The Dinner Party Download

Fridays, 2:00PM - 3:00PM
  • Hosted by Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam

The Dinner Party Download is an hour-long celebration of culture, food, and conversation designed to help you dazzle your friends at this weekend’s get-together. 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…meet an artist of note (say, Spike Lee or Willie Nelson)…learn the answers to your burning etiquette questions…savor an emerging food trend…and hear your new favorite song.

Plus, unconventional wisdom from hosts Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam.


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Writer Samantha Irby is known for her hilarious personal essays and deadpan storytelling style.  You can read some of her work on her blog, of the B**ches Gotta Eat. FX is turning her memoir “Meaty” into a TV show.

Rico Gagliano: Each week you send in your questions about how to behave and returning to answer them this time, our etiquette royalty Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning. They are the great-great-grand kids of etiquette queen Emily Post herself, and they’re the co-host of the podcast, “Awesome Etiquette,” which lives up to its name.

Paul Feig is beloved for creating and producing the cult-favorite tv show “Freaks and Geeks,” along with his friend Judd Apatow. In addition to its excellent writing and direction, the show was known for launching some huge Hollywood careers: including those of Jason Segel, James Franco, and Seth Rogen.

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Along with his catchy, hazy guitar-rock, Mac DeMarco has become famous for his sense of humor… and for antics, like putting his home address at the end of a track from his mini-LP, “Another One,” and inviting fans to visit him and his girlfriend to their home.

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What if we told you these two words: Vegan butchers.

Tituss Burgess Plays Matchmaker with Our Listeners

May 19, 2017
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Brendan Francis Newnam: Each week, you send in your questions about how to behave, and here to answer them this week is singer-songwriter and actor extraordinaire, Tituss Burgess.

Tituss Burgess: Hello.

Brendan Francis Newnam: I have to talk you up, though, Tituss. So give me a second here. I’m gonna-

May 9, 2017
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Live | Participate | Stations

Coming June 23 via podcast, broadcast and possibly a volcano near you.

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Brendan and Rico will host a listening party and unveil an original treat for the ears, playing an hour of audio that celebrates the wonder of the night skies and how nature has the ability to restore our creativity.

The evening will include live appearances from our intrepid hosts, an al fresco barbecue, and an audio program including conversations with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Feist, Fleet Foxes and more TBA.

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Critics have praised Joan Shelley’s poetic lyrics and minimalist approach to Appalachian folk music. She caught the attention of Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, who produced her latest album. Here she is to set the vibe for an al fresco gathering.

Roger Miller – “My Uncle Used to Love But She Died”

The Prime Rib Renaissance

Apr 28, 2017
Lopez, Kristina

This week, Rico had the tough assignment of eating freshly carved prime rib in Beverly Hills. (The struggle is real, folks.) But he did have a good reason: Prime rib, that staple cut of beef favored by many a mid-century restaurant, is enjoying a comeback. It’s been showing up on menus in trendy eateries in New York City and elsewhere.

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John Ridley is one of the busiest guys in Hollywood. After winning an Oscar for writing the film “12 Years a Slave,” he created the award-winning series “American Crime” and the new Showtime miniseries “Guerrilla.”

Charlamagne Tha God Explains ‘Black Privilege’

Apr 28, 2017
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Millions of listeners tune in to hear Charlamagne co-host the nationally syndicated radio show “The Breakfast Club.” It’s considered one of the most important shows in the hip-hop world. He’s known for his long, sometimes combative interviews with everyone from Kanye West to Hillary Clinton.

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Each week, our listeners send in their questions about how to behave, and answering them this time around is Charlamagne Tha God. He is an outspoken giant of terrestrial radio, co-hosting the morning show “The Breakfast Club,” which is syndicated by iHeartRadio. He’s also got an MTV2 show.

Thomas Middleditch Shows Off His Nerd Range

Apr 21, 2017
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Improviser, actor, and all-around funny fellow Thomas Middleditch has earned an Emmy nomination for playing Richard Hendricks, the hero of the HBO comedy series “Silicon Valley.” The character is a shy computer genius who invents the greatest data compressor ever… but in the weird, cutthroat world of Silicon Valley can’t quite seem to earn the billions he deserves for it.

Tell Us About Your Party Fouls!

Apr 12, 2017
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Ah salt. It’s the magical seasoning that brings out flavors and spices in food and makes it palatable. We were talking about this around the office, and realized we didn’t know much about how salt does what it does.

To fix all that, Rico sat down with Eric Schulze, a science writer and Senior Scientist at Memphis Meats in the Bay Area. They’re developing cruelty-free meat grown in a lab.

Alex Kapranos DJs a Globe-Trotting Party Playlist

Apr 7, 2017

Alex Kapranos is the frontman of the beloved Scottish dance-pop band Franz Ferdinand and a member of the new supergroup of sorts called BNQT. The band includes Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses and Jason Lytle of Grandaddy. Their new album comes out later this month.

