Yokoi’s Green Scene

On January 24th, 1972, on the island of Guam, Japanese Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi rose from the dead…in a manner of speaking. Hear Yokoi’s astonishing story, then toast his memory with the drink that bears his name.

The Thunderbolt

This week back in 1885, one-time hosiery salesman LaMarcus Adna Thompson patented the roller coaster. Hear about his invention’s rickety ride from coal country to Coney Island, and then get your thrills in liquid form.

Video: Burden’s “Metropolis II”

On this week’s show, Rico interviewed artist Chris Burden about his new slot-cars-on-steroids installation “Metropolis II.” Video of the piece in action during its opening weekend within:

Hattie Bo Baddy

This week back in 1932, an Arkansas housewife suddenly became the first elected female Senator in U.S. history…and that was the easy part. Learn all about the woman reporters called “Silent Hattie,” and then toast her memory with a blend of potent southern poisons that’ll leave you speechless.

My Delight

This week back in 1980, “Rapper’s Delight,” by the Sugarhill Gang, became the first top 40 rap hit ever. Learn about the song’s intrepid producer and its bizarre origins, and then order up this future hit at the bar:

Hi (again) Seattle!

This month, 94.9 KUOW-FM helps the good people of Seattle, WA start their weekends early… by spinning The Dinner Party Wednesday nights at 10pm. Click here for details: