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1. Michael Ian Black Offers Up 'American Summer' Tidbits and 'Amazing' Tips

Michael Ian Black Offers Up 'American Summer' Tidbits and 'Amazing' Tips

The comedian talks about breaking into comedy, sheds a little light on the new Netflix "Wet Hot American Summer" series... and reveals a new development in biotechnology.

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2. What Comedian Kevin Hart Wants His Kids to Remember - The Dinner Party Download

What Comedian Kevin Hart Wants His Kids to Remember - The Dinner Party Download

Actor and comedian Kevin Hart has had scene-stealing small roles in big films like “The 40 Year Old Virgin” and “Little Fockers.” And he had a big role in the big film “Think Like a Man.” But he’s best known for his stand-up comedy. This week “Let Me Explain” — a movie about his recent comedy tour — hits theaters. It was filmed mainly during a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden. Brendan chats with Kevin about his penchant for leather, his international fame, and his recent growth spurt.

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3. Stuffies, from Tiny Rhode Island, Finally Hit it Big - The Dinner Party Download

Stuffies, from Tiny Rhode Island, Finally Hit it Big - The Dinner Party Download

Rhode Island might be our smallest state, but its seafood heritage looms large. Case in point: the emergence of local favorite, the stuffie. Rico visits newly-opened eatery Connie & Ted’s in West Hollywood - and its two-Michelin-star chef Michael Cimarusti - to get the story in a clam-shell. The Dinner Party Download (www.dinnerpartydownload.com) is a smart, funny public radio show about everything excellent in culture, from the company that brings you "Marketplace." Think NPR meets Vanity Fair. In each episode, hosts Rico Gagliano & Brendan Francis Newnam talk with some of the world's most interesting celebrities, and along the way equip you with bad jokes, fresh drink recipes, hot food finds, odd news items... and etiquette tips from the likes of Henry Rollins and Dick Cavett. Past guests include Michelle Williams, Judd Apatow, Kid Cudi, Sir Richard Branson and others. Wallpaper magazine calls us one of their "40 Reasons To Live In The USA."

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4. Reggae Legend Jimmy Cliff Handpicks Some Feel-Good Tunes - The Dinner Party Download

Reggae Legend Jimmy Cliff  Handpicks Some Feel-Good Tunes - The Dinner Party Download

Jimmy Cliff has been singing reggae hits for 50 years, including the title track of the classic movie “The Harder They Come,” in which he also starred. This weekend 110 million people or so will hear his voice - in a Volkswagen Super Bowl ad - covering the Partridge Family theme song “Come On, Get Happy.” He’ll make you he made us happy by sharing this feel-good soundtrack. -- The Dinner Party Download (www.dinnerpartydownload.com) is a smart, funny public radio show about everything excellent in culture, from the company that brings you "Marketplace." Think NPR meets Vanity Fair. In each episode, hosts Rico Gagliano & Brendan Francis Newnam talk with some of the world's most interesting celebrities, and along the way equip you with bad jokes, fresh drink recipes, hot food finds, odd news items... and etiquette tips from the likes of Henry Rollins and Dick Cavett. Past guests include Michelle Williams, Judd Apatow, Kid Cudi, Sir Richard Branson and others. Wallpaper magazine calls us one of their "30 Reasons To Live In The USA.

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5. Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad on Building Green - Public Radio's The Dinner Party

Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad on Building Green - Public Radio's The Dinner Party

Next weekend, the design magazine Dwell hosts its annual “Dwell on Design” conference in Los Angeles. There’ll be presentations by architecture and design professionals, of course, but here’s an unexpected panelist: Bryan Cranston. The actor, who won three consecutive Emmys as the star of TV’s “Breaking Bad,” is currently working with architects to construct a super environmentally-friendly house for his family in Ventura, California. He chats with Rico about his environmental roots, his hatred of hand-me-downs, and his cool stove. -- "The Dinner Party" (www.dinnerpartydownload.com) is a smart, funny public radio show about everything excellent in culture, from the company that brings you "Marketplace." Think NPR meets Vanity Fair. In each episode, hosts Rico Gagliano & Brendan Francis Newnam talk with some of the world's most interesting celebrities, and along the way equip you with bad jokes, fresh drink recipes, hot food finds, odd news items... and etiquette tips from the likes of Henry Rollins and Dick Cavett. Past guests include Michelle Williams, Judd Apatow, Kid Cudi, Sir Richard Branson and others. Wallpaper magazine calls us one of their "30 Reasons To Live In The USA."

