The Dinner Party show

The Dinner Party

Summary: The Dinner Party is a smart and funny public radio show about everything excellent in culture, from the company that brings you A Prairie Home Companion and Marketplace. Think NPR meets Vanity Fair. In each episode, hosts Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam talk with some of the world's most interesting celebrities, and along the way equip you with bad jokes, fresh drink recipes, hot food finds, odd news stories... and etiquette tips from the likes of Henry Rollins and Dick Cavett. It's all you need to get an edge in your weekend conversations. Past guests include Michelle Williams, Judd Apatow, Kid Cudi and Sir Richard Branson. Wallpaper magazine calls The Dinner Party one of the Top 40 Reasons To Live In The USA.

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 Episode 168: Tim Gunn, Rian Johnson, and Salman Rushdie | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:59

This week, Looper director Rian Johnson rolls the bones ... Project Runway's Tim Gunn dresses down America for dressing down ... Salman Rushdie talks fatwas and fake hair ... Sherman Alexie reads a profanely good story ... A Simpsons writer's favorite bizarre adaptations ... And photographer Todd Selby turns his lens on inspiring kitchens. Plus, learn how corn helped thaw the cold war, and about the the official best word ever.

 Episode 167: Martin Amis, Divine Comedies, and the Mother of Bad Ideas | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:59

This week, literary luminary Martin Amis lets the dogs out... Top Chef Susan Feniger celebrates the New Year... satirist Simon Rich lists divine comedies... San Fran band The Fresh and Onlys serve up a sweet soundtrack... The Posts return to explain the art of good goodbyes... and fashion editor Diana Vreeland gets her close-up. Plus, skimming stones, rolling cows, and the most naive narrator in the world.

 Episode 166: Anjelica Huston, Doomsday Planes, and Things about Chicken Wings | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:48

This week: We revisit one of our favorite episodes....Actress Anjelica Huston reveals her secret good-luck charm ... Writer-provocateur Caitlin Flanagan blends etiquette, therapy, and cake... "The Artist's" James Cromwell talks quiet... Chickens with four wings... Greeks invade Britain... We toast the end of the world... A poem from imprisoned dissident Liu Xiaobo... Plus, nurture-over-nature, and a Major find from the Asteroids Galaxy Tour.

 Episode 165: Junot Diaz, One-Shot Wonders, and Orange Wine | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:02

This week, Pulitzer-winning author Junot Diaz bares the soul of a cheater... Actress Emily Blunt explains dolphin romance... Music video director Natasha Pincus picks some one-shot wonders... We toast the peaceful fallout from the only wartime aerial bombing of mainland USA... Financial etiquette from Marketplace's Paddy Hirsch... Orange vintages add color to wine stores... And the unsung heroes of Fall TV. Plus: a new Grizzly Bear track, laffs from artist Wayne White, and lap dances in the high courts.

 Episode 164: Marjane Satrapi, Fran Lebowitz, and Pizza Brains | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:06

This Week: "Persepolis" author/filmmaker Marjane Satrapi laughs in the face of death... satirist Fran Lebowitz plays Nanny to America... author Emma Straub narrates a Hollywood fable... multi-Oscar-winner Ve Neill makes up a Makeup list... and Brendan inhales info about air. Plus, a visit to Philly's Pizza Museum, the high-cost of Tsarist-era beards, how to lose *yourself*, and indierockers Nude Beach expose their dinner party playlist.

 Episode 163: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Molly Ringwald, and Takis | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:05

This Week: Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt gets physical and speaks French... Molly Ringwald offers etiquette advice for misfits and moms...The birth of swing music... Novelist Jonathan Evison updates Facebook's profiles... David Wax Museum shares a list that cuts to the bone... We hear from a young reporter who was on the cutting edge of the Takis craze... and Rico drinks bees. Plus: The latest in sleep science, and a dreamy new track from rocker Ariel Pink.

 Episode 162: Gary Oldman, Top Chef: Etiquette, and Instant History | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:58

This week: We revisit one of our favorite episodes, from December 2011...Gary Oldman reflects on his Oscar-nominated role as iconic spy George Smiley... Top Chef's Gail Simmons spills some sweet and saucy etiquette tips... Artist/Musician Terry Allen uncovers 3 lost gems... We toast the instant replay (twice)... Brendan seeks gluten-free-free food... and author Lou Beach tells 6 stories with 420 characters. Plus, a crash course in video games, a joke from Brit-com phenom Stephen Merchant, and a tune from Chairlift.

