This week: Author Karen Russell muses about amusement parks… Jack Paar vs. NB(W)C… And Wal-Mart employees get gun-fired. Plus a joke from Tristen, and a visit to San Pedro via Mogwai.
A History Lesson With Booze: Jack Parr Versus NB(W)C and “The Stork Club”
Right around this time back in 1960, “Tonight Show” host Jack Parr stormed off his own set in the middle of a live broadcast. He’s also remembered for torpedoing the career of red-baiting gossip columnist Walter Winchell… who held forth at a bar called The Stork Club. Hear the tale of Parr’s departure, then toast his chutzpah with the bar’s namesake cocktail.
*”THE STORK CLUB,” as mixed by Colin Davis at the (recently closed) Rainbow Room atop 30 Rock in New York, NY: *
In a shaker over ice, combine:
- .5 oz of triple sec
- 1.5 oz of gin
- .25 oz of fresh lime juice
- 1 oz fresh orange juice
- 1 dash Angostura Bitters
Shake vigorously. Pour into a chilled martini glass with a garnish of orange peel. Sip quietly so as not to raise the ire of mercurial TV hosts.
Guest of Honor: Karen Russell
Author Karen Russell — one of The New Yorker’s vaunted “20 Under 40” short fiction writers — just released her eagerly-anticipated debut novel, “Swamplandia!” It’s a coming-of-age tale about a family of alligator wrestlers. Karen chats with Rico about real-life dinosaurs, decaying amusement parks, and the saddest whale ever.
(Speaking of which, UPDATE: Though we couldn’t verify the whale tale when we aired it, it turns out it’s true — read all about it on our blog)
One For The Road: Mogwai – “San Pedro”
The Scots who injected testosterone into the “post-rock” genre circa 1995 are still at it seven instrumental albums later. Mogwai’s new album is gently titled “Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will.” The featured track is “San Pedro,” a song named after the home town of another brawny rock dude.
Music On This Week’s Show:
Sea & Cake – “The Argument”
Aphex Twin – “Boy/Girl Song”
Tipsy – “Liquordelic”
Dmitri Boris Kabalevsky – “The Comedians: Intermezzo”
“The Tonight Show Theme”
Rush – “The Spirit Of Radio”
Modest Mouse – “Whale Song”
Mogwai – “San Pedro”