The Dinner Party Download Welcome to The Dinner Party Download, a fast and funny hour of culture, food and conversation: "public radio's arts & leisure section." In every episode you'll learn a joke; bone up on an odd bit of history and then wash it down with a themed cocktail recipe; meet artists of note; have your burning etiquette questions answered; savor an emerging food trend; and hear your new favorite song. Plus, unconventional wisdom from hosts Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam.
The Dinner Party Download

The Dinner Party Download

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Welcome to The Dinner Party Download, a fast and funny hour of culture, food and conversation: "public radio's arts & leisure section." In every episode you'll learn a joke; bone up on an odd bit of history and then wash it down with a themed cocktail recipe; meet artists of note; have your burning etiquette questions answered; savor an emerging food trend; and hear your new favorite song. Plus, unconventional wisdom from hosts Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam.More from The Dinner Party Download »

Most Recent Episodes

384: Kathryn Hahn, Tituss Burgess, Mac DeMarco

Encore Broadcast: The irrepressible Tituss Burgess from "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" doles out etiquette advice and plays matchmaker... "I Love Dick" actor Kathryn Hahn pokes fun at the high-art world... Indie musician Mac DeMarco DJ's his Italian family dinner... A visit to a vegan butcher... Wisdom from New York Times bestselling author Anne Lamott. Plus, a [...]

391: The 2017 All-Icebreaker Episode

It's time for a cavalcade of icebreaker jokes! We've gathered a year's worth of our show-starting jokes into one convenient listening experience. Brace yourselves for awesomely lame one-liners, knock-knock jokes, and more, courtesy of guests like Jordan Peele, Gillian Jacobs, Ava DuVernay, Danny Boyle, Rachel Bloom, Jane Lynch, Barry Jenkins, Norm Macdonald, and Tituss Burgess. [...]

374: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ottessa Moshfegh, Beer Porridge

Lin-Manuel Miranda talks about his latest work in "Moana," and reveals how a cross country trip helped him perfect his freestyle rapping... "Nerdette" co-host Greta Johnsen proves why Virginia is NOT for lovers... Rapper Kevin Abstract gives us a dinner party soundtrack for time travelers... Writer Ottessa Moshfegh shares her favorite characters nostalgic for other [...]

390: Flying Lotus, Kyle Mooney, Teju Cole, And a Chill Playlist to Beat the Heat

"Saturday Night Live" cast member Kyle Mooney takes on some first world problems... Writer and photographer Teju Cole explains how he tried to be gangsta in his new book... Flying Lotus chats with us about his nightmarish film 'Kuso' and why you shouldn't believe everything you read about it... New York Times Editor Erin McCann [...]

390: Flying Lotus, Kyle Mooney, Teju Cole, And a Chill Playlist to Beat the Heat

Alan Alda, Mitski, and a $12 Million Card Trick

Alan Alda offers up etiquette advice (including when it's OK to punch someone)... comedy duo the Lucas Brothers show us how to cheat at driver's tests... rocker Mitski provides a party playlist for people who don't party... Jody Avirgan and Rose Eveleth of ESPN's "30 For 30" tell a tale of a $12 million card [...]

Speakeasy Special: Vinyls, Tyson(s) and Bears!

Surprise! Instead of serving up some delicious leftovers (i.e. a rerun), we're serving up a fresh out of the oven Speakeasy special! This time around, Neil deGrasse Tyson explains why Albert Einstein would never use hairspray, "I Love Dick" and "Transparent" star Kathryn Hahn shares a story you should NEVER tell at a dinner party, [...]

388: Alison Brie GLOWs, Samin Nosrat on Acid, & more

How Alison Brie body-slammed her way to a role in "GLOW"... Cook and author Samin Nosrat explains why Iranians are the best hosts ever... Beth Ditto serves up a party soundtrack — and great gravy... Giancarlo Esposito ("Better Call Saul") gives us the silent treatment... a detailed discussion on Piet Mondrian (the guy who painted [...]

Look Up and Listen!

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Feist, Fleet Foxes, a talking wolf named Nick Offerman, and more join us on an audio odyssey designed to reacquaint you with the wonders of nature! Hosts Brendan and Rico — two city slickers — stumble their way through the great outdoors (and outer space!), gleaning wisdom from unexpected sources. This hour [...]

Dinner for One: Giancarlo Esposito, Master Character Actor... and One-Time Aspiring Reiki Master

This week, instead of a rerun, we're serving up a Dinner for One special with one of the most celebrated character actors ever — Giancarlo Esposito. Known for roles in "Breaking Bad," "Better Call Saul," "Do the Right Thing," "The Get Down," and more, Rico talks to Giancarlo about his carefully crafted acting method and [...]

Dinner for One: Giancarlo Esposito, Master Character Actor... and One-Time Aspiring Reiki Master

346: Saoirse Ronan, Cameron Diaz, Solomon Georgio

Encore Broadcast: Oscar-nominee Saoirse Ronan sharpens her skills in Broadway's Crucible... Actor-and-author Cameron Diaz gives us impeccable advice — for the long haul... A new doc paints a portrait of David Hockney, an artist both bright and blue... One-man-band Kevin Morby recommends a few other artists (and BBQ masters) who went solo... Comedian-on-the-rise Solomon Georgio recalls [...]

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