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 338: The NOTscars Special

It's our first NOTscars show -- for everything you won't find at the Oscars! "Tangerine" star Mya Taylor on Hollywood realness and her rural refuge... New York Times film critic AO Scott lists his favorite Academy-ignored films... Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton of the "Another Round" podcast on tired movie tropes and #OscarsSoWhite... "Mad Max: Fury Road" music composer Junkie XL scores your dinner party... Plus, the flyest in-flight safety video, the finest Vine, a cost-cutting bouncy castle, fun with phaleristics (we didn't know what it meant either!), Australia's sexism awards, and more!

Episode 337: Adam McKay, George Miller, Santigold

Two Oscar-nominated filmmakers tell us about finding stories in unexpected places -- Adam McKay ("The Big Short") and George Miller ("Mad Max: Fury Road")... Santigold revives our spirits with her party soundtrack... The down-and-up history of the Ferris Wheel... Star L.A. chef Roy Choi reinvents fast food, in the heart of Watts... And more!

Episode 336: Jason Schwartzman, Jenny Slate, Father John Misty, Lena Waithe

It's a special live(ly) edition of the DPD, recorded in front of a sold-out L.A. crowd! Actor Jason Schwartzman revisits his "Rushmore" audition... Comedian Jenny Slate talks Marcel the Shell and Michael Dukakis the Hottie... Father John Misty plays a few party-stopping songs... And TV writer-producer Lena Waithe (currently starring in "Master of None") tells the tale of becoming her girlfriend's first girlfriend. Also on the menu: questionable etiquette advice, a crash course in election-season "hispandering," and a joke that's so corny, it's golden.

Speakeasy Special #5

It's an all new "Speakeasy"! This time around, you'll hear how Sir Ian McKellan's "Gap of Rohan" icebreaker came together (and how his reaction was probably the same as yours)... Also, "Chi-Raq" star Teyonah Parris celebrates Brendan's silver fox-like beard, and you'll hear Father John Misty's stirring performance of "I Love You, Honeybear" from our recent live show in L.A. It's only available here on Speakeasy!

Episode 335: John Slattery, Eleanor Friedberger, Friendly Fish

"Mad Men" star John Slattery finds heroes and horrors in his native Boston, in the Oscar-nominated "Spotlight"... Indie pop star Eleanor Friedberger puts on a show - in the kitchen and at the turntable... Acclaimed short story writer Amber Sparks carves out a love story... We fish for new rules of thumb about sustainable fishing... Etiquette scions Lizzie Post and Dan Post-Senning inflate their air mattress for us... And we toast the time when journalist Nellie Bly became a literal trailblazer.

Episode 334: Teyonah Parris, Savages, and Profanely Good Etiquette

Actor Teyonah Parris on how Michelle Obama helped her prepare for her lead role in Spike Lee's "Chi-Raq"... Post-punk band Savages DJ your murder mystery dinner party... Author Janice Y.K. Lee paints us a portrait of expat life in Hong Kong... Writer Sarah Knight's life-changing answer to Marie Kondo... plus the Netflix of air travel, the history of the world's biggest oil gusher, a journey through some utopias, and a fond farewell to David Bowie.