The Dinner Party Download

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Welcome to The Dinner Party Download, a fast and funny hour of culture, food and conversation: “public radio’s arts & leisure section.” In every episode you’ll learn a joke; bone up on an odd bit of history and then wash it down with a themed cocktail recipe; meet artists of note; have your burning … read more

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Introducing Safe For Work

July 16th, 2018

11:59

Rico and Brendan aren’t exactly back, but they’re here to tell you about their new projects! Brendan has been producing The Paris Review and Rico has …

How to Behave: Celebrity Edition

December 22nd, 2017

31:48

Alas, this is our last audio treat for you (for now). In the final installment of the “How to Behave” series, you’ll hear some of the best of our favorite etiquette segments with celebrities. Master thespian Sir Ian …

How to Behave: Comedy Edition

December 15th, 2017

30:30

We’ve got another audio treat for you! Think of these as a companion to Brendan and Rico’s book, “Brunch is Hell.” In the second installment of the “How to Behave” series, you’ll hear some of the best of our favorite …

How to Behave: Food Edition

December 8th, 2017

26:00

Surprise! You might’ve thought we posted our last DPD episode, but we’ve got a few more audio goodies over the next couple of weeks, starting with this inaugural episode of what we’re calling our “How to Behave” series. …

400: The Last Supper – LIVE in Seattle!

December 1st, 2017

1:30:48

It’s our final new episode! Featuring new music from Northwest phenom Kyle Craft… A tale of howling at the moon from Snap Judgement’s Glynn …

The 2017 All-Food Show

November 24th, 2017

50:50

This week, we re-heat some of our favorite food-related stories EVER: Celebrated chef Anthony Bourdain gets tough and tender in our etiquette segment… New York’s “The Pickle Guys” don their horseradish hazmat suits… …

269: Mel Brooks, Greta Gerwig, and AC Newman

November 17th, 2017

50:50

Encore Broadcast: Comedy legend Mel Brooks reanimates “Young Frankenstein” then offers priceless etiquette advice (warning: may include death …

The Thank You Show

November 10th, 2017

30:57

The title says it all, folks. Thanks for lending us your ears, ideas, laughs, taste buds, pun tolerance, and everything else! We’re blessed to have …

399: Tig Notaro, Jon Batiste, and Real American Food

November 3rd, 2017

50:15

Tig Notaro brings her life to TV… The Late Show’s Jon Batiste makes a case for a surprise at every dinner party… Chef Sean Sherman re-imagines …

398: Abbi Jacobson, Whitney Cummings, and More Wonder Women

October 27th, 2017

50:57

Actor Abbi Jacobson remembers her past recycling bottles for spare change… Comedian Whitney Cummings talks about being polite when you’re …

Speakeasy Special: DPD News and Comic Relief with Whitney Cummings

October 20th, 2017

30:05

Thought you were getting an encore broadcast? Surprise! It’s actually an all-new Speakeasy! First: Lots of news in the DPD universe including a big announcement about the future of the show. Up next: an almost-unedited …

397: Willem Dafoe, Depeche Mode, Carla Hall Shares Her Grandmother’s Cornbread Recipe

October 13th, 2017

50:43

Actor Willem Dafoe explains what he learns from screen newbies… Electro band Depeche Mode on how travel has made their music more socially conscious… A former Obama speechwriter convinces us that ferns are the most …

Double Take: Joel Kim Booster Reflects on the Evolution of His Career… and His Pony Stylist Dreams

October 11th, 2017

33:34

(Heads up: This week’s episode features adult humor. It is not suitable for young listeners.) We’ve got something entirely new for you today… …

396: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ director Denis Villeneuve, Brendan and Tobin Low Take Manhattan

October 6th, 2017

50:01

While Rico’s away, Brendan plays hooky with special guest co-host Tobin Low, of WNYC’s Nancy (but don’t tell Rico!) Also: Filmmaker Denis Villeneuve worries about the pressure in making the sequel to “Blade Runner”… …

395: Shania Twain, Sterling K. Brown, Cheese Tea

September 29th, 2017

51:12

Shania Twain explains how a vegetarian can survive a country bbq… Musician Emily Haines challenges you to pick difficult music for your dinner party… …

Dinner For One: Sterling K. Brown (‘This Is Us’) Enjoys Crying as Much as You Do

September 26th, 2017

29:13

We’re back with a digital treat this week! It’s another installment of our almost-unedited “Dinner for One” series. This time around, Brendan chats with “This Is Us” actor and recent Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown about …

Speakeasy Special: Depeche Mode, Margaret Cho, Flying Lotus

September 22nd, 2017

16:39

Folks! Instead of reheating an encore episode, we’ve carefully baked a brand-new Speakeasy soufflé for you! In this episode: Margaret Cho tells …

394: Margaret Cho, Michael McDonald, And We Cover Your Kvass

September 15th, 2017

49:16

Comedian Margaret Cho lets listeners know when it’s OK to ask Asian-Americans where they’re from (Hint: never)… “Strong Island” documentarian Yance Ford re-examines his brother’s murder – and his family’s search for …

393: Jesmyn Ward, Matt Berninger, and Future Islands’ Pet-Friendly Playlist

September 8th, 2017

49:16

Author Jesmyn Ward admits to some guilty pleasures… The threesome behind Future Islands DJs the ultimate “grill and chill” playlist – pets allowed… …

392: Lake Bell, Ted Leo, and Not Dumplings

September 1st, 2017

49:27

Actor-director Lake Bell turns her lens on marriage — the good, the bad, and the ugly… Author Jenny Zhang suggests a few super “sour” bites of …

The Dinner Party Sandbox Series: Below-the-Line TV Special

August 25th, 2017

48:49

Just in time for the Emmys, it’s a special episode all about TV’s unsung, behind-the-scenes heroes! The costume whiz behind “The Handmaid’s Tale” reflects on fashioning the series’ iconic headpieces — and fueling …

The Dinner Party Sandbox Series: Listener Letters

August 18th, 2017

29:08

We know you’ve been thinking, “What’s with all the reruns, DPD?” Well, a few of us have been taking a little time off this summer to recharge our batteries. Rest assured we’re hard at work on all-new classic DPD …

384: Kathryn Hahn, Tituss Burgess, Mac DeMarco

August 11th, 2017

49:19

Encore Broadcast: The irrepressible Tituss Burgess from “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” doles out etiquette advice and plays matchmaker… “I Love Dick” …

391: The 2017 All-Icebreaker Episode

August 4th, 2017

13:41

It’s time for a cavalcade of icebreaker jokes! We’ve gathered a year’s worth of our show-starting jokes into one convenient listening experience. Brace yourselves for awesomely lame one-liners, knock-knock jokes, and …

374: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ottessa Moshfegh, Beer Porridge

July 28th, 2017

49:59

Lin-Manuel Miranda talks about his latest work in “Moana,” and reveals how a cross country trip helped him perfect his freestyle rapping… “Nerdette” co-host Greta Johnsen proves why Virginia is NOT for lovers… Rapper …

390: Flying Lotus, Kyle Mooney, Teju Cole, And a Chill Playlist to Beat the Heat

July 21st, 2017

49:55

“Saturday Night Live” cast member Kyle Mooney takes on some first world problems… Writer and photographer Teju Cole explains how he tried to be …

389: Alan Alda, Mitski, and a $12 Million Card Trick

July 14th, 2017

49:52

Alan Alda offers up etiquette advice (including when it’s OK to punch someone)… comedy duo the Lucas Brothers show us how to cheat at driver’s tests… rocker Mitski provides a party playlist for people who don’t party… …

Speakeasy Special: Vinyls, Tyson(s) and Bears!

July 7th, 2017

26:33

Surprise! Instead of serving up delicious leftovers (i.e. a rerun), we’ve got a fresh-out-of-the-oven Speakeasy special! This time around, Neil …

388: Alison Brie GLOWs, Samin Nosrat on acid, & more

June 30th, 2017

50:18

How Alison Brie body-slammed her way to a role in “GLOW”… Cook and author Samin Nosrat explains why Iranians are the best hosts ever… Beth Ditto …

Look Up and Listen!

June 23rd, 2017

53:19

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Feist, Fleet Foxes, a talking wolf named Nick Offerman, and more join us on an audio odyssey designed to reacquaint you with the …

Dinner for One: Giancarlo Esposito, Master Character Actor… and One-Time Aspiring Reiki Master

June 16th, 2017

28:05

This week, instead of a rerun, we’re serving up a Dinner for One special with one of the most celebrated character actors ever — Giancarlo Esposito. …

346: Saoirse Ronan, Cameron Diaz, Solomon Georgio

June 9th, 2017

50:16

Encore Broadcast: Oscar-nominee Saoirse Ronan sharpens her skills in Broadway’s Crucible… Actor-and-author Cameron Diaz gives us impeccable advice — …

386: Damon Lindelof, Phoenix, Farewell to Frank Deford

June 2nd, 2017

49:30

Showrunner supreme Damon Lindelof (“Lost,” “The Leftovers”) hops into Rico’s hot tub time machine, then considers the paradoxes of fandom… The band Phoenix toasts a purring Bryan Ferry, video games in Japan, and the …

Dinner for One: Damon Lindelof, Creator of ‘Lost’ and ‘The Leftovers,’ Goes Hot Tubbing With Rico

May 30th, 2017

25:44

We’re back with another digital delight! It’s another installment of our almost-unedited “Dinner for One” series. For this mini-episode, Rico chats with former co-worker Damon Lindelof. Yes, it’s true! Listen as he and …

385: Paul Feig, Samantha Irby, Danger Mouse & Sam Cohen

May 26th, 2017

49:21

Director Paul Feig tracks your laughs, fights T-shirt tyranny… Producer duo Danger Mouse and Sam Cohen say Vive la “Resistance” (and French party …

Dinner for One: Paul Feig, Champion of Female Friendships… And Walking Sticks

May 24th, 2017

30:36

We’re serving up something different today! It’s the second installment of our new “Dinner for One” series — a single, almost-unedited conversation with a luminary in arts and entertainment. This time around, Brendan …

384: Kathryn Hahn, Tituss Burgess, Mac DeMarco

May 19th, 2017

49:25

The irrepressible Tituss Burgess from “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” doles out etiquette advice and plays matchmaker… “I Love Dick” actor Kathryn Hahn …

Speakeasy Special: Charlamagne Tha God, Aimee Mann, Thomas Middleditch

May 16th, 2017

15:48

Surprise! It’s an all-new Speakeasy Special — a bonus mid-week treat filled with unheard bits and bobs from our interviews. Listen as “Silicon Valley” star Thomas Middleditch flexes his improv muscle and invents an …

320: Peter Capaldi, Paul Scheer, Shamir

May 12th, 2017

49:29

Encore Broadcast: Peter Capaldi — star of the beloved sci-fi series “Dr. Who” — brings etiquette advice via TARDIS… Funnyman Paul Scheer revels in …

383: The 2017 All-Music Episode

May 5th, 2017

50:06

We’re putting on our own music festival with a special “ALL-MUSIC EPISODE”! You’ll hear sets from our favorite artists: Run the Jewels, Alice Cooper, …

382: Charlamagne tha God, John Ridley, Feist

April 28th, 2017

50:32

Radio kingpin Charlamagne tha God explains the concept behind his new book, “Black Privilege,” and reminds us manners will take you where money won’t… Oscar-winning screenwriter and director John Ridley looks back at …

381: Thomas Middleditch, Justin Simien, Cold War Kids

April 21st, 2017

50:04

“Silicon Valley” star Thomas Middleditch gets silly and waxes poetic on his days as a Dungeons & Dragons wizard… “Dear White People” creator Justin Simien tells us how to deal with a Northerner who says y’all… …

Speakeasy Special: Sasheer Zamata of ‘SNL,’ Danny Boyle, Gillian Jacobs

April 18th, 2017

24:47

Give Tuesday a fun boost with this Speakeasy Special! This episode covers it all: Nerds, Steve Inskeep jokes, pizza crust etiquette… need we say more? First up, you’ll get a previously unaired slice from our interview …

Episode 350: Rashida Jones, Yo-Yo Ma, Tegan and Sara

April 14th, 2017

49:16

Encore Broadcast: Multi-hyphenate Rashida Jones — one of the forces behind TV’s police farce “Angie Tribeca”– comes bearing wisdom for ‘overdogs’… …

380: Aimee Mann, Hank Azaria, Jason Jones

April 7th, 2017

49:31

Hank Azaria (“Brockmire”) talks about baseball in at least five different voices… Aimee Mann disses tattoo copycats, sings about actual cats … “Daily Show” expat Jason Jones — now starring in “The Detour” — relives the …

379: Katie Couric, Prentice Penny, Jens Lekman (w/ guest host Lauren Ober)

March 31st, 2017

52:10

Journalist Katie Couric is not flattered by her nickname of “America’s Sweetheart”… HBO’s “Insecure” showrunner Prentice Penny gives some “Upscale” advice… Swedish troubadour Jens Lekman throws a dance party in the …

378: Danny Boyle, RuPaul, Alan Tudyk

March 24th, 2017

50:59

The one and only RuPaul gives some “godly” etiquette advice… filmmaker Danny Boyle reflects back on his cult film “Trainspotting” and why he decided …

SXSW Speakeasy Special: RuPaul, Rachel Bloom, Adrianne Lenker

March 17th, 2017

21:19

(Heads up: This week’s episode features some *ahem* adult humor. It may not be suitable for young listeners.) Folks! It’s an all-new Speakeasy …

377: Gillian Jacobs, Sam Richardson, Jay Som

March 10th, 2017

52:05

Actor Gillian Jacobs shares her “Love” for her Netflix show and public radio… Comedian Sam Richardson finds a friend — and his mojo — at the edge of the world… Jay Som DJs a Halloween party (springtime be damned)… And …

376: Pete Holmes, Jordan Peele, Valerie June

March 3rd, 2017

50:24

Comedian Jordan Peele’s hit horror film “Get Out” is a deadly serious exploration of racism…Pete Holmes used his divorce as inspiration for his new …

Dinner for One: Jordan Peele Reflects on the Real Horrors at the Heart of ‘Get Out’

February 24th, 2017

24:17

This week, something a little different! We’re giving you the first in an all-new series we’re calling “Dinner for One” — essentially, a single, almost unedited conversation with someone amazing. This time, comedy — and …

375: Damien Chazelle, George Saunders, Rhiannon Giddens, Menu Mysteries

February 17th, 2017

50:26

Director Damien Chazelle on his record-tying 14 Oscar nominations, and why he’s attracted to art forms on their way to extinction… A New York Times editor reveals the elaborate accommodations for canine competitors at …

374: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ottessa Moshfegh, Beer Porridge

February 10th, 2017

50:32

Lin-Manuel Miranda talks about his latest work in “Moana,” and reveals how a cross country trip helped him perfect his freestyle rapping… “Nerdette” co-host Greta Johnsen proves why Virginia is NOT for lovers… Rapper …

373: Rachel Bloom, Steve Aoki, James Baldwin in His Own Words

February 3rd, 2017

50:49

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” star Rachel Bloom schools us in online stalking and making contemporary musicals… DJ Steve Aoki marries hardcore music with …

Speakeasy Special: Ava DuVernay, Barry Jenkins, Steve Jones

January 31st, 2017

15:03

Holy Tuesday, it’s an all-new episode of our off-the-cuff Speakeasy podcast. This time, Brendan and Rico are in the studio together — a rare event! …

358: America Ferrera, Norm Macdonald, Dinosaur Jr.

