Episode 8: Robert Wagner, War of the Worlds, Anti-cupcake

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This week: Hollywood icon Robert Wagner feels at home on the range… How to mix a cocktail from hell… Orson Welles declares “War” on the radio… and Brendan declares war on cupcakes.

Drink Recipe: “The Jersey Devil”

Seventy years ago this week, Orson Welles freaked out millions of American radio listeners with his radio dramatization of H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds.” In it, the first Martian “pod” lands in the town of Grover’s Mill, New Jersey. This week’s cocktail is inspired by another infamous Garden State myth: The Jersey Devil — a half devil, half horse said to roam the state’s hinterlands.

The Jersey Devil as mixed by Chris Canavari, bartender at Lahieres Bar & Restaurant in Princeton, New Jersey:

  • Combine 1 ½ ozs of vodka, 1 ½ ozs of gin and 1 oz of amaretto
  • Top with OJ and shake, before serving over rocks or neat

After Dinner Mint notes on this week’s show

Abigail Chapin, of indie-folk trio The Chapin Sisters, gave us our icebreaker this week. Go get blown away by the power of the Sisters’ three-part harmonies here. Highly recommended: their show-stopping cover of The Smiths “I Know It’s Over.”

Think you would’ve guessed Welles’ “War of the Worlds” wasn’t for reals? Listen to the entire original broadcast here, gratis. P.S. Just ‘cause it’s old doesn’t mean it isn’t scary, kids.

D’ja notice how, during Brendan’s “donut” segment this week, we didn’t use an audio clip of Homer from The Simpsons? We think we deserve mad props for that. Though we admit we seriously considered dropping in this classic Bob & Doug McKenzie clip.