Episode 47: Paul Dano, New Coke and BYOF

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This week: Actor Paul Dano is achin’ for bacon… the classic story of New Coke…and why BYOF will sadly not be the new BYOB.

Icebreaker: Rebecca Adelman
Comic Rebecca Addelman shares a totally gnarly joke.

Small Talk: Stealing From Prison, Pre-Reclined Seats, and Everything Vs. Pelicans
The staff at Marketplace tell us about some news items your dinner guests probably missed.

History Lesson With Booze: New Coke and “The Pemberton
This week back in 1985, Coca-Cola unveiled the infamous “New Coke.” It’s widely considered one of the biggest marketing disasters ever… and it may have saved the brand. Hear the tale, then sip a drink styled after Coke’s original original formula.

“The Pemberton,” as created for the DPD by Cara Laudino, bar manager at Miller
restaurant, Atlanta, GA:

In a rocks glass, add:

  • 1 oz. rye whiskey
  • 3/4 oz. Carpano Antica vermouth
  • 1/2 oz. Fernet Branca
  • ice

Stir and top off with 2 oz. of Coca-Cola. The corn-syrupless Mexican variety.

Garnish with a twist of orange peel and sip.

An excellent curative for the vapors, an imbalance of humours, or “tired blood.”

Guest of Honor: Paul Dano
If you’ve seen There Will Be Blood, Little Miss Sunshine or Where the Wild Things Are, then you’re familiar with Paul Dano — the 25-year-old actor with seemingly unerring taste in film roles. This summer he stars in three movies, the first of which is The Good Heart — an Icelandic film, shot in Iceland… about a bar in NYC. Brendan talks to Dano about on-set camraderie and the food fetish that dares not speak its name.

Main Course: Forage
There’re plenty of new restaurants using super-fresh, super-local produce. But when L.A.’s Forage opened a couple months ago, its operators went one step further — by encouraging neighborhood home gardeners and microfarmers to contribute their extra fruits and veggies to the menu. Rico speaks with Forage chef Jason Kim about the project… and why The Man shut it down.

One For The Road: First Aid Kit – “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song”
Sometime last year, a video of two darling sisters in a Swedish forest, singing their hearts out, went viral. It’s racked up over a million views and we’re pretty sure at least half of those came from us. Turns out the ladies in the video are more than a meme — they’re a band called First Aid Kit, with a new album due out in May. It’ll surely be lovely, but this is gonna be hard to beat:

Music in this week’s show:

The Sea And Cake – “The Argument”

The Wedding Present – “Signal”

Link Wray – “Jack The Ripper”

Tipsy – “Liquordelic”

The Cure – “Primary”

Dream Academy/The Smiths – “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want”

Eric Clapton – “Cocaine”

Hank Jacobs – “Bacon Fat”

Secret Love Parade – “Secret Love Parade”

First Aid Kit – “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song”