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Amateur Intellectuals is a podcast where two friends bring their curiosity and irreverent sense of humor as they explore a myriad of intellectual topics. Equipped with the fervor and qualifications non-experts, Master of Communication Caitlin and Bachelor of No Fine Art Kendall challenge their minds and livers as they laugh, learn, and libate with an on-theme cocktail.

Each Sunday, Caitlin and Kendall bring their thirst for knowledge (and alcohol) as they tackle new topics, share personal stories and laugh hard along the way - as only Amateur Intellectuals can.

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Amateur Intellectuals Caitlin Ward and Kendall Smith

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    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

Amateur Intellectuals is a podcast where two friends bring their curiosity and irreverent sense of humor as they explore a myriad of intellectual topics. Equipped with the fervor and qualifications non-experts, Master of Communication Caitlin and Bachelor of No Fine Art Kendall challenge their minds and livers as they laugh, learn, and libate with an on-theme cocktail.

Each Sunday, Caitlin and Kendall bring their thirst for knowledge (and alcohol) as they tackle new topics, share personal stories and laugh hard along the way - as only Amateur Intellectuals can.

facebook.com/amateurintellectuals
twitter.com/Am_Intellect
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    Shakespeare

    Shakespeare

    "Villain, I have done thy mother."
    We get it. No one gets Shakespeare. It's hard to understand... But he's got some good stories to tell. Let's break down what it all means so you can brag about it later... We're so helpful.
    Drink of the Episode: Taming of the Shrewdriver
    Ingredients:
    • 50ml of vodka, which is a bit over 1 and a half ounces
    • Topped up with orange juice
    More Resources:
    https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/explore-shakespeare/shakespedia/william-shakespeare/william-shakespeare-biography/
    https://www.buzzfeed.com/rsc/9-shakespearean-cocktails-to-try-on-world-cocktail-m8dw
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgs43ZyFGq0
    https://www.nosweatshakespeare.com/resources/shakespeare-insults/
    https://thoughtcatalog.com/christopher-hudspeth/2014/02/17-shakespearean-insults-we-should-start-using-again/
    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/to-be-or-not-to-be-shakespeare-127247606/
    https://www.vox.com/2016/4/22/11480192/shakepeare-400-anti-stratfordian-authorship-controversy

    • 35 min
    14 Habits

    14 Habits

    "I will drop you like a bad habit!"
    Wait... but... habits are not that easy to drop, right? Hmm... while you go ahead and think of some better shade to throw, we'll be over here learning a thing or two about habits.
    On this episode, Kendall explains habits - good and bad - and breaks down the best ways to pick them up or drop them, respectively. Make a good habit and have a listen!


    Drink of the Episode: The Healthy Habit


    INGREDIENTS
    2 ounces gin, such as Plymouth
    ½ ounce beet juice
    ½ ounce lime juice
    ½ ounce lavender-infused simple syrup (recipe follows)
    1 teaspoon cayenne
    1 egg white
    1 ounce kombucha


    DIRECTIONS
    Add all ingredients except kombucha to a cocktail shaker with no ice. Shake vigorously for 10 to 15 seconds (this is called a dry shake).
    Add ice to your cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for another 10 to 15 seconds (you guessed it: this is a wet shake).
    Add kombucha and stir.
    Strain into a coupe and serve up.


    More Resources:
    https://www.npr.org/2012/03/05/147192599/habits-how-they-form-and-how-to-break-them
    https://vinepair.com/cocktail-recipe/the-healthy-habit-recipe/

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Death 💀

    Death 💀

    It's coming for all of us no matter what so let's at least have a drink and learn about it because perhaps - with a bit of knowledge - that Grim Reaper won't seem so scary.
    Caitlin gives a broad overview of death; some things to expect physically, emotionally and culturally. We promise you'll feel better about death after you've listened than you currently do. Cross our hearts and hope to die.
    Drink of the Episode: Gateway to heaven
    Ingredients:
    • 1 oz pineapple rum
    • ½ oz peach schnapps
    • 1 oz sweet and sour mix
    • 1 and ½ ox Hypnotiq
    • 1 oz island punch pucker
    • Lemon lime soda
    • Rim: blue sugar


    Directions:
    • Rim the edge of your glass with blue sugar. Set aside.
    • In a shaking glass with ice, combine pineapple rum, hpnotiq, peach schnapps, island punch pucker, and sweet and sour mix. Shake well.
    • Strain mix into rimmed glass over ice and top with lemon lime soda.
    • Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.


