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

Episode 314: Abigail Spencer, Riki Lindhome, 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force'

This week: Actor Abigail Spencer cherishes the Southern truths -- and roots -- of TV's "Rectify" ... Comedian Riki Lindhome, co-everything of the new parody series "Another Period," gives real talk to Lolitas and 'Downton' divas ...Rico hops off-menu to try Oaxacan pickled bread a.k.a. "Piedrazos"...A most absurd list, from the masterminds of "Aqua Teen Hunger Force"...The cool history of air conditioning ...And more.

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 summer, and siblinghood, from writer Amelia Gray... Brendan visits an Austrian "imbiss" shack -- a sort of meat-and-greet... And the Posts let us eat cake (and sleep at work). Plus: the birth of Bugs Bunny, the garbage robots on the horizon, and the vegan you don't want to meet at a party.

Episode 299: Oscar Isaac, Fran Drescher, Wayne Coyne

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 love note from her literary crush... Dutch Crunch and NorCal cuisine find a home in Brooklyn... A striking discovery inspires a brilliant cocktail...Cats wearing headphone, and more!

Episode 312: Tim and Eric, Juan Felipe Herrera, An UnREAL Look at Reality TV

This week: Comedy duo Tim and Eric get into the Etiquette zone... Incoming US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera wears many hats, counts many lizard tails... An UnREAL new show skewers reality TV... Debut novelist Naomi Jackson links Brooklyn and Barbados...The best form-breaking talk shows, handpicked by comedian Chris Gethard ("The Chris Gethard Show")... And we browse menus, through the centuries. Plus, the history of the typewriter, Medieval egg throwing, and more!

Episode 311: Joe Manganiello, Devendra Banhart, Joy Williams

This week: "Magic Mike" star Joe Manganiello strips away our bad etiquette habits... Artist-musician Devendra Banhart ruminates on art, ritual, and everlasting honey... Grammy-winner Joy Williams (formerly of The Civil Wars) shares a party soundtrack, direct from her Nashville "Night Circus"...The pros and cons of dining with dogs... Nina Simone gets a close-up, from acclaimed documentarian Liz Garbus... Writer Rebecca Makkai asks, what if Bach were one of us? (and we wanted to date him). Plus! Epic pie fights, the saxophone's humble beginnings, and a throwback Will Smith icebreaker

Episode 310: Al Pacino, Adam Scott & Jason Schwartzman, Flo Morrissey

This week: Al Pacino reflects on playing himself (method, of course), improvising with Sidney Lumet, and watching YOU from the corner booth... Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman, two forces behind the risque new comedy "The Overnight," pass our etiquette pop(corn) quiz... Precocious singer Flo Morrissey fashions a soundtrack for lovers, dreamers, and an international man of mystery... The highlights (and lowlights) of redheadedness, through history... We toast baseball's first female umpire... Filmmaker Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (of the Sundance sensation "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," now in theaters) tells of his wild reversal of fortune. And more!