January 27th, 2017

50:14

Encore Broadcast: “Ugly Betty” and “Superstore” star America Ferrera explains the “super” part of superstores… Comedian Norm Macdonald gives us etiquette advice and reveals why his new memoir, “Based on a True Story,” …

372: Brit Marling, Cristela Alonzo, Aravind Adiga

January 20th, 2017

49:37

We talk life, (near-)death, and tree-climbing with “The OA” creator and star Brit Marling, then learn how she broke her nose making it… Comedian Cristela Alonzo gives us some “Lower Classy” advice… Booker Prize-winning …

371: Ava DuVernay, Steve Jones, Pancake Cheesesteak

January 13th, 2017

50:13

Ava DuVernay unpacks the issues at play in her searing documentary, “13th,” then reveals the cheeseball ’80s movie that’s her true fave… Legendary …

370: Mike Mills, Weyes Blood, the Crazy Cat Behind ‘Krazy Kat’

January 6th, 2017

50:35

Filmmaker Mike Mills celebrates his mom and other “20th Century Women”… Multi-instrumentalist Natalie Mering a.k.a. Weyes Blood takes us to the opera …

Best of 2016: Saoirse Ronan, Guillermo del Toro, Jamila Woods

December 30th, 2016

54:16

We look back at our favorite moments of 2016! Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro professes his love for insects and imperfections… Actor Saoirse Ronan pronounces Brendan’s name correctly… Mya Taylor (star of “Tangerine” and …

The 2016 Holiday Special: Zooey Deschanel & M. Ward, Alton Brown, Nick Offerman

December 22nd, 2016

51:55

Zooey Deschanel and M Ward of the band She & Him suggest some holiday music deep cuts, for the sun and the snow… Alton Brown waxes poetic about …

367: Barry Jenkins, Gael Garcia Bernal, Lucy Dacus

December 16th, 2016

50:26

Filmmaker Barry Jenkins finds magic in “Moonlight”…Actor Gael Garcia Bernal waxes poetic about art and “Neruda”…U.K. wit Caitlin Moran proposes steam …

Speakeasy Special: Anthony Bourdain, Jamila Woods, Rick Astley

December 13th, 2016

19:38

Ta-da! It’s an all-new episode of our impromptu Speakeasy podcasts. This time, Rico and Brendan reflect on their recent trip to Cuba (be sure to check out photos here). Plus, you’ll hear a few bonus pieces of audio not …

DPD Holiday Special Special: Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels, Fran Lebowitz, Macklemore

December 9th, 2016

51:54

It’s one of our favorite (holiday) episodes: Hip-hop legend Darryl “DMC” McDaniels  riffs on his mega-hit “Christmas in Hollis”… TV’s “Naked Chef” …

366: Anthony Bourdain, Mackenzie Davis, Kurt Wagner

December 2nd, 2016

50:52

Celebrated chef Anthony Bourdain gets tough and tender in our etiquette segment… Breakout actor Mackenzie Davis (TV’s “Halt and Catch Fire,” the new film “Always Shine”) opts for reality over (manic pixie) dreams… Kurt …

The 2016 All-Food Show

November 25th, 2016

49:53

It’s a week of feasting, which means it’s time for our special All-Food Show! Star chef Roy Choi reinvents fast food, in the heart of Watts… Comedian Jim Gaffigan advises you to pack your kids’ lunch with pub fare… …

Episode 354: Kristen Bell, Sharon Jones, Junius Meyvant

November 18th, 2016

50:10

Encore Broadcast: We revisit our conversation with the late great soul singer Sharon Jones… “Bad Moms” star Kristen Bell entertains our emoji …

364: Davy Rothbart, Annabelle Gurwitch, Gustavo Arellano, Demi Adejuyigbe

November 11th, 2016

41:50

This week, it’s a special podcast episode taped LIVE at the Now Hear This podcast festival! Davy Rothbart, host of the acclaimed “Found” podcast, tells us about heart-warming root canals… “Gilmore Guys” co-host Demi …

363: Nick Offerman, Emily Witt, Rick Astley

November 4th, 2016

49:34

“Parks and Rec” alum Nick Offerman carves out his own niche, solves problems with bear hugs… Singer and godfather-of-memes Rick Astley lists some …

362: The 2016 All-Book Episode

October 28th, 2016

50:14

It’s a very special all-book show! Featuring etiquette tips from “Eat, Pray, Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert… A lesson on tribal society with “The Perfect Storm” writer Sebastian Junger… Man Booker prize recipient Marlon …

349: Barney Frank, Anna Chlumsky, Hailu Mergia

October 21st, 2016

50:41

Encore Broadcast: This week, it’s a special edition of the DPD, taped in front of a D.C.-area crowd! Think of it as a political party: Former …

361: Kelly Reichardt, Kevin Hart, Chris Thile

October 14th, 2016

49:38

Critically-acclaimed director Kelly Reichardt chats about her new film “Certain Women”… The hilarious Kevin Hart brings his kids to work… Grammy-winner and newly-minted “Prairie Home Companion” host Chris Thile spins us …

360: Rebecca Hall, Jane Lynch, How To Dress Well

October 7th, 2016

50:08

Actor Rebecca Hall – star of the new film “Christine” – demonstrates her range (from Shakespeare to Bjork!)… The always gleeful Jane Lynch brings an …

359: Seth Meyers, Maureen Dowd, Eric Andre, Phoebe Robinson

September 30th, 2016

49:44

Seth Meyers dishes about working his “Late Night” gig (and not about “Saturday Night Live!”)… Pretend talk show host Eric Andre lists his favorite train wreck interviews… Comedian Phoebe Robinson teaches us how to avoid …

Debate Party Download “InstaPod!” Feat. Maureen Dowd

September 26th, 2016

8:42

Surprise! It’s our first-ever extra-special-InstaPod! Normally, we help you win your dinner parties, but today we’re going to help you win your …

Episode 343: The ALL-TV Episode

September 23rd, 2016

49:20

Encore Broadcast: It’s a special “ALL-TV” Episode, featuring big talent from the small screen! Ellie Kemper of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” smiles into the void… T.J. Miller (“Silicon Valley”) recommends wedding gifts …

Episode 358: America Ferrera, Norm Macdonald, Dinosaur Jr.

September 16th, 2016

49:47

“Ugly Betty” and “Superstore” star America Ferrera explains the “super” part of superstores… Comedian Norm Macdonald gives us etiquette advice and …

Episode 357: Guillermo del Toro, Dave Barry, Jamila Woods

September 9th, 2016

49:59

Visionary filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth”) celebrates bugs, monsters, and his FX Series “The Strain”… Comedian Dave Barry gives us …

Episode 356: Craig Robinson, Angel Olsen, and Sake Karaoke

September 2nd, 2016

50:30

Actor Craig Robinson (“The Office”) shows off his dramatic chops (and his German) in “Morris from America”… Phoebe Waller-Bridge– star of Amazon’s …

Episode 347: Colin Farrell, Maria Bamford, Frankie Cosmos

August 26th, 2016

49:27

Encore Broadcast: Movie star Colin Farrell considers his new film, “The Lobster”… Comedian Maria Bamford channels her mother (and her mother’s …

Episode 355: The 2016 All-Icebreaker Episode

August 19th, 2016

14:41

It’s time for our All-Icebreaker extravaganza! We’ve compiled a year’s worth of our show-starting jokes into one convenient package. Get your eyes …

Episode 326: Allison Janney, Norman Lear, John Mulaney

August 12th, 2016

49:47

Encore Broadcast: Allison Janney, star of the CBS sitcom “Mom,” on the humor in life’s heavy stuff… Alan Palomo, better known as Neon Indian, DJs your bomb shelter dinner party (but you’ll have to bring your own food)… …

Speakeasy Special: Food Fight with Jim Gaffigan, ‘The Sporkful,’ and ‘Nerdette’

August 9th, 2016

17:11

Surprise! It’s an all-new edition of our off-the-cuff Speakeasy podcast! This time, you’ll hear a special treat from “The Sporkful”‘s live event at …

Episode 342: Nicholas Hoult, Tatiana Maslany, Duncan Sheik

August 5th, 2016

50:16

Encore Broadcast: “Orphan Black” star Tatiana Maslany plays clones, twins, and Ying Yang Twins… Nicholas Hoult (“Mad Max: Fury Road,” the new “Kill …

Episode 354: Kristen Bell, Sharon Jones, Junius Meyvant

July 29th, 2016

49:22

Soul singer Sharon Jones shares her digits… “Bad Moms” star Kristen Bell entertains our emoji etiquette questions… Comedian Josh Gondelman celebrates …

Episode 353: Jim Gaffigan, Emma Cline, Anna Meredith

July 22nd, 2016

49:22

Comedian Jim Gaffigan advises you to pack your kids’ lunch with pub fare… Novelist Emma Cline discusses the cult of her hit first novel… acclaimed …

Episode 352: Shiri Appleby, Jessi Klein, Wyatt Cenac

July 15th, 2016

49:37

Actor Shiri Appleby, of the Peabody award-winning TV show “UnREAL,” directs herself playing the part of a producer (don’t worry, we’re confused too!)… Jessi Klein, Executive Producer of “Inside Amy Schumer,” discusses …

Episode 339: Viola Davis, Alan Cumming, Dave Navarro

July 8th, 2016

49:46

Encore Broadcast: Actor Viola Davis — star of the ABC hit show “How to Get Away with Murder” — waxes poetic on the wonders of Vaseline… Broadway star …

Episode 351: Anna Kendrick, D.A. Pennebaker, Fantastic Negrito

July 1st, 2016

49:42

“Pitch Perfect” star Anna Kendrick answers your etiquette questions (and threatens to eat your family)… Documentary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker celebrates both sides of Bob Dylan… Comedian Aparna Nancherla explains how …

Episode 350: Rashida Jones, Yo-Yo Ma, Tegan and Sara

June 24th, 2016

49:33

Multi-hyphenate Rashida Jones — one of the forces behind TV’s police farce “Angie Tribeca”– comes bearing wisdom for ‘overdogs’… Cello maestro Yo-Yo …

Speakeasy Special: Sam Heughan, Dick Cavett, Saoirse Ronan, Opus Moreschi

June 22nd, 2016

16:03

It’s an all-new episode of our off-the-cuff Speakeasy podcast! “Outlander” star Sam Heughan has a failsafe way to look buff (hint: tiny clothing)… Dick Cavett reveals his hidden talent and has a little fun at Spiro …

Episode 349: Barney Frank, Anna Chlumsky, Hailu Mergia

June 17th, 2016

49:28

This week, it’s a special edition of the DPD, taped in front of a D.C.-area crowd! Think of it as a political party: Former congressman Barney Frank …

Episode 307: Alison Bechdel, Chuck Palahniuk, Colleen

June 10th, 2016

49:14

Encore Broadcast: Alison Bechdel — whose graphic memoir “Fun Home” is now a 12-time Tony-nominated musical — tells us how she gets comfy, with her …

Episode 328: Ian McKellen, Cindy Crawford, Wine Crime

June 3rd, 2016

49:18

Encore Broadcast: 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 …

Episode 348: Sam Heughan, Sebastian Junger, Moshe Kasher and Natasha Leggero

May 27th, 2016

50:03

“Outlander” star Sam Heughan drops by to deliver some hair care tips before answering a few of our listeners’ etiquette questions… Filmmaker and journalist Sebastian Junger tells us why some prefer wartime to peacetime… …

Episode 347: Colin Farrell, Maria Bamford, Frankie Cosmos

May 20th, 2016

49:46

Movie star Colin Farrell considers his new film, “The Lobster”… Comedian Maria Bamford channels her mother (and her mother’s hairdresser) to give us …

Speakeasy Special: Ellie Kemper, Cameron Esposito, Michael McKean, Emmy the Great

May 17th, 2016

17:47

It’s an all new “Speakeasy” — our occasional, off-the-cuff, slightly profane, online-only podcast where we share some of the great stuff we had to leave on the cutting room floor. This time around you’ll hear Ellie …

Episode 252: Marc Maron, Philippe Petit, and Soylent

May 13th, 2016

51:27

Encore Broadcast: Marc Maron gives etiquette AND time-travel advice… Graphic novelist Mimi Pond lists criminals, spies, and other bohemians … “Man On Wire” tightrope-walker Philippe Petit explores creative chaos…  “The …

Episode 346: Saoirse Ronan, Cameron Diaz, Solomon Georgio

May 6th, 2016

51:24

Oscar-nominee Saoirse Ronan sharpens her skills in Broadway’s Crucible… Actor-and-author Cameron Diaz gives us impeccable advice — for the long haul… …

Episode 345: Jessica Williams, Dick Cavett, Michael McKean

April 29th, 2016

54:51

“The Daily Show” Senior Correspondent Jessica Williams dishes about her most devastating moment (in an olive oil shop in Park Slope)… Talk-show …

Episode 344: Anderson Cooper, Nahnatchka Khan, Parquet Courts

April 22nd, 2016

49:40

Journalist and TV host Anderson Cooper dazzles us with details from the new memoir he co-wrote with his heiress mom, Gloria Vanderbilt… Nahnatchka Khan, showrunner for the sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat,” thanks her Dad for …

Episode 318: Salman Rushdie, Alice Cooper, Carly Rae Jepsen

April 15th, 2016

49:57

Encore Broadcast: Novelist Salman Rushdie stirs up age-old mischief – and magic… Shock rock legend Alice Cooper tells wild tales of Groucho Marx, …

Episode 343: The ALL-TV Episode

April 8th, 2016

49:51

It’s a special “ALL-TV” Episode, featuring big talent from the small screen! Ellie Kemper of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” smiles into the void… T.J. Miller (“Silicon Valley”) recommends wedding gifts for the …

Episode 342: Nicholas Hoult, Tatiana Maslany, Duncan Sheik

April 1st, 2016

49:50

“Orphan Black” star Tatiana Maslany plays clones, twins, and Ying Yang Twins… Nicholas Hoult (“Mad Max: Fury Road,” the new “Kill Your Friends”) …

341: Daniel Clowes, Cameron Esposito, Quilt

March 25th, 2016

50:06

Graphic novelist Daniel Clowes on his unusual and endangered drawing utensils… Newly-married comedian Cameron Esposito describes her very public bachelor party and gives us etiquette advice… Sabri Ben-Achour of …

340: Jeff Nichols, Lauren Weedman, Tindersticks

March 18th, 2016

49:36

Southern filmmaker Jeff Nichols (“Mud,” the new “Midnight Special”) brings sci-fi down to earth, then offers up some pearls of wisdom… One of the art …

Speakeasy Special #6: Alan Cumming, Adam McKay, Dave Navarro

March 15th, 2016

13:47

It’s an all new “Speakeasy” — our occasional, off-the-cuff, slightly profane, online-only series in which we give you a peek behind the scenes… and share some of the great stuff we had to leave on the cutting room …

Episode 329: Alicia Vikander, Randall Munroe, EL VY

March 11th, 2016

50:46

Encore Broadcast: 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 …

Episode 339: Viola Davis, Alan Cumming, Dave Navarro

March 4th, 2016

50:08

Actor Viola Davis — star of the ABC hit show “How to Get Away with Murder” — waxes poetic on the wonders of Vaseline… Broadway star Alan Cumming …

Episode 338: The NOTscars Special

February 26th, 2016

49:45

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… …

Episode 337: Adam McKay, George Miller, Santigold

February 19th, 2016

50:04

Two Oscar-nominated filmmakers tell us about finding stories in unexpected places — Adam McKay (“The Big Short”) and George Miller (“Mad Max: Fury …

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

February 12th, 2016

56:05

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… …

Speakeasy Special #5

February 9th, 2016

13:25

It’s an all new “Speakeasy” — our occasional, off-the-cuff, slightly profane, online-only series in which we give you a peek behind the scenes… and share some of the great stuff we had to leave on the cutting room …

Episode 323: Olivia Wilde, Elvis Costello, Paul F. Tompkins

February 5th, 2016

50:35

Encore Broadcast: “Meadowland” actor Olivia Wilde tells us about non-nurturing female characters… Music legend Elvis Costello chats about his new memoir… We toast to Little Richard’s religious awakening… Art god Laurie …

