The Dinner Party Download

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Recent Episodes

Episode 249: Scarlett Johansson, Billy Eichner, and Slint

This week: Scarlett Johansson muses on ol' blue eyes and earthly aliens... Comedian Billy Eichner takes etiquette to the streets ... We catch up with 90's alt stars Slint... A baseball game everyone wanted to lose... Terrifying Easter bunnies, brought to you by UCB co-founder Matt Walsh... Uncovering Uzbek cuisine ... And, check your chins, we might be at Peak Beard.

Episode 248: Jim Jarmusch, Lavender Country, and Horseradish Hazards

This week: Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch sinks his teeth into a new genre, and Tom Waits metaphors... Comedy writer Carol Leifer ("Seinfeld," "SNL") kicks off her shoes... Lavender Country brought gay rights to country ... "Review" star Andy Daly reviews other reviewers ... Rock music insider Lisa Robinson shares her backstage stories (and takes credit for U2) ... The Pickle Guys don their horseradish haz-mat suits for Passover ... "Rage quitting" isn't just a meme, it's actually kind of a problem ... A new tune from tUnE-yArDs.

Episode 247: Amy Schumer, Errol Morris, & The War on Drugs

This week: Comedienne Amy Schumer secretly enjoys tea and reading ... Errol Morris explains Donald Rumsfeld's problems with reality ... Actress Judy Greer steps into the spotlight, for a change ... The War on Drugs' Adam Granduciel tells us about Bryan Ferry and Humphrey Bogart ... The best milk for your coffee, from cow or nut ... Freezing frenemies at the North Pole ... A teen-girl cop who isn't the set-up for a new sitcom ... Not where but why Waldo buys those sweaters ... And blowing the dust off a special vintage Britpop record.

Episode 246: Toni Collette, Bill Callahan, and Oil Balls

This week: Toni Collette grabs the wheel ... Rob Delaney takes us to a dark, dark chocolate place ... Ben Schott shares speichelgleichmut ... Texas singer-songwriter Bill Callahan remembers the Seventies ... Celia Rivenbark smuggles in the sauce ... Poetry among thieves ... And savor-ish dough balls straight from Amsterdam.

Episode 245: Steve Martin, Stradivariuses and Switchel

This week: Steve Martin puts on a show as well as a concert ... Emily Posts' progeny pocket dial us ... Switchel, a.k.a. Herman Melville's fave energy drink... Filmmaker Davy Rothbart celebrates beautiful losers - in basketball and life ... A British Invasion of radio pirates inspires a rum cocktail - naturally. Plus, a two million dollar puppy, mute violins, and Papercuts you won't try to avoid.

Episode 244: Wes Anderson, Dave Barry, and the Sweet Sounds of Real Estate

This Week: Filmmaker Wes Anderson on stoves that witnessed history... Humorist Dave Barry takes aim at your etiquette questions... Real Estate (the band, not the biz sector) play party DJ... Lit phenom Helen Oyeyemi gazes into the mirror, mirror....And Noah Strycker opens up his bird-brain. Plus, Wild camels roaming Texas, the strangest cleanse ever, and Mac DeMarco's tuneful "Brother."