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 336: Jason Schwartzman, Jenny Slate, Father John Misty, Lena Waithe

It's a special live(ly) edition of the DPD, recorded in front of a sold-out L.A. crowd! Actor Jason Schwartzman revisits his "Rushmore" audition... Comedian Jenny Slate talks Marcel the Shell and Michael Dukakis the Hottie... Father John Misty plays a few party-stopping songs... And TV writer-producer Lena Waithe (currently starring in "Master of None") tells the tale of becoming her girlfriend's first girlfriend. Also on the menu: questionable etiquette advice, a crash course in election-season "hispandering," and a joke that's so corny, it's golden.

Speakeasy Special #5

It's an all new "Speakeasy"! This time around, you'll hear how Sir Ian McKellan's "Gap of Rohan" icebreaker came together (and how his reaction was probably the same as yours)... Also, "Chi-Raq" star Teyonah Parris celebrates Brendan's silver fox-like beard, and you'll hear Father John Misty's stirring performance of "I Love You, Honeybear" from our recent live show in L.A. It's only available here on Speakeasy!

Episode 335: John Slattery, Eleanor Friedberger, Friendly Fish

"Mad Men" star John Slattery finds heroes and horrors in his native Boston, in the Oscar-nominated "Spotlight"... Indie pop star Eleanor Friedberger puts on a show - in the kitchen and at the turntable... Acclaimed short story writer Amber Sparks carves out a love story... We fish for new rules of thumb about sustainable fishing... Etiquette scions Lizzie Post and Dan Post-Senning inflate their air mattress for us... And we toast the time when journalist Nellie Bly became a literal trailblazer.

Episode 334: Teyonah Parris, Savages, and Profanely Good Etiquette

Actor Teyonah Parris on how Michelle Obama helped her prepare for her lead role in Spike Lee's "Chi-Raq"... Post-punk band Savages DJ your murder mystery dinner party... Author Janice Y.K. Lee paints us a portrait of expat life in Hong Kong... Writer Sarah Knight's life-changing answer to Marie Kondo... plus the Netflix of air travel, the history of the world's biggest oil gusher, a journey through some utopias, and a fond farewell to David Bowie.

Episode 333: Peter Berg, Pusha T, Ileana Douglas

Hollywood heavyweight Peter Berg confesses to starting the TV binge craze, but does NOT apologize... Pusha T invites Kanye to our party (soundtrack)... Ileana Douglas becomes a tuning fork for Marlon Brando... We toast the day that Johnny Cash's career rebounded -- in prison... Brendan gets the skinny on huge 2016 food trends ...And essayist extraordinaire Heather Havrilesky (aka "Ask Polly") comes in for an etiquette session. Plus, the geography of genius, and the most one-of-a-kind book shop in the world.

Best of 2015: Carrie Brownstein, Oscar Isaac, Shamir

Sit back, relax, and aim your ears at these standout moments from punk singer Carrie Brownstein, artist Laurie Anderson, actor Oscar Isaac, comedian Michael Ian Black, and dance-pop maestro Shamir. Plus, your favorite icebreaker and history lesson of the year... and a Small Talk mash-up. (We'll call it Tiny Talk!) Here's to lots more phenomenal arts and culture in 2016.