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 302: Mark Ronson, Young Fathers, 'War Fries'

This week: Mark Ronson makes a new Macarena, dissects the many roles of a modern-day music producer... Writer Amelia Gray imagines a world of competitive grieving... Scottish hip-hop artists Young Fathers - winners of the Mercury Prize for Best 2014 British Album - deejay a deep dinner party... The Posts return with gripping advice ... Rico steels himself to eat "war fries" in Amsterdam... Rain facts keep falling on our heads.... Spam reaches its first inbox... And lots more!

Episode 301: The 2015 All-Music Episode

This week: Just in time for the last Coachella weekend and Record Store Day, it's a special ALL-MUSIC EPISODE! We've got tunes and tales from Nancy Sinatra, Miguel, Carrie Brownstein, Weird Al Yankovic and Steve Martin. Also, David Crosby chats about crafting his classic California album… Classical maestro Gustavo Dudamel declares his love for all things Aerosmith... Todd Snider gets his wallet stolen by Tony Bennett (well, kinda)... Lars Ulrich bows to the crowd... And Jenny Lewis and Benjamin Booker pitch in as dinnertime DJs.

Episode 300: DPD Special!

This week: To celebrate our 300th episode, we’re telling the DPD origin story! You’ll hear pieces of our first-ever episode (yes, spooky)... highlights from format-busting conversations with Spike Lee and Elaine Stritch... Advice (and jeers) from our public radio peers.... Behind-the-scenes tales that we’ve never shared before... And a chat with two very special guests, without whom Brendan and Rico literally COULD NOT EXIST! It’s everything but the kitchen sink (and cupcakes).

Episode 299: Oscar Isaac, Fran Drescher Wayne Coyne

This Week: 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!

Speakeasy Special #1

Welcome to the first episode of "Speakeasy," an occasional special podcast in which we share never-before-heard bits that that didn't make it into our weekly episodes. Think of it like the casual little bistro beside our bustling restaurant. On this inaugural podcast, Aubrey Plaza and Brendan invent a new morning beverage - the breakfast martini; Zachary Quinto and Rico discuss the pros and cons of wearing high heels; and Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster of "The Best Show" propose a novel solution for when you pick up two lids instead of one at a salsa bar. Brendan and Rico also chitchat about upcoming guests, life, and the darkness in men's souls. You know, just light banter.

Episode 298: Aubrey Plaza, Laura Marling, Scharpling & Wurster

Actress Aubrey Plaza needs no introduction (because she's got it memorized)... Singer-songwriter Laura Marling has a soundtrack for evenings warm and chilly... Writer Jon Ronson looks shaming on social media and sees our modern pillory... The comic duo Wurster & Scharpling take our etiquette segment to the strangest of places (it might be a city in Pennsylvania!)... A new taste of Hawaiian food -- the ultimate fusion cuisine...Two bitter rivals in North Pole exploration inspire an icy cocktail...Essayist Meghan Daum ponies up a joke... And more.