Episode 263: Bill Nye, David Crosby, and Our Big Party in Big Sur

This week: a very special edition of The Dinner Party Download originally crafted as part of the Big Sur Sound and Story Festival at the Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur, California. The show is themed around a summer night, out under the stars.

Bill Nye The Science Guy takes us on a trip around outer space … Seventies singer-songwriter David Crosby gets spiritual about redwoods … Ghost-hunter Richard Senate spins some California spookiness … Novelist John Brandon takes us into the wild … Elizabeth Gilbert invites us to a ‘star-studded’ party … and Brazilian musician Rodgrigo Amarante plays us some music for a night outside.

John Brandon's Lone Musical Wolf


John Brandon's critically-lauded 2012 novel "A Million Heavens" builds around a wolf prowling New Mexico alone, observing human society from the outside.

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'Science Guy' Bill Nye Takes Off

Chattering Class

"Science Guy" Bill Nye gazes at the stars with us and gives his interstellar travel guide.

Photo: Eliot Lee Hazel

Music for the Moon and Stars from Rodrigo Amarante


Brazilian musician and songwriter Rodrigo Amarante has been part of the bands Los Hermanos, Orquestra Imperial, and the U.S. indie outfit Little Joy. He provides a party playlist to spin under the stars.

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Elizabeth Gilbert 'Loves' a Party


Elizabeth Gilbert, the woman who launched a thousand book clubs with her 2006 best-seller "Eat, Pray, Love," is back with a new novel, "The Signature of All Things," set in the world of nineteenth century elites.

Real-Life Ghost Hunter Richard Senate Gets Spooky


Archaeologist, author, and real-life ghost-hunter Richard Senate has chronicled the spectral stories of the Western United States.

Photo: Django Crosby

David Crosby in His Spiritual Grove

Guest of Honor

Folk-rock musician David Crosby has been on the music scene for half a century. His newest solo album, "Croz" is out now.