Why did everyone fall in love with Prince in 1984? Purple Rain was the #1 album and the #1 movie. Before that year Prince had never sold more than 2 million albums. In 1984 he sold 16 million. What made the difference? We’ll talk to a slew of his friends and bandmates—including his guitarist Dez Dickerson, his saxophonist Eric Leeds, his engineer Susan Rogers, and singer Susannah Melvoin, the first woman he got engaged to. She tells the story of how he proposed. Also, an amazing story about Prince, Elizabeth Taylor, and a courageous audio technician from Quincy, Massachusetts.
This episode contains explicit language. Parental discretion advised.
Adidas shelltoes are one of the most iconic brands of sneakers ever made. But how did they get there? Thanks to an iconic Harlem drug dealer who was also a street ball legend and thanks to Run-DMC. We’ll talk to DMC, Russell Simmons, Jam-Master Jay’s older brother and more and you’ll hear all about the night at Madison Square Garden where Run-DMC single-handedly launched the revival of the Adidas brand.
America is in the midst of a chocolate revolution. Once it was all Hershey’s milk chocolate but now there’s lots of expensive bars with fancy wrapping and ingredients from far away. What happened? How did high-end chocolate become so popular? It’s about a dying man’s wish and $50 million of Hershey’s money. We’ll talk to the Mast brothers and get a tour of their chocolate making factory. We’ll also talk to John Scharfenberger, the man who invented the bean to bar movement in America, and Colin Gasko, the young upstart who is widely considered the best chocolatier in America.