We actually caught up with Alex the last time Franz Ferdinand dropped a record and he gave us a soundtrack with international sounds.

R.M. Hubbert (with Aidan Moffat and Alex Kapranos) – “Car Song”

The Many Voices of Hank Azaria

Apr 7, 2017
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Hank Azaria has had a huge career with character roles in films like “The Birdcage” and TV shows like “Ray Donovan” and many more. But he’s probably best known as the voice behind a slew of character on “The Simpsons,” including Moe, Chief Wiggum, and Apu.

His latest TV project finds him back in front of the camera: he stars in “Brockmire,” a comedy about a disgraced, old-school baseball announcer attempting a comeback after a public meltdown goes viral.

Martini Madness: And the Winner Is…

Apr 3, 2017
Lopez, Kristina

After a month-long battle that pitted cocktail against cocktail (and host against guest co-host at the end) the polls have closed and the winner of the Martini Madness bracket has been crowned.

And the winner is…

Gin and Tonic!
How did the G&T pull off this win?

Jens Lekman DJs A Middle Eastern Dance Party

Mar 31, 2017
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Swedish musician Jens Lekman has become a legend in the indie world for his wry, alternately hilarious and heartbreaking pop tunes. Last year, he challenged himself to write a song a week… some of which evolved into tracks for his new album, “Life Will See You Now.” It’s his first record in five years.

Here’s Jens with a playlist mailed from the other side of the world.

Ahmed Fakroun – “Yumma”

World-renowned journalist Katie Couric is best known from her years as a news anchor for every major TV network and as a former correspondent for “60 Minutes.”

These days she is Yahoo’s global news anchor and she hosts her own interview podcast. When our guest co-host, Lauren Ober, met with Katie, she started things off by asking Katie where she got the super bizarre title of her podcast: “Katie Couric.”

Alan Tudyk Celebrates His 3 Favorite Robots

Mar 24, 2017
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Alan Tudyk is one of the stars of NBC’s new superhero sitcom “Powerless.” After honing his chops at Julliard, he’s spent most of his career in outer space. He starred in the cult TV hit “Firefly” and lent his voice to a slew of films, including “i, Robot” and “Star Wars Rogue One.” Fun fact: Alan’s movies have made $2.1 billion dollars at the box office… that’s more than Arnold Schwarzenegger. Check out his list, in which he sings the praises of his robot heroes.


Lopez, Kristina

Rico Gagliano: Each week you send in your questions about how to behave, and here to answer them this week is RuPaul. Not sure he needs an introduction, but suffice it  to say he’s probably the best-known drag queen in the world —

RuPaul: Best known drag queen in the world?! I am the most famous drag queen in the history of the world!

Brendan Francis Newnam: We were just about to say that!

Danny Boyle Reflects on 20 Years of ‘Trainspotting’

Mar 24, 2017
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Back in 1994, director Danny Boyle and screenwriter John Hodge made the hit indie thriller “Shallow Grave,” then followed it up with an adaptation of the Irvine Welsh novel “Trainspotting.” With it’s hurtling energy and Britpop soundtrack, it was an international hit, made a star out of Ewan McGregor, and became one of the cultural milestones of the ’90s.

Our Podcast Picks for #Trypod

Mar 22, 2017
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Brendan Francis Newnam (Co-Host)

Radiolab Presents: More Perfect

Listener Letters: Jeopardy Players Buzz In

Mar 10, 2017
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This week, we took a moment to gaze into the dark heart of our mailbag/inbox/voicemail aka listener comments.

First up Carl from Dearborn Michigan chides Rico and Brendan for their pronunciation of “restaurateur.” Duly noted, Carl.

Jay Som DJs an Anachronistic Get-Together

Mar 10, 2017
Lopez, Kristina

Jay Som first gained attention with songs she wrote in her bedroom and posted online. Not long after, revered indie label Polyvinyl signed her and her debut album of smart lyrics and pop hooks called “Everybody Works,” comes out on March 10.

Here she is to spin music for a Halloween party in Spring… because why not?

Andy Shauf – “To You”

Gillian Jacobs Fakes Love and Tipsiness

Mar 10, 2017
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For six seasons, actor Gillian Jacobs played the wannabe activist Britta Perry in the cult hit comedy show “Community.” She also did a star turn on Season four of HBO’s “Girls,” playing Mimi-Rose — a foil to Lena Dunham’s character, Hannah.

Gillian now stars in “Love” — a show about dating and relationships in modern Los Angeles. She plays Mickey, a program manager at a satellite radio station who struggles with alcohol, romance and just being a good person.

Why Rorschach’s Inkblots Are Still the Best Blots Around

Mar 10, 2017
Douglas, Emerald

Our topic for Chattering Class this week: Psychology’s infamous Rorschach test. And our teacher is author Damion Searls.