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Speakeasy Special #5

It's an all new "Speakeasy"! This time around, you'll hear how Sir Ian McKellan's "Gap of Rohan" icebreaker came together (and how his reaction was probably the same as yours)... Also, "Chi-Raq" star Teyonah Parris celebrates Brendan's silver fox-like beard, and you'll hear Father John Misty's stirring performance of "I Love You, Honeybear" from our recent live show in L.A. It's only available here on Speakeasy!


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Episode 323: Olivia Wilde, Elvis Costello, Paul F. Tompkins

Encore Broadcast: "Meadowland" actor Olivia Wilde tells us about non-nurturing female characters... Music legend Elvis Costello chats about his new memoir... We toast to Little Richard's religious awakening... Art god Laurie Anderson weaves together a gripping tale about her rainy stint at an Amish farm... Young adult novelist Leigh Bardugo gives us her list of must-reads in the realm (because it's not a genre) of young adult literature... And actor and funny man Paul F. Tompkins tells us the right way to hang a toilet paper roll. Plus, what to do when your waiter is a robot, and more!


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Episode 325: Brie Larson, Gloria Steinem, Raury

Encore Broadcast: Actor Brie Larson, star of "Room," talks about being trapped on a plane while passengers watch her movie... The esteemed Gloria Steinem answers etiquette questions and gives you permission NOT to smile... folk-hip-hop artist Raury DJs your dinner party in a futuristic forest... Mary-Louise Parker reads a letter from her new book (don't call it a memoir!)... Plus, the Sistine Chapel's reluctant artist paired with a bloody Italian cocktail, a new animal hybrid taking over North America, and more!


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Episode 335: John Slattery, Eleanor Friedberger, Friendly Fish

"Mad Men" star John Slattery finds heroes and horrors in his native Boston, in the Oscar-nominated "Spotlight"... Indie pop star Eleanor Friedberger puts on a show - in the kitchen and at the turntable... Acclaimed short story writer Amber Sparks carves out a love story... We fish for new rules of thumb about sustainable fishing... Etiquette scions Lizzie Post and Dan Post-Senning inflate their air mattress for us... And we toast the time when journalist Nellie Bly became a literal trailblazer.


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Episode 334: Teyonah Parris, Savages, and Profanely Good Etiquette

Actor Teyonah Parris on how Michelle Obama helped her prepare for her lead role in Spike Lee's "Chi-Raq"... Post-punk band Savages DJ your murder mystery dinner party... Author Janice Y.K. Lee paints us a portrait of expat life in Hong Kong... Writer Sarah Knight's life-changing answer to Marie Kondo... plus the Netflix of air travel, the history of the world's biggest oil gusher, a journey through some utopias, and a fond farewell to David Bowie.


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Episode 333: Peter Berg, Pusha T, Illeana Douglas

Hollywood heavyweight Peter Berg confesses to starting the TV binge craze, but does NOT apologize... Pusha T invites Kanye to our party (soundtrack)... Illeana Douglas becomes a tuning fork for Marlon Brando... We toast the day that Johnny Cash's career rebounded -- in prison... Brendan gets the skinny on huge 2016 food trends ...And essayist extraordinaire Heather Havrilesky (aka "Ask Polly") comes in for an etiquette session. Plus, the geography of genius, and the most one-of-a-kind book shop in the world.


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Episode 315: Jason Segel, Diablo Cody, and Three Cool Cats

This week we revisit one of our favorite 2015 episodes: Actor Jason Segel turns over a new leaf, as David Foster Wallace, in the biopic "The End of the Tour"... Rock star writer Diablo Cody ("Ricki and the Flash") comes bearing etiquette (and karaoke) tips ... Bobcat Goldthwait remembers Barry Crimmins, the man who brought conscience (and anger) to comedy... A taste of haute cuisine baby food, courtesy of the novel "The Kitchens of the Great Midwest"...Breakout musician Thundercat adds some crazy to the party...Plus: incendiary stoplights, magnetic moss, and more!


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Best of 2015: Carrie Brownstein, Oscar Isaac, Shamir

Sit back, relax, and aim your ears at these standout moments from punk singer Carrie Brownstein, artist Laurie Anderson, actor Oscar Isaac, comedian Michael Ian Black, and dance-pop maestro Shamir. Plus, your favorite icebreaker and history lesson of the year... and a Small Talk mash-up. (We'll call it Tiny Talk!) Here's to lots more phenomenal arts and culture in 2016.


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Episode 331: Gael Garcia Bernal, Molly Crabapple, Hannibal Buress

Gael Garcia Bernal -- a Golden Globe nominee for the series "Mozart in the Jungle" -- goes from messiah to maestro... Comedian Hannibal Buress offers up etiquette advice for humans, from dogs... Illustrator and commentator Molly Crabapple likens drawing to dancing - to picking scabs... We tune into an offbeat holiday soundtrack, courtesy British song-smith Nick Lowe... And Rico sips some soup joumou - the hallmark of the Haitian New Year. Plus, the short-lived American Camel Corps, the one downside of "Master of None," and more!


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2015 DPD Holiday Special: Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels, Fran Lebowitz, Macklemore

We've made a special episode of "The Dinner Party Download" stuffed with holiday goodness. Hip-hop legend Darryl McDaniels (the "DMC" of Run-DMC) riffs on his mega-hit "Christmas in Hollis"... TV's "Naked Chef" Jamie Oliver injects some health into our holiday menu (but don't mess with his decadent cheese toasty)... Humorist Fran Lebowitz keeps the season from getting too sappy with very tart etiquette tips... And chart-toppers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis craft a Yuletide playlist, featuring crazy relatives and, even crazier, David Bowie's "Labyrinth." You'll also hear winning remembrances of both "The Star Wars Holiday Special" -- arguably the worst show ever on TV -- and of "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation", courtesy of star Beverly D'Angelo. Plus, a tale of Santa's whereabouts... during the Iranian Revolution. Featuring good cheer, comic relief, and a tipple or two, the episode's a perfect companion to the hectic and happy holiday season.