We asked bartender Sarah at the Old Town Social in Chicago to make a special drink in honor of this week’s weather. Something strong and something we could make with just the stuff in our cupboards. Nothing too fancy. The result is the Polar Vortex Hot Toddy.
3oz Makers Mark
2 Dashes Cinnamon
1 Dash All Spice
2-3 Drops Vanilla Extract
1 tsp Brown Sugar (possibly more based on the sweetness of the bourbon)
3 drops agave nectar (or honey)
Hot water (2 times the amount of other ingredients)
Cinnamon Stick and Lemon Peel (for garnish)
Add all ingredients besides water and agave nectar together in a mug. Stir and add hot water
Slowly add 3 drops of Agave Nectar and stir again.
Rim mug with lemon peel and add to drink as a garnish
Add cinnamon stick for garnish if available.
Note: Make sure to stir the cocktail occasionally (with the cinnamon stick) to mix the spices that have settled on the bottle of the cocktail. This reinvigorates the flavor of the spices in the drink.
How to get an autograph, how to have a baby (but not how to make a baby), and a visit from pro wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin. Plus: we talk to a couple winners of our Thanksgiving Travel Photo Contest!
Here’s something to make the horrors of holiday travel 1% less horrible this week: we’re having a contest. Get a picture of one of these things as you make your way wherever you’re going, and send it to us at howto (at) npr (dot) org.
A Meal Made Up Entirely Of Food Purchased At A Gas Station
Two Things That, When Combined, Could Create Disaster
A Game Boy
Miserable People Forced To Sing In A Car
A Board Game You’ve Never Seen Before
Something For Sale No One Would Want
Be creative, interpret as you see fit. That’s what makes it art.
We’ll pick a winner in each category. There will be prizes. And please, don’t take pictures while driving. Driving is just for texting.
Hal Needham, our favorite stuntman, died Friday at 82. He did stunts in more than 300 films, directed “Smokey and the Bandit” and “The Cannonball Run,” won an Honorary Oscar last year, got a lot of speeding tickets, and broke a lot of bones. He was a regular guest on our show, and here we listen back to a few of our favorite moments with him.
How To Do Everything is looking for a production assistant to book guests, edit audio, and contribute ideas to our podcast. We want a tenacious booker—someone who isn’t satisfied with an acceptable guest, but will call expert after expert until they track down the perfect guest. We want a curious and creative contributor—someone who wants to know how things in the world work, and someone who is full of ideas and seeks interesting & unique ways to cover stories.
This is a temporary position, 40/hr a week, in Chicago, IL.
How to apply: send us a resume & cover letter, and send us 2-3 story pitches. A pitch should consist of a topic you’d like to cover, how you’d like to cover it, and, if applicable, who the perfect guest would be.
Email applications to howto (at) npr (dot) org, subject line “Temp Job.”
Washington Post reporter Ian Shapira talks about covering the Navy Yard shooting. And: now that the new iPhone has a fingerprint scanner, you don’t have to enter in your password anymore, which saves you almost half a second. We’ll tell you a few ways to spend that extra time.
“All day and into the night, they waited for news. Inside a three-bedroom home in Prince George’s County, Sylvia Frasier’s parents and siblings gathered, hoping to hear something about her fate.”—That’s the beginning of a Washington Post piece by Ian Shapira, about a family waiting to hear if a loved one had been hurt in the Navy Yard shooting Monday. In Episode 123, we talk to Shapira about what it was like to report that story.
The Christmas Singularity, noun, \ˈthē ˈkris-məs siŋ-gyə-ˈla-rə-tē\ 1.The theoretical point in time in which retailers will put their Christmas decorations out so early they will overlap with the previous year’s Christmas
According to The Nothnagelian Equation (y = -3x + 6291), this will occur in the year 2099