Episode 325: Brie Larson, Gloria Steinem, Raury

January 29th, 2016

50:06

Encore Broadcast: Actor Brie Larson, star of “Room,” talks about being trapped on a plane while passengers watch her movie… The esteemed Gloria Steinem answers etiquette questions and gives you permission NOT to smile… …

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

December 30th, 2015

50:32

Encore Broadcast: This week we revisit one of our favorite 2015 episodes: Actor Jason Segel turns over a new leaf, as David Foster Wallace, in the biopic “The End of the Tour”… Rock star writer Diablo Cody (“Ricki and …

Best of 2015: Carrie Brownstein, Oscar Isaac, Shamir

December 23rd, 2015

50:35

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 …

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

December 18th, 2015

50:03

Gael Garcia Bernal — a Golden Globe nominee for the series “Mozart in the Jungle” — goes from messiah to maestro… Comedian Hannibal Buress offers up …

2015 DPD Holiday Special: Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels, Fran Lebowitz, Macklemore

December 17th, 2015

55:08

We’ve made a special episode of “The Dinner Party Download” stuffed with holiday goodness. Hip-hop legend Darryl McDaniels (the “DMC” of Run-DMC) …

Episode 329: Alicia Vikander, Randall Munroe, EL VY

December 11th, 2015

50:27

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 …

Episode 328: Ian McKellen, Cindy Crawford, Wine Crime

December 4th, 2015

50:21

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 …

Episode 311: Joe Manganiello, Devendra Banhart, Joy Williams

November 27th, 2015

49:44

Encore Broadcast: “Magic Mike” star Joe Manganiello strips away our bad etiquette habits… Artist-musician Devendra Banhart ruminates on art, ritual, and everlasting honey… Grammy-winner Joy Williams (formerly of The …

The 2015 All-Food Show

November 20th, 2015

48:39

Just in time for a week of feasting, it’s our special All-Food Show! Chefs Gabrielle Hamilton and Dan Barber turn food afterthoughts into fine dining … We ruminate on the history of the toothpick… Questlove and Conor …

Episode 326: Allison Janney, Norman Lear, John Mulaney

November 13th, 2015

50:01

Allison Janney, star of the CBS sitcom “Mom,” on the humor in life’s heavy stuff… Alan Palomo, better known as Neon Indian, DJs your bomb shelter dinner party (but you’ll have to bring your own food)…  Bon Appetit’s …

Episode 325: Brie Larson, Gloria Steinem, Raury

November 6th, 2015

50:04

Actor Brie Larson, star of “Room,” talks about being trapped on a plane while passengers watch her movie… The esteemed Gloria Steinem answers etiquette questions and gives you permission NOT to smile… …

Episode 324: Carrie Brownstein, T.J. Miller, Colin Hanks

October 30th, 2015

49:54

Indie rock god Carrie Brownstein on the troubles and triumphs of touring, as outlined in her new memoir… “Silicon Valley” star TJ Miller recommends wedding gifts for the budget-conscious (make sure you have your tetanus …

Speakeasy Special #4

October 27th, 2015

13:33

Surprise! It’s a new “Speakeasy” — our occasional, off-the-cuff, slightly profane, online-only series in which we give you a peek behind the scenes at the making of the DPD… and give a listen to some of the great stuff …

Episode 310: Al Pacino, Adam Scott & Jason Schwartzman, Flo Morrissey

October 23rd, 2015

50:00

Encore Broadcast: Al Pacino reflects on playing himself (method, of course), improvising with Sidney Lumet, and watching YOU from the corner booth… Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman, two forces behind the risque new …

Episode 323: Olivia Wilde, Elvis Costello, Paul F. Tompkins

October 16th, 2015

50:26

This week: “Meadowland” actor Olivia Wilde tells us about non-nurturing female characters… Music legend Elvis Costello chats about his new memoir… We toast to Little Richard’s religious awakening… Art god Laurie …

Episode 322: Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap, Kurt Vile, J. Kenji López-Alt

October 9th, 2015

50:36

This week: Legendary singer Tony Bennett, with collaborator Bill Charlap, color our world joyful – then compliment Rico’s dad… Rocker Kurt Vile spins …

Episode 321: Run The Jewels, Elizabeth Gilbert, Pauline Black

October 2nd, 2015

50:42

This week: Hip-hop duo Run The Jewels explains the cat sounds in their new album… Graphic novelist Adrian Tomine tells us why he writes about confused dads… “Eat, Pray, Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert gives us …

Episode 320: Peter Capaldi, Paul Scheer, Shamir

September 25th, 2015

50:46

Peter Capaldi — star of the beloved sci-fi series “Dr. Who” —  brings etiquette advice via TARDIS… Funnyman Paul Scheer revels in terrible movies, …

2015 LA Podfest Bonus: Paul Scheer, Aisha Tyler, Ann Friedman

September 23rd, 2015

54:10

Folks! We’re unleashing here a special BONUS EPISODE, taped this past Sunday at the Los Angeles Podcast Festival. Funnyman Paul Scheer (“The League” …

Episode 291: Eddie Redmayne, Issa Rae, Andrew Jarecki

September 18th, 2015

51:09

Encore Broadcast: Eddie Redmayne reveals his egg-y fears … Issa Rae gives tips for shutting down awkward asks … Why not leaving a tip might be the nicest thing you can do for a waiter … Swedish star Seinabo Sey warms us …

Episode 319: Emily Mortimer, Julie Klausner, Destroyer

September 11th, 2015

49:58

This week: Writer-actor Emily Mortimer (“Doll & Em”) puts friendships under the lens, makes us laugh and squirm… Julie Klausner, co-mastermind of …

Episode 318: Salman Rushdie, Alice Cooper, Carly Rae Jepsen

September 4th, 2015

50:27

This week: Novelist Salman Rushdie stirs up age-old mischief – and magic… Shock rock legend Alice Cooper tells wild tales of Groucho Marx, Paul …

Episode 317: Uzo Aduba, Yo La Tengo, Doug Aitken

August 29th, 2015

50:33

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 …

316: Uzo Aduba, Yo La Tengo, Doug Aitken

August 29th, 2015

50:33

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 …

Episode 269: Mel Brooks, Greta Gerwig, and AC Newman

August 21st, 2015

50:23

Encore Broadcast: Comedy legend Mel Brooks reanimates “Young Frankenstein” then offers priceless etiquette advice (warning: may include death …

Episode 316: The 2015 Icebreaker Episode

August 14th, 2015

16:18

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 …

Speakeasy Special #3

August 11th, 2015

15:19

“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 …

Episode 296: Ethan Hawke, Broad City, David Duchovny, Vetiver

August 7th, 2015

51:48

Encore Broadcast: Ethan Hawke’s intimate portrait of an artist… The ladies of “Broad City” riff on their fave BFFs… Newly-minted *novelist* David …

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

July 31st, 2015

50:31

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 …

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

July 24th, 2015

50:15

This week: Actor Abigail Spencer cherishes the Southern truths — and roots — of TV’s “Rectify” … Comedian Riki Lindhome, co-everything of the new …

Episode 313: Liev Schreiber, Joshua Oppenheimer, Mark Ronson

July 17th, 2015

50:32

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 …

Episode 299: Oscar Isaac, Fran Drescher, Wayne Coyne

July 10th, 2015

50:46

Encore Broadcast: Actor Oscar Isaac (“Ex Machina,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) isn’t bullish on ‘the future’ (but his is bright)… Fran Drescher …

Episode 312: Tim and Eric, Juan Felipe Herrera, UnREALity TV

July 3rd, 2015

50:18

This week: Comedy duo Tim and Eric get into the Etiquette Zone… New U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera wears many hats, counts many lizard tails… An “UnREAL” new show skewers reality TV… Debut novelist Naomi Jackson …

Episode 311: Joe Manganiello, Devendra Banhart, Joy Williams

June 26th, 2015

50:24

This week: “Magic Mike” star Joe Manganiello strips away our bad etiquette habits… Artist-musician Devendra Banhart ruminates on art, ritual, and everlasting honey… Grammy-winner Joy Williams (formerly of The Civil …

Episode 310: Al Pacino, Adam Scott & Jason Schwartzman, Flo Morrissey

June 19th, 2015

49:40

This week: Al Pacino reflects on playing himself (method, of course), improvising with Sidney Lumet, and watching YOU from the corner booth… Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman, two forces behind the risque new comedy “The …

Episode 309: Paul Dano, Jackie Collins, Hot Chip

June 13th, 2015

49:48

On this week’s show: Actor Paul Dano channels his inner Beach Boy…The always saucy novelist Jackie Collins heats up our etiquette segment with talk …

Episode 308: Marion Cotillard, Kenny G, High Maintenance

June 5th, 2015

49:51

Encore Broadcast: Marion Cotillard shines a light … Kenny G goes Brazilian … The challenges and rewards of working with a spouse … How what we feel affects our feelings … A totes fake resto … A picky bit of history … …

Episode 307: Alison Bechdel, Chuck Palahniuk, Colleen

May 30th, 2015

50:04

On this week’s show: Alison Bechdel — whose graphic memoir “Fun Home” is now a 12-time Tony-nominated musical — tells us how she gets comfy, with her …

Episode 306: Michael Ian Black, Angel Olsen, Marlon James, Lizzo

May 23rd, 2015

49:30

This week, it’s a special live(ly) edition of the DPD, recorded at the historic Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota. Comedian Michael Ian Black …

Episode 305: Blondie, Oscar the Grouch, Thomas Vinterberg

May 15th, 2015

50:19

This week: The band Blondie talks mod style and hoarding habits… Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg ponders the vicissitudes of fate – and then yodels… Oscar the Grouch deigns to give us etiquette advice (DON’T thank …

Speakeasy Special #2: Remembering Chris Burden

May 12th, 2015

13:01

Today we bring you the second installment of “Speakeasy,” an occasional special podcast in which we chat off-the-cuff, and share never-before-heard bits that didn’t make it into our weekly episodes. In this edition, …

Episode 304: Mike Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

May 8th, 2015

49:31

Encore Broadcast: Filmmaker Mike Leigh talks about crop circles (yes, those crop circles) … Actor Gina Rodriguez explains how “Breaking Bad” is crazier than a telenovela … What we can learn about dictators from thier …

Episode 303: Amy Schumer, Cokie Roberts, Kurt Cobain in His Own Words

May 2nd, 2015

49:51

This week: Peabody Award-winning comedian Amy Schumer talks on the wild side… NPR correspondent Cokie Roberts celebrates our female forebears, then offers some civil advice … A new documentary is at home with Nirvana’s …

Episode 302: Mark Ronson, Young Fathers, ‘War Fries’

April 24th, 2015

50:15

This week: Mark Ronson makes a new Macarena, dissects the many roles of a modern-day music producer… Writer Amelia Gray imagines a world of …

Episode 301: The 2015 All-Music Episode

April 17th, 2015

50:52

This week: Just in time for the last Coachella weekend and Record Store Day, it’s a special ALL-MUSIC EPISODE! We’ve got tunes and tales from Nancy Sinatra, Miguel, Carrie Brownstein, Weird Al Yankovic and Steve Martin. …

Episode 300: DPD Special!

April 10th, 2015

32:39

This week: To celebrate our 300th episode, we’re telling the DPD origin story! You’ll hear pieces of our first-ever episode (yes, spooky)… highlights from format-busting conversations with Spike Lee and Elaine Stritch… …

Episode 299: Oscar Isaac, Fran Drescher, Wayne Coyne

April 3rd, 2015

50:24

This Week: Actor Oscar Isaac (“Ex Machina,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) isn’t bullish on ‘the future’ (but his is bright)… Fran Drescher and her …

Speakeasy Special #1

March 31st, 2015

12:10

Welcome to the first episode of “Speakeasy,” an occasional special podcast in which we share never-before-heard bits that didn’t make it into our weekly episodes. Think of it like the casual little bistro beside our …

Episode 298: Aubrey Plaza, Laura Marling, Scharpling & Wurster

March 27th, 2015

50:30

Actress Aubrey Plaza needs no introduction (because she’s got it memorized)… Singer-songwriter Laura Marling has a soundtrack for evenings warm and chilly… Writer Jon Ronson looks at shaming on social media and sees our …

Episode 297: Zachary Quinto, Sara Schaefer, Leon Bridges

March 21st, 2015

50:25

This week: Actor Zachary Quinto gets a memento from Tennessee Williams… Soul singer Leon Bridges steps back in time… Comedian Sara Schaefer aces her …

Episode 296: Ethan Hawke, Broad City, David Duchovny, Vetiver

March 14th, 2015

50:31

This week: Ethan Hawke’s intimate portrait of an artist… The ladies of “Broad City” riff on their fave BFFs… Newly-minted *novelist* David Duchovny …

Episode 295: Dev Patel, Dave Barry, Lady Lamb

March 7th, 2015

52:37

This week: “Chappie” star Dev Patel on acting alongside robots and Dames… Dave Barry brings a machete to our etiquette segment… Author Tania James sees life (and loss) through the eyes of a child elephant… Singer Lady …

Episode 294: Jason Schwartzman, Weezer, Barbara Kruger, Tenacious D

February 28th, 2015

50:07

Encore Broadcast: Actor Jason Schwartzman – star of the new film “Listen Up Philip” – pits his ego against Brendan’s… A soundtrack from Weezer’s …

Episode 293: Titus Welliver, Sleater-Kinney, Tracee Ellis Ross

February 21st, 2015

50:09

This week: Actor Titus Welliver on shooting a gun, canonically … Corin Tucker doesn’t think her band’s music is too awful … Tracee Ellis Ross shares …

Episode 292: Marion Cotillard, Kenny G, High Maintenance

February 14th, 2015

50:20

Marion Cotillard shines a light … Kenny G goes Brazilian … The challenges and rewards of working with a spouse … How what we feel affects our feelings … A totes fake resto … A picky bit of history … Corin Tucker calls … …

Episode 291: Eddie Redmayne, Issa Rae, Andrew Jarecki

February 7th, 2015

51:38

Eddie Redmayne reveals his egg-y fears … Issa Rae gives tips for shutting down awkward asks … Why not leaving a tip might be the nicest thing you can do for a waiter … Swedish star Seinabo Sey warms us up … A …

Episode 290: Patricia Arquette, Weird Al, and Jenny Lewis

January 31st, 2015

52:33

Pop-parodist “Weird Al” Yankovic on being weird (and Weird, and “Weird”) … “Boyhood” star Patricia Arquette’s stolen Santa Clauses …  How singer …

Episode 289: Frank Gehry, Miranda July, Dame Edna

January 24th, 2015

50:52

This week: A musical peek into Frank Gehry’s house … Dame Edna delivers ‘glorious’ advice … Miranda July builds a system … The children raised amid …

Episode 288: Nick Kroll, Laura Poitras, Eddie Huang

January 17th, 2015

50:06

This week: The filmmaker who documented Edward Snowden (but didn’t decorate his hotel room) … Comedian Nick Kroll goes in search of the weirdest …

Episode 287: J.C. Chandor, Mark Duplass, Twerps

January 10th, 2015

50:22

This week: Actor-writer-director Mark Duplass on brotherly love – without eye-contact … A spicy, south-of-the-border drink trend … Filmmaker J.C. Chandor makes art inspired by tragedy … FM radio is invented, and we’re …

Episode 286: Best of 2014

January 2nd, 2015

50:51

We are kicking off 2015 by rounding-up some of our (and your!) favorite moments from 2014.  Actor Jeffrey Tambor talks parenting — in real life and television … Grilled cheese sandwiches fall from the sky … Anjelica …

Episode 285: Wes Anderson, Dave Barry, and Real Estate

December 27th, 2014

50:01

This Week: Filmmaker Wes Anderson on stoves that witnessed history… Humorist Dave Barry takes aim at your etiquette questions… Real Estate play party DJ… Lit phenom Helen Oyeyemi gazes into the mirror, mirror….And Noah …

Holiday Bonus: Frolic with Molly Ringwald and Friends

December 24th, 2014

39:14

We’re issuing you a holiday bonus — in the form of an extra podcast. We know, it’s what you wanted most of all. So we’ve wrapped up the contents of …

Episode 284: B.J. Novak (live!), The Dukes of Hazzard, and Miriam Toews

December 20th, 2014

50:15

A special fireside chat with writer-actor B.J. Novak, from our “Holiday Frolic” road show … Also: Canadian author Miriam Toews’ tale of two sisters… …

Episode 283: Mike Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

December 12th, 2014

49:22

This week: Filmmaker Mike Leigh talks about crop circles (yes, those crop circles) … Actor Gina Rodriguez explains how “Breaking Bad” is crazier than a telenovela … What we can learn about dictators from thier food …

Episode 282: Michael Cera, Nick Hornby, and Viv Albertine

December 6th, 2014

50:10

This week: How Michael Cera keeps the act alive … Viv Albertine of The Slits on punk rock conformity … Nick Hornby reveals his secret plans for “Wild II” … Essayist Meghan Daum is not impressed by Cronuts … Conor Oberst …

Episode 281: All-Food Special 2014

November 28th, 2014

50:12

To celebrate Thanksgiving (and, even better, leftovers!) it’s our annual All Food Special. Featuring: Perfection on a sushi plate … Hot, spicy, and festive horseradish … Filmmaker Jim Jarmush gets corny … Jimmy Buffet …

Episode 280: Bryan Ferry, Aasif Mandvi, and Jessie Ware

November 22nd, 2014

50:17

Roxy Music rocker Bryan Ferry explains capital-A Art … Lynne Rossetto Kasper takes a seat at our Splendid Table … One of the nation’s most-acclaimed …

Episode 279: Anjelica Huston, Gabrielle Hamilton, and Glyn Johns

November 15th, 2014

49:53

Anjelica Huston talks about bad boys and leading ladies … The difficulty of making a film in a warzone … Chef and author Gabrielle Hamilton cooks …

Episode 278: Audra McDonald, Thomas Jefferson, and Haggis in the U.S.A.

