The Dinner Party Download

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Recent Episodes

Episode 294: Jason Schwartzman, Weezer, Barbara Kruger, Tenacious D

Actor Jason Schwartzman – star of the new film "Listen Up Philip" – pits his ego against Brendan's... A soundtrack from Weezer's Rivers Cuomo inspires hand-holding... Iconoclastic artist Barbara Kruger points and doesn't shoot... And Jack Black and Kyle Gass of Tenacious D shred etiquette to pieces. Also, humorist Simon Rich ponders barbarism and hamsters, a new Kit Kat craze hits the US, we tune into static small talk, and more!

Episode 293: Titus Welliver, Sleater-Kinney, Tracee Ellis Ross

This week: Actor Titus Welliver on shooting a gun, canonically ... Corin Tucker doesn't think her band's music is too awful ... Tracee Ellis Ross shares the gift of laughter and a loopy life coach ... Comedian Maz Jobrani helps our listeners confront stereotypes and racism, with jokes ... Hollywood costume creator Colleen Atwood reveals one dress she won't be designing ... Small, squishy creatures with powerful mouths (and we're not talking about politics) ... Why one type of Chinese cooking is so hot right now, while also less hot than you think ... Some splashy history ... And a newly-released song from the iconic Pop Staples ...

Episode 292: Marion Cotillard, Kenny G, High Maintenance

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 ... And why positive linguistic bias is awesome!

Episode 291: Eddie Redmayne, Issa Rae, Andrew Jarecki

Eddie Redmayne reveals his egg-y fears ... Issa Rae gives tips for shutting down awkward asks ... Why not leaving a tip might be the nicest thing you can do for a waiter ... Swedish star Seinabo Sey warms us up ... A documentarian tells us why audiences love true-crime stories ... We get some insight into the cockroach psyche ... New music to know from Unknown Mortal Orchestra ... And the Posts stop by to remind you to do something a little nice for Valentine's Day this year.

Episode 290: Patricia Arquette, Weird Al, and Jenny Lewis

Pop-parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic on being weird (and Weird, and "Weird") ... "Boyhood" star Patricia Arquette's stolen Santa Clauses ... How singer Jenny Lewis kicks people out ... A trademark-licensing dispute that lead to a big hit ... Visiting a magical-realist Virgin Islands with author Tiphanie Yanique ... New York Philharmonic conductor Alan Gilbert counts coughs to judge a concert ... Famous little fishes ... And a new song for Swiss-es.

Episode 289: Frank Gehry, Miranda July, Dame Edna

This week: A musical peek into Frank Gehry's house ... Dame Edna delivers 'glorious' advice ... Miranda July builds a system ... The children raised amid resource extraction ... Adding butter to coffee to make it 'Bulletproof' ...Natalie Prass curates a list of sisters and goddesses ... and a case of déjà vu (déjà vu)