The Dinner Party Download

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Recent Episodes

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!

Episode 309: Paul Dano, Jackie Collins, Hot Chip

On this week's show: Actor Paul Dano channels his inner Beach Boy...The always saucy novelist Jackie Collins heats up our etiquette segment with talk of models, lost underwear, and a stolen microwave... Crystal Moselle reflects on her unique new documentary, "The Wolfpack," an extreme case of pop culture-as-parent... Alexis Taylor of the band Hot Chip serves up a synthy, soulful playlist, while wearing his heart on his (vinyl) sleeve... And Israeli writer Etgar Keret delivers a darkly funny new memoir, with an assist from "Girls" guy Alex Karpovsky. Plus, Ernest Hemingway's sloppy joe infatuation, selfie art, and more.

Episode 308: Marion Cotillard, Kenny G, High Maintenance

Encore Broadcast: Marion Cotillard shines a light ... Kenny G goes Brazilian ... The challenges and rewards of working with a spouse ... How what we feel affects our feelings ... A totes fake resto ... A picky bit of history ... Corin Tucker calls ... Kelly Link's story of an unusual relationship ... New tune from Mikal Cronin ... And why positive linguistic bias is awesome!

Episode 307: Alison Bechdel, Chuck Palahniuk, Colleen

On this week's show: Alison Bechdel -- whose graphic memoir "Fun Home" is now a 12-time Tony-nominated musical -- tells us how she gets comfy, with her life on stage... "Fight Club" author Chuck Palahniuk schools us in prank-ology, to celebrate his new sequel... The Posts tackle some especially hairy etiquette hang-ups... We tune into an avant-garde-tinged soundtrack, courtesy of French songstress Colleen... 2015 ballpark cuisine - from nachos-on-a-stick to pulled pork parfait. Plus, the surprisingly continental history of blue jeans, a library you can't visit for 100 years, and lots more.