Episode 87: Cary Fukunaga, Historic Headaches, and a Painless Brunch

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Cary Fukunaga/Photo by Graeme Mitchell

This week: “Jane Eyre” director Cary Fukunaga horses around… The history of a not-so-bitter pill… and we toss back a painkiller brunch. Plus, a joke from jewelry designer Annie Costello Brown and a truth-telling tune from Dutch indie-modster M-JO.

Icebreaker: Annie Costello Brown
Jewelry designer Annie Costello Brown gives us a glittering recipe for laffs.

Small Talk: Adios Phil Collins, Nerd Alerts, and YouTube U
The staff from Marketplace dig up some lesser-known headlines… like the fact that now college kids can minor in YouTube.

Radio listeners heard Aaron Britt — Senior Editor for Dwell Magazine — drive our conversation to the airport.

A History Lesson with Booze: Aspirin and “Bloody Mary Shooter”

This week in 1897, a young Bayer chemist named Felix Hoffman invented aspirin as we know it (and then used the same procedure to create another, far less innocuous pharmaceutical). For a healthy heart, listen to this history once a day, then take two of these and call us in the morning:

“The Bloody Mary Shooter” as invented by Brian O’Korn of the Brillobox in Pittsburgh, PA – home of Bayer’s U.S. HQ.

In a shaker over ice, add:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Boyd and Blair vodka
  • Black peppercorns (steeped in the vodka for 2 days)
  • 1/2 oz. tomato juice
  • 1/2 oz. juice of roasted lemons
  • healthy dash of Sriracha sauce

Shake and serve, thereby curing your hangover headache… with another hangover headache.

Guest of Honor: Cary Fukunaga
Director Carey Fukunaga turned heads with his incredibly assured feature filmmaking debut – the immigrant drama Sin Nombre. That film won him a Best Director nod at Sundance. Now he’s confounding expectations again with his choice for a follow-up: an adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s 19th-century Gothic romance Jane Eyre. The much-lauded pic hits theaters this weekend. Cary chats with Rico about pigeonholes, Bronte versus Austen, and his lead actor’s equine allure.

One For The Road:M-JO – “My Only Truth”
Dutchman Mark De Jonge – aka “M-JO)” – has been making lo-fi pop-rock for years, both on his own and as part of a loose collective of folkies and rockers known as “The Amsterdam Songwriter’s Guild.” Equally at home as an indie balladeer or a mod-rocker, his song “My Only Truth” leans towards the latter – a Swingin’ London-esque ode to love as the ultimate information resource. It’s off his forthcoming album “A Brand New Universe.” Best listened to when defiantly turning off the television.

Music On This Week’s Show:

Sea & Cake – “The Argument”

The Wedding Present – “Signal”

Link Wray – “Jack The Ripper”

Tipsy – “Liquordelic”

Bangkok Impact – “Aspirin”

Willie Nelson – “Bloody Mary Morning”

Echo & The Bunnymen – “Bring on the Dancing Horses”

M-JO – “My Only Truth”