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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.

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Debate Party Download “InstaPod!” Feat. Maureen Dowd

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 […]

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26 Sep 2016

Rank #1

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

“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 […]

50mins

27 May 2016

Rank #2

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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 […]

49mins

28 Jul 2017

Rank #3

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

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 […]

49mins

14 Apr 2017

Rank #4

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Episode 336: Jason Schwartzman, Jenny Slate, Father John Misty, Lena Waithe

It’s a special live(ly) edition of the DPD, recorded in front of a sold-out L.A. crowd! Actor Jason Schwartzman revisits his “Rushmore” audition… Comedian Jenny Slate talks Marcel the Shell and Michael Dukakis the Hottie… Father John Misty plays a few party-stopping songs… And TV writer-producer Lena Waithe (currently starring in “Master of None”) tells […]

56mins

12 Feb 2016

Rank #5

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

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 […]

16mins

22 Jun 2016

Rank #6

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382: Charlamagne tha God, John Ridley, Feist

Radio kingpin Charlamagne tha God explains the concept behind his new book, “Black Privilege,” and reminds us manners will take you where money won’t… Oscar-winning screenwriter and director John Ridley looks back at the L.A. riots 25 years later… Rico takes a trip to Lawry’s to check in on the Prime Rib renaissance… and we […]

50mins

28 Apr 2017

Rank #7

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381: Thomas Middleditch, Justin Simien, Cold War Kids

“Silicon Valley” star Thomas Middleditch gets silly and waxes poetic on his days as a Dungeons & Dragons wizard… “Dear White People” creator Justin Simien tells us how to deal with a Northerner who says y’all… Two-fifths of Cold War Kids mix a sentimental playlist… and author Elena Passarello introduces us to Mozart’s favorite pet. […]

50mins

21 Apr 2017

Rank #8

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Dinner for One: Jordan Peele Reflects on the Real Horrors at the Heart of ‘Get Out’

This week, something a little different! We’re giving you the first in an all-new series we’re calling “Dinner for One” — essentially, a single, almost unedited conversation with someone amazing. This time, comedy — and now horror — genius Jordan Peele chats with Rico about “Get Out,” the new film he wrote and directed.  The […]

24mins

24 Feb 2017

Rank #9

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2015 DPD Holiday Special: Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels, Fran Lebowitz, Macklemore

We’ve made a special episode of “The Dinner Party Download” stuffed with holiday goodness. Hip-hop legend Darryl McDaniels (the “DMC” of Run-DMC) riffs on his mega-hit “Christmas in Hollis”… TV’s “Naked Chef” Jamie Oliver injects some health into our holiday menu (but don’t mess with his decadent cheese toasty)… Humorist Fran Lebowitz keeps the season […]

55mins

17 Dec 2015

Rank #10

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Episode 190: Matthew Goode, Dick Cavett, and Tiki Talk

This Week: “Stoker” star Matthew Goode on being a creepy Uncle and devoted Dad… Talk show legend Dick Cavett tells us how to ‘Hitchcock’… Essayist Michelle Orange undergoes a cinematic identity crisis… Ryan Quincy, creator of TV’s “Out There,” comes of age… Indie darlings Adam Green and Binki Shapiro turn scraps and metal into a dinner party soundtrack… How to run away with the circus… And Rico pays his last respects to a Tiki landmark… Plus, fly jokes, upside-downers, and woolly drinks.