    More Resources:
    https://tipsybartender.com/recipe/gateway-to-heaven/
    https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/what-happens-as-we-die-20190809-p52fjy.html
    https://www.verywellmind.com/thanatophobia-2671879
    https://blog.funeralone.com/grow-your-business/unique-services/death-facts/

    • 1 hr 29 min
    12 Neuralink

    12 Neuralink

    Fade up from black... a monkey can play a complicated game with only its mind. We've got the start of a sci-fi movie... Fade back to black.
    Kendall keeps us up-to-date on Neuralink, an Elon Musk company with the intention of competing with artificial intelligence... because that's going to definitely become a threat?! WHAT?! Let's chat.
    Drink of the Episode: The Brain Cocktail
    Ingredients:
    1-1/2 oz. peach schnapps
    1-1/2 oz. Baileys Irish cream
    Dash of grenadine
    Directions: Pour peach schnapps into a glass. Slowly add the Baileys Irish cream. Top with a dash of grenadine.


    More Resources:
    https://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/the-brain-cocktail-1961671
    https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2021/04/09/elon-musk-neuralink-monkey-lon-orig.cnn
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuralink
    https://neuralink.com/
    https://youtu.be/_xqSOTHnGV0

    • 56 min
    11 World War II

    11 World War II

    A podcast episode that will live in infamy.
    Caitlin talks an overview of World War II. Why it happened and what we should learn from it. Grab your Dunkirk Toddy and tune in!
    Drink of the Episode: Dunkirk Toddy
    1 oz. Benedictine Dom
    1 oz. French cognac
    1 dash Angostura bitters
    4 cloves
    1 lemon peel
    1 oz. fresh lemon juice
    1/2 oz. honey
    Top with hot water
    Garnish: one cinnamon stick
    Glassware: 8 oz. Bormioli Rocco Oslo Coffee Cup
    Directions:
    Fix the cloves into the wedge of lemon and put into a glass mug. Add all the other ingredients and top with hot water. Stir gently and serve.
    More Resources:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_of_Archduke_Franz_Ferdinand#:~:text=The%20political%20objective%20of%20the,became%20known%20as%20Young%20Bosnia.
    https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/articles/how-did-hitler-happen#:~:text=Adolf%20Hitler%20was%20appointed%20chancellor,rally%20in%20Nuremburg%20in%201928.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II#:~:text=World%20War%20II%20or%20the,the%20Allies%20and%20the%20Axis.
    https://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/japanese-american-relocation
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potsdam_Declaration
    https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/death-marches
    https://www.britannica.com/topic/Potsdam-Declaration
    https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/the-holocaust-and-world-war-ii-key-dates
    https://www.history.com/news/hiroshima-nagasaki-second-atomic-bomb-japan-surrender-wwii
    https://www.businessinsider.com/21-rare-and-weird-facts-about-world-war-2-2015-8
    https://momstart.com/celebrate-the-oscars-dunkirk-cocktail/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Ships_of_Dunkirk

    • 1 hr 8 min
    10 The Battle for LA 🛸 (A True Story)

    10 The Battle for LA 🛸 (A True Story)

    Picture this: It's weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor and Californians are nervous AF about a war erupting in their backyard. Add a little extra-terrestrial spice and you've got yourself a podcast episode!
    Kendall fills us in on the events we should've learned in history class, but didn't. Buckle up.
    Drink of the episode: The Flying Saucer
    ⅔ part bourbon
    ⅔ part cognac
    ⅔ part flavored brandy
    Shake with ice


    More Resources:


    https://www.absolutdrinks.com/en/drinks/flying-saucer/
    https://www.history.com/news/roswell-ufo-aliens-what-happened
    https://www.latimes.com/visuals/framework/la-me-fw-archives-1942-battle-la-20170221-story.html
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombardment_of_Ellwood
    https://www.history.com/news/world-war-iis-bizarre-battle-of-los-angeles

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

ThreatLvL12 ,

Fun and Easy Listen

Kendall and Caitlin bring a fresh and funny perspective to a great variety of issues and topics. Learn something and drink something!

SchruteBeats ,

Fun and Easy (That’s what she said)

Great diverse topics to be explored. This is an easy listen for anyone looking to laugh and maybe learn. Kendall and Caitlin, keep up the great work!

Nathimmel ,

5 Stars

This is educational, relatable, and refreshingly funny. I laughed out loud more than once! Can’t wait for more.

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