396: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ director Denis Villeneuve, Brendan and Tobin Low Take Manhattan

While Rico's away, Brendan plays hooky with special guest co-host Tobin Low, of WNYC's Nancy (but don't tell Rico!) Also: Filmmaker Denis Villeneuve worries about the pressure in making the sequel to "Blade Runner"... Comic Joel Kim Booster breaks down a bad joke and how he made it better... Etiquette experts Lizzie Post and Dan Post-Senning give advice on how to thank someone who's been forced to host a public radio show. Plus, producer Khrista Rypl flies to Colorado for some "baked" goods, Parisians unite to defend pigeons' rights, and we showcase a new song from Little Dragon.


395: Shania Twain, Sterling K. Brown, Cheese Tea

Shania Twain explains how a vegetarian can survive a country bbq... Musician Emily Haines challenges you to pick difficult music for your dinner party... Erin McCann makes a case for the mosquito emoji... The filmmakers behind "Battle of the Sexes" reveal why there was 40-year-old underwear on the set of their film... Rico drink tea with cheese on top (really)... and more.


Dinner For One: Sterling K. Brown (‘This Is Us’) Enjoys Crying as Much as You Do

This time around, Brendan chats with "This Is Us" actor and recent Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown about the hit NBC drama, why he found the opportunity to explore Randall's relationship with his father "intoxicating," his new role in the Thurgood Marshall biopic "Marshall," the current landscape of black television shows, and why his first acting gig with his (future) wife wasn't exactly a labor of love.


Speakeasy Special: Depeche Mode, Margaret Cho, Flying Lotus

Folks! Instead of reheating an encore episode, we've carefully baked a brand-new Speakeasy souffle for you! In this episode: Margaret Cho tells morbid tales of graveyards, murder, and (gasp!) Norman Mailer. Flying Lotus shares how getting into an *ahem* higher state of consciousness helped him direct "Kuso." "Strong Island" filmmaker Yance Ford recommends a few amazing Mexican restaurants in New York... if you can speak bleep. And Depeche Mode takes us back to the time when they, somehow, started a riot.


394: Margaret Cho, Michael McDonald, And We Cover Your Kvass

Comedian Margaret Cho lets listeners know when it's OK to ask Asian-Americans where they're from (Hint: never)..."Strong Island" documentarian Yance Ford re-examines his brother's murder - and his family's search for justice - 25 years later... Yacht Rock royalty Michael McDonald gives a soundtrack that takes him back to his childhood... Brendan tastes a traditional Slavic beverage known as Kvass... and we bid farewell to Michelle Philippe a.k.a "The Voice of History" with a cocktail.


393: Jesmyn Ward, Matt Berninger, and Future Islands’ Pet-Friendly Playlist

Author Jesmyn Ward admits to some guilty pleasures... The threesome behind Future Islands DJs the ultimate "grill and chill" playlist - pets allowed... Director Theo Anthony remembers what it's like to have Werner Herzog as your teacher... The National's Matt Berninger explains the perks of being a rock star *and* a dad... Librarian Annie Spence bids goodbye to a classic of Russian literature... and more!


392: Lake Bell, Ted Leo, and Not Dumplings

Actor-director Lake Bell turns her lens on marriage -- the good, the bad, and the ugly... Author Jenny Zhang suggests a few super "sour" bites of culture... Punk Rocker Ted Leo brings us tunes that'll make you dance and think... The Posts demonstrate how NOT to tick off your college roommate... And Brendan tries Kubeh for the first time (the New York restaurant and the Kurdish treat). Plus, Sherlock's creator cracks a real-life case, Vivien Leigh's copy of the "Gone With the Wind" script is up for grabs, and a new track from Grizzly Bear sets the perfect vibe to your weekend.


The Dinner Party Sandbox Series: Below-the-Line TV Special

Just in time for the Emmys, it's a special episode all about TV's unsung, behind-the-scenes heroes! From a costume designer for "The Handmaid's Tale" to a casting director for REALITY television. These unsung roles are called "below-the-line" in the biz... but their work is above-and-beyond amazing. Oh -- and a special twist! -- this show's interviews are hosted by DPD's own below-the-line team: our intrepid producers. Enjoy!


The Dinner Party Sandbox Series: Listener Letters

We know a few of you have been thinking, "What's with all the reruns, DPD?" Well, a few of us have been taking a little time off this summer to recharge our batteries. Rest assured we're hard at work on all-new classic DPD episodes we'll be dropping on you in September, featuring interviews with Emmy nominee Sterling K. Brown of the show "This Is Us," the band Depeche Mode, and more. But over the next few weeks, we're bringing you some new, experimental episodes...


384: Kathryn Hahn, Tituss Burgess, Mac DeMarco

Encore Broadcast: The irrepressible Tituss Burgess from "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" doles out etiquette advice and plays matchmaker... "I Love Dick" actor Kathryn Hahn pokes fun at the high-art world... Indie musician Mac DeMarco DJ's his Italian family dinner... A visit to a vegan butcher... Wisdom from New York Times bestselling author Anne Lamott. Plus, a cocktail tribute to VHS tapes and Jane Fonda, how to look like leadership material, and a new track from alternative hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces!