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Prohibition: Banning alcohol was a bad idea... - Rod Phillips


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On January 17, 1920, less than one hour after spirits had become illegal throughout the United States, armed men robbed a Chicago freight train and made off with thousands of dollars worth of whiskey. It was a first taste of the unintended consequences of Prohibition. So what exactly was Prohibition, and why did it happen? Rod Phillips investigates this chapter of American history.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Rod Phillips
  • Director Jérémie Balais, Jeff Le Bars
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Animator Jeff Le Bars, Jérémie Balais, Mélissa Plantaz
  • Compositor Mélissa Plantaz
  • Music Fred Roux
  • Sound Designer Raphaël Pibarot
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Editorial Producer Elizabeth Cox
  • Script Editor Alex Gendler
  • Fact-Checker Eden Girma

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