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

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.

Speakeasy Special #6: Alan Cumming, Adam McKay, Dave Navarro

It's an all new "Speakeasy"! In this newest installment you'll hear Brendan and Rico make a few martini recommendations for folks in NYC and L.A… Alan Cumming regales us with a Scottish joke, complete with audio subtitles (you’ll understand this term we just coined when you listen, we swear)… Oscar award-winning screenwriter Adam McKay recalls a time before directing “The Big Short” when he was just a chipped toothed coachman struggling to get rides for his horse drawn carriage in Philadelphia… and Dave Navarro recalls a Dee Dee Ramone tale that proves the life of a rock musician isn’t always what it seems in the love department. Plus a DPD giveaway and more!

Episode 339: Viola Davis, Alan Cumming, Dave Navarro

Actor Viola Davis -- star of the ABC hit show "How to Get Away with Murder" -- waxes poetic on the wonders of Vaseline... Broadway star Alan Cumming gives us an etiquette lesson and reminds us that he is NOT a performing poodle... Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro navigates the darkest moment of his life in his new documentary "Mourning Son"... Musician M. Ward DJs your dinner party... Plus, the history of New York's first subway and a hip underground companion cocktail, robotic animal decoys, and more!

Episode 338: The NOTscars Special

It's our first NOTscars show -- for everything you won't find at the Oscars! "Tangerine" star Mya Taylor on Hollywood realness and her rural refuge... New York Times film critic AO Scott lists his favorite Academy-ignored films... Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton of the "Another Round" podcast on tired movie tropes and #OscarsSoWhite... "Mad Max: Fury Road" music composer Junkie XL scores your dinner party... Plus, the flyest in-flight safety video, the finest Vine, a cost-cutting bouncy castle, fun with phaleristics (we didn't know what it meant either!), Australia's sexism awards, and more!

Episode 337: Adam McKay, George Miller, Santigold

Two Oscar-nominated filmmakers tell us about finding stories in unexpected places -- Adam McKay ("The Big Short") and George Miller ("Mad Max: Fury Road")... Santigold revives our spirits with her party soundtrack... The down-and-up history of the Ferris Wheel... Star L.A. chef Roy Choi reinvents fast food, in the heart of Watts... And more!