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 321: Run the Jewels, Elizabeth Gilbert, Pauline Black

This week: Hip-Hop duo Run the Jewels explains the cat sounds in their new album... Graphic novelist Adrian Tomine tells us why he writes about confused dads... Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert gives us passive-aggressive advice... Ska legend Pauline Black of The Selector spins us a spunky and soulful soundtrack... We learn about the eerie death of Edgar Allan Poe and get a cocktail from his hometown of Baltimore... The Paris Review's Sadie Stein spills on New York juice crawls... Plus Phil Rosenthal on his new food show and an excerpt from Sloane Crosley's first novel.

Episode 320: Peter Capaldi, Paul Scheer, Shamir

Peter Capaldi -- star of the beloved sci-fi series "Dr. Who" -- brings etiquette advice via TARDIS... Funnyman Paul Scheer revels in terrible movies, pseudo-reality... Filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi explores how the tech boom and gentrification have remade San Francisco, her hometown... Dance-pop star Shamir works it, while working retail, and whips up a party soundtrack... The great British calendar shift of 1752 inspires a Colonial cocktail... We remember the Queen of the Beach Read -- and dear friend of the show -- Jackie Collins... And Cali pop outfit The Mantles give you some ear candy for before, during, or after your next party.

2015 LA Podfest Bonus: Paul Scheer, Aisha Tyler, Ann Friedman

Folks! We're unleashing here a special BONUS EPISODE, taped this past Sunday at the Los Angeles Podcast Festival. Funnyman Paul Scheer ("The League" and "How Did This Get Made?") explains what makes awful films awful, and tries really hard to make Russell Crowe laugh. Comedian Aisha Tyler ("Archer") relives her "Rockapella" days (feat. tons of Peter Gabriel harmonizing), and then joins Paul to tackle etiquette issues... and man buns. Plus, "Call Your Girlfriend" co-host Ann Friedman ponders a future with sentient Barbies, and we behold an icebreaker from The Smartest Man in the World. (Ahem, that's Greg Proops.)

Episode 319: Emily Mortimer, Julie Klausner, Destroyer

This week: Writer-actor Emily Mortimer ("Doll & Em") puts friendships under the lens, makes us laugh and squirm... Julie Klausner, co-mastermind of the new comedy series "Difficult People," tackles your questions with ease ... Pop musician Destroyer (a.k.a. Dan Bejar) invites Van Morrison to the party, three times... The day the sun (almost) exploded, as told by George Carlin's daughter Kelly... Ootcha, a potent new tea trend...We re-read Joan Didion, chronicler of culture (and clash). Plus, the real Uncle Sam, the un-dead Terry Gilliam, and the coolest shroom in the room.

318: Salman Rushdie, Alice Cooper, Carly Rae Jepsen

This week: Novelist Salman Rushdie stirs up age-old mischief - and magic... Shock rock legend Alice Cooper tells wild tales of Groucho Marx, Paul McCartney, and his "Hollywood Vampires" crew, then slays us with sensible etiquette advice ... Carly Rae Jepsen DJs our party (you'll really, really like her soundtrack).... We shed light on the daguerreotype, then watch a cocktail develop... And Rico samples "Grass Jelly," a white-hot topping for ice-cold desserts.

316: Uzo Aduba, Yo La Tengo, Doug Aitken

This week: Emmy-nominated actor Uzo Aduba ("Orange is the New Black") on what keeps "Crazy Eyes" grounded - and wild fan run-ins...Indie rockers Yo La Tengo cook up a cover-rich soundtrack... Artist Doug Aitken breathes life (and art and music) into old rail hubs, in his new documentary "Station to Station"... The most elaborate college prank in history inspires a Georgia cocktail (without peaches!)... Novelist Matthew Salesses wades into the deluge... The Posts, ambassadors of politesse... We swipe left on a new Tinder robot... and more.