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 333: Peter Berg, Pusha T, Ileana Douglas

Hollywood heavyweight Peter Berg confesses to starting the TV binge craze, but does NOT apologize... Pusha T invites Kanye to our party (soundtrack)... Ileana Douglas becomes a tuning fork for Marlon Brando... We toast the day that Johnny Cash's career rebounded -- in prison... Brendan gets the skinny on huge 2016 food trends ...And essayist extraordinaire Heather Havrilesky (aka "Ask Polly") comes in for an etiquette session. Plus, the geography of genius, and the most one-of-a-kind book shop in the world.

Best of 2015: Carrie Brownstein, Oscar Isaac, Shamir

Sit back, relax, and aim your ears at these standout moments from punk singer Carrie Brownstein, artist Laurie Anderson, actor Oscar Isaac, comedian Michael Ian Black, and dance-pop maestro Shamir. Plus, your favorite icebreaker and history lesson of the year... and a Small Talk mash-up. (We'll call it Tiny Talk!) Here's to lots more phenomenal arts and culture in 2016.

Episode 331: Gael Garcia Bernal, Molly Crabapple, Hannibal Buress

Gael Garcia Bernal -- a Golden Globe nominee for the series "Mozart in the Jungle" -- goes from messiah to maestro... Comedian Hannibal Buress offers up etiquette advice for humans, from dogs... Illustrator and commentator Molly Crabapple likens drawing to dancing - to picking scabs... We tune into an offbeat holiday soundtrack, courtesy British song-smith Nick Lowe... And Rico sips some soup joumou - the hallmark of the Haitian New Year. Plus, the short-lived American Camel Corps, the one downside of "Master of None," and more!

2015 DPD Holiday Special: Run D.M.C., Fran Lebowitz, Macklemore

We've a special episode of "The Dinner Party Download" stuffed with holiday goodness. Hip-hop legend Darryl McDaniels (the "D.M.C." of Run D.M.C.) riffs on his mega-hit "Christmas in Hollis"... TV's "Naked Chef" Jamie Oliver injects some health into our holiday menu (but don't mess with his decadent cheese toasty)... Humorist Fran Lebowitz keeps the season from getting too sappy with very tart etiquette tips... And chart-toppers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis craft a Yuletide playlist, featuring crazy relatives and, even crazier, David Bowie's "Labyrinth." You'll also hear winning remembrances of both "The Star Wars Holiday Special" -- arguably the worst show ever on TV -- and of "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation", courtesy of star Beverly D'Angelo. Plus, a tale of Santa's whereabouts... during the Iranian Revolution. Featuring good cheer, comic relief, and a tipple or two, the episode's a perfect companion to the hectic and happy holiday season.

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!