The Dinner Party Download

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Recent Episodes

Episode 310: Al Pacino, Adam Scott & Jason Schwartzman, Flo Morrissey

This week: Al Pacino reflects on playing himself (method, of course), improvising with Sidney Lumet, and watching YOU from the corner booth... Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman, two forces behind the risque new comedy "The Overnight," pass our etiquette pop(corn) quiz... Precocious singer Flo Morrissey fashions a soundtrack for lovers, dreamers, and an international man of mystery... The highlights (and lowlights) of redheadedness, through history... We toast baseball's first female umpire... Filmmaker Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (of the Sundance sensation "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," now in theaters) tells of his wild reversal of fortune. And more!

Episode 309: Paul Dano, Jackie Collins, Hot Chip

On this week's show: Actor Paul Dano channels his inner Beach Boy...The always saucy novelist Jackie Collins heats up our etiquette segment with talk of models, lost underwear, and a stolen microwave... Crystal Moselle reflects on her unique new documentary, "The Wolfpack," an extreme case of pop culture-as-parent... Alexis Taylor of the band Hot Chip serves up a synthy, soulful playlist, while wearing his heart on his (vinyl) sleeve... And Israeli writer Etgar Keret delivers a darkly funny new memoir, with an assist from "Girls" guy Alex Karpovsky. Plus, Ernest Hemingway's sloppy joe infatuation, selfie art, and more.

Episode 308: Marion Cotillard, Kenny G, High Maintenance

Encore Broadcast: 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 ... New tune from Mikal Cronin ... And why positive linguistic bias is awesome!

Episode 307: Alison Bechdel, Chuck Palahniuk, Colleen

On this week's show: Alison Bechdel -- whose graphic memoir "Fun Home" is now a 12-time Tony-nominated musical -- tells us how she gets comfy, with her life on stage... "Fight Club" author Chuck Palahniuk schools us in prank-ology, to celebrate his new sequel... The Posts tackle some especially hairy etiquette hang-ups... We tune into an avant-garde-tinged soundtrack, courtesy of French songstress Colleen... 2015 ballpark cuisine - from nachos-on-a-stick to pulled pork parfait. Plus, the surprisingly continental history of blue jeans, a library you can't visit for 100 years, and lots more.

Episode 306: Michael Ian Black, Angel Olsen, Marlon James, Lizzo

This week, it's a special live(ly) edition of the DPD, recorded at the historic Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota. Comedian Michael Ian Black comes bearing terrible casseroles and terribly funny etiquette advice... Rocker Angel Olsen plays the lights out... Acclaimed novelist Marlon James remembers the time when his inner diva took center-stage, then introduces us to Jamaican geek subcultures... We connect the dots in the history of Twister - a game once derided as "sex in a box"... And hip-hop phenom Lizzo closes the show with an anthem of self-acceptance.

Episode 305: Blondie, Oscar the Grouch, Thomas Vinterberg

This week: The band Blondie talks mod style and hoarding habits... Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg ponders the vicissitudes of fate - and then yodels... Oscar the Grouch deigns to give us etiquette advice (DON'T thank him for it)... Comedian Maz Jobrani gets his dream gig, with a nightmarish caveat... We digest some Knish Knowledge... British band Public Service Broadcasting deejays the loneliest dinner party in the world ... Plus: canes with eyes, riots over Shakespeare, and Muppet humor.