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 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!

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.