Today's Takeaways: An Independence Day Special

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Friday, July 04, 2014

Krista Tippett on the Meaning of American Freedom | The Untold Story of America's Independence Day | Classic American Whiskey Goes Japanese | American ingenuity and the Modern Animation Industry

This Fourth of July The Takeaway highlights the history and traditions of our most uniquely American holiday.

We begin with a conversation about the indefinable notion of American freedom that we celebrate on this day with Krista Tippett, host of On Being.

Then, historian Kenneth Davis shares the lost history of July 4th. Not only do we have the date wrong, but the original copy of the Declaration of Independence is something of an imposter.

It's not the Fourth of July without hot dogs. Dan Pashman, host of the Sporkful podcast, says hot dog splendor is all about the toothy texture, not the taste. And when it comes to preparing hot dogs, he insists, "you're doing it wrong."

How American can Jim Beam whiskey remain now that Japanese company Suntory Holdings purchased it earlier this year? Charles Cowdery, author of "Bourbon, Straight: The Uncut and Unfiltered Story of American Whiskey," weighs in.

Finally, Pixar president Ed Catmull discusses the American ingenuity that went into creating and then recreating the animation industry to give birth to movies like Monsters, Inc. and Toy Story.


Megan Quellhorst

Comments [4]

Lily Winter from MN

My dad died on July 4th, 2007. He had a cabin on Crane Lake, MN. I'll say Kaddish and crack open a bottle of Crane Lake Wine, even though it's only $4 and made in Napa.

Jul. 05 2014 11:04 AM
jenny from west coast

Are you out of the east coast? Vegetarians are just as prevalent as carnivores out on the strange, far off land known as the west coast. Many people do not associate Independence day with manufactured meat. I'm guessing these contests are truly an east coast phenomenon.

Jul. 04 2014 03:41 PM
Jerrold Richards from Lyle, Washington

A lot of historians these days use the present tense of verbs when referring to past events. Why, why, why? Some sort of academic fashion? Perhaps some disease of the brain.

The historian Kenneth Davis on your show today uses, oh, excuse me, used past tense at least for a few of his sentences, anyway. Partially infected perhaps. Or perhaps he figures he is writing primarily for actual human beings, not fellow historians. If he wrote in the present tense, actual human beings might think, gee, this guy is an idiot, and not buy his books. So he risks not fitting in quite so well with his professional in-crowd, but on the other hand making more money. Just a guess.

Jul. 04 2014 12:38 PM
Michael Caratzas from Bay Ridge, NY

Anyone who advocates boiling a hot dog as the best way of preparing it is an idiot.

Jul. 04 2014 09:41 AM

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