November 8th, 2014

50:08

Broadway star Audra McDonald is about to launch a national tour; here’s how not to decorate for her welcome party … Thomas Jefferson (well, scholar …

Episode 277: Elle Fanning, Gary Shteyngart, and The Sporkful

November 1st, 2014

49:29

Elle Fanning talks about her extra-curricular activities … Author Gary Shteyngart is only a little failure … Ruben Östlund has made a film that may …

Episode 276: Jason Schwartzman, Weezer, Barbara Kruger, Tenacious D

October 25th, 2014

53:06

Actor Jason Schwartzman – star of the new film “Listen Up Philip” – pits his ego against Brendan’s… A soundtrack from Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo inspires …

Episode 275: Joel Edgerton, Justin Simien, and Banks

October 18th, 2014

49:51

This week: Aussie actor Joel Edgerton (“The Great Gatsby,” “Warrior”) dances into the spotlight with wildly different fall projects, including this week’s “Felony”… Filmmaker Justin Simien (“Dear White People”) explores …

Bonus Podcast: The After-Dinner Party Download

October 15th, 2014

16:29

A podcast-only bonus! WARNING: These performances from our recent live show are smart, funny, and NOT for family listening.  (Cursing, frank conversation about sex, etc.  Please listen responsibly.)  Great stuff though! …

Episode 274: Jenny Slate, John Waters, and First Aid Kit

October 11th, 2014

50:55

This week: Filmmaker, writer, and ‘Pope of Trash’ John Waters offers etiquette advice, naturally… Jenny Slate, star of the film “Obvious Child,” says ‘complicated’ and ‘comedy’ can coexist… Swedish sister duo First Aid …

Episode 273: Jeffrey Tambor, Perfume Genius, and Quincy Jones

October 4th, 2014

50:34

Actor Jeffrey Tambor comes to terms with a catch-phrase … Perfume Genius really wants you to care as much about these songs as he does … Quincy Jones shares what he learned from jazz man Clark Terry … What a jar of baby …

Episode 272: Mia Wasikowska, Nick Frost, and Interpol

September 27th, 2014

51:16

Actress Mia Wasikowska (“Alice in Wonderland”) makes “Tracks” across the Outback… British film star Nick Frost (“The Boxtrolls,” “Shaun of the Dead,” …

Episode 271: Bill Hader, Hiss Golden Messenger, and Betty Halbreich

September 20th, 2014

51:21

Actor Bill Hader shows off his drama schooling … Bergdorf’s Betty Halbreich dresses down America, while endorsing wearing hats on your face … …

Episode 270: James McAvoy, Jon Favreau, and Emma Straub

September 12th, 2014

50:32

This week: Actor James McAvoy (of “X Men” and “Filth”) flies the Scottish flag … Writer-director Jon Favreau cooks up a foodie film … Top author of the summer Emma Straub keeps the vacation going forever …  Indie pop …

Episode 269: Mel Brooks, Greta Gerwig, and AC Newman

September 6th, 2014

50:06

This week: Comedy legend Mel Brooks reanimates “Young Frankenstein” then offers priceless etiquette advice (warning: may include death threats, …

Episode 268: Daniel Radcliffe, Benjamin Booker, and ‘The Narcissist Next Door’

August 30th, 2014

50:50

Actor Daniel Radcliffe’s favorite language … NOLA rocker Benjamin Booker’s wild party … The era when your granddad’s music was super-rebellious … …

Episode 267: Elisabeth Moss, Alice Waters, George Takei, Jon Wurster

August 23rd, 2014

50:47

Elisabeth Moss’ supernatural surprise … Taking on George Takei .. Jon Wurster drums in some etiquette lessons … An apple a day won’t keep Alice Waters away … We dig up the story of Daguerreotypes … Greg Poehler is an …

Episode 266: Kevin Spacey, Ruth Reichl, Todd Snider and Elephant

August 16th, 2014

50:20

This week: Stage and screen star Kevin Spacey channels Richard III (and Bill Clinton)… Food icon Ruth Reichl has us eating her words… Folk-rocker …

Episode 265: Pharrell, Carrie Brownstein & Fred Armisen, and Much MØ

August 9th, 2014

51:04

This week: Portlandia duo Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen open up about hot-tubs, underwear, and weddings … Music multi-hyphenate Pharrell …

Special Live Performance from Teenage Fanclub!

August 5th, 2014

10:20

A couple weeks ago, The Dinner Party Download took a trip down south to North Carolina to stage a special live event in conjunction with the Merge 25 …

Special Live Performance from Teenage Fanclub!

August 5th, 2014

10:20

A couple weeks ago, The Dinner Party Download took a trip down south to North Carolina to stage a special live event in conjunction with the Merge 25 …

Episode 264: Margaret Atwood, Tim Gunn, and Hulk Hogan: Hero

August 1st, 2014

50:51

This week: literary giant Margaret Atwood is prepared for giant bears… Tim Gunn returns, just in time for Project Runway’s 13th season debut, to save listeners from the  ‘comfort trap’…  Guitarist Steve Gunn (no …

Episode 263: Bill Nye, David Crosby, and Our Big Party in Big Sur

July 24th, 2014

58:33

This week: a very special edition of The Dinner Party Download originally crafted as part of the Big Sur Sound and Story Festival at the Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur, California. The show is themed around a …

Episode 262: Scarlett Johansson, Billy Eichner, and Slint

July 18th, 2014

51:22

This week: Scarlett Johansson muses on ol’ blue eyes and earthly aliens … Comedian Billy Eichner takes etiquette to the streets … We catch up with …

Episode 261: Patricia Arquette, Weird Al, and Jenny Lewis

July 12th, 2014

50:24

Pop-parodist “Weird Al” Yankovic on being weird (and Weird, and “Weird”) … “Boyhood” star Patricia Arquette’s stolen Santa Clauses …  How singer …

Episode 260: Audra McDonald, Thomas Jefferson, and Haggis in the U.S.A.

July 4th, 2014

50:27

She may perform fearlessly, but Broadway star Audra McDonald tells us which party decoration freaks her right out … Thomas Jefferson (well, scholar …

Episode 259: Rich Sommer, Jackie Collins, and Roger Ebert, Remembered

June 28th, 2014

50:32

The life and legacy of critic Roger Ebert … Secret liaisons with Jackie Collins … Boozing and camping with “Mad Men” actor Rich Sommer … Heavy metal …

Bonus: Steve Martin, in Conversation – From Scruggs to Jagger

June 25th, 2014

26:22

A podcast-only bonus!  We’re sharing the extended cut of our interview with Steve Martin, just in time for his 4th-of-July bluegrass shows at The …

Episode 258: Jonah Hill, House of Cards, Luxury Toast

June 20th, 2014

50:36

This week: Jonah Hill’s search for the perfect coupling … Skip Lievsay explains how movies should sound … Life imitates board games imitating life …

Episode 257: Jenny Slate, John Waters, and First Aid Kit

June 14th, 2014

51:15

This week: Filmmaker, writer, and ‘Pope of Trash’ John Waters offers etiquette advice, naturally… Jenny Slate, star of the film “Obvious Child,” says ‘complicated’ and ‘comedy’ can coexist… Swedish sister duo First Aid …

Episode 256: Harry Dean Stanton, Patricia Lockwood, and Hamilton Leithauser

June 7th, 2014

51:22

This week: Actor Harry Dean Stanton shows off his singing … Poet Patricia Lockwood revisits childhood … Why Lyndon Johnson fascinates us, fifty years …

Episode 255: Steve Coogan, Hugh Bonneville, B.J. Novak, and “Broad City” BFFs

May 30th, 2014

50:22

This week: Oscar nominee Steve Coogan (“Philomena,” this summer’s upcoming “The Trip to Italy”) meditates on condiments and dramedies … “The Monuments Men” star Hugh Bonneville – a.k.a. Lord Grantham on “Downton Abbey” …

Episode 254: James McAvoy, Jon Favreau, and Wearing Your Food

May 24th, 2014

50:36

This week: Actor James McAvoy (of this week’s new “X Men” blockbuster, and the art-house drama “Filth”) flies the Scottish flag… Writer-director Jon Favreau cooks up a new film… Emma Straub on why vacation with the …

Episode 253: Conor Oberst, Colson Whitehead, and Freakonomics

May 17th, 2014

49:55

Musician Conor Oberst gives us a topography lesson … A new movie – and fail-safe flirting tips – from actor Griffin Dunne… ’Freakonomics’ Stephen …

Episode 252: Marc Maron, Philippe Petit, and Soylent

May 10th, 2014

50:12

This Week: Marc Maron gives etiquette AND time-travel advice… Graphic novelist Mimi Pond lists criminals, spies, and other bohemians … “Man On Wire” tightrope-walker Philippe Petit explores creative chaos…  “The …

Episode 251: Kevin Spacey, Ruth Reichl, Todd Snider and Elephant

May 3rd, 2014

50:21

This week: Stage & screen star Kevin Spacey channels Richard III (and Bill Clinton)… Food icon Ruth Reichl has us eating her words… folk-rocker …

The 2014 Icebreaker Episode

April 25th, 2014

10:20

On the occasion of our 250th podcast, we’re celebrating with this bonus mini-episode, compiling a year’s worth of our show-starting jokes into one convenient package. These tiny tales of stuff walking into bars, bad …

Episode 250: Daniel Radcliffe, Lars Ulrich, and Elizabeth Gilbert

April 25th, 2014

50:15

This week: Daniel Radcliffe wears a mask that is not for a role … Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich tells your roommate to turn that racket down … …

The 2014 All-Icebreaker Special

April 25th, 2014

10:24

We just released the 250th episode of our show, so we’re celebrating with this bonus episode, containing a collection of party-winning jokes from our …

Episode 249: Scarlett Johansson, Billy Eichner, and Slint

April 19th, 2014

50:37

This week: Scarlett Johansson muses on ol’ blue eyes and earthly aliens… Comedian Billy Eichner takes etiquette to the streets … We catch up with …

Episode 248: Jim Jarmusch, Lavender Country, and Horseradish Hazards

April 11th, 2014

50:49

This week: Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch sinks his teeth into a new genre and Tom Waits metaphors… Comedy writer Carol Leifer (“Seinfeld,” “SNL”) kicks off …

Episode 247: Amy Schumer, Errol Morris, & The War on Drugs

April 4th, 2014

50:53

This week: Comedienne Amy Schumer secretly enjoys tea and reading … Errol Morris explains Donald Rumsfeld’s problems with reality … Actress Judy …

Episode 246: Toni Collette, Bill Callahan, and Oil Balls

March 27th, 2014

50:44

This week: Toni Collette grabs the wheel … Rob Delaney takes us to a dark, dark chocolate place … Ben Schott shares speichelgleichmut … Texas …

Episode 245: Steve Martin, Stradivariuses, and Switchel

March 22nd, 2014

50:43

This week: Steve Martin puts on a show as well as a concert …  Emily Posts’ progeny pocket dial us … Switchel, a.k.a. Herman Melville’s fave energy …

Episode 244: Wes Anderson, Dave Barry, and the Sweet Sounds of Real Estate

March 15th, 2014

50:45

This Week: Filmmaker Wes Anderson on stoves that witnessed history… Humorist Dave Barry takes aim at your etiquette questions… Real Estate (the band, not the biz sector) play party DJ… Lit phenom Helen Oyeyemi gazes …

Episode 243: Pharrell, Carrie Brownstein & Fred Armisen, and Much MØ

March 7th, 2014

50:33

This week: Portlandia duo Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen open up about hot-tubs, underwear, and weddings … Music multi-hyphenate Pharrell …

Episode 242: Oscar Isaac, Mads Mikkelsen, and Vermouth Strikes Back

February 28th, 2014

50:54

Oscar Isaac, star of “Inside Llewyn Davis” and the new “In Secret,” talks travis pickin’ and tabbies … Mads Mikkelsen of Oscar-nominated Danish drama “The Hunt,” looks on the bright side of strife … Bestselling author …

Episode 241: Stephen Malkmus, Doughnuts for Groughnups, and Oscar’s Finest “Act”

February 21st, 2014

51:00

This week: Stephen Malkmus on rock and roll fatherhood … Comedienne Annabelle Gurwitch makes an effort at etiquette …. Rebecca Mead revisits …

Episode 240: Jonah Hill, House of Cards and Luxury Toast

February 14th, 2014

50:55

This week: Jonah Hill’s search for the perfect coupling … Skip Lievsay explains how movies should sound … Life imitates board games imitating life …

Episode 239: Steve Coogan, Hugh Bonneville, B.J. Novak, and “Broad City” BFFs

February 8th, 2014

51:18

This week: Oscar nominee Steve Coogan (“Philomena,” this summer’s upcoming “The Trip to Italy” ) meditates on condiments and dramedies … “The Monuments Men” star Hugh Bonneville – a.k.a. Lord Grantham on “Downton Abbey” …

Episode 238: Brie Larson, Baz Luhrmann, and Nomnomnom-enclature

January 31st, 2014

50:52

This week: “Short Term 12″ (just out on DVD and streaming) star Brie Larson fears oranges and lobsters … Baz Luhrmann talks movie music from Bee Gees to Gatsby … Author Juan Gabriel Vásquez shares a story of …

Episode 237: Zoe Kazan, Jackie Collins, and Thinking Outside the Pizza Box

January 25th, 2014

50:58

Zoe Kazan, writer/star of “Ruby Sparks” and the new play “Trudy & Max in Love,” uses our show to save a chihuahua… bestselling author Jackie …

Episode 236: Timothy Olyphant, Rosanne Cash, and Carl Hiaasen’s Pizza Surprise

January 18th, 2014

50:59

This week: “Justified” star Timothy Olyphant says he’s just the help… Etiquette from Carl Hiaasen, chronicler of bad Floridian behavior… Rosanne Cash takes a trip into music & literary history… You can’t win ‘em all …

