The Dinner Party

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  • Episode 188: Tim Gunn, Rian Johnson, and Salman Rushdie MP3

    This week, we reheat one of our favorite episodes: Project Runway's Tim Gunn dresses down America for dressing down ... Salman Rushdie talks fatwas and fake hair ... Looper director Rian Johnson rolls the bones ... Famed author Sherman Alexie makes a Protest ... A Simpsons writer's favorite odd adaptations ... And NYTimes photographer Todd Selby turns his camera on cooks. Plus: How corn helped thaw the cold war, and ...

    15.02.2013

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    15.02.2013

  • Episode 187: Miguel, Rachel Dratch, and Seduction Instruction MP3

    This week: Five-time Grammy nominee Miguel on fear and sexiness ... SNL alum Rachel Dratch lists her favorite lovahhhs, in time for Valentine's Day ... Thomas Jefferson makes his second inaugural etiquette address ... Harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite tells a high-flying tale about Muddy Waters ... We get schooled in seduction ... Brendan learns not to confuse soulful with healthful ... And we follow a Giant Torto...

    08.02.2013

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    08.02.2013

  • Episode 186: Jessica Chastain, Dave Barry, and Joy(ful) Division MP3

    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, minus meat?! ... We excavate the story of a crown jewel, then drink a sparkling cocktail ... Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff plays dinnertime DJ ... Plus, flying goats, contagious laughter, and the spider...

    01.02.2013

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    01.02.2013

  • Episode 185: William H. Macy, Not Sauce, and the Original Animal MP3

    This week: Shameless star William H. Macy has fun with despicable ... Beloved singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith spins a party playlist ... NYTimes cocktail columnist Rosie Schaap teaches proper bar behavior ... Rico uncovers a sriracha scam ... Gonzo filmmaker Jay Bulger (Beware of Mr. Baker) dives into the messy life of drummer Ginger Baker ... And food phenom Eddie Huang (Fresh of the Boat) tells us about his first Al...

    25.01.2013

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    25.01.2013

  • Episode 184: Michael Apted, Sundancing, and Coaster Cocktails MP3

    This week: Filmmaker Michael Apted (7 Up) talks about renewing his landmark documentary series ... Writer Manuel Gonzales tells us how NOT to bury a body ... Etiquette all-stars Lizzie and Dan Post on the protocol of the communal newspaper bin ... Sundance Fest director John Cooper shares some behind-the-screens stories ... Britain's latest food fad is (wait for it) American food?! ... Josh Bearman, whose article ins...

    18.01.2013

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    18.01.2013

  • Episode 181: Patti Smith, Bryan Cranston, and Drinkable Shrubs MP3

    This week: An encore rebroadcast of one of our listeners' favorite episodes of the year. 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 the original smoke-filled room ... and novelist Nathaniel Rich finds a rhino with all the answers. Plus: drinkable shr...

    28.12.2012

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    28.12.2012

  • Episode 179: Beck, Modern Family Values, and Love's Songs MP3

    This week: Pop star Beck provides a great American song book ... Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson of Modern Family offers advice on keeping YOUR family in line ... Soul singer Darlene Love -- think Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) -- shares a few Christmas songs that WON'T get on your nerves ... An epic movie premiere brings 350,000 fans to Atlanta ... Reading Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, cover to cover ... Meet a wolf wit...

    14.12.2012

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    14.12.2012

  • Episode 178: Fred Armisen, Fishy Business, and Kinky Etiquette MP3

    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 the Bach box ... We toast an infamous Alabama pest ... Fish fraud! ... And Kumare documentarian Vikram Gandhi teaches you how to become a guru. Plus, a Fun. joke, Da Vinci Code: Rhode Island, and yo...

    07.12.2012

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    07.12.2012

  • Episode 177: Tony Hawk, Benh Zeitlin and Incorrigible Ethels MP3

    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 Moore dines in wartime Berlin ... Brendan learns the difference between jerks and Ethels ... and SF band Thao and The Get Down Stay Down give us a tune that gets you up, keeps you up. Plus the hist...

    30.11.2012

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    30.11.2012

  • Episode 176: The All-Food Episode MP3

    This week: It's an ALL-FOOD episode stuffed with tasty goodness. Gail Simmons of TV's Top Chef survives internship hell ... We reheat the history of the microwave, then get zapped with a custom cocktail ... Dick Cavett, Michael Ian Black and others tell their favorite dinnertime tales ... A free-range serving of The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik ... Chef/Memoirist Gabrielle Hamilton on sweetbreads and sweet success ... Ph...

