This Week: Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich gets exposed… the death of silent movies… and Rico is presented with a menu of crimes. Plus Small Black… Guam’s rain of rodents… and a so-so So So Glo joke.
Small Talk: Opus Moreschi
The staff at Marketplace share some stories you might have missed… like the fact that you are currently sharing the internet with an alarming number of unborn babies.
A History Lesson With Booze: Killer Talkies and “The Corpse Reviver Royale”
This week in 1927, on the eve of releasing the first “talkie” feature, a tooth infection rendered studio chief Sam Warner forever silent. But don’t let the story get you down: here’s a spin on a classic cocktail that raises the dead:
“The Corpse Reviver Royale,” as exhumed and reanimated by Maxwell Britten, bartender at Freeman’s Restaurant in NYC… where “The Jazz Singer” is set and where the movie debuted:
Then, in a chilled coupe glass, add:
- 3/4 oz. gin
- 3/4 oz. Cointreau
- 3/4 oz. Lillet Blanc
- 3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
- dash absinthe
Stir. Top off with champagne. Silently toast your companions. Drink and speak stirring words. Call your dentist and schedule a checkup.
Guest of Honor: Robert Reich
Robert Reich was Secretary of Labor under President Clinton. He’s now a professor at Berkeley, and his new book is Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future. He talks to Brendan about the evils of income disparity… and why a woman approached him on the street and told him he should be ashamed of himself.
Main Course: Forbidden Foods
Liz Williams, President of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum and editor of the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Food and the Law, takes Rico through a menu of banned foods: Fluffy, foie gras…and roadside hot dogs.
One For The Road: Small Black – “Search Party”
Brooklyn (where else?) pop outfit Small Black cranks out mystical, synth-soaked sounds in a neo-80s vein. Later this month, they release their debut full-length New Chain, featuring “Search Party” best listened to while finding your inner groove on a lonely night.
Music On This Week’s Show:
Sea & Cake – “The Argument”
Weddoes – “Signal”
Tipsy – “Liquordelic”
Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra – “I’ll Build A Stairway To Paradise”
Al Jolson – “Toot Toot Tootsie”
The F**king Champs – “Esprit De Corpse”
Fitz and the Tantrums – “Rich Girls”
Andy Capp – “The Law”
Small Black – “Search Party”