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6. Turkey Day Trends That Might End Up Your Table - Public Radio's The Dinner Party

Turkey Day Trends That Might End Up Your Table - Public Radio's The Dinner Party

Every year, Zach Patton and Clay Dunn of beloved blog “The Bitten Word” dissect the Thanksgiving issues of food mags and come up with a list of holiday trends. (This marks the fifth year of their turkey-day trend watch.) Apparently, Thanksgiving is back…and its comes laden with leeks, kale, and anti-vegetarianism. -- The Dinner Party" (www.dinnerpartydownload.com) is a smart, funny public radio show about everything excellent in culture, from the company that brings you "Marketplace." Think NPR meets Vanity Fair. In each episode, hosts Rico Gagliano & Brendan Francis Newnam talk with some of the world's most interesting celebrities, and along the way equip you with bad jokes, fresh drink recipes, hot food finds, odd news items... and etiquette tips from the likes of Henry Rollins and Dick Cavett. Past guests include Michelle Williams, Judd Apatow, Kid Cudi, Sir Richard Branson and others. Wallpaper magazine calls us one of their "30 Reasons To Live In The USA.

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7. Forget "Kraft Singles"...And Try Real 'American Cheese' - Public Radio's the Dinner Party

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It’s officially American Cheese Month! The American Cheese Society is trying to attract attention to artisanal cheeses on this side of the Atlantic…but we know what you’re thinking - “American cheese” sounds like the pre-sliced, orange stuff. Brendan went to Ideal Cheese Shop in New York, voted the world’s best cheese shop by Forbes, and asked owner Michael Binetti to show off some US cheeses that should be as popular as Kraft Singles. -- The Dinner Party" (www.dinnerpartydownload.com) is a smart, funny public radio show about everything excellent in culture, from the company that brings you "Marketplace." Think NPR meets Vanity Fair. In each episode, hosts Rico Gagliano & Brendan Francis Newnam talk with some of the world's most interesting celebrities, and along the way equip you with bad jokes, fresh drink recipes, hot food finds, odd news items... and etiquette tips from the likes of Henry Rollins and Dick Cavett. Past guests include Michelle Williams, Judd Apatow, Kid Cudi, Sir Richard Branson and others. Wallpaper magazine calls us one of their "30 Reasons To Live In The USA.

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8. The Many Sides of 'Amy Schumer'

The Many Sides of 'Amy Schumer'

Comedienne Amy Schumer's provocative style of humor has gained her a following, a Comedy Central series, and a stand-up special. http://www.dinnerpartydownload.org/amy-schumer/

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9. Steve Martin: Maker of Bluegrass, Maker of Faces

Steve Martin: Maker of Bluegrass, Maker of Faces

This week: Steve Martin puts on a show as well as a concert … Emily Posts’ progeny pocket dial us … Switchel, a.k.a. Herman Melville’s fave energy drink… Filmmaker Davy Rothbart celebrates beautiful losers – in basketball and life … A British Invasion of radio pirates inspires a rum cocktail – naturally. Plus, a two million dollar puppy, mute violins, and Papercuts you won’t try to avoid.

