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 351: Anna Kendrick, D.A. Pennebaker, Fantastic Negrito

“Pitch Perfect” star Anna Kendrick answers your etiquette questions (and threatens to eat your family)… Documentary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker celebrates both sides of Bob Dylan… Comedian Aparna Nancherla explains how she embodies science… Musician Fantastic Negrito DJs your dinner party… Plus, we meet the lovechild of Japanese pancakes and tiny hamburgers, learn the history of […]

Episode 350: Rashida Jones, Yo Yo Ma, Tegan and Sara

Multi-hyphenate Rashida Jones — one of the forces behind TV’s police farce “Angie Tribeca”– comes bearing wisdom for ‘overdogs’… Cello maestro Yo-Yo Ma gets existential… Pop sensations Tegan and Sara craft a party playlist that’s frank — and French… The man and myth behind the donut, as we know it… Photographing your dinner makes you […]

Episode 350: Rashida Jones, Yo-Yo Ma, Tegan and Sara

Multi-hyphenate Rashida Jones — one of the forces behind TV’s police farce “Angie Tribeca”– comes bearing wisdom for ‘overdogs’… Cello maestro Yo-Yo Ma gets existential… Pop sensations Tegan and Sara craft a party playlist that’s frank — and French… The man and myth behind the donut, as we know it… Photographing your dinner makes you […]

Speakeasy Special: Sam Heughan, Dick Cavett, Saoirse Ronan, Opus Moreschi

It’s an all-new episode of our off-the-cuff Speakeasy podcast! “Outlander” star Sam Heughan has a failsafe way to look buff (hint: tiny clothing)… Dick Cavett reveals his hidden talent and has a little fun at Spiro Agnew’s expense… Opus Moreschi, head writer of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” gets crafty with cocktails during our […]

Episode 349: Barney Frank, Anna Chlumsky, Hailu Mergia

This week, it’s a special edition of the DPD, taped in front of a DC-area crowd! Think of it as a political party: Former Congressman Barney Frank pines for pragmatism and left-(handed) progress… Anna Chlumsky of HBO’s “Veep” swears she can leave her character’s quirks on-set… Local keyboard legend Hailu Mergia, once a part of […]

Episode 348: Sam Heughan, Sebastian Junger, Moshe Kasher and Natasha Leggero

“Outlander” star Sam Heughan drops by to deliver some haircare tips before answering a few of our listeners’ ettiquette questions… Filmmaker and journalist Sebastian Junger tells us why some prefer wartime to peacetime… Comedians/spouses Moshe Kasher and Natasha Leggero list a few road trips gone wrong… Brendan visits a cheese cave… Actor and writer Faith Salie confronts […]