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 329: Alicia Vikander, Randall Munroe, EL VY

Alicia Vikander, star of "The Danish Girl," on why she hates Pictionary... "xkcd" cartoonist Randall Munroe helps us keep it simple... Matt Berninger and Brent Knopf of the band El Vy quarrel over Cat Stevens... Emily Post's great-grandchildren on whether it's OK to bring a half-empty bottle of wine to a party (or is it half-full?)... Actor Josh Thomas of the Australian comedy "Please Like Me" on taking his mom to the top of the world... Plus a Hanukkah menu from LA's Redbird restaurant, the history of the world's first computer programmer, a binary-coded cocktail, and more!

Episode 328: Ian McKellen, Cindy Crawford, Wine Crime

Master thespian Sir Ian McKellen with etiquette advice and real talk about his least favorite co-stars... supermodel Cindy Crawford recalls her photo shoot with a 40-pound python... Investigative journalist Christine Haughney on why in wine, there's not always truth... Will Toledo -- of lo-fi indie rock band Car Seat Headrest -- DJs your laid-back dinner party... filmmaker Kent Jones on his new Hitchcock doc... Plus, Ann Friedman on pigeon doctors, a history of the Pokemon Shockwave of 1997, a kid show-inspired cocktail, and more!

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!