The Dinner Party on WUNC

Sat 4p
  • Hosted by Brendan Francis Newnam and Rico Gagliano

The Dinner Party is a culture show designed to help you dazzle your friends at your next social gathering. Launched as a podcast in 2010, The Dinner Party is beloved by audiences for its spontaneity, thoughtfulness and exuberance. The show was lauded by Wallpaper magazine as one of the “Top 40 Reasons to Live in America” and hosts Gagliano and Newnam were named to Food & Wine magazine’s “40 Big Thinkers Under 40” list.

Hosts Brendan Francis Newnam and Rico Gagliano
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What happened to your WUNC coffee mug, Rico?
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The show unfolds like a dinner party, kicking off with “The Icebreaker”— a joke to warm things up. Next comes “Small Talk,” in which top print and online journalists from around the country share their favorite odd news story of the week.  The “Cocktails” portion of the show features a true tale from this week in history with a handcrafted cocktail recipe themed after that it.

Later, we usually “Eavesdrop” on an author reading from a hot new release or answer listeners’ burning etiquette questions. The marquee segment of the show is the “Guest of Honor,” in which hosts Gagliano and Newnam interview some of the most fascinating celebrities in the world and routinely get them to talk about the most unexpected, dinner-party-worthy subjects.

 

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Folks, it’s about midway through Summer! To mark the occasion, we asked you on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, to share the song(s) you’ve been enjoying at your soirées. We received a ton of responses.

Kyle Mooney – ‘Banana Banana’

Aug 4, 2017

Kyle Mooney – ‘Buccaneer’

Aug 4, 2017

Whitney – ‘Namaste’

Aug 4, 2017

Jane Lynch – ‘I’ll Take the Soup’

Aug 4, 2017

Kale Walch – ‘Vegan Meat’

Aug 4, 2017
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Frankie Cosmos – ‘Olympic Gymnast’

Aug 4, 2017

John Early and Kate Berlant – ‘Too Many Chairs’

Aug 4, 2017

Brit Marling – ‘Circus Fire’

Aug 4, 2017

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Warren Haynes is a singer-songwriter perhaps best-known for being a longtime guitarist in the Allman Brothers Band. He’s also a founding member of the jam band, Gov’t Mule. The group recently released their 10th studio album, “Revolution Come… Revolution Go.” In the audio above, listen as he tells a story of sharing a tour bus from New York City to Denver with Dave Grohl’s mom, Virginia, shortly after the tragedy.

Kyle Mooney Solves A Few First-World Problems

Jul 21, 2017
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Brendan Francis Newnam: Each week, you send in your questions about how to behave, and here to answer them this time is Kyle Mooney.

You know him as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live,” the movie “Zoolander 2,” and he’s now starring in a film he created with an old writing partner called, “Brigsby Bear.”

He plays James, a man who is kidnapped as a baby, isolated from society, and given essentially one piece of entertainment to consume: a homemade kids TV show called “Brigsby Bear.” And, yes, it’s a comedy, mostly.

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Steven Ellison – aka “Flying Lotus” – has been blowing people’s minds in multiple mediums since his music debut in 2006. Now he’s moving to the big screen with his debut film, “Kuso.”


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Teju Cole is a true polymath. His novel, “Open City,” won the PEN/Hemingway award. And he writes about photography in a column for The New York Times Magazine, which makes sense since he also exhibits his own photography around the world.

Why You’re Missing Out on Delectable Fish Collars

Jul 21, 2017
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So, chances are you’ve heard the phrase nose-to-tail dining, the food movement that encourages eating every part of an animal, not just certain popular cuts. Typically, it’s applied to pigs or cows. But increasingly, restaurants are serving the less popular parts of fish.

Vagabon Mixes a Chill Playlist that Demands Respect

Jul 21, 2017
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When Laetitia Tamko, better known by her stage name, Vagabon, was 17, her parents bought her a Fender guitar from Costco and she taught herself how to play by watching instructional DVDs. She soon wrote and released songs on Bandcamp and was invited to play in famous NYC underground venues like Silent Barn.

Maya Killtron – ‘Whiplash’

Jul 14, 2017
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The Lucas Brothers Use Their Twin Powers to Fool the DMV

Jul 14, 2017
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Keith and Kenny Lucas are a comedy duo with a twist: they’re identical twins who literally finish each other’s sentences. The two have made appearances together in films like “22 Jump Street” and on shows like “The Grinder” and “Lady Dynamite.” Their comedy special called “On Drugs” is on Netflix now. In the audio above, overhear them answer the question twins always get asked: “Have you ever switched places?”

The UK Celebrates the End of Rationing

Jul 14, 2017
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The History Lesson

On July 4, 1954, while Americans celebrated their independence by gorging on hot dogs, the British celebrated being allowed to gorge on hot dogs.

