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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Steven Ellison – aka “Flying Lotus” – has been blowing people’s minds in multiple mediums since his music debut in 2006. Now he’s moving to the big screen with his debut film, “Kuso.”


Vagabon Mixes a Chill Playlist that Demands Respect

Jul 21, 2017
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When Laetitia Tamko, better known by her stage name, Vagabon, was 17, her parents bought her a Fender guitar from Costco and she taught herself how to play by watching instructional DVDs. She soon wrote and released songs on Bandcamp and was invited to play in famous NYC underground venues like Silent Barn.

Maya Killtron – ‘Whiplash’

Jul 14, 2017
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The UK Celebrates the End of Rationing

Jul 14, 2017
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The History Lesson

On July 4, 1954, while Americans celebrated their independence by gorging on hot dogs, the British celebrated being allowed to gorge on hot dogs.

That day the U.K. officially ended 14 years of food rationing imposed at the dawn of World War II. Back then, German subs attacked ships bringing food into Great Britain. Pretty awful considering it’s an island nation that imported 2/3 of its food supply.

’30 for 30′ Team Tease a Tale of a Gambler Scorned

Jul 14, 2017
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ESPN, the sports TV network recently launched a sports podcast called “30 for 30.” It’s based on their celebrated documentary series of the same name. The first season is five episodes, each dedicated to a different sports story.

Brendan sat down with editor Jody Avirgan and producer Rose Eveleth to talk about their upcoming episode called “Queen of Sorts,” which will be released on July 18. It’s about gambling. Brendan kicked things off by asking, “Is playing cards really a sport?”

Piet Mondrian: Genius Modernist and Party Animal

Jul 2, 2017
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At the turn of the 20th century, Dutch artist Piet Mondrian had established himself as a master of colorful, post-impressionist landscapes. But then, in the 1910s, he moved to Paris… and blew the world’s collective mind with what became his signature style: Bold, modernist paintings of colored squares, bisected with black lines.

Samin Nosrat Convinces Us to Go to Therapy

Jun 30, 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 time… is celebrated chef and cooking teacher Samin Nosrat.

Your Customizable ‘Look Up and Listen!’ Invitation

Jun 23, 2017

Instructions: Copy and paste everything below the dotted line into an email to your invitees. Then customize the text, hit send, and party!

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Guess what! You’re invited to an outdoor listening party for one of my favorite podcasts, The Dinner Party Download! Come enjoy food, drinks, activities and an auditory tour of nature and the night sky with Neil deGrasse Tyson, the Fleet Foxes, Feist and more!

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While you set out on your own journey into nature to hear our “Look Up and Listen!” audio adventure, we want to make sure that you’re not lacking in inspiration!

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Jun 22, 2017

A Daring Trapeze Artist and How The Leotard Got Its Name

Jun 14, 2017
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The History Lesson

Jules Leotard was born to fly.

You wouldn’t have guessed it when he was a teen. Back then, he studied law and was on his way to becoming some kind of barrister. But his father taught gymnastics, which may explain why, in his spare time, Jules started practicing acrobatics, specifically, spectacular stunts on the trapeze. Instead of using a net, he swung around over his Dad’s swimming pool.

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Damon Lindelof co-created the ABC series “Lost” — widely considered one of the greatest TV shows ever. He also wrote installments of the “Alien” and “Star Trek” movie franchises. But most recently, he co-created HBO’s “The Leftovers” along with Tom Perrota, who wrote the book it’s based on.

Lynn Castle Recalls a Proposal She Was Wise to Turn Down

Jun 2, 2017
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In the ’60s, Lynn Castle was the go-to hairstylist for Los Angeles’ music scene. The Byrds, Sonny and Cher, and the Monkees came to call her “the lady barber.” But in addition to heads, she also cut a few tracks. Only two of her songs ever got a release. That changes Friday when Light in the Attic Records releases the first-ever LP of her music. Lynn’s also starting to share some stories from her life. In the audio above, she recalls two of her early loves.

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“Lawrence of Arabia” is one of the most lauded films of the 20th century and it also cemented the legacy of archaeologist and diplomat T. E. Lawrence. While his involvement in the Middle East during World War I was legendary, another person of equal influence has kind of been forgotten.

The Dinner Party Download Presents: Look Up and Listen!

Jun 1, 2017
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“Look Up and Listen” is an hour-long podcast and a live event designed to encourage you to go outside and reacquaint yourself with the wonders of nature. Follow along as hosts Brendan Francis Newnam and Rico Gagliano lead you on an aural adventure through forests, deserts, and beaches where they’ll encounter Neil deGrasse Tyson, Fleet Foxes, Feist, and more. You’ll hear chats on the influence of nature on creative work and suggestions, wisdom, and songs to enhance your experience.

 

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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
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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.


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