51mins

28 Feb 2013

Rank #11

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Episode 233: Liev Schreiber, Wild Belle, and Cheese Drama

This Week: We take a brief holiday break (and hope you’re able to do the same) and leave you with this choice episode from earlier in the year … Liev Schreiber (just nominated for a 2014 Golden Globe) talks canine engineering and bad answers … Choire Sicha, founder of The Awl, offers etiquette quips … Chicago […]

50mins

27 Dec 2013

Rank #12

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377: Gillian Jacobs, Sam Richardson, Jay Som

Actor Gillian Jacobs shares her “Love” for her Netflix show and public radio… Comedian Sam Richardson finds a friend — and his mojo — at the edge of the world… Jay Som DJs a Halloween party (springtime be damned)… And Emily Post’s scions bring tips on hotel tips. Plus, decrypting the Rorschach test, Norway’s answer […]

52mins

10 Mar 2017

Rank #13

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SXSW Speakeasy Special: RuPaul, Rachel Bloom, Adrianne Lenker

(Heads up: This week’s episode features some *ahem* adult humor. It may not be suitable for young listeners.) Folks! It’s an all-new Speakeasy Special. This time, Rico and Brendan bring updates direct from the South by Southwest festival in Austin, TX about great new bands and oddball food finds (Heavy metal pizza? Check.) You’ll also […]

21mins

17 Mar 2017

Rank #14

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Episode 315: Jason Segel, Diablo Cody, and Three Cool Cats

Encore Broadcast: This week we revisit one of our favorite 2015 episodes: Actor Jason Segel turns over a new leaf, as David Foster Wallace, in the biopic “The End of the Tour”… Rock star writer Diablo Cody (“Ricki and the Flash”) comes bearing etiquette (and karaoke) tips … Bobcat Goldthwait remembers Barry Crimmins, the man who brought conscience (and […]

50mins

30 Dec 2015

Rank #15

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Episode 217: Arctic Monkeys, Van Jones, and Fashion Asylums

This week: Britrock superstars Arctic Monkeys provide a party playlist (and a dessert recipe)… Van Jones plays with Crossfire… fashion maven Simon Doonan says the best outfit is the one your friend is already wearing … Northern Irish poet Nick Laird explains “Epithalamium”… VHS cassettes inspire eighties nostalgia … Bavarians build a giant rake for […]

50mins

7 Sep 2013

Rank #16

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Episode 178: Fred Armisen, Fishy Business, and Kinky Etiquette

This week, “Portlandia’s” Fred Armisen cops to working blue… legendary satirist/musician/Governor-to-be Kinky Friedman serves up Texas-sized etiquette tips… rockstar classical organist Cameron Carpenter thinks outside the Bach box… We toast an infamous Alabama pest… Fish fraud!… And “Kumare” documentarian Vikram Gandhi teaches you how to become a guru. Plus, a ‘Fun.’ joke, Da Vinci Code: Rhode Island, and your letters… all the way from Kyrgyzstan.

51mins

6 Dec 2012

Rank #17

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Episode 267: Elisabeth Moss, Alice Waters, George Takei, Jon Wurster

Elisabeth Moss’ supernatural surprise … Taking on George Takei .. Jon Wurster drums in some etiquette lessons … An apple a day won’t keep Alice Waters away … We dig up the story of Daguerreotypes … Greg Poehler is an American fish in an cold Swedish pond … Otis Gibbs rambles about being a ramblin’ man … […]

50mins

23 Aug 2014

Rank #18

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Episode 313: Liev Schreiber, Joshua Oppenheimer, Mark Ronson

On this week’s show: Liev Schreiber, star of the hit hit-man series “Ray Donovan,” brings stories of his dog days… A follow-up documentary from Oscar nominee Joshua Oppenheimer (“The Act of Killing”) looks into the eyes of mass murderers… Mega-producer Mark Ronson DJs our dinner party, gets us out of our seats… A requiem for […]

50mins

17 Jul 2015

Rank #19

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Episode 329: Alicia Vikander, Randall Munroe, EL VY

Encore Broadcast: Alicia Vikander, star of “The Danish Girl,” on why she hates Pictionary… “xkcd” cartoonist Randall Munroe helps us keep it simple… Matt Berninger and Brent Knopf of the band El Vy quarrel over Cat Stevens… Emily Post’s great-grandchildren on whether it’s OK to bring a half-empty bottle of wine to a party (or is […]

50mins

11 Mar 2016

Rank #20