After 10 years as a pioneering podcast and six years as a public radio weekend show, American Public Media and Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano, hosts of the The Dinner Party Download, are parting ways. We've decided to end production by early 2018.
We'll continue to make The Dinner Party Download available each week on ContentDepot through January 15, 2018. Your APM rep will suggest new options and to help you to help manage the change in the best way possible.
The Dinner Party Download® is a quick-witted, star-studded guide to the best things in culture. Each week, hosts Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam talk with some of the world's most interesting artists – Viola Davis, Anthony Bourdain, Amy Schumer, and Pharrell Williams, just to name a few. They also share the bad jokes, fresh drink recipes, odd news stories, hot food finds, and "etiquette" tips you need to be the life of every party.
"If all dinner parties were this cool, we sure would be a lot less antisocial." Bon Appetit
"...Could be considered the icebreaker that helped public radio loosen up." The Los Angeles Times
Brendan Francis Newnam
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Rico Gagliano has been a fan of dinner parties since discovering, as a child, that it meant he got to eat in his parents' room and watch TV all night while the grownups got tipsy. Twenty years later, armed with an MFA from the American Film Institute, an armload of TV writing credits and a crushing student loan debt, he did the only logical thing by plunging into public radio. His work has been heard on All Things Considered, Weekend America and other favorites, but he's best known as a reporter for Marketplace-- for which he's filed stories from India, South Korea, and throughout Western Europe. Though his co-hosting duties on The Dinner Party Download have taught him the pleasures of fine liquor, he remains a total lightweight.
Brendan Francis Newnam has lent his rapier wit and ferocious appetite for news to various media outlets including Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Marketplace, CNN, Dwell, the San Francisco Chronicle and others. A long time foodie, during the height of America's cupcake craze, Brendan sought refuge in Europe, where he wrote and edited travel guides, music reviews and celebrity profiles, and delivered lectures on the ontology of the gin martini. Lest you think he has a face for radio, the national fashion website Racked named him a "style icon," and that's without even knowing about his tattoo of the word "tattoo." Brendan's other activities include crafting bad pop songs, paying for his JD, and giving impromptu lectures about turn signals.
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Each episode of The Dinner Party Download feeds in six segments with two (:59) breaks – one each after Segment A and Segment B. These breaks are floating: the first begins within range of 15:00 – 23:00, and the second begins within the range of 35:00 – 43:00.
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The Dinner Party Download is heard by 700,000 listeners each week.
The Dinner Party Download audience:
Source: Nielsen Audio, Nationwide DMA data, Persons 12+, Sp16/F16
The Dinner Party Download is available to all American Public Media affiliate stations. The entire program as fed must be aired within the broadcast window, no excerpting is allowed. The broadcast window is from 1100 ET the Friday the episode feeds, until 1000 ET the following Friday. See terms and conditions described in the American Public Media Service Agreement Prior to carrying this series, stations must confirm carriage with American Public Media.
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