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

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.

The 2015 Icebreaker Episode

Witness the 2015 all-joke extravaganza! Per DPD tradition, we've crammed a year's worth of so-bad-they're-good icebreakers into one nifty little package. You'll hear enough lightbulb-changing jokes to last you a lifetime, along with witty one-liners and groaners, from guests including Adam Scott, Marion Cotillard, Joe Manganiello, Tracee Ellis Ross, Oscar the Grouch, Jenny Slate, David Duchovny, Nick Kroll, Fran Drescher, Rivers Cuomo, and more. EYES WILL ROLL. Enjoy!

Speakeasy Special #3

"Speakeasy #3" is here! It's our special podcast where we share behind-the-scenes bits and never-before-heard snippets that didn't make it into our weekly episodes. In our newest installment, Jason Schwartzman and Adam Scott talk power bar problems, Al Pacino invites Brendan on a play date in NYC, and Jason Segel "freaks" out (in the most charming way possible). Plus, rocker Courtney Barnett gets real about encores and Diablo Cody professes her love for her imaginary boyfriend

Episode 315: Jason Segel, Diablo Cody, and Three Cool Cats

This week: Actor Jason Segel turns over a new leaf, as David Foster Wallace, in the biopic "The End of the Tour"... Etiquette (and karaoke) tips from rock star writer Diablo Cody ("Ricki and the Flash")... Bobcat Goldthwait remembers Barry Crimmins, the man who brought conscience (and anger) to comedy... A taste of haute cuisine baby food, courtesy of the novel "The Kitchens of the Great Midwest"...Breakout musician Thundercat adds some crazy to the party...Plus: incendiary stoplights, magnetic moss, and more!

Episode 314: Abigail Spencer, Riki Lindhome, 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force'

This week: Actor Abigail Spencer cherishes the Southern truths -- and roots -- of TV's "Rectify" ... Comedian Riki Lindhome, co-everything of the new parody series "Another Period," gives real talk to Lolitas and 'Downton' divas ...Rico hops off-menu to try Oaxacan pickled bread a.k.a. "Piedrazos"...A most absurd list, from the masterminds of "Aqua Teen Hunger Force"...The cool history of air conditioning ...And more.

Episode 313: Liev Schreiber, Joshua Oppenheimer, Mark Ronson

On this week's show: Liev Schreiber, star of the hit hit-man series "Ray Donovan," brings stories of his dog days... A follow-up documentary from Oscar nominee Joshua Oppenheimer ("The Act of Killing") looks into the eyes of mass murderers... Mega-producer Mark Ronson DJs our dinner party, gets us out of our seats... A requiem for summer, and siblinghood, from writer Amelia Gray... Brendan visits an Austrian "imbiss" shack -- a sort of meat-and-greet... And the Posts let us eat cake (and sleep at work). Plus: the birth of Bugs Bunny, the garbage robots on the horizon, and the vegan you don't want to meet at a party.