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!
391: The 2017 All-Icebreaker Episode
It's time for a cavalcade of icebreaker jokes! We've gathered a year's worth of our show-starting jokes into one convenient listening experience. Brace yourselves for awesomely lame one-liners, knock-knock jokes, and more, courtesy of guests like Jordan Peele, Gillian Jacobs, Ava DuVernay, Danny Boyle, Rachel Bloom, Jane Lynch, Barry Jenkins, Norm Macdonald, and Tituss Burgess. Some are funny... most are not. But there are definitely a lot of them. Cheers!
374: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ottessa Moshfegh, Beer Porridge
Encore Broadcast: Lin-Manuel Miranda talks about his latest work in 'Moana,' and reveals how a cross country trip helped him perfect his freestyle rapping...'Nerdette' co-host Greta Johnsen proves why Virginia is NOT for lovers... Rapper Kevin Abstract gives us a dinner party soundtrack for time travelers... Writer Ottessa Moshfegh shares her favorite characters nostalgic for other eras... Plus, the fanciest way to eat beer for breakfast, the history of the Monopoly game, and the only Valentine's Day advice you need from an Emily Post descendant.
390: Flying Lotus, Kyle Mooney, Teju Cole, And a Chill Playlist to Beat the Heat
"Saturday Night Live" cast member Kyle Mooney takes on some first world problems... Writer and photographer Teju Cole explains how he tried to be gangsta in his new book... Flying Lotus chats with us about his nightmarish film 'Kuso' and why you shouldn't believe everything you read about it... New York Times Editor Erin McCann explains how eagles are taking on drones... Singer Vagabon gives us a party playlist that demands respect... Why you're missing out on fish collars... and more.
389: Alan Alda, Mitski, and a $12 Million Card Trick
Alan Alda offers up etiquette advice (including when it's OK to punch someone)... comedy duo the Lucas Brothers show us how to cheat at driver's tests... rocker Mitski provides a party playlist for people who don't party... Jody Avirgan and Rose Eveleth of ESPN's "30 For 30" tell a tale of a $12 million card trick... And Rico revisits the dumpling of his Pittsburgh youth -- the Polish pierogi. Plus, 300,000 missing umbrellas, the history of UK's food rationing, and a new track from Maya Killtron.
Speakeasy Special: Vinyls, Tyson(s) and Bears!
Surprise! Instead of serving up some delicious leftovers (i.e. a rerun), we're serving up a fresh out of the oven Speakeasy special! This time around, Neil deGrasse Tyson explains why Albert Einstein would never use hairspray, "I Love Dick" and "Transparent" star Kathryn Hahn shares a story you should NEVER tell at a dinner party, and Rico pays tribute to a beloved Pittsburgh pal: Jerry of Jerry's Records.
388: Alison Brie GLOWs, Samin Nosrat on acid, & more
How Alison Brie body-slammed her way to a role in "GLOW"... Cook and author Samin Nosrat explains why Iranians are the best hosts ever... Beth Ditto serves up a party soundtrack -- and great gravy... Giancarlo Esposito ("Better Call Saul") gives us the silent treatment... a detailed discussion on Piet Mondrian (the guy who painted the squares). Plus, a Kentucky town's pit-bull politician, a record-smashing cocktail, and more!
Look Up and Listen!
Neil deGrasse Tyson, Feist, Fleet Foxes, a talking wolf named Nick Offerman, and more join us on an audio odyssey designed to reacquaint you with the wonders of nature! Hosts Brendan and Rico -- two city slickers -- stumble their way through the great outdoors (and outer space!), gleaning wisdom from unexpected sources.