The Dinner Party Download

The Dinner Party Download

From American Public Media

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

375: Damien Chazelle, George Saunders, Rhiannon Giddens, Menu Mysteries

Director Damien Chazelle on his record-tying 14 Oscar nominations, and why he's attracted to art forms on their way to extinction... A New York Times editor reveals the elaborate accommodations for canine competitors at the Westminster Dog Show... Author George Saunders dishes out advice and reveals his *real* first novel... Musician Rhiannon Giddens picks a [...]

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 Johnson 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 [...]

373: Rachel Bloom, Steve Aoki, James Baldwin in His Own Words

"Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" star Rachel Bloom schools us in online stalking and making contemporary musicals... DJ Steve Aoki marries hardcore music with rap... "Marketplace" host Kai Ryssdal makes us all smarter... Oscar-nominated director Raoul Peck pays tribute to the late, great James Baldwin in his new documentary... Comedians John Early and Kate Berlant recommend three classic [...]

Speakeasy Special: Ava DuVernay, Barry Jenkins, Steve Jones

Holy Tuesday, it's an all-new episode of our off-the-cuff Speakeasy podcast. This time, Brendan and Rico are in the studio together — a rare event! In this special, you'll hear an icebreaker from the Academy Award-nominated director Ava DuVernay that didn't make it to air. Also, "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins — who is up for [...]

358: America Ferrera, Norm Macdonald, Dinosaur Jr.

Encore Broadcast: "Ugly Betty" and "Superstore" star America Ferrera explains the "super" part of superstores... Comedian Norm Macdonald gives us etiquette advice and reveals why his new memoir, "Based on a True Story," is full of lies... Childstar-turned-writer Mara Wilson confronts the hereafter... Noise rock pioneer Lou Barlow celebrates soft rock with a soundtrack for [...]

372: Brit Marling, Cristela Alonzo, Aravind Adiga

We talk life, (near-)death, and tree-climbing with "The OA" creator and star Brit Marling, then learn how she broke her nose making it... Comedian Cristela Alonzo gives us some "Lower Classy" advice... Booker Prize-winning novelist Aravind Adiga teaches us a thing or two about the sport of cricket... A medical breakthrough inspires a healthy tipple...And [...]

371: Ava DuVernay, Steve Jones, Pancake Cheesesteak

Ava DuVernay unpacks the issues at play in her searing documentary, "13th," then reveals the cheeseball '80s movie that's her true fave... Legendary Sex Pistol Steve Jones tells you when it's OK to steal from your opening act... Indie band Whitney gives a retro playlist that'll raise the roof... Comedian Baron Vaughn meets a turn-of-phrase... [...]

370: Mike Mills, Weyes Blood, the Crazy Cat Behind 'Krazy Kat'

Filmmaker Mike Mills celebrates his mom and other "20th Century Women"... Multi-instrumentalist Natalie Mering a.k.a. Weyes Blood takes us to the opera (inside her tiny apartment)... The Posts bring etiquette gifts that never expire...We learn about the secret that brilliant cartoonist George Herriman ("Krazy Kat") kept 'til his death... Rico samples guarapo, Cuba's signature street [...]

Best of 2016: Saoirse Ronan, Guillermo del Toro, Jamila Woods

We look back at our favorite moments of 2016! Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro professes his love for insects and imperfections... Actor Saoirse Ronan pronounces Brendan's name correctly... Mya Taylor (star of "Tangerine" and winner of DPD's "NOTscar") finds home on the range ... We toast the high-flying, history-making exploits of Bessie Coleman, the first black [...]

The 2016 Holiday Special: Zooey Deschanel & M. Ward, Alton Brown, Nick Offerman

Zooey Deschanel and M Ward of the band She & Him suggest some holiday music deep cuts, for the sun and the snow... Alton Brown waxes poetic about eggnog, before serving up etiquette advice... "Parks and Rec" alum Nick Offerman breaks down his Oscar-worthy YuleLog video (that's just him sipping whiskey for 45 minutes)... Vanity [...]

The 2016 Holiday Special: Zooey Deschanel & M. Ward, Alton Brown, Nick Offerman

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