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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.

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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.

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765 Ratings
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Come back!

By Tellurium Tengo - Feb 26 2018
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I’m missing you this year, Dinner Party Download! Come back soon!

On Point and Relatable

By SandiWSF - Nov 03 2017
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Really enjoy this podcast. Love the topics and the tone, always puts me in a good mood.

iTunes Ratings

765 Ratings
Average Ratings
605
82
29
23
26

Come back!

By Tellurium Tengo - Feb 26 2018
Read more
I’m missing you this year, Dinner Party Download! Come back soon!

On Point and Relatable

By SandiWSF - Nov 03 2017
Read more
Really enjoy this podcast. Love the topics and the tone, always puts me in a good mood.
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The Dinner Party Download

Latest release on Jul 16, 2018

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Debate Party Download “InstaPod!” Feat. Maureen Dowd

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Surprise! It’s our first-ever extra-special-InstaPod! Normally, we help you win your dinner parties, but today we’re going to help you win your DEBATE party. We chatted with New York Times Op-Ed columnist Maureen Dowd for “etiquette” (tune in for her full chat on Friday), but we couldn’t resist also asking her about her thoughts on […]

Sep 26 2016

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Rank #2: Episode 348: Sam Heughan, Sebastian Junger, Moshe Kasher and Natasha Leggero

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“Outlander” star Sam Heughan drops by to deliver some hair care tips before answering a few of our listeners’ etiquette questions… Filmmaker and journalist Sebastian Junger tells us why some prefer wartime to peacetime… Comedians/spouses Moshe Kasher and Natasha Leggero list a few road trips gone wrong… Brendan visits a cheese cave… Actor and writer Faith Salie […]

May 27 2016

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Rank #3: Episode 213: Lisa Kudrow, Franz Ferdinand, and Bug Bars

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This week: Lisa Kudrow takes a stab at radio therapy … Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos plants an orchard … Anna Gunn of “Breaking Bad” breaks out a list of broken couples… We take an inside look at President Nixon, via home movies … Crickets invade a snack near you … Rob Sheffield is a karaoke cowboy […]

Aug 10 2013

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Rank #4: Look Up and Listen!

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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 […]

Jun 23 2017

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Rank #5: 374: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ottessa Moshfegh, Beer Porridge

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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 […]

Jul 28 2017

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Rank #6: Speakeasy Special: Sam Heughan, Dick Cavett, Saoirse Ronan, Opus Moreschi

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It’s an all-new episode of our off-the-cuff Speakeasy podcast! “Outlander” star Sam Heughan has a failsafe way to look buff (hint: tiny clothing)… Dick Cavett reveals his hidden talent and has a little fun at Spiro Agnew’s expense… Opus Moreschi, head writer of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” gets crafty with cocktails during our […]

Jun 22 2016

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Rank #7: Episode 222: Dane DeHaan, Anna Calvi, and the Modernist Maestro

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This week: “Kill Your Darlings” star Dane DeHaan catches the Beats… Operatic indie rocker Anna Calvi DJs your next soiree… The Posts return with etiquette advice smokers will love… We’re schooled in design by the man who defined late 20th Century style…  Old-school Hollywood honcho David Picker acts out for Woody Allen… Little Richard throws […]

Oct 11 2013

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Rank #8: Episode 239: Steve Coogan, Hugh Bonneville, B.J. Novak, and “Broad City” BFFs

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This week: Oscar nominee Steve Coogan (“Philomena,” this summer’s upcoming “The Trip to Italy” ) meditates on condiments and dramedies … “The Monuments Men” star Hugh Bonneville – a.k.a. Lord Grantham on “Downton Abbey” -  minds his manors … Former “The Office” employee B.J. Novak introduces us to Wikipedia Brown, Boy Detective …  The BFFs behind […]

Feb 08 2014

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Rank #9: Episode 193: Harmony Korine, Chris O’Dowd, and Ramen Ravioli

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This week: Filmmaker Harmony Korine on Cassevetes and mime contests… Chris O’Dowd, star of “Bridesmaids” and now “The Sapphires,” on sudden successes… Marisa Silver develops an iconic photo into a novel… Noodling around with Ramen and Ravioli…The history of the Stanley Cup inspires a drink (with no ice!)…The Posts address door jams and outer-underwear…Your Spring fashion preview, featuring trendy Hamburglars…Plus, a new tune from “Vampire Weekend,” KFC’s poetry campaign, and a nuclear-powered joke.