Episode 235: Lupita Nyong’o, Gary Shteyngart, and Rust Belt Restos

January 11th, 2014

50:58

This week: Lupita Nyongo, Golden globe nominee for “12 Years A Slave” reveals the secret to happiness… Gary Shteyngart develops a crush on the Iron …

Episode 234: Best of 2013

January 4th, 2014

50:42

This week, we ring in 2014 by looking BACK at our favorite interviews of 2013.  (Because, yes, we’re punk like that.)  You’ll hear “things you didn’t know” from Daniel Radcliffe, Margaret Atwood, and many more… Sounds …

Episode 233: Liev Schreiber, Wild Belle, and Cheese Drama

December 27th, 2013

50:15

This Week: We take a brief holiday break (and hope you’re able to do the same) and leave you with this choice episode from earlier in the year … Liev …

Episode 232: Jeremy Renner, Nancy Sinatra, and Billy Collins

December 21st, 2013

50:24

This Week: Jeremy Renner does the American Hustle… Nancy Sinatra on headphones and hair-poufs … Former Poet Laureate Billy Collins asks you to clean …

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

December 14th, 2013

50:27

Oscar-winning thespian Geoffrey Rush goes from burlesque to “The Book Thief”… “Parks and Recreation’s” Aubrey Plaza will not be mean on command … LeVar Burton, of “Reading Rainbow” fame, gets all Dirty Harry on a book …

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

December 7th, 2013

50:35

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 …

Episode 229: The 2013 All-Food Episode

November 29th, 2013

50:14

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 …

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

November 23rd, 2013

50:10

We reheat an old episode for this pre-Thanksgiving week, featuring, fittingly, an English take on American culture … Superstar comedian Kevin Hart …

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

November 16th, 2013

50:19

Brit wit Stephen Fry talks Shakespeare, takes on Turkey Day, and meets dead people… “Top Chef” judge Gail Simmons adjudicates your etiquette …

Episode 226: Toni Collette, Bill Callahan, and Oil Balls

November 9th, 2013

50:03

This week: Toni Collette grabs the wheel … Rob Delaney takes us to a dark, dark chocolate place … Ben Schott shares speichelgleichmut … Texas …

Episode 225: Jessica Chastain, Dave Barry, and Joy(ful) Division

November 1st, 2013

50:00

This week: one of our favorite episodes of 2013, in which Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain of “Zero Dark Thirty” riffs on Pitt and pigs… Humorist Dave Barry offers insane advice… Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff plays …

Episode 224: The 2013 All-Movie Episode

October 26th, 2013

50:17

This week it’s a special ALL MOVIE EPISODE!  Starring Oscar-nominees Michelle Williams and David O. Russell … Also: Laura Dern re-examines David Lynch’s brain(s) … “Hunger Games” make-up artist Ve Neill lists a few fave …

Episode 223: Bob Odenkirk, Linda Thompson, and Peaches Teaches

October 17th, 2013

50:20

This week: Bob Odenkirk, comedy polymath & “Breaking Bad” breakout star, talks sketch and Saul… … Pop provacateur Peaches strips down etiquette… …

Episode 222: Dane DeHaan, Anna Calvi, and the Modernist Maestro

October 11th, 2013

50:33

This week: “Kill Your Darlings” star Dane DeHaan catches the Beats… Operatic indie rocker Anna Calvi DJs your next soiree… The Posts return with …

Episode 221: Daniel Radcliffe, Lars Ulrich, and Elizabeth Gilbert

October 4th, 2013

0:03

This week: Daniel Radcliffe wears a mask that’s not for a role … Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich tells your roommate to turn that racket down … …

Episode 221: Daniel Radcliffe, Lars Ulrich, and Elizabeth Gilbert

October 4th, 2013

50:06

This week: Daniel Radcliffe wears a mask that’s not for a role … Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich tells your roommate to turn that racket down … …

Episode 220: Margaret Atwood, Gunn Culture, and Hulk Hogan: Hero

September 28th, 2013

51:15

This week: literary giant Margaret Atwood is prepared for mega-bears… Tim Gunn returns, just in time to save listeners from the  ‘comfort trap’…  guitarist Steve Gunn (no relation) spins a mellow party playlist… The …

Episode 219: Colin Firth, Bobby Flay, and Molly Ringwald’s Vault

September 20th, 2013

50:37

This week: Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth explores masks and the mind… We grill star chef Bobby Flay on etiquette… Food writer Michael Pollan says …

Episode 218: Jonathan Lethem, Alt-J, and the Fab Four’s Freda

September 14th, 2013

50:58

This week:  Jonathan Lethem goes to New Jersey … Alt-J are kind of over triangles at this point … The Beatles’ secretary gives a peek into music history … Restaurant trends, from bars to bathrooms …   Astronaut …

Episode 217: Arctic Monkeys, Van Jones, and Fashion Asylums

September 7th, 2013

50:52

This week: Britrock superstars Arctic Monkeys provide a party playlist (and a dessert recipe)… Van Jones plays with Crossfire… fashion maven Simon Doonan says the best outfit is the one your friend is already wearing … …

Episode 216: Brie Larson, Baz Luhrmann, and Nomnomnom-enclature

August 31st, 2013

50:55

This week: “Short Term 12″ star Brie Larson fears oranges & lobsters… Baz Luhrmann talks movie music from Bee Gees to Gatsby… author Juan Gabriel Vásquez shares a story of narco-trafficking and lost hippos… A Jimmy …

Episode 215: Eva Mendes, Julia Sweeney, and Blushing Stomachs

August 24th, 2013

50:44

This week: One of our favorite episodes!  Eva Mendes decodes “The Place Beyond the Pines” (which just came out on DVD)  and hieroglyphics… Writer and …

Episode 214: David Oyelowo, Ricky Skaggs, and a Gun for Breakfast

August 16th, 2013

50:45

This week: Actor David Oyelowo becomes sort of a scholar … Bluegrass musician Ricky Skaggs on sushi and superfreaks … Piper Kerman reveals the …

Episode 213: Lisa Kudrow, Franz Ferdinand, and Bug Bars

August 10th, 2013

50:55

This week: Lisa Kudrow takes a stab at radio therapy … Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos plants an orchard … Anna Gunn of “Breaking Bad” breaks out a list of broken couples… We take an inside look at President Nixon, via …

Episode 212: Liev Schrieber, Wild Belle, and Cheese Drama

August 3rd, 2013

51:01

This week: Liev Schrieber on canine engineering and bad answers… Choire Sicha, founder of The Awl, offers etiquette quips… Breakout Chicago band Wild Belle bring us the world, on a platter of sound… A tale of cheese and …

Episode 211: Laura Dern, Billy Bragg, and Bite-Sized Giants

July 27th, 2013

50:46

This week: We nominate an episode from earlier this year for your repeat consideration. “Enlightened” actress Laura Dern (who just picked up an Emmy …

Episode 210: Andrew Bujalski, Andrea Martin, and Fishy Business

July 20th, 2013

50:55

This week: pioneering indie filmmaker Andrew Bujalski plays “Computer Chess” and speaks up about mumblecore… SCTV alum and Tony-winner Andrea Martin …

Episode 209: Herb Alpert, Chuck Klosterman, and Big Stars

July 12th, 2013

51:01

This week: Writer Chuck Klosterman grapples with villains…   Music legend Herb Alpert grapples with your etiquette questions… Comedian Tig Notaro …

Episode 208: Kevin Hart, Aisha Tyler, and Frozen Beer

July 6th, 2013

50:59

This week: Superstar comedian Kevin Hart grows an inch … Comic, writer, TV host and — now– etiquette expert Aisha Tyler steers listeners clear of …

Episode 207: Natalie Cole, Ralph Nader, and Rogue Soundwaves

June 29th, 2013

52:37

This week: Natalie Cole sings en Espanol … Activist Ralph Nader gives etiquette advice and restaurant recommendations … Bestselling novelist Curtis …

Episode 206: Greta Gerwig, Questlove, and Drinkable Spam

June 20th, 2013

51:55

This week: We ride the rerun ship back in time, for an episode that turns out to be pretty prescient … Francis Ha star Greta Gerwig on naturalism vs. quirk … The Roots’ Questlove on food … Author Carl Hiaasen gives us a …

Episode 205: Sofia Coppola, Jonathan Goldstein, Zombies and blooood

June 13th, 2013

51:05

This week: Filmmaker Sofia Coppola talks about “The Bling Ring” and growing up in an Apocalypse … Humorist and “Wiretap” host Jonathan Goldstein …

Episode 204: Ellen Page, Colum McCann, and Miraculous Fruits

June 7th, 2013

51:28

This week: Actress Ellen Page (The East) on saving the planet and playing with dolls… National Book Award winner Colum McCann takes us on a …

Episode 203: Dan Savage, Jessica Walter, and the Kings of Summer

May 30th, 2013

50:57

This week: Sex writer Dan Savage on cheating and snowboarding… Actress Jessica Walter of Arrested Development plays nice for etiquette… Doo-wop …

Episode 202: Andrea Riesborough, Fitz and the Tantrums, and Saving Italy

May 24th, 2013

50:32

This week: Andrea Riesborough lets us in on a mystery… Fitz and the Tantrums spins a retro party playlist… Novelist Joanna Hershon starts off the summer in a 1960s yacht club… Italian pork is washing up on American …

Episode 201: James Franco, Paul Theroux, and a Cowardly Display

May 17th, 2013

50:16

This week: We look back to one of our favorite episodes, in which actor/polymath James Franco rebels against beds… Preeminent travel writer Paul …

Our Bicentennial All-Icebreaker Episode

May 11th, 2013

12:13

To celebrate the release of our 200th podcast, here’s our bicentennial All-Icebreaker show. Dozens of jokes culled from the last two years’ worth of …

Episode 200: Noah Baumbach, David Alan Grier, Temple Grandin, and Kids Comix

May 10th, 2013

50:32

This week: Filmmaker Noah Baumbach on the new New York… David Alan Grier answers (most of) your etiquette questions… Autism pioneer Temple Grandin diagnoses Mr. Spock… Travel writer Matt Gross goes to the edge… “Love …

Episode 199: Michael Shannon, Paul Theroux, and Hannibal’s Homies

May 3rd, 2013

50:43

This week: Actor Michael Shannon (“The Iceman”) revisits his Wobegon days… Hugh Dancy of TV’s “Hannibal” lists a few good baddies… Acclaimed travel …

Episode 198: Colin Firth, Bobby Flay, and Molly Ringwald’s Vault

April 26th, 2013

51:06

This week: Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth explores masks and the mind… We grill star chef Bobby Flay on etiquette… Food writer Michael Pollan says …

Episode 197: Jamie Foxx, Macklemore, and Gollum’s Grandparents

April 18th, 2013

50:35

This week: Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx plays Django and table tennis… JEOPARDY! champ Ken Jennings answers our *etiquette* questions (minus the buzzer)… …

Episode 195: Eva Mendes, Julia Sweeney, and Blushing Stomachs

April 4th, 2013

51:02

This week: Actress Eva Mendes decodes her new film – and hieroglyphics… Writer and “SNL” vet Julia Sweeney answers your etiquette questions from the …

Episode 194: Taiye Selasi, Andy Cohen, and Alt-J’s Pagan Playlist

March 29th, 2013

50:54

This week: TV personality Andy Cohen – the man who launched 1,000 “Real Housewives” – tells us how to behave… Rising literary star Taiye Selasi on making novels and dresses… British prog-rock phenoms Alt-J throw a party …

Episode 193: Harmony Korine, Chris O’Dowd, and Ramen Ravioli

March 21st, 2013

50:51

This week: Filmmaker Harmony Korine on Cassevetes and mime contests… Chris O’Dowd, star of “Bridesmaids” and now “The Sapphires,” on sudden successes… Marisa Silver develops an iconic photo into a novel… Noodling around …

Episode 192: Anna Kendrick, Kevin Nealon, and the Perks of Being a Pittsburgher

March 15th, 2013

50:20

This Week: Oscar-nominated actress Anna Kendrick sings of adorkability… “Weeds”/SNL alum Kevin Nealon blesses us with etiquette advice…”The Perks of Being a Wallflower” creator Stephen Chbosky talks of time and place… …

Episode 191: Laura Dern, Billy Bragg, and Bite-Sized Giants

March 8th, 2013

50:34

This week: “Enlightened” actress Laura Dern on brains and Baio… Folk-rocker Billy Bragg wins hearts and minds in our etiquette segment… They Might Be …

Episode 190: Matthew Goode, Dick Cavett, and Tiki Talk

February 28th, 2013

51:03

This Week: “Stoker” star Matthew Goode on being a creepy Uncle and devoted Dad… Talk show legend Dick Cavett tells us how to ‘Hitchcock’… Essayist Michelle Orange undergoes a cinematic identity crisis… Ryan Quincy, …

Episode 189: David France, Jackie Collins, and Vampire Lemonade

February 22nd, 2013

51:05

This week: Oscar-nominated filmmaker David France on plagues and platforms… Pulitzer-finalist Karen Russell sinks her teeth into a new story …

Episode 188: Tim Gunn, Rian Johnson, and Salman Rushdie

February 15th, 2013

50:49

This week, we reheat one of our favorite episodes: “Project Runway’s” Tim Gunn dresses down America for dressing down… Salman Rushdie talks fatwas …

Episode 187: Miguel, Rachel Dratch, and Seduction Instruction

February 7th, 2013

51:03

This week: R&B sensation (and multiple Grammy-nominee) Miguel spells “wah!”… SNL alum Rachel Dratch lists her favorite lovahhs… “Thomas …

Episode 186: Jessica Chastain, Dave Barry, Jimmy Cliff, and Joy(ful) Division

February 1st, 2013

51:08

This week: Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain, of “Zero Dark Thirty” on Pitt and pigs … Insane advice from humorist Dave Barry…Joy Division’s Peter Hook tells the bright side of a dark band…A Super Bowl Menu, …

Episode 185: William H. Macy, Not Sauce, and the Original Animal

January 24th, 2013

50:43

This week: This week: “Shameless” star William H. Macy has fun with despicable… Beloved singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith spins a party playlist… …

Episode 184: Michael Apted, Sundancing, and Coaster Cocktails

January 17th, 2013

50:59

This week: Filmmaker Michael Apted (“7 Up”) talks about renewing his landmark documentary series… Writer Manuel Gonzales tells us how NOT to bury a …

Episode 183: David O. Russell, George Saunders, and Experiments with Cale

January 10th, 2013

51:05

This week: Director David O. Russell (“Silver Linings Playbook,” “The Fighter”) steals the show…The Velvet Underground’s John Cale experiments with a list… Writer George Saunders weighs man purses and messenger …

Episode 182: The Best of 2012

January 3rd, 2013

50:52

This week, a look back at our best moments of 2012: Jon Hamm dives into dark matter… Ed Asner answers your etiquette questions (and his cellphone)… …

Episode 181: Patti Smith, Bryan Cranston, and Drinkable Shrubs

December 28th, 2012

50:38

This week: Punk icon Patti Smith dreams of little black dresses… “Breaking Bad’s” Bryan Cranston builds green houses, not meth labs… Zosia Mamet (Girls, Mad Men) picks other ‘against-type’ actors… we inhale the tale of …

Episode 180: Jamie Foxx, Macklemore, and Gollum’s Grandparents

December 20th, 2012

50:53

This Week: Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx plays Django and table tennis… JEOPARDY! champ Ken Jennings answers our *etiquette* questions (minus the buzzer)… …

Episode 179: Beck, Modern Family Values, and Love’s Songs

December 13th, 2012

50:45

This week: Pop star Beck Hansen’s new album looks great on paper… Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson of “Modern Family” offers etiquette advice… Darlene …

