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 232: Jeremy Renner, Nancy Sinatra, and Billy Collins

This Week: Jeremy Renner does the American Hustle... Nancy Sinatra on headphones and hair-poufs ... Former Poet Laureate Billy Collins asks you to clean your room ...Nick Lowe's ... An inimitable, unpronounceable writer you've got to read... Italian food that might remind you of sushi ... The precise moment when cringes become cackles ... Television that really is bad for you ... And hugs and kisses from Queen Bey.

Episode 231: Geoffrey Rush, and Aubrey Plaza & LeVar Burton LIVE

Oscar-winning thespian Geoffrey Rush goes from burlesque to "The Book Thief" ... Aubrey Plaza will not be mean on command ... LeVar Burton talks tech, present and future ... American chestnut exceptionalism ... The 'Fifth Beatle' gets a phone call ... musician Joey Sweeney plays the song he thinks every American must hear (and a few more)... Late Notes from the underground ... and we unearth the truth about a 'missing link'.

Episode 230: Oscar Isaac, Mads Mikkelsen, and Vermouth Strikes Back

Oscar Isaac, star of the Coen Bros. "Inside Llewyn Davis," talks travis pickin' and tabbies... Int'l star Mads Mikkelsen, lately of Danish drama "The Hunt," looks on the bright side of strife... Bestselling author Janet Evanovich tells us how to politely destroy a van... Changing views of Manhattan from the roof of the Chelsea Hotel ... Enjoying the Mutual Benefit of music ... A shave fit for a King ... Sultry Lady Liberty ... Carrot-noses that aren't just for snowmen ... And "Red Eyes" you'll want, from The War on Drugs.

Episode 229: The 2013 All-Food Episode

Thanksgiving is kind of a national dinner party, so we wanted to bring our contribution: an ALL-FOOD EPISODE of the show. We know it comes a day late, but everybody loves leftovers, right? Lidia Bastianich on freedom food... Michael Pollan's kosher barbecue ... The Arctic Monkeys play a little dinner music ... Eddie Huang vs. mac and cheese ... dining like a "Mad Men" man... hunting the planet's rarest fruits ... musician Todd Snider with a taste(ful) joke ... the Presidential Suite of cheeses ... and we breathe in the fresh salt air - of Manhattan.

Episode 228: Kevin Hart, Aisha Tyler, and Frozen Beer

We reheat an old episode for this pre-Thanksgiving week, featuring, fittingly, an English take on American culture ... Superstar comedian Kevin Hart growing an inch … Comic, writer, TV host and now etiquette expert Aisha Tyler steering listeners clear of video game hogs and sunshine nazis … Memoirist Ashley Cardiff on being haunted by Prince … The Spinto Band with a menu of dinner party tunes … and Rico cooling off with Japanese beer. Plus: The most famous soup cans in history, ‘shroom humor, and how the internet may be making us less intelligent.

Episode 227: Stephen Fry, Gail Simmons, and Daniel Boulud

Brit wit Stephen Fry talks Shakespeare, takes on Turkey Day, and meets dead people... "Top Chef" judge Gail Simmons adjudicates your etiquette questions while growing the perfect sous chef... star chef Daniel Boulud sniffs out truffle treasure... "Medora" co-director Davy Rothbart declares victory for some beautiful losers... neuroscientist and skeptic Sam Harris cannot tell a lie... wunderkind media polymath Tavi Gevinson jokes around... and country singer Julie Roberts suggests songs for getting dressed - and undressed.