The Dinner Party Download

The Dinner Party Download

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The Dinner Party Download is a fast and funny hour of culture, food and conversation -- the arts and leisure section of public radio -- with hosts Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam. Previous guests include Steve Martin, Scarlett Johansson and Kevin Hart. Entertainment Weekly named The Dinner Party Download one of 20 Podcasts You Need to Hear in 2015. Twitter: @dinnerpartydnld.

Episodes

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 […]

367: Barry Jenkins, Gael Garcia Bernal, Lucy Dacus  

Filmmaker Barry Jenkins finds magic in “Moonlight”…Actor Gael Garcia Bernal waxes poetic about art and “Neruda”…U.K. wit Caitlin Moran proposes steam baths for politicians and onesies FOR ALL… Folk phenom Lucy Dacus spins us a soundtrack built for living rooms and river beds. Plus: Jedi poetry, “Surfy Christmas,” and tiny Jane Austens.

Speakeasy Special: Anthony Bourdain, Jamila Woods, Rick Astley  

Ta-da! It’s an all-new episode of our impromptu Speakeasy podcasts. This time, Rico and Brendan reflect on their recent trip to Cuba (be sure to check out photos here). Plus, you’ll hear a few bonus pieces of audio not included in full episodes! Rick Astley tells us how his daughter helped him cope with becoming […]

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

It’s one of our favorite (holiday) episodes: Hip-hop legend Darryl “DMC” McDaniels  riffs on his mega-hit “Christmas in Hollis”… TV’s “Naked Chef” Jamie Oliver injects some health into our holiday menu (okay, some butter remains)… Humorist Fran Lebowitz cuts through holiday sap with tart advice… Macklemore & Ryan Lewis craft a Yuletide playlist, featuring your […]

366: Anthony Bourdain, Mackenzie Davis, Kurt Wagner  

Celebrated chef Anthony Bourdain gets tough and tender in our etiquette segment… Breakout actor Mackenzie Davis (TV’s “Halt and Catch Fire,” the new film “Always Shine”) opts for reality over (manic pixie) dreams… Kurt Wagner, frontman of Nashville band Lambchop, turns back the clock with his party soundtrack…Iconic silver screen rebel Toshiro Mifune gets a […]

The 2016 All-Food Show  

It’s a week of feasting, which means it’s time for our special All-Food Show! Star chef Roy Choi reinvents fast food, in the heart of Watts… Comedian Jim Gaffigan advises you to pack your kids’ lunch with pub fare… Nahnatchka Khan, showrunner for TV’s “Fresh Off the Boat,” thanks her Dad for drive-thru laughs…Marlon Brando […]

Episode 354: Kristen Bell, Sharon Jones, Junius Meyvant  

Encore Broadcast: 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 […]

364: Davy Rothbart, Annabelle Gurwitch, Gustavo Arellano, Demi Adejuyigbe  

This week, it’s a special podcast episode taped LIVE at the Now Hear This podcast festival! Davy Rothbart, host of the acclaimed “Found” podcast, tells us about heart-warming root canals… “Gilmore Guys” co-host Demi Adejuyigbe tries to convert Brendan and Rico into, well, “Gilmore Guys”… The OC Weekly’s Gustavo Arellano pushes buttons left and right… […]

363: Nick Offerman, Emily Witt, Rick Astley  

“Parks and Rec” alum Nick Offerman carves out his own niche, solves problems with bear hugs… Singer and godfather-of-memes Rick Astley lists some alternatives to his beloved “Rick-roll”… Journalist Emily Witt ponders sex and love in the 21st century… And “Daily Show” correspondent Hasan Minhaj makes a lofty proposal! Plus: drooling drummers, a cold war […]

361: Kelly Reichardt, Kevin Hart, Chris Thile  

Critically-acclaimed director Kelly Reichardt chats about her new film “Certain Women”… The hilarious Kevin Hart brings his kids to work… Grammy-winner and newly-minted “Prairie Home Companion” host Chris Thile spins us a soundtrack… Comedian Kyle Kinane unwinds with some conspiracy theories… Etiquette experts the Posts help us deal with unskilled Uber drivers…  Plus: Growing food […]

360: Rebecca Hall, Jane Lynch, How To Dress Well  

Actor Rebecca Hall – star of the new film “Christine” – demonstrates her range (from Shakespeare to Bjork!)… The always gleeful Jane Lynch brings an alter ego to therapy and gives us etiquette advice… Electro-pop maestro Tom Krell, a.k.a. How to Dress Well, DJs your dinner party … Novelist Jade Chang shares a riches-to-rags story […]

359: Seth Meyers, Maureen Dowd, Eric Andre, Phoebe Robinson  

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 […]

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 […]

Episode 343: The ALL-TV Episode  

Encore Broadcast: It’s a special “ALL-TV” Episode, featuring big talent from the small screen! Ellie Kemper of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” smiles into the void… T.J. Miller (“Silicon Valley”) recommends wedding gifts for the budget-minded (just make sure you have your tetanus shot)… “Orange is the New Black” star Uzo Aduba invites Shakespeare to the slammer… […]

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