    21.11.2012

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    21.11.2012

  • Episode 175: Wyatt Cenac, Tilly and the Wall, and Kubrick's Kitties MP3

    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 Wall to set the mood ... How NOT to feign interest in arthouse cinema ... We pay tribute to dunker-in-chief Daryl Dawkins a.k.a. Chocolate Thunder ... Stanley Kubrick gets a close-up ... Plus, Turkey ...

    16.11.2012

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    16.11.2012

  • Episode 172: Stephin Merritt, Vengeance Eating, and Alka-hol MP3

    This week, an oldie-but-very-goodie! Stephin Merritt's attraction to love... Actress Amy Brenneman adjudicates listener etiquette... A vengeful lunch with Joel Stein... an Alkaholic drink... Neil deGrasse Tyson defends space... Bill Plympton's favorite animation... and a 3-song prescription from Dr. Dog. Plus: Aggie yells, a Dinner Party Timeout, and a cross-word joke from singer Cate le Bon.

    26.10.2012

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    26.10.2012

  • Episode 171: Ben Gibbard, Jens Lekman, and Fake Presidents MP3

    This week: Ben Gibbard of the band Death Cab for Cutie strikes out solo... Political comedian W. Kamau Bell shares his favorite fake (ahem, "fictional") presidents... Swedish rocker Jens Lekman riffs on love and legal citizenship, scored to his acoustic performance in-studio... Advice for debate-watchers and couch-crashers from the next-gen Posts... Rico explores a big new trend: little fishes... John Paul Getty III'...

    19.10.2012

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    19.10.2012

  • Episode 170: Martin McDonagh, Ed Asner, and Real American Cheese MP3

    This week: Playwright and 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 Torres reads from his celebrated novella. ... New Yorker critic David Denby divines film's future. ... And Brendan seeks the real American cheese. Plus, a historic Niagara fall, a crushed dinosaur dream...

    12.10.2012

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    12.10.2012

  • Episode 169: Anna Kendrick, Kevin Nealon, and the Perks of Being a Pittsburgher MP3

    This Week: Actress Anna Kendrick (End of Watch, Pitch Perfect) practices her radio play-by-play ... SNL alum Kevin Nealon blesses us with etiquette advice ... The Perks of Being a Wallflower creator Stephen Chbosky revisits three hometown stories ... Okkervil River runs through a soundtrack ... A bride you don't want to mess with ... And the Primanti Sandwich goes national ... Plus, the birth of a miracle machine, me...

    05.10.2012

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    05.10.2012

  • Episode 168: Tim Gunn, Rian Johnson, and Salman Rushdie MP3

    This week, "Looper" director Rian Johnson rolls the bones ... "Project Runway"'s Tim Gunn dresses down America for dressing down ... Salman Rushdie talks fatwas and fake hair ... Sherman Alexie reads a profanely good story ... A "Simpsons" writer's favorite bizarre adaptations ... And photographer Todd Selby turns his lens on inspiring kitchens. Plus, learn how corn helped thaw the cold war, and about the the officia...

    28.09.2012

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    28.09.2012

  • Episode 167: Martin Amis, Divine Comedies, and the Mother of Bad Ideas MP3

    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 Posts return to explain the art of good goodbyes... and fashion editor Diana Vreeland gets her close-up. Plus, skimming stones, rolling cows, and the most naive narrator in the world.

    20.09.2012

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    20.09.2012

  • Episode 166: Anjelica Huston, Doomsday Planes, and Things about Chicken Wings MP3

    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 talks quiet... Chickens with four wings... Greeks invade Britain... We toast the end of the world... A poem from imprisoned dissident Liu Xiaobo... Plus, nurture-over-nature, and a Major find from t...

    14.09.2012

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    14.09.2012

  • Episode 165: Junot Diaz, One-Shot Wonders, and Orange Wine MP3

    This week, Pulitzer-winning author Junot Diaz bares the soul of a cheater... Actress Emily Blunt explains dolphin romance... Music video director Natasha Pincus picks some one-shot wonders... We toast the peaceful fallout from the only wartime aerial bombing of mainland USA... Financial etiquette from Marketplace's Paddy Hirsch... Orange vintages add color to wine stores... And the unsung heroes of Fall TV. Plus: a ...

    06.09.2012

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    06.09.2012

  • Episode 164: Marjane Satrapi, Fran Lebowitz, and Pizza Brains MP3

    This Week: "Persepolis" author/filmmaker Marjane Satrapi laughs in the face of death... satirist Fran Lebowitz plays Nanny to America... author Emma Straub narrates a Hollywood fable... multi-Oscar-winner Ve Neill makes up a Makeup list... and Brendan inhales info about air. Plus, a visit to Philly's Pizza Museum, the high-cost of Tsarist-era beards, how to lose *yourself*, and indierockers Nude Beach expose their d...

    30.08.2012

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    30.08.2012

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