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

The 2015 All-Food Show

Just in time for a week of feasting, it's our special All-Food Show! Chefs Gabrielle Hamilton and Dan Barber turn food afterthoughts into fine dining ... We ruminate on the history of the toothpick... Questlove and Conor Oberst play dinnertime DJ... Eddie Huang, of "Fresh off the Boat" fame, addresses dos and don'ts about donuts... And more!

Episode 326: Allison Janney, Norman Lear, John Mulaney

Allison Janney, star of the CBS sitcom "Mom," on the humor in life's heavy stuff... Alan Palomo, better known as Neon Indian, DJs your bomb shelter dinner party (but you'll have to bring your own food)... Bon Appetit's Adam Rapoport on how to pre-game for a food coma... The veteran producer behind "The Jeffersons" and "All in the Family," Norman Lear, tells you how to behave... Up-and-coming comedy writer John Mulaney reveals the secret way to make him agree to anything... Plus, why scientists are studying the surface area of cats, one of France's most peculiar battle strategies, and more!

Episode 325: Brie Larson, Gloria Steinem, Raury

Actor Brie Larson, star of "Room," talks about being trapped on a plane while passengers watch her movie... The esteemed Gloria Steinem answers etiquette questions and gives you permission NOT to smile... folk-hip-hop artist Raury DJs your dinner party in a futuristic forest... Mary-Louise Parker reads a letter from her new book (don't call it a memoir!)... Plus, the Sistine Chapel's reluctant artist paired with a bloody Italian cocktail, a new animal hybrid taking over North America, and more!

Episode 324: Carrie Brownstein, T.J. Miller, Colin Hanks

Indie rock god Carrie Brownstein on the troubles and triumphs of touring, as outlined in her new memoir... "Silicon Valley" star TJ Miller recommends wedding gifts for the budget-conscious (make sure you have your tetanus shot!)... Actor and first-time director Colin Hanks guides us through the rise and fall of Tower Records... Rising opera star Stephen Costello surprises us with a mostly opera-less dinner party soundtrack... Cocktalian Cari Hah charms us with a Chinese sorghum spirit... And just in time for Halloween, a history of one of the English language's most mischievous phrases!

Episode 324: Carrie Brownstein, T.J. Miller, Colin Hanks

Indie rock god Carrie Brownstein on the troubles and triumphs of touring, as outlined in her new memoir... "Silicon Valley" star TJ Miller recommends wedding gifts for the budget-conscious (make sure you have your tetanus shot!)... Actor and first-time director Colin Hanks guides us through the rise and fall of Tower Records... Rising opera star Stephen Costello surprises us with a mostly opera-less dinner party soundtrack... Cocktalian Cari Hah charms us with a Chinese sorghum spirit... And just in time for Halloween, a history of one of the English language's most mischievous phrases!

Speakeasy Special #4

Surprise! It's a new "Speakeasy" -- our occasional, off-the-cuff, slightly profane, online-only series in which we give you a peek behind the scenes at the making of the DPD... and give a listen to some of the great stuff we had to leave on the cutting room floor.

This time around: never-before-heard snippets of actor Peter Capaldi -- the Time Lord himself -- yearning for alien pies... and rock 'n' roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper chatting about his induction into a different hall of fame. You'll also hear a preview of our interview with Emmy and Tony-winning actor Mary-Louise Parker, who is either a vampire or perpetually trapped in a force field. Plus: Adrian Tomine tells us how one magazine is responsible for people mispronouncing his name FOREVER.