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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The new documentary “Rat Film” examines race — and a slew of other issues — in a way you’ve likely never seen before: It takes Baltimore’s longstanding rat control problem as a metaphor for other social ills, from institutional racism to economic inequality. It’s an impressionistic, vaguely creepy mix of cinema verite and art film, and it’s earned its creator, Theo Anthony, comparisons to filmmakers like Werner Herzog.

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Annie Spence has spent much of her life lost in books– first as a ravenous reader, and then, for the past ten years, as a librarian in the Midwest. Her first book “Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks” collects dozens of letters she’s written TO the books in her life: the ones she loves, the ones she despises, and the ones that fall somewhere in between. Overhear her note to one of the latter, in the audio above.

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Future Islands is a Baltimore-based band known for synth-driven pop and dark lyrics. Back in 2014, Pitchfork named their song, “Seasons (Waiting On You),” the best of the year. They’re on tour now supporting a new album called “The Far Field.”

A Quick Guide to Portuguese Drinking Culture

Sep 8, 2017
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While on vacation this summer, Rico spent a few days in the Portuguese city of Lisbon — or as they call it, “Lisboa.” And to make sure everyone on the staff didn’t totally resent his good fortune, he decided to do a little work while he was there.

He met up with Martim Vaz Da Silva, a guide with the food tour company Culinary Backstreets — and he taught Rico about Portuguese drinking culture. Tough assignment, but someone had to do it.

Dinner With a Grizzly Bear

Sep 1, 2017
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After a five-year hibernation, the band Grizzly Bear is back with a new album called “Painted Ruins.” To celebrate, we actually asked bandmate — and frequent cook — Chris Taylor to craft his ideal meal… along with some song pairings.

First Course
Song: Dungen – “Peri Banu vid sjön”

Meal: Birth On The Forest Floor

Miso roasted potatoes, pickled dandelion greens, a soft boiled egg, death trumpet mushroom dust. (Pictured below.)

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Ane and Georgia in the studio.

For our Below-the-Line special, Senior Producer Jackson Musker met up with costume designer Ane Carabtree (who brought along her dog, Georgia, to the studio).

Ane has designed costumes for shows like “The Sopranos,” “Masters of Sex,” “Westworld,” “Justified,” and “The Handmaid’s Tale,” for which she earned an Emmy nomination. The show, based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel of the same name, is one of the breakout hits on Hulu this year.

Sboxtest

Aug 17, 2017
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Folks, it’s about midway through Summer! To mark the occasion, we asked you on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, to share the song(s) you’ve been enjoying at your soirées. We received a ton of responses.

Kyle Mooney – ‘Banana Banana’

Aug 4, 2017

Kyle Mooney – ‘Buccaneer’

Aug 4, 2017

Whitney – ‘Namaste’

Aug 4, 2017

Frankie Cosmos – ‘Olympic Gymnast’

Aug 4, 2017

John Early and Kate Berlant – ‘Too Many Chairs’

Aug 4, 2017

Brit Marling – ‘Circus Fire’

Aug 4, 2017

Kyle Mooney Solves A Few First-World Problems

Jul 21, 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 Kyle Mooney.

You know him as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live,” the movie “Zoolander 2,” and he’s now starring in a film he created with an old writing partner called, “Brigsby Bear.”

He plays James, a man who is kidnapped as a baby, isolated from society, and given essentially one piece of entertainment to consume: a homemade kids TV show called “Brigsby Bear.” And, yes, it’s a comedy, mostly.

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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.”


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Teju Cole is a true polymath. His novel, “Open City,” won the PEN/Hemingway award. And he writes about photography in a column for The New York Times Magazine, which makes sense since he also exhibits his own photography around the world.

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!

Lopez, Kristina

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.

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