GUEST OF HONOR: LAMONT DOZIER Of all the fascinating folks who’ve accepted the invitation to sit at the head of our audiophonic dinner table, our favorite this year was Motown songwriting legend Lamont Dozier. Along with the Holland Brothers, he wrote so many classic hits that… well, let’s just say if oldies stations removed his tunes from their playlists, they’d mostly be broadcasting static. Hear the extended version of his interview with Rico here.
MAIN COURSE: DEEP-FRIED BUTTER Yes, we should have received a Pulitzer Prize for breaking the Kogi Korean BBQ Taco truck story this year. And, yes, our investigative report on why there are french fries in Peruvian food was groundbreaking. And, of course, our cupcake coverage was the most heroic example of activist journalism since Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle,” but it was Brendan’s interview with Abel Gonzalez, inventor of deep-fried butter, that really set our hearts aflutter this year — if only out of fear.
HISTORY LESSON WITH BOOZE: BICYCLE DAY & THE “LSD-25” On April 19th, 1943, Swiss chemist Albert Hoffman ingested .25 ml of a little compound he’d whipped up called LSD-25… and we commemorate the ensuing bike trip with this drink laced with entirely legal acid and fungi.