 Episode 161: Gustavo Dudamel, Rob Corddry, and Terms of Service | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:55

This week: Classical music superstar Gustavo Dudamel conducts an interview... "Children's Hospital" creator/star Rob Corddry prescribes etiquette advice... "Schott's Miscellany" author Ben Schott on food service slang... author John Brandon perks up his wolf ears... "Darth Vader and Son" cartoonist Jeffrey Brown lists some soulful sci-fi... and rocker King Tuff suggests a party playlist. Plus: Debbie Millman on design, Madeleine Brand gets dreamy, and the uplifting history of the escalator.

 Episode 160: Rashida Jones, LeVar Burton, and Parody Picks | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:37

This Week: Actress Rashida Jones plays matchmaker... "Reading Rainbow"'s LeVar Burton wields a knife - with discernment... Comic Paul Scheer's parody picks... Les Savy Fav bassist Syd Butler talks hockey, Joy division and secret identities... We speak -- and drink -- Esperanto... author Ariel S. Winter channels 3 crime-lit legends... and Rico eats the best Pop Tart ever. Plus: the death of chivalry and a pop lullaby from The Babies.

 Episode 159: Zoe Kazan, Passion Pit and New Wave Fish Sandwiches | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:01

This week: Actor/writer Zoe Kazan makes a psychic connection... Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos provides the soundtrack for a party for two... Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson shares the gold medal's shocking secret... Author Charles Yu feels your pain... Brendan catches the fish sandwich wave... and we travel back in time with bestselling essayist Sloane Crosley. Plus: Snoop Lion, the birth of Bugs Bunny, and dudes! -- the Posts are back with etiquette tips.

 Episode 158: Simon Amstell, Rodriguez, and Dyn-o-mite Tips | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:35

This week: British comedy wunderkind Simon Amstell sings America's praises...Musician and archivist Michael Feinstein adds to the Great American Songbook... Folk-rock legend Rodriguez rises from the dead... Jimmie "DY-NO-MITE" Walker blows up etiquette... and Rico samples ceviche from "the new Tuscany" (it's in Mexico). Plus: mammoth cheeses, shifting to manual transmission, and a globe-hopping soundtrack from The Antlers.

 Episode 157: Marcus Samuelsson, Cheryl Strayed, and (Breaking) Bad Romances | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:37

This week, star chef Marcus Samuelsson dishes on his tough-but-tender training... WILD author Cheryl Strayed (aka "Dear Sugar") offers free therapy... Anna Gunn of "Breaking Bad" lists her favorite fictional dysfunctionals... Author Chris Cleave spins gold from Olympic competition... We toast Warhol with a pop-art cocktail... and Woody Guthrie turns 100. Plus: vacationing with Hemingway, author Karen Thompson Walker's slow fiction, and new music from the Dirty Projectors.

 Episode 156: Wim Wenders, Liszt Lists, and Live Long and Proper | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:38

This week: An encore broadcast of one of our favorite shows! Director Wim Wenders speaks body language... Star Trek's George Takei takes etiquette to warp factor five...A list about Liszt, from world-renowned pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet...Kathleen Turner's fiery new role...Third Wave Coffee... Existential humor... And finally, we learn how to play dead from a corpse - and then how to come back to life from Guided By Voices.

 Episode 155: The All-Movie Episode | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:40

This week, it's our first ever ALL-MOVIE EPISODE - a blockbuster hour of our favorite film-centric interviews, starring John C. Reilly, Miranda July, Terry Gilliam and more: Val Kilmer plays Mark Twain playing an etiquette expert... Jackie Collins invites us to a Hollywood party... author Jonathan Lethem casts Drew Barrymore in his surreal fiction... One of cinema's greatest sound designers lists some of cinema's greatest sounds... and Michel Hazanavicius, Oscar-winning director of "The Artist," *doesn't* enjoy the silence. Plus: rockers Howlin' Rain suggest the most unlikely dinner party soundtrack ever, and Molly Ringwald barks like a dog.

 Episode 154: Benh Zeitlin, All-American Etiquette, and the Automat | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:03

This week: Filmmaker Benh Zeitlin ("Beasts of the Southern Wild") paints with an axe... Michael Ian Black and Meghan McCain swear they can answer your etiquette questions peacefully... Actress Alison Pill, of Aaron Sorkin's new show "The Newsroom," takes us behind-the-scenes... New Yorker receptionist Janet Groth reflects on (almost) being Mrs. John Berryman... Lunching at the 'Automat'...Plus, doubled data, a summer fashion preview, and a soundtrack from playful pop band Micachu and the Shapes.


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