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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“Stranger Things” is coming back for season 2 on October 27. If you managed to miss binge-watching it last year, it’s set in the ’80s and it takes place in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana. It all starts when a young boy goes missing… and then things get, yes, stranger. There’s an alternate universe called “The Upside Down,” a young girl with psychokinetic powers, and a monster called the “Demogorgon.” Hooked yet?

The Baguette Gets a Shiny New Makeover

Oct 27, 2017
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Before The Purging Of The Carbs and the Gluten Wars, there was a time when people unabashedly loved baked dough, believe it or not. And one bakery in Manhattan is making it hard not to.

It’s called Arcade Bakery, and their “laminated baguette” has eaters in ecstasy. To find out what it is, Brendan met with Roger Gural, who owns the Arcade.

The laminated baguette in all its glory.

 

A few more pastries Arcade bakes up.
An outside shot of the bakery.

Whitney Cummings Teaches Us How to Mind Our Own Business

Oct 27, 2017
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Each week you send in your questions about how to behave and here to answer them this week is actor and comedian Whitney Cummings.

The Dinner Party Download LIVE in Seattle

Oct 20, 2017
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On Thursday, November 16, we’re heading to Seattle for our first-ever show in the Northwest — at the historic Moore Theatre! Come down a custom cocktail with us, hear your etiquette questions answered in-person, and bask in phenomenal live music.

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Dear friends!

Alas, like all good dinner parties, our party must come to an end. After ten years as a pioneering podcast and six years as a public radio weekend show, on December 1st, we are parting ways with American Public Media.

Willem Dafoe: Not Just ‘The Bad Guy’

Oct 13, 2017
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Willem Dafoe has lit up the big screen for three decades, from his Oscar-nominated performance in “Platoon,” to playing Jesus in “The Last Temptation of Christ,” to great character roles in “Wild At Heart” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

His latest is “The Florida Project,” directed by Sean Baker. The story centers around a young girl and her single mom who live in a budget motel in Orlando, in the shadow of Disney World. Dafoe plays the manager of the motel — and acts as landlord, parent, and sheriff to its residents.

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David Litt penned some of former President Obama’s most memorable speeches, including his comic turns at White House Correspondents’ Dinners. The stories behind those speeches are the stuff of his new memoir, “Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years.”

Depeche Mode: From Synth-Pop to Revolution Rock

Oct 13, 2017
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Back in the early ’80s, four lanky Brits calling themselves Depeche Mode, armed only with primitive synthesizers, started churning out pop hits. Nearly 40 years later they’ve sold over 100 million albums and are one of the most popular live acts on Earth.

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Since Brendan was outsourcing some of the segments on the show while Rico was gone, he managed to convince Associate Producer James Kim to do a new segment. And James came up with this idea called “Double Take.”

The Posts Take Over Our Etiquette Segment!

Oct 7, 2017
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So, while Rico is away, Brendan enlisted the help of etiquette ambassadors Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning. And he left them this note (written on a coaster) in the studio before taping:

Dear Lizzie and Dan,

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Emily Haines is the frontwoman of the Canadian band Metric, which combines rock with gritty electronic music. She also has her own solo project called Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton, and her her second album “Choir of the Mind” is out now.

Emily’s dog, Romeo, takes in the singer’s lush backyard space.

Actor Sterling K. Brown won his first Emmy for portraying Christopher Darden in “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” And he won his second, a little over a week ago, for his performance as Randall Pearson in the acclaimed NBC drama “This Is Us.”

His latest role in the biographical drama “Marshall,” which tells the true story of one of the first cases of future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Sterling plays Joseph Spell, a man accused of rape and attempted murder of a wealthy socialite, and Marshall chooses to defend Spell.

Shania Twain’s Advice Hits Just the Right Note

Sep 29, 2017
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Brendan Francis Newnam: Each week you send us your questions about how to behave, and here to answer them this week is Shania Twain.

Emily Haines’ Tortilla Soup Recipe

Sep 29, 2017
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“My tortilla soup recipe is hard to transcribe because I always improvise as I prepare it,” Emily says, “but here are the general guidelines. I’m keeping the measurements pretty general, too, as I have made this soup for dinner parties big and small. I leave the math to you. Also, my version is not heavy on tomatoes or tortillas.”

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For decades now, Margaret Cho has been fearlessly making audiences laugh about race, sex, and gender. Her ABC sitcom, “All-American Girl” was one of the first TV shows to prominently feature an all Asian cast.

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Each week, you send us your questions about how to behave and here to answer them this week is comedian and writer Margaret Cho. Before answering your questions, Brendan and Rico chatted with Margaret about her upcoming tour and what it’s like to write comedy in the age of instant backlash. In the audio above, she gives our listeners apt advice on how to handle some oblivious friends and acquaintances.

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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

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