Episode 178: Fred Armisen, Fishy Business, and Kinky Etiquette

December 6th, 2012

51:31

This week, “Portlandia’s” Fred Armisen cops to working blue… legendary satirist/musician/Governor-to-be Kinky Friedman serves up Texas-sized etiquette tips… rockstar classical organist Cameron Carpenter thinks outside …

Episode 177: Tony Hawk, Benh Zeitlin & Incorrigible Ethels

November 30th, 2012

50:30

This week: Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk does some extreme couchsurfing… “Beasts of the Southern Wild” director Benh Zeitlin on axe-painting… Controversy-courting essayist Katie Roiphe offers advice… author Susanna …

Episode 176: The All-Food Episode

November 20th, 2012

50:30

This week: It’s an ALL-FOOD episode stuffed with tasty goodness. Gail Simmons of TV’s “Top Chef” survives internship hell and gets her ‘Angel’ wings…We reheat the history of the microwave, then get zapped with a custom …

Episode 175: Wyatt Cenac, Tilly and the Wall, and Kubrick’s Kitties

November 15th, 2012

51:12

This week: “The Daily Show”‘s Wyatt Cenac gives us some ‘facts’ to chew on… “Life of Pi” author Yann Martel takes us on his favorite literary journeys…’Classic dining’ makes a comeback…A soundtrack from Tilly and the …

Episode 174: Jon Ronson, Eric Idle, and Flying Leotards

November 8th, 2012

51:48

This Week: Eric Idle of “Monty Python” and “Spamalot” leads us in a singalong… Writer Jon Ronson plays sidekick to a real-life superhero…Folk icon …

Episode 173: The All-Book Episode

November 2nd, 2012

50:46

This week: It’s our first ever ALL-BOOK episode – a whole hour of fun with literary luminaries. MacArthur ‘Genius’ Junot Diaz probes the mind of a …

Episode 172: Stephin Merritt, Vengeance Eating, and Alka-hol

October 26th, 2012

50:56

This week: Stephin Merritt’s attraction to love… Actress Amy Brenneman adjudicates listener etiquette… A vengeful lunch with Joel Stein… an Alkaholic …

Episode 171: Ben Gibbard, Jens Lekman, and Fake Presidents

October 18th, 2012

50:42

This week: Ben Gibbard, of the band Death Cab For Cutie, goes solo… Political comedian W. Kamau Bell lists his favorite fake presidents… Swedish …

Episode 170: Martin McDonagh, Ed Asner, and Real American Cheese

October 11th, 2012

50:58

This week: Playwright & “Seven Psychopaths” filmmaker Martin McDonagh laughs in the face of death… TV legend Ed Asner calls us out… Mary Elizabeth Winstead lists some sobering cinema… ’5 under 35′ honoree Justin …

Episode 169: Anna Kendrick, Kevin Nealon, and the Perks of Being a Pittsburgher

October 5th, 2012

51:02

This Week: Oscar-nominated actress Anna Kendrick sings of adorkability… “Weeds”/SNL alum Kevin Nealon blesses us with etiquette advice…”The Perks of Being a Wallflower” creator Stephen Chbosky talks of time and place… …

Episode 168: Tim Gunn, Rian Johnson, and Salman Rushdie

September 27th, 2012

51:03

This week, “Looper” director Rian Johnson rolls the bones… “Project Runway’s” Tim Gunn dresses down America for dressing down… Salman Rushdie talks …

Episode 167: Martin Amis, Divine Comedies, and the Mother of Bad Ideas

September 20th, 2012

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 …

Episode 166: Anjelica Huston, Doomsday Planes, and Things about Chicken Wings

September 14th, 2012

50:47

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 …

Episode 165: Junot Diaz, One-Shot Wonders, and Orange Wine

September 6th, 2012

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 …

Episode 164: Marjane Satrapi, Fran Lebowitz, and Pizza Brains

August 30th, 2012

51:06

This Week: “Persepolis” author/filmmaker Marjane Satrapi laughs in the face of death… satirist Fran Lebowitz plays Nanny to America… author Emma …

Episode 163: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Molly Ringwald, and Takis

August 23rd, 2012

51:04

This Week: Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt gets physical and speaks French… Molly Ringwald offers etiquette advice for misfits and moms…The birth of swing …

Episode 162: Gary Oldman, Top Chef: Etiquette, and Instant History

August 14th, 2012

50:56

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… …

Episode 161: Gustavo Dudamel, Rob Corddry, and Terms of Service

August 9th, 2012

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… …

Episode 160: Rashida Jones, LeVar Burton, and Parody Picks

August 2nd, 2012

51:36

This Week: Actress Rashida Jones plays matchmaker… “Reading Rainbow”‘s LeVar Burton wields a knife – with discernment… Comic Paul Scheer’s parody …

Episode 159: Zoe Kazan, Passion Pit and New Wave Fish Sandwiches

July 27th, 2012

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 …

Episode 158: Simon Amstell, Rodriguez, and Dyn-o-mite Tips

July 19th, 2012

51:35

This week: British comedy wunderkind Simon Amstell sings America’s praises…Musician and archivist Michael Feinstein adds to the Great American …

Episode 157: Marcus Samuelsson, Cheryl Strayed, and (Breaking) Bad Romances

July 12th, 2012

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… …

Episode 156: Wim Wenders, Liszt Lists, and Live Long and Proper

July 6th, 2012

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 …

Episode 155: The All-Movie Episode

June 28th, 2012

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, …

Episode 154: Benh Zeitlin, All-American Etiquette, and the Automat

June 21st, 2012

51:02

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 …

Episode 153: Patti Smith, Bryan Cranston, and Drinkable Shrubs

June 14th, 2012

51:35

This week: Punk icon Patti Smith dreams of little black dresses… “Breaking Bad’s” Bryan Cranston builds green houses, not meth labs… Zosia Mamet (Girls, Mad Men) picks other ‘against-type’ actors… we inhale the tale of …

Episode 152: Stephen Merchant, Demon Children, and The War on Drugs

June 8th, 2012

51:34

This week: We revisit one of our favorite episodes…”The Office” co-creator Stephen Merchant spars with Brendan… fashion guru Simon Doonan advocates …

Episode 151: Michael Apted, Buddy Guy, and Defordometrics

May 31st, 2012

50:59

This week: Director Michael Apted on “56 Up” — the new installment of one of the greatest film series ever… Sportswriting legend Frank Deford tackles your etiquette questions… Guitar master Buddy Guy revisits his …

Episode 150: James Franco, Paul Theroux, and a Cowardly Display

May 24th, 2012

50:59

This week: Actor/polymath James Franco rebels against beds… Preeminent travel writer Paul Theroux offers etiquette advice to globetrotters (and …

Episode 149: Richard Linklater, Christopher Buckley, and Independent Spirits

May 17th, 2012

51:02

This week: Acclaimed filmmaker Richard Linklater takes us behind “the Pine Curtain”… Satirist Christopher Buckley on international (etiquette) relations… Actor Rich Sommer goes Mad about board games… Brooklyn band …

Episode 148: Santigold, Manly Manners and a Pilgrim’s Process

May 10th, 2012

50:59

This week: musician Santigold pines for a day job…Time’s gonzo humorist Joel Stein offers some manly etiquette tips…Three ancient art treasures we …

Episode 147: The All-Music Episode

May 4th, 2012

51:33

This week: It’s our first ever All-Music Episode! Willie Nelson gets lost in the haze of memory…Patton Oswalt on public radio’s music problem…The …

Episode 146: Mike D, Taco USA, and Ballet Lessons

April 26th, 2012

51:34

This week: The Beastie Boys’ Mike D injects life (and caffeine) into museum-going… Lizz Winstead, comedienne and co-creator of the Daily Show, exposes herself… Gene Ween plays Rod McKuen… The descendants of Emily Post …

Episode 145: Emily Blunt, Proper Partying, and SubliminalsexScience

April 19th, 2012

51:33

This week: Actress Emily Blunt explains dolphin break-ups… Rocker Andrew W.K. teaches us how to party properly… New Coke gets remixed… We graze at …

Episode 144: Greta Gerwig, Questlove, and Liquid Matchsticks

April 12th, 2012

51:36

This week: “Actor of her generation” Greta Gerwig on naturalism vs. quirk… The Roots’ ?uestlove on food… Author Carl Hiaasen gives us a reality check… Kathy Griffin, queen of misbehavior, offers etiquette advice… The …

Episode 143: Spring Break…with Michelle Williams and GZA

April 5th, 2012

53:25

This week, a walk down memory lane! (Ahem – a rerun.) Yes, for our Spring Break, we’re re-airing one of our favorite episodes from 2011. Front and center is the impossibly charming Michelle Williams, whose portrayal of …

Episode 142: The Duplass Brothers, Val Kilmer-Twain, and the Oysteress

March 30th, 2012

52:56

This week: Filmmaking brothers Mark and Jay Duplass, who nap in trailers… Val Kilmer resurrects Mark Twain… Grandmaster of flash (fiction), Etgar Keret… Oysters take over the mainland… Poker stud Chris Moneymaker on …

Episode 141: Rick Moody, Shower Muses, and Snail Eggs

March 23rd, 2012

52:42

This week: Author Rick Moody dives into his gene pool… Jonah Lehrer showers us with inspiration… Escargot Eggs… Comedian Moshe Kasher’s train-wreck …

Episode 140: Ewan McGregor, Pretzel Dumplings, and Happy Endings

March 15th, 2012

52:32

This week: Actor Ewan McGregor, in three dimensions… “Happy Endings” star Casey Wilson’s (semi) happy endings… Youth Lagoon’s dinner party …

Episode 139: Jon Hamm, Irish Latkes, and Bottled Etiquette

March 9th, 2012

51:33

This week: Actor Jon Hamm takes us way beyond the Mad Men universe… Comic Michael Ian Black says you’re not doing it right… atheist author Alain de Botton teaches religion… writer Amelia Gray sees ghosts… Jon Glaser’s …

Episode 138: Stephin Merritt, Vengeance Eating, and Alka-hol

March 2nd, 2012

51:32

This week: Stephin Merritt’s attraction to love… Actress Amy Brenneman adjudicates listener etiquette… A vengeful lunch with Joel Stein… an Alkaholic …

Episode 137: Geoff Dyer, Bug Juice, and Damn Good Advice

February 24th, 2012

51:33

This week: Celebrated UK writer Geoff Dyer takes us into the “Zona”… Top Chef’s Gail Simmons survives internship hell and gets her Angel wings… Damn Good Advice from legendary ad man George Lois… Bees you can drink… A …

Episode 136: Michel Hazanavicius, New Fruit, and Undead Presidents

February 17th, 2012

51:31

This week: “The Artist” director Michel Hazanavicius breaks the silence… Brendan witnesses the arrival of a fruit sensation… Titanic sound achievements, selected by a 7-time Oscar-winning sound designer… Sharon Van …

Episode 135: The Shins, Lovable Fools, and Boardwalk Empires

February 10th, 2012

51:35

This week: The Shins’ James Mercer blows the lid off a government cover-up… author Krys Lee’s inspired immigrant tales… An Oscar-nominated Undefeated team… Emily Post’s offspring get aggressive-aggressive… a tourist’s …

Episode 134: Anjelica Huston, Doomsday Planes, and Things about Chicken Wings

February 3rd, 2012

51:37

This week: 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… …

Episode 133: Chairlift, Megadeth on Etiquette, and the Food Olympics

January 27th, 2012

51:35

This week: Musical duo Chairlift offers us a martini (and some music)…Megadeth politely shreds our etiquette questions…Author-du-jour Ben Marcus says …

Episode 132: Tim and Eric, Bone Luging, and Lucinda Williams

January 20th, 2012

51:31

This week: Sketch duo Tim & Eric tell us the secret to comedy… Lucinda Williams on etiquette and (non) barbecuing… Chuck Klosterman tackles football… Shalom Auslander’s words about last words… CNN’s Kat Kinsman …

Episode 131: Stephen Merchant, Demon Children, and The War on Drugs

January 13th, 2012

51:36

This week: “The Office” co-creator Stephen Merchant spars with Brendan… fashion guru Simon Doonan advocates mullets… humorists Dave Barry & Alan …

Episode 130: Wim Wenders, Liszt Lists, and Live Long and Proper

January 6th, 2012

51:31

This week: Director Wim Wenders speaks body language… Star Trek’s George Takei takes etiquette to warp factor five… A list about Liszt, from …

Episode 129: The List Show

December 30th, 2011

52:33

This week: We celebrate the year’s end with an all-list show. Film critic A.O. Scott explains the art (and anxiety) behind list-making… The Colbert …

Episode 128: The Best of 2011

December 23rd, 2011

51:21

This week: We celebrate the best of 2011 Hear Guest of Honor interviews with Spike Lee, Carrie Brownstein, and Randy Newman… groove to disco godfather Nile Rodgers’ tale of the birth of “Le Freak”… feast on a …

Episode 127: Patton Oswalt, Dinner for Breakfast, & Pre-Holiday Post Etiquette

December 16th, 2011

50:59

This week: Patton Oswalt rocks our public radio world… A travel list from essayist Sloane Crosley… A shot-less heist inspires a shot-full cocktail… …

Episode 126: Gary Oldman, Top Chef: Etiquette, and Instant History

December 9th, 2011

50:58

This week: Actor Gary Oldman turns our world upside-down… 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)… and …

Episode 125: Michelle Williams, Inspired Vodka, and GZA the Genius

December 2nd, 2011

50:45

This week: Actress Michelle Williams channels Marilyn… GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan proves his Genius… New Yorker critic Alex Ross shares the best of his “Best Of”… child star Barry Livingston picks his favorite characters… …

Episode 124: David Cronenberg, Miranda July’s PennySavior, and Real Estate in Paris

November 23rd, 2011

51:02

This week: David Cronenberg plays with our minds…We toast the phonograph with a drink that sounds like it…PennySaver 101 from Miranda July…Odd Future …

Episode 123: John Jeremiah Sullivan, Dick Cavett-iquette, and Wild Flag

November 18th, 2011

51:53

This week: Essayist John Jeremiah Sullivan takes a hard left turn…Talk show giant Dick Cavett spits out etiquette tips… We learn the meaning of …

Episode 122: Sir Richard Branson, Jonathan Lethem, and Masters of Etiquette

November 8th, 2011

51:00

This week, Sir Richard Branson drops the ‘sir’ for us… writer Jonathan Lethem squeezes Gertrude Stein, Jack Kerouac, and Drew Barrymore into a hot tub…. why we wanted our MTV… the (non-Portland) trailblazer of b-ball …

Episode 121: Cyndi Lauper, Thanksgiving’s New Black, and Punk Rock Etiquette

November 2nd, 2011

51:00

This Week: Cyndi Lauper reveals that her true colors are the blues… Comedian Jenny Slate hears voices and tells us her faves… a seasonal organic, …

Episode 120: Chuck Klosterman, Diabolical Hawkes, and Zagats in the Zeitgeist

October 28th, 2011

51:13

This Week: Author Chuck Klosterman tosses aside salad… Rap diva Big Freedia on booty etiquette… And the Zagats guide Brendan through the history of the Zagat guide. Plus, the Beatles’ rooftop concert in first-person, …

Episode 119: Antonio Banderas, Old-School Candy, and Music from a Non-belieber

October 21st, 2011

50:33

This Week: The Dinner Party Download fattens up to become *The Dinner Party* – a cool hour of culture. Actor Antonio Banderas talks about learning …

Episode 118: Little Dragon and Big Small Talk

October 14th, 2011

12:33

This week: As we ready for next week’s hour-long show premiere, we serve up two more courses from the DPD test kitchen. You’ll hear suggestions for your dinner party soundtrack from Swedish band Little Dragon. Plus, …

Episode 117: Etiquette with Jackie Collins & more from the DPD Test Kitchen

October 7th, 2011

15:38

This week: 28-time bestselling novelist Jackie Collins drops by to give Etiquette lessons… and to dish about Michael Caine’s birthday bash. Plus, …

Episode 116: Jeanne Darst, Gary Hustwit, and the DPD Hotline

September 30th, 2011

17:20

This week, we continue to prepare for the hour-long version of the show by serving up some new courses. You’ll “overhear” a story from author Jeanne Darst, take a Chattering Class on urban design with filmmaker Gary …

Episode 115: What if the DPD was an hour-long show?

