Episode 337: Adam McKay, George Miller, Santigold

(Photo Credit: Miller Mobley)

Two Oscar-nominated filmmakers tell us about finding stories in unexpected places — Adam McKay (“The Big Short”) and George Miller (“Mad Max: Fury Road”)… Santigold revives our spirits with her party soundtrack… The down-and-up history of the Ferris Wheel… Star L.A. chef Roy Choi reinvents fast food, in the heart of Watts… And more!

George Miller - 'Delayed Diagnosis'


Oscar-nominated filmmaker and actual licensed doctor George Miller prescribes an icebreaker with a dose of laughs before talking to Rico about his epic "Mad Max: Fury Road."

The Gas Glitch That Led to a Penny Price War

Small Talk

Brittany Luse, host of "Sampler" and co-host of "For Colored Nerds," fills us in on how a computer glitch sparked an epic competitive price war between two gas stations in Toledo, Ohio.

Why George Ferris' Wheel Wasn't So Wonderful For Him

A History Lesson With Booze ®

This week back in 1859, an engineer was born who delighted the world… but it didn't delight him back. Learn all about the triumph and tragedy of George Ferris and get a gilded drink to go with it.

Santigold Throws a Spirited Dinner Party


Santigold's mix of electronica, catchy new-wave hooks, and reggae rhythms has made her music a party standard since her debut in 2007. She's collaborated with artists like Kanye West, Mark Ronson and Lily Allen. Before her new album comes out later this month, the singer takes us from Brooklyn to South Africa with her Bowie-infused soundtrack.

Adam McKay Will Lie to You About Will Ferrell

Guest of Honor

Adam McKay is a former head writer for "Saturday Night Live" and is best known for huge comedies starring Will Ferrell which he directed and co-wrote -- including "Anchorman" and "Talledega Nights." But his latest, "The Big Short," is a drama... and it has earned him an Oscar nomination. He explains how he made the economic crisis accessible and entertaining and why you should take some of his Will Ferrell stories with a grain of salt.

One Very Silly Video Along Tracee Ellis Ross' Journey to Self-Acceptance


Actor Tracee Ellis Ross has won scads of new fans playing a mom on the hit sitcom "Black-ish." Tracee tells us a story about her real-life mother, music legend Diana Ross, and about the time when she began to find her own voice(s).

'Mad Max: Fury Road' Director George Miller Shares Life Lessons From Jack Nicholson


Families love George Miller's animated musical "Happy Feet," and of course his talking-pig epic "Babe: Pig In The City." But he's most celebrated for creating what many consider the greatest action movies ever made: the four "Mad Max" films. He chats with Rico about how he accidentally devised a new film genre, and divulges the wisdom he learned on the set of "The Witches of Eastwick."

Roy Choi Puts the 'Food' Back in Fast Food With LocoL

Main Course

Fast food is a $200 billion dollar a year industry in the U.S., but it's actually a staple of some people's diets because it's some of the only food in their neighborhood and because -- shock -- they like the taste. So, Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson - decided to fight fryer with fryer and prove that "fine fast food" is not an oxymoron.

Kevin Morby - 'I Have Been To The Mountain'

One For The Road

Indie rocker Kevin Morby launched his first band, Creepy Alien, while still in his teens. After moving from Kansas City to Brooklyn, he began playing with the band Woods and started a side project, The Babies. Ever the wanderer, Kevin moved to Los Angeles and made his debut as a solo artist with the 2013 album "Harlem River." Here's a track from his forthcoming third album, "Singing Saw," called "I Have Been To The Mountain."

Playlist 337


All the music from episode 337.