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.

 

Matt Berninger Gets Honest About Encores and Etiquette

Sep 8, 2017

Brendan Francis Newnam: Each week you send us your questions about how to behave, and here to answer them this week is Matt Berninger, the frontman for the band The National.

A Quick Guide to Portuguese Drinking Culture

Sep 8, 2017
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Lopez, Kristina

While on vacation this summer, Rico spent a few days in the Portuguese city of Lisbon — or as they call it, “Lisboa.” And to make sure everyone on the staff didn’t totally resent his good fortune, he decided to do a little work while he was there.

He met up with Martim Vaz Da Silva, a guide with the food tour company Culinary Backstreets — and he taught Rico about Portuguese drinking culture. Tough assignment, but someone had to do it.

Dinner With a Grizzly Bear

Sep 1, 2017
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After a five-year hibernation, the band Grizzly Bear is back with a new album called “Painted Ruins.” To celebrate, we actually asked bandmate — and frequent cook — Chris Taylor to craft his ideal meal… along with some song pairings.

First Course
Song: Dungen – “Peri Banu vid sjön”

Meal: Birth On The Forest Floor

Miso roasted potatoes, pickled dandelion greens, a soft boiled egg, death trumpet mushroom dust. (Pictured below.)

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Punk rock darling Ted Leo has been churning out anthemic, politically conscious music since the ’80s, including six LP’s with his acclaimed band Ted Leo and the Pharmacists.

He paired up with Aimee Mann a few years back with a band called The Both. And this month, he releases his first solo album in 10 years called, “The Hanged Man.”

Don’t Call ‘Em Dumplings: A Crash Course on Kubeh

Sep 1, 2017
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Recently, Brendan went to a new restaurant in New York City that serves “kubeh,” a Kurdish treat that is essentially a ball of dough made of bulgur or rice and filled with lamb, beef or vegetables. Chef Melanie Shurka opened the restaurant, also called Kubeh, and serves these morsels, Israeli style, in beautiful broths like beet, Persian chicken, chard and more.

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Ane and Georgia in the studio.

For our Below-the-Line special, Senior Producer Jackson Musker met up with costume designer Ane Carabtree (who brought along her dog, Georgia, to the studio).

Ane has designed costumes for shows like “The Sopranos,” “Masters of Sex,” “Westworld,” “Justified,” and “The Handmaid’s Tale,” for which she earned an Emmy nomination. The show, based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel of the same name, is one of the breakout hits on Hulu this year.

Sboxtest

Aug 17, 2017
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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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Lopez, Kristina

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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Lopez, Kristina

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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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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Douglas, Emerald

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”

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