That day the U.K. officially ended 14 years of food rationing imposed at the dawn of World War II. Back then, German subs attacked ships bringing food into Great Britain. Pretty awful considering it’s an island nation that imported 2/3 of its food supply.

’30 for 30′ Team Tease a Tale of a Gambler Scorned

Jul 14, 2017
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Lopez, Kristina

ESPN, the sports TV network recently launched a sports podcast called “30 for 30.” It’s based on their celebrated documentary series of the same name. The first season is five episodes, each dedicated to a different sports story.

Brendan sat down with editor Jody Avirgan and producer Rose Eveleth to talk about their upcoming episode called “Queen of Sorts,” which will be released on July 18. It’s about gambling. Brendan kicked things off by asking, “Is playing cards really a sport?”

Alan Alda Gets Passive and Punchy with Etiquette

Jul 14, 2017
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Rico Gagliano: Each week, you send us your etiquette questions, and here to answer your questions this time around is actor, writer, director, and science advocate, Alan Alda. He is, of course, beloved for starring as “Hawkeye” Pierce in what’s widely considered one of the best TV shows of all time, “M*A*S*H.” He was a regular on another great show, “The West Wing,” and he hosted another great show, the PBS series “Scientific American Frontiers” for over a decade.

Piet Mondrian: Genius Modernist and Party Animal

Jul 2, 2017
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At the turn of the 20th century, Dutch artist Piet Mondrian had established himself as a master of colorful, post-impressionist landscapes. But then, in the 1910s, he moved to Paris… and blew the world’s collective mind with what became his signature style: Bold, modernist paintings of colored squares, bisected with black lines.

Samin Nosrat Convinces Us to Go to Therapy

Jun 30, 2017
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Lopez, Kristina

Brendan Francis Newnam: Each week you send in your questions about how to behave, and here to answer them this time… is celebrated chef and cooking teacher Samin Nosrat.

Beth Ditto DJs a Potluck Party Worthy of Great Gravy

Jun 30, 2017
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Beth Ditto made a name for herself as the lead singer of indie-rock group Gossip, and her standout voice has been compared to Janis Joplin and Etta James. Her debut solo album “Fake Sugar” was released this month. Here she is with some tunes to play at your next potluck.

Handsome Boy Modeling School Feat. Cat Power – “I’ve Been Thinking”

Giancarlo Esposito Channels a Murderous Mindset

Jun 30, 2017
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Giancarlo Esposito landed his first Broadway role at age eight, and he grew up to become one of the most celebrated character actors in America. He’s recently starred in not one but THREE TV shows: As the fiery pastor on “The Get Down.” As the Narrator of the Netflix show “Dear White People.” And, of course, as the murderous criminal genius Gus Fring on “Better Call Saul” and “Breaking Bad.”

Alison Brie Gets Slammed to the Mat on ‘GLOW’

Jun 30, 2017
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Actor Alison Brie played Pete Campbell’s long-suffering wife Trudy on the hit drama “Mad Men,” and straight-laced Annie Edison on the cult sitcom “Community.” But this month, she takes on a very different starring role in the Netflix series “GLOW.”

Brie plays Ruth Wilder, a struggling actress in the 1980s who joins an all women’s pro-wrestling league. Marc Maron co-stars as a sleazy, but somewhat lovable, director


Your Customizable ‘Look Up and Listen!’ Invitation

Jun 23, 2017

Instructions: Copy and paste everything below the dotted line into an email to your invitees. Then customize the text, hit send, and party!

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Guess what! You’re invited to an outdoor listening party for one of my favorite podcasts, The Dinner Party Download! Come enjoy food, drinks, activities and an auditory tour of nature and the night sky with Neil deGrasse Tyson, the Fleet Foxes, Feist and more!

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While you set out on your own journey into nature to hear our “Look Up and Listen!” audio adventure, we want to make sure that you’re not lacking in inspiration!

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Jun 22, 2017

A Daring Trapeze Artist and How The Leotard Got Its Name

Jun 14, 2017
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The History Lesson

Jules Leotard was born to fly.

You wouldn’t have guessed it when he was a teen. Back then, he studied law and was on his way to becoming some kind of barrister. But his father taught gymnastics, which may explain why, in his spare time, Jules started practicing acrobatics, specifically, spectacular stunts on the trapeze. Instead of using a net, he swung around over his Dad’s swimming pool.

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Damon Lindelof co-created the ABC series “Lost” — widely considered one of the greatest TV shows ever. He also wrote installments of the “Alien” and “Star Trek” movie franchises. But most recently, he co-created HBO’s “The Leftovers” along with Tom Perrota, who wrote the book it’s based on.

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