The Dinner Party Download

Want to be the star of this weekend's dinner party? The Dinner Party Download provides a fast and funny “booster shot” of unconventional news, cuisine and culture to help you win.

Recent Episodes

316: Uzo Aduba, Yo La Tengo, Doug Aitken

This week: Emmy-nominated actor Uzo Aduba ("Orange is the New Black") on what keeps "Crazy Eyes" grounded - and wild fan run-ins...Indie rockers Yo La Tengo cook up a cover-rich soundtrack... Artist Doug Aitken breathes life (and art and music) into old rail hubs, in his new documentary "Station to Station"... The most elaborate college prank in history inspires a Georgia cocktail (without peaches!)... Novelist Matthew Salesses wades into the deluge... The Posts, ambassadors of politesse... We swipe left on a new Tinder robot... and more.

Episode 269: Mel Brooks, Greta Gerwig, and AC Newman

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, it'll annoy you... The one and only "Cat Cafe" in North America (no, you do not eat the cats)... The science of "nose-blindness"... We toast Emma Nutt, the first female switchboard operator in history. And music from your new (old) grrlfriends Ex Hex.

The 2015 Icebreaker Episode

Witness the 2015 all-joke extravaganza! Per DPD tradition, we've crammed a year's worth of so-bad-they're-good icebreakers into one nifty little package. You'll hear enough lightbulb-changing jokes to last you a lifetime, along with witty one-liners and groaners, from guests including Adam Scott, Marion Cotillard, Joe Manganiello, Tracee Ellis Ross, Oscar the Grouch, Jenny Slate, David Duchovny, Nick Kroll, Fran Drescher, Rivers Cuomo, and more. EYES WILL ROLL. Enjoy!

Speakeasy Special #3

"Speakeasy #3" is here! It's our special podcast where we share behind-the-scenes bits and never-before-heard snippets that didn't make it into our weekly episodes. In our newest installment, Jason Schwartzman and Adam Scott talk power bar problems, Al Pacino invites Brendan on a play date in NYC, and Jason Segel "freaks" out (in the most charming way possible). Plus, rocker Courtney Barnett gets real about encores and Diablo Cody professes her love for her imaginary boyfriend

Episode 296: Ethan Hawke, Broad City, David Duchovny, Vetiver

Encore Broadcast: Ethan Hawke's intimate portrait of an artist... The ladies of "Broad City" riff on their fave BFFs... Newly-minted *novelist* David Duchovny sees a baby wolf and flees... Troubadour Vetiver serenades our party with the sounds of Brazil... One modern man's quest to find Atlantis... An artist types his way through the canon... And we toast a time when radio made major waves.

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

This week: Actor Jason Segel turns over a new leaf, as David Foster Wallace, in the biopic "The End of the Tour"... Etiquette (and karaoke) tips from rock star writer Diablo Cody ("Ricki and the Flash")... Bobcat Goldthwait remembers Barry Crimmins, the man who brought conscience (and anger) to comedy... A taste of haute cuisine baby food, courtesy of the novel "The Kitchens of the Great Midwest"...Breakout musician Thundercat adds some crazy to the party...Plus: incendiary stoplights, magnetic moss, and more!