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. 

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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.

Helen Zaltzman – ‘Turning Into My Father’

Apr 29, 2016
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UK Spies Find a Better Birthday Reminder Than Facebook

Apr 29, 2016
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Keeping Up with Jessica Williams

Apr 29, 2016
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Jessica Williams co-hosts the new podcast “2 Dope Queens.” But it’s in her role as senior correspondent for “The Daily Show” that she’s become America’s favorite fake-news reporter. Jessica aims her arsenal of quick wit and righteous indignation at everything from politics and race to Beyonce.

Michael McKean Breaks Bad

Apr 29, 2016

Actor Michael McKean won over legions of fans as the charmingly dumb Lenny on the hit ’70s sitcom “Laverne and Shirley.” The came another indelible character: David St. Hubbins, lead singer of Spinal Tap… the fictional heavy-metal band he created along with Christopher Guest, as immortalized in the film “This Is Spinal Tap.”

Emmy the Great – ‘Swimming Pools’

Apr 29, 2016

A Farewell to Prince – ‘Crazy You’

Apr 22, 2016
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Prince has been the soundtrack to some of the greatest moments of our lives. By now you know he passed away at the age of 57 on Thursday, April 21. We never had the good fortune of interviewing him… but for our first-ever “soundtrack” segment, Yukimi Nagano of the band Little Dragon put the beautiful Prince song “Crazy You” on her playlist. Hear a bit of that segment above from back in 2011.

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Parquet Courts is a band based in Brooklyn by-way-of Austin and are banner-carriers for good ol’ guitar-bass-and-drum indie rock. And they prove it can still be smart and surprising.

Lab Mice Are Too Cold to Give Us Good Results

Apr 22, 2016
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Nahnatchka Khan is the showrunner of the ABC sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat,” which is currently in its second season. The show has won kudos for its smart, subversive take on first and second generation American-immigrant experiences. She celebrates her own immigrant dad and his funny bone.

Nahnatchka Khan: Hi, my name’s Nahnatchka Khan, and I’m here to talk about my father, who inadvertently launched my career in comedy.

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Each week our listeners send in their questions about how to behave, and this week, Anderson Cooper stopped by to answer a few of them. As a reporter and anchor for CNN for 15 years, he’s covered everything from the wars in the Middle East to Hurricane Katrina. His reporting about the latter earned him a Peabody award.

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