Mar 21 2013

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Rank #10: Episode 221: Daniel Radcliffe, Lars Ulrich, and Elizabeth Gilbert

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This week: Daniel Radcliffe wears a mask that’s not for a role … Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich tells your roommate to turn that racket down … Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) sets the planets spinning … Cartoonist Jeff Smith lists favorite strips … Visiting the Candyland of vegetables … There is danger and allure at […]

Oct 04 2013

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Rank #11: Episode 204: Ellen Page, Colum McCann, and Miraculous Fruits

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This week: Actress Ellen Page (The East) on saving the planet and playing with dolls… National Book Award winner Colum McCann takes us on a Transatlantic trip…Laura Osnes – Tony-nominated Cinderella on Broadway – shares her favorite rags-to-riches stories… Rico stuffs himself with stuffies… Etiquette advice to make air travel a tiny bit more comfortable… […]

Jun 07 2013

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Rank #12: Episode 299: Oscar Isaac, Fran Drescher, Wayne Coyne

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Encore Broadcast: Actor Oscar Isaac (“Ex Machina,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) isn’t bullish on ‘the future’ (but his is bright)… Fran Drescher and her dog laugh in the face of our etiquette questions… The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne turns our party into a Lynch-ian dreamscape… Mary Norris, copy editor at the New Yorker, shares a […]

Jul 10 2015

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Rank #13: 384: Kathryn Hahn, Tituss Burgess, Mac DeMarco

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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 […]

Aug 11 2017

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Rank #14: Episode 321: Run The Jewels, Elizabeth Gilbert, Pauline Black

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This week: Hip-hop duo Run The Jewels explains the cat sounds in their new album… Graphic novelist Adrian Tomine tells us why he writes about confused dads… “Eat, Pray, Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert gives us passive-aggressive advice… Ska legend Pauline Black of The Selecter​ spins us a spunky and soulful soundtrack… We learn about the […]

Oct 02 2015

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Rank #15: Episode 250: Daniel Radcliffe, Lars Ulrich, and Elizabeth Gilbert

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This week: Daniel Radcliffe wears a mask that is not for a role … Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich tells your roommate to turn that racket down … Elizabeth Gilbert (“Eat, Pray, Love”) sets the planets spinning … Cartoonist Jeff Smith lists favorite strips … Visiting the Candyland of vegetables … There is danger and allure at […]

Apr 25 2014

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Rank #16: Episode 350: Rashida Jones, Yo-Yo Ma, Tegan and Sara

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Encore Broadcast: Multi-hyphenate Rashida Jones — one of the forces behind TV’s police farce “Angie Tribeca”– comes bearing wisdom for ‘overdogs’… Cello maestro Yo-Yo Ma gets existential… Pop sensations Tegan and Sara craft a party playlist that’s frank — and French… The man and myth behind the doughnut, as we know it… Photographing your dinner makes […]

Apr 14 2017

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Rank #17: Episode 231: Geoffrey Rush, and Aubrey Plaza & LeVar Burton LIVE

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Oscar-winning thespian Geoffrey Rush goes from burlesque to “The Book Thief”… “Parks and Recreation’s” Aubrey Plaza will not be mean on command … LeVar Burton, of “Reading Rainbow” fame, gets all Dirty Harry on a book “vandal”… We learn about a phone call that changed rock-and-roll history… rock critic and musician Joey Sweeney plays the […]

Dec 14 2013

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Rank #18: Episode 201: James Franco, Paul Theroux, and a Cowardly Display

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This week: We look back to one of our favorite episodes, in which actor/polymath James Franco rebels against beds… Preeminent travel writer Paul Theroux offers etiquette advice to globetrotters (and public radio hosts)… Nashville raconteur Todd Snider tells of his brush with NASCAR fame… The NY Public Library celebrates Noel Coward… and Hollywood’s top auctioneer […]

May 17 2013

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Rank #19: 399: Tig Notaro, Jon Batiste, and Real American Food

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Tig Notaro brings her life to TV… The Late Show’s Jon Batiste makes a case for a surprise at every dinner party… Chef Sean Sherman re-imagines indigenous American cuisine… Director Yorgos Lathimos on his follow-up to “The Lobster”… and more!

Nov 03 2017

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Rank #20: 269: Mel Brooks, Greta Gerwig, and AC Newman

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Encore Broadcast: Comedy legend Mel Brooks reanimates “Young Frankenstein” then offers priceless etiquette advice (warning: may include death threats, flatulence, gallows humor, and uncontrollable laughter)… Actress Greta Gerwig (“Frances Ha” and “Mistress America”) tries a love story on for size… AC Newman of indie rock super-group The New Pornographers spins a party soundtrack that’s so cool, […]

Nov 17 2017

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