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 318: Salman Rushdie, Alice Cooper, Carly Rae Jepsen

Encore Broadcast: Novelist Salman Rushdie stirs up age-old mischief - and magic... Shock rock legend Alice Cooper tells wild tales of Groucho Marx, Paul McCartney, and his "Hollywood Vampires" crew, then slays us with sensible etiquette advice ... Carly Rae Jepsen DJs our party (you'll really, really like her soundtrack).... We shed light on the daguerreotype, then watch a cocktail develop... And Rico samples "Grass Jelly," a white-hot topping for ice-cold desserts.

Episode 343: The ALL-TV Episode

It's a special "ALL-TV" Episode, featuring big talent from the small screen! Ellie Kemper of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" smiles into the void... T.J. Miller ("Silicon Valley") recommends wedding gifts for the budget-minded (just make sure you have your tetanus shot)... "Orange is the New Black" star Uzo Aduba invites Shakespeare to the slammer... TV mastermind Norman Lear reminisces about the birth of the medium..."The Daily Show" correspondent Aasif Mandvi tells us a thriller-ing story.. And listeners chime in with their favorite TV theme songs. The revolution will be televised...or, you know, streamed.

Episode 342: Nicholas Hoult, Tatiana Maslany, Duncan Sheik

"Orphan Black" star Tatiana Maslany plays clones, twins, and Ying Yang Twins... Nicholas Hoult ("Mad Max: Fury Road," the new "Kill Your Friends") revels in a bit of depravity - and a good fanny pack... "American Psycho" gets the Broadway treatment, from Tony winner Duncan Sheik... A portrait of Georgia O'Keefe as a young woman... A Chicago priest battles the "Polish Edison" over credit for the bulletproof vest... And the band Heron Oblivion transports us to a rustic seaside dinner party -- so rustic, in fact, that it's set in a chicken coop.

Episode 341: Daniel Clowes, Cameron Esposito, Quilt

Graphic novelist Daniel Clowes on his unusual and endangered drawing utensils… Newly-married comedian Cameron Esposito describes her very public bachelor party and gives us etiquette advice… Sabri Ben-Achour of "Marketplace" and "Actuality" ponders the ghosts of peanuts past… The band Quilt DJs the chillest dinner party ever… NYMag’s Sierra Tishgart dishes on the deal with eel… Plus a bitter drink to accompany a North Pole rivalry, and more!

341: Daniel Clowes, Cameron Esposito, Quilt

Graphic novelist Daniel Clowes on his unusual and endangered drawing utensils… Newly-married comedian Cameron Esposito describes her very public bachelor party and gives us etiquette advice… Sabri Ben-Achour of "Marketplace" and "Actuality" ponders the ghosts of peanuts past… The band Quilt DJs the chillest dinner party ever… NYMag’s Sierra Tishgart dishes on the deal with eel… Plus a bitter drink to accompany a North Pole rivalry, and more!

340: Jeff Nichols, Lauren Weedman, Tindersticks

Southern filmmaker Jeff Nichols ("Mud," the new "Midnight Special") brings sci-fi down to earth, then offers up some pearls of wisdom... One of the art world's bright lights, Dan Colen, muses on his new visions-- part-Disney, part-J.M.W. Turner... Scene-stealer and storyteller Lauren Weedman tells a tale of moms and "Miss Fortune"... We recall the day when Niagara did not Fall... Stuart Staples (of Tindersticks) spins a soundtrack that's easygoing and elegiac... And we check the hype on the (deep breath!) scotch shortage. Plus, advice with "Ask Polly," & a new breed of biker-rebel.