

Jamie: An essay collection edited by Lynne Van Luven called Nobody’s Mother: A Life Without Kids (which you can find at this link: https://bit.ly/3qih8Du)

Episode 8: Cocktail Recipes & Recommendations

Image from FEW Spirits website

FEW Spirits Straight Bourbon Whiskey, which Paul enjoyed neat

Image: Liquor.com / Tim Nusog

French 75, one of Courtney’s favorite cocktails

  • Ingredients:
    1 ounce gin
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 3 ounces Champagne (or other sparkling wine)
  • Garnish: lemon twist

Image from Food Network website
Image from FEW Spirits website

Southside Cocktail, to represent the area in which Kelly lives


  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 sprig mint
  • 1 fresh mint leaf

Image taken from Kraken Rum’s website

Doc Oc (aka Release the Kraken), because Jamie was lazy


  • however many ounces of Kraken rum your day calls for
  • as much Dr. Pepper as will fit in the glass that’s already filled with rum


Paul: Courtney’s book An Organ of Murder: Crime, Violence, and Phrenology in 19th Century America, which you can find by clicking this link: https://bit.ly/3p1YuQK and the 1974 Grateful Dead Summer Tour. Find Paul on Twitter where you can learn more about the history of FEW Spirits and their products: @fewspirits.

Courtney: the French 75, animal adoption (adopt, don’t shop), Taylor Swift’s Evermore and Folklore albums, and Trader Joe’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups (which are truly to die for). Find Courtney on Twitter and follow here immediately. It’ll be the best decision of your day: @Dr_C_Thompson.

Kelly: Heather Cox Richardson’s books To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party (which you can find by clicking this link: https://bit.ly/3q9vlT5) and How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America (which can be find via this link: https://bit.ly/3yADALN). You can find Heather Cox Richardson on Twitter for top notch historical and political contend: @HC_Richardson.

Jamie: Matthew Gabriele and David M. Perry’s brand spankin’ new release The Bright Ages: A New History of Medieval Europe (which you can snag by clicking this link: https://bit.ly/3e2pc5t). You can find the two of them on Twitter. Follow them. You won’t be disappointed: Matt (@prof_gabriele) and David (@lollardfish).

And, as always, you can find the show on Twitter (@UncorkedHistory), as well as Kelly (@FeministKelly) and Jamie (@L_Historienne)!