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10. Vampire Weekend Are a "Step" Ahead With Their New Single - Public Radio's The Dinner Party Download

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In May, smart-pop band Vampire Weekend will release its much-anticipated third album “Modern Vampires of the City.” Here’s the a bit of the first single “Step” - it’s brash, baroque (harpsichords?!), and beautiful. -- The Dinner Party Download (www.dinnerpartydownload.com) is a smart, funny public radio show about everything excellent in culture, from the company that brings you "Marketplace." Think NPR meets Vanity Fair. In each episode, hosts Rico Gagliano & Brendan Francis Newnam talk with some of the world's most interesting celebrities, and along the way equip you with bad jokes, fresh drink recipes, hot food finds, odd news items... and etiquette tips from the likes of Henry Rollins and Dick Cavett. Past guests include Michelle Williams, Judd Apatow, Kid Cudi, Sir Richard Branson and others. Wallpaper magazine calls us one of their "40 Reasons To Live In The USA."

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11. Episode 221 Daniel Radcliffe, Lars Ulrich, And Elizabeth Gilbert

Episode 221 Daniel Radcliffe, Lars Ulrich, And Elizabeth Gilbert

This week: Daniel Radcliffe wears a mask that’s not for a role … Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich tells your roommate to turn that racket down … Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) sets the planets spinning … Cartoonist Jeff Smith lists favorite strips … Visiting the Candyland of vegetables … There is danger and allure at “The Summit” … A famously bad sitcom is still famous … And art students build the next Robocop … http://www.dinnerpartydownload.org/episodes/221/

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12. Chips From Potato to Kale...The Evolution of the Snack Food King - The Dinner Party Download

Chips From Potato to Kale...The Evolution of the Snack Food King - The Dinner Party Download

It’s Oscar weekend, which means glitz and glam…but also snack food galore. And chips will be sitting front and center. Lately, there’s been a veritable explosion of fancy chips: plaintain chips, kale chips, soy chips. That inspired Sam Dean to write a history of the chip for Bon Appetit. Brendan stocked up on chips and sat down with Sam to munch…and chat about how far we’ve come. -- The Dinner Party Download (www.dinnerpartydownload.com) is a smart, funny public radio show about everything excellent in culture, from the company that brings you "Marketplace." Think NPR meets Vanity Fair. In each episode, hosts Rico Gagliano & Brendan Francis Newnam talk with some of the world's most interesting celebrities, and along the way equip you with bad jokes, fresh drink recipes, hot food finds, odd news items... and etiquette tips from the likes of Henry Rollins and Dick Cavett. Past guests include Michelle Williams, Judd Apatow, Kid Cudi, Sir Richard Branson and others. Wallpaper magazine calls us one of their "40 Reasons To Live In The USA."

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13. Our Full Interview with "Cooked" Author & Food Expert Michael Pollan

Our Full Interview with

Michael Pollan made major waves (of grain?) with his 2006 best-seller The Omnivore’s Dilemma which became a touchstone in the conversation about how Americans produce and consume food. In his new book, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation he studies what happens to food from the time it enters our kitchens to when it ends up on our plates, as well as the consequences of not cooking. He tells Brendan about (among other things) baking anxiety, the dark side of cheese, and crackerjacks. Take a listen here to our full-length interview with the food expert for more details on how we should be making food, what cooking has done to our evolution, and what "hand taste" really means. -- The Dinner Party Download (www.dinnerpartydownload.com) is a smart, funny public radio show about everything excellent in culture, from the company that brings you "Marketplace." Think NPR meets Vanity Fair. In each episode, hosts Rico Gagliano & Brendan Francis Newnam talk with some of the world's most interesting celebrities, and along the way equip you with bad jokes, fresh drink recipes, hot food finds, odd news items... and etiquette tips from the likes of Henry Rollins and Dick Cavett. Past guests include Michelle Williams, Judd Apatow, Kid Cudi, Sir Richard Branson and others. Wallpaper magazine calls us one of their "40 Reasons To Live In The USA."

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14. Spaceship to Table Agriculture - The Dinner Party Download

Spaceship to Table Agriculture - The Dinner Party Download

http://www.dinnerpartydownload.org/farm-to-spaceship-table-agriculture/ Reyhan Harmanci is the senior editor of Modern Farmer – so it makes sense that she brings us news of some very modern farming: growing food in space. The Dinner Party Download (www.dinnerpartydownload.com) is a smart, funny public radio show about everything excellent in culture, from the company that brings you "Marketplace." Think NPR meets Vanity Fair. In each episode, hosts Rico Gagliano & Brendan Francis Newnam talk with some of the world's most interesting celebrities, and along the way equip you with bad jokes, fresh drink recipes, hot food finds, odd news items... and etiquette tips from the likes of Henry Rollins and Dick Cavett. Past guests include Michelle Williams, Judd Apatow, Kid Cudi, Sir Richard Branson and others. Wallpaper magazine calls us one of their "30 Reasons To Live In The USA.

