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Episode 22:
You Know You’re Sick

Nov 19, 2009

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Music, Footnotes & Ephemera

First bit is “Minor Swing” by Django Reihardt. Then two from the dee-lightful soundtrack to Modesty Blaise (the super-campy mod spy flick). Then two pieces from the I Heart Huckabees soundtrack bookend “South American Getaway” from Burt Bacharach’s Butch/Sundance soundtrack. Oh: the bit at the beginning and end over the ad intro and out is “Old New Bicycle” by Helvetia.

I love this story. I think my version’s pretty good, but the I love the story of John R. Brinkley. So much good stuff had to be left out to keep this podcast tight. There was a big biography that came out a few years ago called Charlatan that is very comprehensive. But I’d like to give a special shout out to a book called “Border Radio: Quacks, Yodelers, Pitchmen, Psychics and Other Amazing Broadcasters of the American Airwaves.” Hell, I’ll even give it an Amazon link. Because it is good (and tells all about Brinkley and the other people who followed his lead and broadcast from Mexico) and because one of its co-authors, a guy named Bill Crawford, gave me one of the best days I had in the last several years when he and a friend/colleague drove me down from Austin, past Brinkley’s Mansion in Del Rio, and down across the border to Acuna (where I interviewed the blind, current manager of a station that descended from Brinkley’s). Then back later that day through the high desert where we came up around this bend and I looked out and saw herds of animals grazing at sunset and learned that they were all Indian and African gazelles and Ibix and whatnot brought in to be hunted–turns out only native Texas animals are included in seasonal hunting laws. After which, I no longer mess with Texas.

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  2. Colin says:

    another excellent episode.

    just a very minor typo…
    the audio refers to this being episode 21 and the text says episode 22.

  3. Kat says:

    The ad at the end of the podcast ruins the mood created by the anecdote and music. The opening ad is fine, but you loose that sense of awe and mystery you so successfully produce. It is a big turn off.

  4. "Rosebud" Fields says:

    I had to share this episode with my husband and a coworker. It was just so crazy to hear of so many ignorant people that were so despartate that they would listen to this “doctor’s” ridiculousness.

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