September 21st, 2011

46:36

Welcome to *The Dinner Party* – a culture show that gives you everything you need to win this weekend’s dinner party.. On the menu: Pulitzer Prize …

Episode 114: Steve James, Must-See Docs, and Jens Lekman

September 14th, 2011

11:01

This week: Steve James, director of “Hoop Dreams” and “The Interrupters,” interrupts our regularly scheduled programming to list some docs you’ll …

Episode 113: Gus Van Sant, Government Lunches, and Glutenny

September 8th, 2011

21:36

This week: Filmmaker Gus Van Sant gives us the silent treatment… America says Uncle… And Brendan gets the lowdown on gluten from Erin “Babycakes” …

Episode 112: Terry Allen, Swedish Rights, and Sissy Bounce

September 1st, 2011

13:40

This week: Musician/Artist Terry Allen re-mystifies love… Sweden gets on the right track… And tennis superstar Novak Djokovic eggs himself on. Plus, a joke from a bitter Kiwi and a bouncin’ track from Big Freedia.

Episode 111: TV on the Radio, Moonicorns, and Sophisticake

August 25th, 2011

20:15

This week: TV on the Radio explains why it’s raining milk…The Sun talks craziness about the moon…And we treat ourselves to the cake to end all cakes. Plus, a joke from actress Claire Sloma and a fierce new track from …

Episode 110: Miranda July, a Stolen Smile, and the Waterguns of Brixton

August 18th, 2011

16:35

This week: Filmmaker and artist Miranda July reveals her secret identity…The Mona Lisa takes an Italian vacation…And Bobbies crack down on …

Episode 109: The Icebreaker Episode (2nd Ed.)

August 12th, 2011

17:35

Back by popular demand, it’s another all-star, all-icebreaker show: Almost every joke we’ve aired in the last year, collected in one convenient …

Episode 108: Don Cheadle, Shredding History, and Speculoos

August 4th, 2011

19:25

This week: Actor Don Cheadle (“The Guard”) kisses and doesn’t tell… Music history gets a blast to the eardrums… And Rico discovers the best waffle …

Episode 107: Brit Marling & Mike Cahill, Toothless Tickets, and the Confederate Cleopatra

July 26th, 2011

15:32

This week: The filmmaking duo behind “Another Earth” keep it real… L.A. tells the truth about traffic tickets… and a Confederate spy in the house of …

Episode 106: Errol Morris, Mammoth Cheese, and 4000 Years Of Food

July 20th, 2011

23:40

This week: Documentary auteur Errol Morris reluctantly joins the party… A half-ton cheese rolls up to the White House… and we dig into millenia’s …

Episode 105: Shabazz Palaces, Disco Bashes, and Cola Wars 2.0

July 15th, 2011

13:48

This week: Shabazz Palaces’ Ishmael Butler gives us something to chew on…A disco bash breaks a ton of records…And Dr. Pepper sues Dr. Pepper. Plus, a touchy joke from The Low Anthem and a groovy song from Real Estate.

Episode 104: Shepard Fairey, Menu Mania, and Sliced Bread

July 8th, 2011

20:43

This week: Street art superstar Shepard Fairey tags our table… An uncut history of sliced bread… And stacks of historic menus finally get their (web) …

Episode 103: Bonnie Jo Campbell, 2nd Class Babies, and Getting Outta Dodge

July 1st, 2011

17:33

This week: Author Bonnie Jo Campbell goes zonkeys…The rowdies get out of Dodge…And Ashton Kutcher’s twitter account solves traffic crises. Plus, a …

Episode 102: John C. Reilly, Lady Umpires, and the ‘Buch

June 24th, 2011

21:32

This week: Actor John C. Reilly fights the meanies… A housewife breaks through baseball’s grass ceiling… And Brendan fact-checks “magical” drink …

Episode 101: Richard Ayoade, Translantic Transfusion, and Jagger Elks

June 16th, 2011

14:12

This week: “Submarine” filmmaker Richard Ayoade starts his own cult… The blood of a sheep breeds some hair of the dog… and Swedes lose the faith — …

Episode 100: Randy Newman, DPD History, and the 100-Year-Old Egg

June 10th, 2011

28:45

This week: It’s our 100th episode! To celebrate, Brendan talks to one of his dream guests, music icon Randy Newman… Rico excavates a 100-Year-Old Egg… And we delve into our own history (with booze). Also, listeners …

Episode 99: Michael Sheen, a Tax Streak, and Summer Sandwitches

June 3rd, 2011

16:09

This week: Actor Michael Sheen speaks in tongues… Lady Godiva streaks into Tea Partiers’ hearts… And a sweet pill erases bitter memories. Plus, a dark joke from director Tim Burton and a bright tune from The Sandwitches.

Episode 98: Fleet Foxes, Pac-Man Pizza, and a Michelin Man

May 26th, 2011

18:17

This week: Fleet Fox Robin Pecknold talks helplessness and hair…A ladies’ Man enters the video game world…And three stars are borne – by master chef …

Episode 97: Anton Yelchin, Spider-Dan, and Lazycakes

May 20th, 2011

14:53

This week: Actor Anton Yelchin can’t let go of Legos… Spider-Dan climbs the walls… And Del the Funky Homosapien has a ball. Plus we revel in a new tune from L.A. band Alexander.

Episode 96: Billy Collins, Food Raves, and Wandering Waste

May 12th, 2011

19:29

This week: Former poet laureate Billy Collins talks death and baseball… The lonely journey of the Gar-Barge… And Rico survives a San Fran food rave. …

Episode 95: Demetri Martin, Robber in Rio, and Kissing Machines

May 5th, 2011

17:07

This week: Comedian Demetri Martin fires up his brain machine… We go on the lam with the most punk-rock fugitive in history…. And Morgan Spurlock …

Episode 94: Dinner Party Etiquette with Elaine Stritch

April 26th, 2011

8:44

This week: A special DPD, as Broadway legend Elaine Stritch answers listeners’ etiquette questions in a most “ladylike” way. She’s dated Brando, dissed Sinatra, and conquered the Great White Way… but can she handle the …

Episode 93: An East-Over Feast

April 22nd, 2011

13:24

This week, feast upon our favorite food segments from podcasts past: Rico attacks a WWII-era sandwich… Brendan warily bites into a sushirrito… and we learn about twice-”baked” goods. Don’t call them leftovers; they’re …

Episode 92: Vera Farmiga, Going Dutch, and the Birth of Spam

April 14th, 2011

18:53

This week: Actress Vera Farmiga has a productive year… We learn who to blame for online SPAM… And Rico goes Dutch… Plus, a joke from author T.C. Boyle and a new tune from ace songsmith Cass McCombs.

Episode 91: Greta Gerwig, Ping Pong Politics, and the Sleep Elite

April 7th, 2011

13:34

This week: Actress Greta Gerwig finds the right dress for the big time… Two ping pong players thaw the Cold War… And the “sleep elite” put shuteye to …

Episode 90: Bellflower, Guillotin’s Machine, and the Cheesesteak Challenger

March 31st, 2011

20:32

This week: “Bellflower” filmmakers Evan Glodell and Tyler Dawson set the film-fest circuit ablaze… A Philly sandwich takes on the cheesesteak… And …

Episode 89: Neil Strauss, Cold (Con)fusion, and Rabbit Rex

March 24th, 2011

15:48

This week: Author/Interviewer Neil Strauss inhales rock-n-roll… Science gives cold fusion the cold shoulder… And *Radiolab*’s Jad Abumrad unearths a …

Episode 88: Willie Nelson, Frontier Justice, and Tex-Next Cuisine

March 17th, 2011

17:59

This week: From SXSW comes our all-Texas show. Music legend Willie Nelson talks Crazy… Judge Roy Bean serves justice on the rocks… And Rico explores tex-next cuisine. Plus laffs and music from two SXSW buzz bands: a …

Episode 87: Cary Fukunaga, Historic Headaches, and a Painless Brunch

March 10th, 2011

15:15

This week: “Jane Eyre” director Cary Fukunaga horses around… The history of a not-so-bitter pill… and we toss back a painkiller brunch. Plus, a joke from jewelry designer Annie Costello Brown and a truth-telling tune …

Episode 86: Gabrielle Hamilton, The Peacemaker, and Smokeavores

March 4th, 2011

12:55

This week: Celebrated author and chef Gabrielle Hamilton reveals a sweet secret… the Peacemaker breaks the peace… and a hipster crop lights up Brooklyn. Plus, rise and shine with a new tune from Manchester, UK’s Star …

Episode 85: Carrie Brownstein, Murdered Moose, and God’s Sporks

February 25th, 2011

21:13

This week: “Portlandia” star/creator Carrie Brownstein satirizes her own… Broadway’s major fail… and Rico sticks a fork in history. Plus a joke (in English) from The Love Language… and TUnEYarDs gives us the bizness.

Episode 84: Karen Russell, Paar vs. NB(W)C and Stuck-up Employees

February 17th, 2011

14:08

This week: Author Karen Russell muses about amusement parks… Jack Paar vs. NB(W)C… And Wal-Mart employees get gun-fired. Plus: Nashville-based singer/songwriter Tristen delivers a joke, and a trip to San Pedro via …

Episode 83: Chris Burden, Small Weddings, and Sushi Burritos

February 11th, 2011

20:08

This week: Artist Chris Burden revokes your driver’s license… We look back on the biggest little wedding of the 19th century… And the “Sushirrito” is born. Plus, PJ Harvey’s new tune kills, and Weird Al Yankovic makes …

Episode 82: John Lithgow, Undying Birds, and Lost H-Bombs

February 4th, 2011

16:49

This week: Actor John Lithgow gives Brendan a killer look.. .An H-Bomb goes MIA… And we visit a city whose birds never sleep. Plus, a dulcet tune …

Episode 81: Dan Bejar, Big In Japan, and Double Ducks

January 28th, 2011

20:08

This week: Indie rocker/wordsmith Dan Bejar finds himself caught in a (quiet) storm… An athlete goes far – and very wide – to get big in Japan… and …

Episode 80: Spike Lee, Liquid Smoke, and Prodigious Peppers

January 21st, 2011

13:14

This week: Director Spike Lee instigates debate (and dates)… We go back a long way, baby… And a Franken-pepper is born. Plus, a childish joke from comedian Patton Oswalt and a loverly tune from Allo Darlin’.

Episode 79: Paul Giamatti, Political Animals, and Moby Drinks

January 14th, 2011

18:56

This week: Golden-globe nominated actor Paul Giamatti tells a tall tale… Whale secretions wash up in cocktails… And we toast the cartoonist who gave …

Episode 78: Tennis, Epic Losers, and Happy Birthday

January 7th, 2011

12:22

This week: Indie-pop duo Tennis live la vida luddite… A London conference aims for new, boring heights… We unveil the story behind sports’ biggest losers… Plus a joke from director Spike Jonze and a new Happy Birthday …

Episode 77: The Best of 2010

December 31st, 2010

33:21

This week: Our favorite stuff from the last 12 months – starring Das Racist, Rainn Wilson, Molly Ringwald, Sebastian Junger, mutant barnyard animals, …

Episode 76: Sofia Coppola, Air-ial Assaults, and Superflops

December 23rd, 2010

10:44

This week: Writer-director Sofia Coppola reveals she was heir to *another* Hollywood legend… A killer smog chokes London… And Broadway’s Spiderman …

Episode 75: Christian Lander, See No Weevil, and Stealth Miso

December 17th, 2010

17:23

This week: Satirist Christian Lander talks about Stuff White People Like… a town goes nuts after a boll weevil blight… and Brendan looks into the …

Episode 74: Kid Cudi, Starstruck, and Reindeer a la Palin

December 10th, 2010

10:49

This week: Rap iconoclast Kid Cudi comes in for a check-up… An Alabama woman gets star-struck… And Sarah Palin slays a reindeer. Plus, a joke/hallucination from Bob Odenkirk, and a classic track from Thin Lizzy.

Episode 73: Diplo, Tofu U, and Pong Pong

December 3rd, 2010

16:46

This week: Global DJ and music mogul Diplo takes a call… The besotted birth of the video game industry… and Rico gets schooled at America’s most …

Episode 72: A Three-Course Thanksgiving

November 25th, 2010

10:18

This week, a Thanksgiving meal for your ears, in three courses: Brendan braves the mean streets of NYC to score contraband grilled cheese… Rico daintily dips his tongue into the hottest of hot sauces… and we launch a …

Episode 71: Sally Hawkins, Fossil Follies, and Chinese Thanksgiving

November 19th, 2010

17:33

This week: UK movie star Sally Hawkins crows about her new film… we unearth the missing drink… and Brendan has an early Thanksgiving in Chinatown. …

Episode 70: Huey Lewis, Le Situation, and The Birth of Football

November 12th, 2010

14:20

This week: Pop ‘n’ soul star Huey Lewis gets dressed… Canada takes out our TV trash… We learn the greatest name in football… Plus Kai Ryssdal kids …

Episode 69: Chris Morris, Black Bart, and Getting Your Goat

November 5th, 2010

18:49

This week: Brit actor/director/provocateur Chris Morris terrorizes US movie screens… Black Bart’s last verse… and urban farmers get their goats. Plus, Curative new music from Crystal Castles, and an-”other” joke.

Episode 68: Noomi Rapace, World War Welles, and Legitish Quidditch

October 29th, 2010

14:20

This week: Swedish starlet Noomi Rapace removes her Dragon Tattoo… America’s fake World War… And Quidditch vies for legit-ish-macy. Plus a joke from Talking Head Chris Frantz, and music from The Smith Westerns.

Episode 67: Judd Apatow, Beer Tsunamis, and Conflict Cuisine

October 22nd, 2010

19:40

This week: Comedy juggernaut Judd Apatow courts disaster… London’s suds flood… and Rico experiences the sweet taste of Conflict. Plus, a joke from author du jour Dinaw Mengestu and new music from Kiwi band Secret …

Episode 66: Paul F. Tompkins, Uncivil Wars, and Tennis Marathons

October 15th, 2010

14:23

This week: Comedian Paul F. Tompkins is no longer driven…A congressional beatdown for the ages…And the cult draining Seagram’s…Plus, new music from …

Episode 65: Robert Reich, Killer Talkies, and Illegal Eats

October 8th, 2010

17:48

This Week: Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich gets exposed… the death of silent movies… and Rico is presented with a menu of crimes. Plus Small Black… Guam’s rain of rodents… and a so-so So So Glo joke.

Episode 64: Sam Taylor-Wood, Unhappy Happy Meals, Inventions that Suck

October 1st, 2010

14:53

This week: Artist-turned-filmmaker Sam Taylor-Wood reveals a secret… San Francisco takes the happy out of meals… And we learn about an invention that really sucked. Plus: new music from Deerhunter.

Episode 63: Davis Guggenheim, Driving then Drinking, The Situation 2.0

September 24th, 2010

12:43

This week: Oscar-winning filmmaker Davis (“An Inconvenient Truth”) Guggenheim schools us on his latest movie… We take a trip down memory …

Episode 62: Dave Eggers, Longshot Journalism, and pseudo-Millionaires

September 17th, 2010

13:57

This week: Author/artist/publisher Dave Eggers tells us something he CAN’T do… A British Major fails the cough test… and a long-shot Longshot. Plus a joke from Tony Millionaire and music from Belle & Sebastian.

