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Missouri Wants Refunds | The Disappearance Of Absinthe

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In a press briefing on January 27, 2021, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (above) stated that when it comes to people who received overpayment of unemployment compensation,"If you got more money than you should, you should have an obligation to pay it back."

The Missouri Department of Labor is asking recipients to refund unemployment compensation it mistakenly paid out and the story of how a green liquor paved the way for wine to become the beverage of France.

Segment 1, beginning at 00:38: Missouri wants unemployed to pay for its error.

The state's Department of Labor mistakenly paid out too much unemployment compensation and is now telling those who received overpayments to give it back. Problem is, most of those who received the money have long since used it for its intended purpose. In addition, the federal government included a provision in the CARES Act allowing states to waive collecting overpayments.

Segment 2, beginning at 26:25: How the liquor nicknamed the Green Fairy was replaced as the French drink of choice.

From the late 1800s through the early 1900s the absinthe craze was at its peak. The spirit, with an alcohol content up to 70 percent, originated in Switzerland and became the favorite of the French. Master Sommelier Doug Frost explains what led to the almost total disappearance of absinthe.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.