Episode 99: Michael Sheen, a Tax Streak, and Summer Sandwitches

This week: Actor Michael Sheen speaks in tongues… Lady Godiva streaks into Tea Partiers’ hearts… And a sweet pill erases bitter memories. Plus, a dark joke from director Tim Burton and a bright tune from The Sandwitches.

Icebreaker: Tim Burton
Celebrated filmmaker Tim Burton (“Ed Wood,” “Sweeney Todd”) seals his dark reputation with a clubby joke. An exhibit of his artwork opens this week at the L.A. County Museum of Art.

Small Talk: Hipster Hiring, Clingy ATMs, and Costly Snoozing
The staff at Marketplace dig up some lesser known headlines, like a proposed alarm clock that will shred your cash if you hit snooze.

Radio listeners heard Richard Lawson, writer for Gawker.com, tell us about a pill that helps people forget bad memories. (At least we think we remember talking to him.)

A History Lesson with Booze: Lady Godiva’s Procession & the “Peeping Tom”
This month back in 1678, the town of Coventry, England first celebrated the world’s most famous streaker: Lady Godiva. Hear the Lady’s taxing tale, then moon over this custom cocktail created in her honor:

“The Peeping Tom,” as concocted by Richard Wood of The Kenilworth, just outside Coventry in Kenilworth, UK.

Add to a shaker:

  • 45ml / 1.5oz Arette Reposado Tequila
  • 10ml / 1 Tbsp Godiva Original Chocolate Liqueur
  • 10ml / 1 Tbsp Carpano Punt e Mes Vermouth
  • 10ml / 1 Tbsp Local Kenilworth Honey (or any other type)
  • Dash Ron de Jeremy ‘The Adult Rum’
  • Dash Bittermen’s Xocolatl Mole Bitters

Shake well and strain into an Old Fashioned glass. Serve denuded of ice or garnish. Drink with eyes closed, lest ye be strycken blinde.

Guest of Honor: Michael Sheen
Actor Michael Sheen is known for uncanny turns in historical roles — Tony Blair in “The Queen,” David Frost in “Frost/Nixon” — but he’s just at home as the Italian vampire Aro in the “Twilight” movie series. For his latest shapeshifting feat, he’s taken on vastly different roles in two current films: Woody Allen’s confection “Midnight in Paris,” and the harrowing drama “Beautiful Boy” (opens in seclect cities this weekend.) Sheen tells Rico about inimitable roles, Allen’s intellectualism, and how/why to pronounce “Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.”

One For The Road: The Sandwitches – “Back to the Sea”
San Fran outfit The Sandwitches [sic] goes doo-wop on this sunny summer track off their 2009 album How to Make Ambient Sadcake. Best listened to in your woodie on route to a beach picnic.

Music On This Week’s Show:

Sea & Cake – “The Argument”

The Wedding Present – “Signal”

Link Wray – “Jack The Ripper”

Tipsy – “Liquordelic”

J.J. Cale – “Lady Luck”

Iron & Wine – “Naked As We Came”

Super Furry Animals – “Blerwytirhwng?”

The Sandwitches – “Back to the Sea”