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 230: Oscar Isaac, Mads Mikkelsen, and Vermouth Strikes Back

Oscar Isaac, star of the Coen Bros. "Inside Llewyn Davis," talks travis pickin' and tabbies... Int'l star Mads Mikkelsen, lately of Danish drama "The Hunt," looks on the bright side of strife... Bestselling author Janet Evanovich tells us how to politely destroy a van... Changing views of Manhattan from the roof of the Chelsea Hotel ... Enjoying the Mutual Benefit of music ... A shave fit for a King ... Sultry Lady Liberty ... Carrot-noses that aren't just for snowmen ... And "Red Eyes" you'll want, from The War on Drugs.

Episode 229: The 2013 All-Food Episode

Thanksgiving is kind of a national dinner party, so we wanted to bring our contribution: an ALL-FOOD EPISODE of the show. We know it comes a day late, but everybody loves leftovers, right? Lidia Bastianich on freedom food... Michael Pollan's kosher barbecue ... The Arctic Monkeys play a little dinner music ... Eddie Huang vs. mac and cheese ... dining like a "Mad Men" man... hunting the planet's rarest fruits ... musician Todd Snider with a taste(ful) joke ... the Presidential Suite of cheeses ... and we breathe in the fresh salt air - of Manhattan.

Episode 228: Kevin Hart, Aisha Tyler, and Frozen Beer

We reheat an old episode for this pre-Thanksgiving week, featuring, fittingly, an English take on American culture ... Superstar comedian Kevin Hart growing an inch … Comic, writer, TV host and now etiquette expert Aisha Tyler steering listeners clear of video game hogs and sunshine nazis … Memoirist Ashley Cardiff on being haunted by Prince … The Spinto Band with a menu of dinner party tunes … and Rico cooling off with Japanese beer. Plus: The most famous soup cans in history, ‘shroom humor, and how the internet may be making us less intelligent.

Episode 227: Stephen Fry, Gail Simmons, and Daniel Boulud

Brit wit Stephen Fry talks Shakespeare, takes on Turkey Day, and meets dead people... "Top Chef" judge Gail Simmons adjudicates your etiquette questions while growing the perfect sous chef... star chef Daniel Boulud sniffs out truffle treasure... "Medora" co-director Davy Rothbart declares victory for some beautiful losers... neuroscientist and skeptic Sam Harris cannot tell a lie... wunderkind media polymath Tavi Gevinson jokes around... and country singer Julie Roberts suggests songs for getting dressed - and undressed.

Episode 226: Toni Collette, Bill Callahan, and Oil Balls

This week: Toni Collette grabs the wheel ... Rob Delaney takes us to a dark, dark chocolate place ... Ben Schott shares speichelgleichmut ... Texas singer-songwriter Bill Callahan remembers the Seventies ... Celia Rivenbark smuggles in the sauce ... Poetry among thieves ... And savor-ish dough balls straight from Amsterdam.

Episode 225: Jessica Chastain, Dave Barry, and Joy(ful) Division

This week: one of our favorite episodes of 2013, in which Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain of “Zero Dark Thirty” riffs on Pitt and pigs… Humorist Dave Barry offers insane advice… Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff plays dinnertime DJ… Joy Division’s Peter Hook tells the bright side of a dark band… We excavate the story of a crown jewel, then drink a sparkling cocktail… Plus, flying goats, contagious laughter, and the spider of the year.