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15. Elizabeth Gilbert 'Loves' a Party - The Dinner Party Download

Elizabeth Gilbert 'Loves' a Party - The Dinner Party Download

http://www.dinnerpartydownload.org/elizabeth-gilbert/ Elizabeth Gilbert, the woman who launched a thousand book clubs with her 2006 best-seller “Eat, Pray, Love,” is back with a new novel. ”The Signature of All Things” takes us another tour, of sorts, but this one is of high-society in the 1800s, where merchants and scientists throw elegant balls – like the one in this excerpt. This fete is based in part on a real party of the era, as observed by the poet John Keats. ------ The Dinner Party Download (www.dinnerpartydownload.com) is a smart, funny public radio show about everything excellent in culture, from the company that brings you "Marketplace." Think NPR meets Vanity Fair. In each episode, hosts Rico Gagliano & Brendan Francis Newnam talk with some of the world's most interesting celebrities, and along the way equip you with bad jokes, fresh drink recipes, hot food finds, odd news items... and etiquette tips from the likes of Henry Rollins and Dick Cavett. Past guests include Michelle Williams, Judd Apatow, Kid Cudi, Sir Richard Branson and others. Wallpaper magazine calls us one of their "40 Reasons To Live In The USA."

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16. "Godmother of Punk" Patti Smith Talks Poetry, Fashion and "Banga" - The Dinner Party Download

Musician, writer and poet Patti Smith burst onto the scene with the 1975 album “Horses,” which earned her the title “godmother of punk. ” She has since released ten albums to critical acclaim. In 2007 she was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, and her 2010 memoir “Just Kids” won the National Book Award. She just released Banga, her first album of new music since 2004. She tells Brendan about her study sessions with Johnny Depp, her long-held aesthetics, and the little black dress of her dreams. -- The Dinner Party Download (www.dinnerpartydownload.com) is a smart, funny public radio show about everything excellent in culture, from the company that brings you "Marketplace." Think NPR meets Vanity Fair. In each episode, hosts Rico Gagliano & Brendan Francis Newnam talk with some of the world's most interesting celebrities, and along the way equip you with bad jokes, fresh drink recipes, hot food finds, odd news items... and etiquette tips from the likes of Henry Rollins and Dick Cavett. Past guests include Michelle Williams, Judd Apatow, Kid Cudi, Sir Richard Branson and others. Wallpaper magazine calls us one of their "40 Reasons To Live In The USA

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17. Your Super Bowl Menu, Vegan-ized - Public Radio's The Dinner Party

Your Super Bowl Menu, Vegan-ized  - Public Radio's The Dinner Party

Is it blasphemy, or divine inspiration? The L.A. restaurant Street - which specializes in global street food - is serving up a special Super Bowl Sunday menu…that’s entirely meat free. Rico catches up with chef and co-owner Sasha Alcher, and demands answers. Turns out, you can just as easily score tasty - and gloriously UN-healthy - veggie food. -- The Dinner Party" (www.dinnerpartydownload.com) is a smart, funny public radio show about everything excellent in culture, from the company that brings you "Marketplace." Think NPR meets Vanity Fair. In each episode, hosts Rico Gagliano & Brendan Francis Newnam talk with some of the world's most interesting celebrities, and along the way equip you with bad jokes, fresh drink recipes, hot food finds, odd news items... and etiquette tips from the likes of Henry Rollins and Dick Cavett. Past guests include Michelle Williams, Judd Apatow, Kid Cudi, Sir Richard Branson and others. Wallpaper magazine calls us one of their "30 Reasons To Live In The USA.

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