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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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755 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

755 Ratings
Average Ratings
596
82
28
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

Updated 5 days ago

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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.

Rank #1: 359: Seth Meyers, Maureen Dowd, Eric Andre, Phoebe Robinson

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Seth Meyers dishes about working his “Late Night” gig (and not about “Saturday Night Live!”)… Pretend talk show host Eric Andre lists his favorite train wreck interviews… Comedian Phoebe Robinson teaches us how to avoid being the black friend… New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd gives us etiquette advice and describes what happens when Donald […]

Sep 30 2016

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Rank #2: Episode 326: Allison Janney, Norman Lear, John Mulaney

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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” […]

Aug 12 2016

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Rank #3: 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 #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: Episode 325: Brie Larson, Gloria Steinem, Raury

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Actor Brie Larson, star of “Room,” talks about being trapped on a plane while passengers watch her movie… The esteemed Gloria Steinem answers etiquette questions and gives you permission NOT to smile… folk-hip-hop artist Raury DJs your dinner party in a futuristic forest… Mary-Louise Parker reads a letter from her new book (don’t call it a memoir!)… Plus, […]

Nov 06 2015

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Rank #6: Episode 342: Nicholas Hoult, Tatiana Maslany, Duncan Sheik

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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 […]

Aug 05 2016

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Rank #7: Episode 263: Bill Nye, David Crosby, and Our Big Party in Big Sur

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This week: a very special edition of The Dinner Party Download originally crafted as part of the Big Sur Sound and Story Festival at the Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur, California. The show is themed around a summer night, out under the stars. Bill Nye The Science Guy takes us on a trip […]

Jul 24 2014

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Rank #8: Episode 320: Peter Capaldi, Paul Scheer, Shamir

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Peter Capaldi — star of the beloved sci-fi series “Dr. Who” —  brings etiquette advice via TARDIS… Funnyman Paul Scheer revels in terrible movies, pseudo-reality… Filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi explores how the tech boom and gentrification have remade San Francisco, her hometown… Dance-pop star Shamir works it, while working retail, and whips up a party soundtrack… […]

Sep 25 2015

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Rank #9: 376: Pete Holmes, Jordan Peele, Valerie June

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Comedian Jordan Peele’s hit horror film “Get Out” is a deadly serious exploration of racism…Pete Holmes used his divorce as inspiration for his new HBO comedy, “Crashing”…Nashville singer Valerie June throws a party at Elvis’ house…Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen tackles issues of race, immigration, and identity…Plus, how the film, “Nosferatu,” almost burned to […]

Mar 03 2017

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Rank #10: 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 #11: Episode 189: David France, Jackie Collins, and Vampire Lemonade

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This week: Oscar-nominated filmmaker David France on plagues and platforms… Pulitzer-finalist Karen Russell sinks her teeth into a new story collection… Bestseller queen Jackie Collins tells you how to (mis)behave… Alex Karpovsky (“Girls”) goes meta… We dip into chip history… Why religion matters to atheists… Plus Graveyard humor, cheating via satellite, and “Entertainment” provided by Phoenix.

Feb 22 2013

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Rank #12: 375: Damien Chazelle, George Saunders, Rhiannon Giddens, Menu Mysteries

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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 […]

Feb 17 2017

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Rank #13: Episode 336: Jason Schwartzman, Jenny Slate, Father John Misty, Lena Waithe

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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 […]

Feb 12 2016

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Rank #14: Episode 322: Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap, Kurt Vile, J. Kenji López-Alt

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This week: Legendary singer Tony Bennett, with collaborator Bill Charlap, color our world joyful – then compliment Rico’s dad… Rocker Kurt Vile spins a soundtrack for cowboys, outlaws, and toddlers… Mad food scientist J. Kenji Lopez-Alt solves a few kitchen mysteries… The Posts run etiquette circles around us… A fascinating new documentary puts a face […]

Oct 09 2015

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Rank #15: Episode 290: Patricia Arquette, Weird Al, and Jenny Lewis

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Pop-parodist “Weird Al” Yankovic on being weird (and Weird, and “Weird”) … “Boyhood” star Patricia Arquette’s stolen Santa Clauses …  How singer Jenny Lewis kicks people out … A trademark-licensing dispute that lead to a big hit … Visiting a magical-realist Virgin Islands with author Tiphanie Yanique … New York Philharmonic conductor Alan Gilbert counts coughs to judge […]

Jan 31 2015

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Rank #16: Dinner for One: Jordan Peele Reflects on the Real Horrors at the Heart of ‘Get Out’

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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 […]

Feb 24 2017

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Rank #17: 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

49mins

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Rank #18: 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 #19: Episode 325: Brie Larson, Gloria Steinem, Raury

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Encore Broadcast: Actor Brie Larson, star of “Room,” talks about being trapped on a plane while passengers watch her movie… The esteemed Gloria Steinem answers etiquette questions and gives you permission NOT to smile… folk-hip-hop artist Raury DJs your dinner party in a futuristic forest… Mary-Louise Parker reads a letter from her new book (don’t call it a […]

Jan 29 2016

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Rank #20: Episode 267: Elisabeth Moss, Alice Waters, George Takei, Jon Wurster

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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 … […]

Aug 23 2014

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