Episode 61: Panda Bear, Bare Naked Faces, and Baked Goods

September 10th, 2010

19:02

This week: Noah Lennox (a.k.a. Panda Bear) gives us a sporting shot… Peter the Great wages war on the hirsute… And Rico meets the baker behind some medical munchies.

Episode 60: Alasdair MacLean, Flaming Cocktails, and Empty Stadiums

September 3rd, 2010

11:40

This week: The Clientele’s Alasdair MacLean is a minotaur… London’s burning… and the NFL tackles falling attendance. Plus: Moody humor, and a lost gem from the Neil who isn’t Diamond.

Episode 59: Spike Jonze, Potato Chips, and Grilled Cheese Dealers

August 27th, 2010

18:35

This week: Director Spike Jonze channels Flava Flav… We dig up the salty story behind America’s favorite snack… and Brendan learns what it’s like to hustle grilled cheese on the mean streets of NYC.

Episode 58: Aamir Khan, Volcano Parties, and the Deaf-Teens

August 20th, 2010

14:16

This week: Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan puzzles over the Indian film industry… An explosive burst of red-hot history… And Farai Chideya explains …

Episode 57: Gary Shteyngart, Guitars go Electric, and Killer Fries

August 13th, 2010

19:14

This week: Celebrated novelist Gary Shteyngart doggedly pursues mental health… A history lesson you can crank to eleven… and Rico learns French Fries know no limits.

Episode 56: Rainn Wilson, the King of Albania, and Eat Pay Leave

August 6th, 2010

14:37

This week: “The Office” star Rainn Wilson goes from artsy to fartsy… Eat Pray Lovers asked to Eat Pay Leave… and the real fake King of Albania.

Episode 55: Molly Ringwald, Esperanto, and Raven #2

July 30th, 2010

20:36

This week: ’80s teen icon Molly Ringwald barks like a dog (and talk about her new book)…William Shatner speaks the language of hope… And Brendan eats …

Episode 54: Venus Williams, Wrong Turns, and Cloud Control

July 23rd, 2010

10:46

This week: Tennis superstar Venus Williams lives long and prospers…Texas criminals get literate…And a befuddled (or brilliant!) aviator takes a wrong way turn into the history books. Plus, rocker Cass McCombs on cloud …

Episode 53: Sebastian Junger, Evil Machines, WWII Food

July 16th, 2010

19:42

This week: Sebastian Junger joins Afghanistan’s band of brothers… a devilish Okie spawns the parking meter… and Rico gets a (tiny) taste of rationed food during WWII. Plus, a joke from author/satirist Gary …

Episode 52: Blitzen Trapper, the Throne Stone from Scone, Eating Dirt

July 2nd, 2010

20:10

This week: Portland sextet Blitzen Trapper eyes us up…the throne stone from Scone…and Brendan meets an artist who bites the dust…literally. Plus Top Chef Ludo Lefebvre eats his own, and new Wavves.

Episode 51: Simon Rich, Ali vs. U.S.A., Sweet and Sour Honeymoon

June 18th, 2010

20:27

This week Simon Rich kills Hitler…Muhammad Ali vs. the U.S.A…and a sweet and sour honeymoon

Episode 50: Paul Verhoeven, No Joy in Mudville, Food Critic on Food Stamps

June 5th, 2010

22:58

This week Rico scares the Jesus out of Paul Verhoeven…three strikes you’re drunk…and Temp of the Month: Kai Rysdall

Episode 49: Wallace Shawn, FBI vs. Louie Louie, No Kidding

May 21st, 2010

21:21

This week Wallace Shawn critiques power and Brendan…the FBI investigates Louie Louie…and RIco chats with a restarauteur who’s not kidding around.

Episode 48: Marisa Silver, ‘Rob Me Ronnie’, Parasite-aurants

May 7th, 2010

22:56

This Week: Celebrated author Marisa Silver exorcises her right to write… We go on the lam with Ronnie Biggs… and Brendan discovers a sandwich shop inside a bodega wrapped up in an enigma.

Episode 47: Paul Dano, New Coke and BYOF

April 23rd, 2010

19:39

This week: Actor Paul Dano is achin’ for bacon… the classic story of New Coke…and why BYOF will sadly not be the new BYOB.

Episode 46: Das Racist, Ripple Rock & Alicia Silverstone

April 9th, 2010

20:41

This Week: Victor Vasquez of rap savants Das Racist talks bop… Canada politely explodes… and Alicia Silverstone tries to veganize Brendan.

Episode 45: Tig Notaro, Big Brass Bells & Pop Up Lunch

March 26th, 2010

19:42

This Week: Comic Tig Notaro gets all southern-fancy… we admire Wall Street’s big brass bells… and designer Ali Pulver shows Rico how to eat on the …

Episode 44 – The Icebreaker Show

March 12th, 2010

14:30

A very special episode: almost every joke we’ve ever had on the show, collected in one convenient podcast. Black Francis, Tom Jones, Billy Bragg, …

Episode 43: Holly Golightly, Peace, and Sustainable Dinner Parties

February 26th, 2010

18:09

This Week: Garage-country songsters Holly Golightly & Lawyer Dave pack heat… a piece about peace… and Brendan sustains interest in sustainable …

Episode 42: Author Joshua Ferris, the Real Bonfire of the Vanities, and Snowcavores

February 12th, 2010

16:49

Bestselling author Joshua Ferris talks the walk… Renassance Italy burns in vain… and Rico learns what locavores do when it snowcavores.

Episode 41: Film Director Robert Siegel, a Modern Caveman and the Trendology Trend

January 29th, 2010

17:46

“Big Fan” filmmaker Robert Siegel has a clipped conversation with Rico… we meet a modern caveman… and Brendan investigates the Food Trend trend. Plus a joke, or lack thereof, from *the* Leslie Caron.

Episode 40: Midlake, Silent Hattie & the Sounds of Ambience

January 15th, 2010

19:52

This week: Rock band Midlake gets medieval on Brendan… America’s 1st female senator is silently defiant… and Rico learns why, in restaurants, silence is not an option.

Episode 39: The Best of 2009

December 30th, 2009

21:41

This Week: What do Lamont Dozier, Dr. Albert Hoffman, Swine Flu business suits, Girls and deep-fried butter have in common? They all appeared on the Dinner Party Download this year, and they’re all in our annual Best Of …

Episode 38: Terry Gilliam, Japanese Heists and Cupcakes for Grownups

December 18th, 2009

17:48

This Week: Filmmaker Terry Gilliam holds the devil at bay… We learn about Japan’s most infamous heist… and Brendan meets a cupcake he actually likes. …

Episode 37: George Saunders, New Look Turkey Sandwich, Getting Hit On By A Star

December 4th, 2009

16:14

This Week: Writer George Saunders pitches a tent… an Alabama housewife gets hit on by a star… and a famed deli just can’t quit cold turkey.

Episode 36: Julian Casablancas, Thanksgiving Centerfolds, A Car is Born

November 20th, 2009

19:11

This Week: Julian Casablancas strokes the new 90210…Brendan checks out the swimsuit issue of food mags… and we learn about the Motor City’s lemon …

Episode 35: Laura Veirs, Jonathan Safran Foer and King Tut

November 6th, 2009

18:27

This week: Musician Laura Veirs breathes deep… author Jonathan Safran Foer pigs out… and we discover King Tut’s last hut.

Episode 34: Klosterman, Kidnapping and Killer Kandy

October 23rd, 2009

18:39

This week: pop savant Chuck Klosterman is sharp as a tiger’s whiskers… we lend an ear to the tale of a billionaire kidnapping… and Brendan celebrates Halloween by tasting the worst candy in the world.

Episode 33: Yo La Tengo, Koreanguistics, Killer Greens

October 9th, 2009

18:31

This week: Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan pulls out his organ… We get a hangul on Korean literate-ture… and “Food, Inc” director Robert Kenner gives Rico …

Episode 32: Andy Borowitz, Cornography, Tipping Tips

September 25th, 2009

19:44

This week: Brendan sizes up humorist Andy Borowitz…we unearth a corny communist plot…and Rico gets tips on tipping.

Episode 31: Billy Bragg, Short-Lived Millonaires and Deep-Fried Butter

September 11th, 2009

17:11

This week: Billy Bragg makes “Ode” new again… an English Major fails the cough test… and Brendan talks to a cholesterocidal maniac.

Episode 30: Gary Hustwit, Krakatoa and Foraging

August 27th, 2009

17:28

This week: Filmmaker Gary Hustwit has designs on Honeybaked ham… Krakatoa bursts without pride… and Brendan breaks the two-second rule with a …

Episode 29: Josie Long, the King of Albania, Saltado

August 14th, 2009

16:16

This week: British comedian Josie Long speaks positively…we supposedly meet the King of Albania…and Rico eats Peruvian and asks “Why fries with that?”

Episode 28: Rich Fulcher, Jesse Owens and BrendanBot 3000

July 31st, 2009

12:12

This week: Rich Fulcher, of the cult TV hit “The Mighty Boosh,” raises the decibel level of UK comedy… We race back in time with Jesse Owens… and …

Episode 27: Ed Harcourt, Douglas Corrigan and Nonstaurants

July 17th, 2009

16:21

This week: pop maestro Ed Harcourt tells Rico his recipes for lamb and schizophrenia… We learn about the aviator who took a wrong turn into the history books… and Brendan says “oui” to nonstaurants.

Episode 26: Mishna Wolff, Bloody Mary, and Gourmet Coal

July 3rd, 2009

15:42

This week: Humorist Mishna Wolff talks about living in black and white… We sip a bloody mary that’s clearly insane… And Rico learns about the gourmet …

Episode 25: Anvil’s Lips Kudlow, Ali Dodges, and Bowie

June 19th, 2009

19:49

This week: 80′s metal band Anvil forges ahead… Muhammed Ali KO’s the U.S. Army… and Brendan has designs on David Bowie. [photo: Anvil ]

Episode 24: Alain De Botton, Mudville, and Parkside Dining

June 5th, 2009

18:27

This week: bestselling author Alain De Botton gets worked over… joy is found in Mudville… and Rico digs the new wave of on-site restaurant gardens.

Episode 23: Datarock, Congressional Beatdown, and BBQ LP

May 22nd, 2009

16:54

This week: Norway’s Datarock toot their own horn… we’re knocked out by a drink served beaten, not stirred… and Brendan eats BBQ with a side of vinyl.

Episode 22: Wells Tower, Tree Drinking, Food Mags

May 8th, 2009

15:23

This week: Pushcart Prize-winning author Wells Tower gets auto erotic… we learn how to drink trees… and Rico finds out that starting a food magazine is child’s play.

Episode 21: Stew, Psychedelic Cycling, Culinary Crasher

April 24th, 2009

17:16

This week: Tony Award-winning rocker Stew ponders art vs. reality… we take a historic bike trip into an *alternate* reality… and Brendan sneaks into …

Episode 20: Ondi Timoner, Salt March, Say Cheese!

April 10th, 2009

15:03

This week: Sundance-winning filmmaker Ondi Timoner lives in public radio… We taste the salt that shook the world… and Brendan goes hunting for Easter eggs and finds Grilled Cheese.

Episode 19: Girls, Brando Lore, Meaty Cupcakes

March 27th, 2009

16:19

This week: Rico chats up Girls at SXSW… Marlon Brando gets an offer he can refuse… and Brendan is forced to rethink his jihad against cupcakes (Hint: …

Episode 18: Benjy Ferree, Planet X, Joel the Knife

March 13th, 2009

16:11

This week: rocker Benjy Ferree’s ode to Peter Pan… We discover the planet that dares not speak its name… and Rico sharpens his conversation skills with Brooklyn’s new king of cutlery.

Episode 17: Larry Wilmore, The Peacemaker, Noodle What?

February 27th, 2009

16:27

This week: “The Daily Show’s” Larry Wilmore is pure magic… We learn why even grownups shouldn’t play with guns… star mixologist Todd Thrasher mixes a …

Episode 16: Howard Zinn, Censors, Piggin’ Out

February 13th, 2009

15:50

This week: Historian/Activist Howard Zinn recalls a different kind of flower power… We learn what happens when TV censors can’t take a joke… and Brendan pigs out on lard pigs.

Episode 15: Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Drink Clone, Donut Training

January 30th, 2009

14:48

This week: award winning author Sarah Shun-lien Bynum uses her children to live out her own teen fantasies…We replicate a cocktail recipe… And Rico celebrates athletes by stuffing his face with dough and butter.

Episode 14: Lamont Dozier, Cryonic Cocktail, Korean Tacos

January 16th, 2009

15:49

This week: legendary Motown songwriter Lamont Dozier gives candy to children… We chill out with a cryonic cocktail… And Brendan discovers the three …

Episode 13: Best of 2008

January 2nd, 2009

17:15

This week: what do Lolita, duck testicles, Chevys, cows, Robert Wagner and booze have in common? This show in 2008, that’s what. We take a look …

Episode 12: David Fincher, Tom Jones, Mozzarella

December 19th, 2008

13:50

This week: Director David Fincher isn’t afraid of the dark… We unite our nation with an All-American cocktail… Brendan is granted an audience with the king of mozzarella… plus a joke from THE Tom Jones.

Episode 11: David Heatley, Killer Fog, PB&J

December 5th, 2008

15:01

This week: Cartoonist David Heatley literally tells all… we inhale a glassful of London’s killer fog… and star pastry chef Adrian Vasquez makes a …

Episode 10: Of Montreal, Edison, Bird-munching

November 21st, 2008

15:39

This week: Kevin Barnes of the band Of Montreal defines “sexualien”… Thomas Edison lights up a martini glass… and Rico gets permission to eat endangered birds.

Episode 9: Iran, Football Names, White House Garden

November 14th, 2008

16:38

This week: we seek direct engagement with Aaron Aites of the band Iran… We learn the greatest name in football… Pittsburgh gets drunk on black gold… …

Episode 8: Robert Wagner, War of the Worlds, Anti-cupcake

October 31st, 2008

16:18

This week: Hollywood icon Robert Wagner feels at home on the range… How to mix a cocktail from hell… Orson Welles declares “War” on the radio… and …

Episode 7: Irvine Welsh, D.C. Homes, Sushi Guide

October 17th, 2008

15:58

This week: superstar author Irvine Welsh talks about his sexual prowess… We learn the history of the only home in Washington, D.C. that hasn’t lost its value… And the Monterey Bay Aquarium ruins dinner.

Episode 6: MC Frontalot, The Internets, Fall Food

October 3rd, 2008

14:57

This week: “nerdcore” rapper MC Frontalot rhymes the unrhymeable… take a trip down Memory Superhighway… and Brendan gets fat on the tastes of Autumn.

Episode 5: Sarah Lyall, Duck Fries, Military Drinks

September 19th, 2008

14:47

This week: NYTimes reporter/author Sarah Lyall asks a stupid question… we learn the offal truth about “duck fries”… and the French army invades our cocktail glass.

Episode 4: Ezra Feinberg, London’s Burning, Coffelympics

September 5th, 2008

16:04

This week: a sober chat with Ezra Feinberg about his psych-rock band Citay… We remember the Great Fire of London with a conflagrant cocktail… and a champion barista drinks deep the mad flava of competitive coffee-making.

Episode 3: David Carr, Lolita, Wine Snobs

August 22nd, 2008

15:59

This week: author/columnist David Carr discusses ping-pong as a contact sport… Lolita turns 50, but she’s still too young… and how to defraud wine …

Episode 2: Girl Talk, Ein Berliner, Patriotic Fruit

August 8th, 2008

13:54

This Week: the artist known as Girl Talk tells us about his explosive high school band… A short history of Jesse Owens… How to mix a “Berliner …

Episode 1: The Watson Twins, Dillinger, Hot Sauce

July 25th, 2008

13:19

This week: indie-folk duo The Watson Twins shares their secret fantasy…A short history of John Dillinger… How to mix an Old-Fashioned cocktail… Taste …

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