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

Speakeasy Special #4

Surprise! It's a new "Speakeasy" -- our occasional, off-the-cuff, slightly profane, online-only series in which we give you a peek behind the scenes at the making of the DPD... and give a listen to some of the great stuff we had to leave on the cutting room floor.

This time around: never-before-heard snippets of actor Peter Capaldi -- the Time Lord himself -- yearning for alien pies... and rock 'n' roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper chatting about his induction into a different hall of fame. You'll also hear a preview of our interview with Emmy and Tony-winning actor Mary-Louise Parker, who is either a vampire or perpetually trapped in a force field. Plus: Adrian Tomine tells us how one magazine is responsible for people mispronouncing his name FOREVER.

Episode 310: Al Pacino, Adam Scott & Jason Schwartzman, Flo Morrissey

Al Pacino reflects on playing himself (method, of course), improvising with Sidney Lumet, and watching YOU from the corner booth... Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman, two forces behind the risque new comedy "The Overnight," pass our etiquette pop(corn) quiz... Precocious singer Flo Morrissey fashions a soundtrack for lovers, dreamers, and an international man of mystery... The highlights (and lowlights) of redheadedness, through history... We toast baseball's first female umpire... Filmmaker Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (of the Sundance sensation "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," now in theaters) tells of his wild reversal of fortune. And more!

Episode 323: Olivia Wilde, Elvis Costello, Paul F. Tompkins

This week: Meadowland actor Olivia Wilde tells us about non-nurturing female characters... Music legend Elvis Costello chats about his new memoir... We toast to Little Richard's religious awakening... Art god Laurie Anderson weaves together a gripping tale about her rainy stint at an Amish farm... Young adult novelist Leigh Bardugo gives us her list of must-reads in the realm (because it's not a genre) of young adult literature... And actor and funny man Paul F. Tompkins tells us the right way to hang a toilet paper roll. Plus, what to do when your waiter is a robot, and more!

Episode 322: Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap, Kurt Vile, J. Kenji López-Alt

This week: Legendary singer Tony Bennett, with collaborator Bill Charlap, color our world joyful - then compliment Rico's dad... Rocker Kurt Vile spins a soundtrack for cowboys, outlaws, and toddlers... Mad food scientist J. Kenji Lopez-Alt solves a few kitchen mysteries... The Posts run etiquette circles around us... A fascinating new documentary puts a face to counter-terrorism "informants"... Plus, the fastest musical in history, the high-tech origins of the Super Soaker, and more!

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.