This hour we’re talking to Fred Minnick, author of two books about whiskey: Whiskey Women (Potomac Books, October 2013) and Bourbon Curious (Zenith Press, August 2015). After covering a women’s military unit in Iraq as a journalist, Minnick was inspired to report on more stories about women’s history. In Whiskey Women, he recounts women’s roles in the whiskey industry, from the first Sumerian women to brew beer to Marge Samuels, the woman who revolutionized Maker’s Mark bourbon.

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