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class=img_thumbleft>In this week's cover story,

Message in a Bottle

, writer

Peter S. Scholtes

profiles local television star Ian Rans from

Drinking with Ian

, currently in its fourth season. An excerpt: "

Drinking with Ian

began with a 1996 video titled

Drinking with Troy and Ian

, co-starring his friend Troy Duckett. It consisted of two young, chain-smoking friends doing 13 shots of Jägermeister and Goldschläger over the course of an hour, getting progressively stupider... '[Troy] had alcohol poisoning for a week, and I puked for two days straight,' Rans says now. 'But it was always in the back of my head: If I were to do a show, it would be like that. Over the years it was refined into a talk-show format.'" Read the cover story


, check out some


video clips


, then come back to discuss.

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