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

Episode 347: Colin Farrell, Maria Bamford, Frankie Cosmos

Encore Broadcast: Movie star Colin Farrell considers his new film, "The Lobster"... Comedian Maria Bamford channels her mother (and her mother's hairdresser) to give us etiquette advice... Writer and activist Lindy West stands up for Kermit the Frog... Musician Frankie Cosmos DJs your dinner/pajama party (no boys allowed!)... Writer and rocker John Doe regales us with [...]

Episode 355: The 2016 All-Icebreaker Episode

It's time for our All-Icebreaker extravaganza! We've compiled a year's worth of our show-starting jokes into one convenient package. Get your eyes ready to roll with these awesomely bad tiny tales of stuff walking into bars, bad trips to the doctor, and more, courtesy of guests like Ian McKellen, Cameron Diaz, Alice Cooper, Saoirse Ronan, [...]

Episode 326: Allison Janney, Norman Lear, John Mulaney

Encore Broadcast: Allison Janney, star of the CBS sitcom "Mom," on the humor in life's heavy stuff... Alan Palomo, better known as Neon Indian, DJs your bomb shelter dinner party (but you'll have to bring your own food)... Bon Appetit's Adam Rapoport on how to pre-game for a food coma... The veteran producer behind "The Jeffersons" [...]

Speakeasy Special: Food Fight with Jim Gaffigan, 'The Sporkful,' and 'Nerdette'

Surprise! It's an all-new edition of our off-the-cuff Speakeasy podcast! This time, you'll hear a special treat from "The Sporkful"'s live event at Taste of Chicago: Brendan and Rico square off against Tricia Bobeda and Greta Johnsen, hosts of the "Nerdette" podcast, in a version of the newlywed game. Find out how well the guys [...]

Speakeasy Special: Food Fight with Jim Gaffigan, 'The Sporkful,' and 'Nerdette'

Episode 342: Nicholas Hoult, Tatiana Maslany, Duncan Sheik

Encore Broadcast: "Orphan Black" star Tatiana Maslany plays clones, twins, and Ying Yang Twins... Nicholas Hoult ("Mad Max: Fury Road," the new "Kill Your Friends") revels in a bit of depravity — and a good fanny pack... "American Psycho" gets the Broadway treatment, from Tony winner Duncan Sheik... A portrait of Georgia O'Keefe as a [...]

Episode 354: Kristen Bell, Sharon Jones, Junius Meyvant

Soul singer Sharon Jones shares her digits... "Bad Moms" star Kristen Bell entertains our emoji etiquette questions... Comedian Josh Gondelman celebrates his Sublime relationship... Icelandic musician Junius Meyvant DJs your dinner party... Author Charles Russo teaches us about Bruce Lee's early days... Plus, the robots that wrote the world's scariest movie, the most popular fake [...]

Episode 353: Jim Gaffigan, Emma Cline, Anna Meredith

Comedian Jim Gaffigan advises you to pack your kids' lunch with pub fare... Novelist Emma Cline discusses the cult of her hit first novel... acclaimed Scottish composer Anna Meredith DJs your next dinner party/obstacle course... Writer Nicole Dennis-Benn finds trouble in paradise... Biographer Darryl W. Bullock sings the praises of the world's worst opera singer... [...]

352: Shiri Appleby, Jessi Klein, Wyatt Cenac

Actor Shiri Appleby, of the Peabody award-winning TV show "UnREAL," directs herself playing the part of a producer (don't worry, we're confused too!)... Jessi Klein, Executive Producer of "Inside Amy Schumer," discusses HER feminine ideals versus THE feminine ideal... Comedian Wyatt Cenac tells us what NOT to say to a mall cop... The man behind [...]

Episode 339: Viola Davis, Alan Cumming, Dave Navarro

Encore Broadcast: Actor Viola Davis — star of the ABC hit show "How to Get Away with Murder" — waxes poetic on the wonders of Vaseline... Broadway star Alan Cumming gives us an etiquette lesson and reminds us that he is NOT a performing poodle... Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro navigates the darkest moment of [...]

Episode 351: Anna Kendrick, D.A. Pennebaker, Fantastic Negrito

"Pitch Perfect" star Anna Kendrick answers your etiquette questions (and threatens to eat your family)... Documentary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker celebrates both sides of Bob Dylan... Comedian Aparna Nancherla explains how she embodies science... Musician Fantastic Negrito DJs your dinner party... Plus, we meet the lovechild of Japanese pancakes and tiny hamburgers, learn the history of [...]

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