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Firemen, Bourbon, and Bathhouses

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A literary woman sparks a romance with a New York City fireman, Jim Bean's great-grandson describes growing up under the watchful eye of his famous Kentucky bourbon family, and a father and son battle liberal guilt in a sauna.

Katherine Russell Rich. Photo by David Polenberg.

A writer's uptown friends won't believe her dating adventure with a New York City fire fighter.

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Jim Beam's great-grandson describes growing up under the watchful eye of his famous Kentucky bourbon family.

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A father and son battle liberal guilt in a sauna.

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Katherine Russell Rich

A literary woman sparks a romance with a New York City fireman.

Katherine Russell Rich was an accomplished author with two nonfiction books: Dreaming in Hindi and The Red Devil: To Hell with Cancer – and Back. They can both be purchased on Amazon.

After a two-decade long battle with cancer, Kathy Russell Rich died in 2012. One of her close friends, Judy Stone, wrote a piece in remembrance of her on The Moth Blog, which you can read here.

Right before she died, she recorded a segment on This American Life about living with cancer. Listen here.

 

Fred Noe

Jim Bean’s great-grandson describes growing up under the watchful eye of his famous Kentucky bourbon family.

Cook like the great bourbon families of Kentucky with Booker Noe’s famous ham recipe:

o  Scrub the ham. Soak in water.
o  Place in a large roasting pan filled with water and place in the oven at 220 degrees until it reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees, about 14 hours.
o  Let cool overnight in the pan juices.
o  Remove skin and bones.
o  Make a thick paste of brown sugar and water and coat the ham.
o  Bake at 220 degrees until the sugar caramelizes, about 1 1/2 hours
o  Let cool. Slice paper thin.

Booker and Fred. Photo courtesy of Fred Noe.

 

Adam Gopnik

A father and son battle liberal guilt in a sauna.

Adam and Luke today.

Adam and his grandfather. All photos courtesy of Adam Gopnik.

Listen to Adam talk storytelling in this web-exclusive interview.

 

The music featured in this episode…

The Drift – Uncanny Valley - Find it on iTunes/Amazon/Spotify

John Zorn – Snake Catcher - Find it on iTunes/Amazon

Tin Hat Trio – Bill - Find it on iTunes/Amazon/Spotify

Nigel Kennedy & Michal Baranski – Creepin’ In - Find it on iTunes/Amazon/Spotify