DRINKING LIBERALLY: Guest Bill Phillips
Live in Seattle? Wet your whistle Monday Night, 7PM.
This week’s guest … Bill Phillips
Drinking Liberally has its roots in England where pubs became democratic spaces, places to talk to strangers, share pub food, and feel the bond of common ground while raising a pint. The pub owner … called the publican … played a special role in this, inviting all sort of folks to talk one drink at a time. Frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill , they used the whistle to get some service. ‘Wet your whistle’ is the phrase inspired by this practice.
The American version, the nationwide Drinking Liberally began in New York City in May, 2003. During the Clinton Impeachment politicians, press and public were giving conservative cons a free pass. The Trump years, with right wing propaganda and government by slogan and alt facts make the need to wet your whistle urgent.
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