This week on the Dinner Party Download...
Alex Cohen, roller derby consultant to the stars (she schooled Drew Barrymore and Ellen Paige for their roles in "Whip It") and co-author of the new book "Down And Derby" tells us a funky chicken (and cow) joke.
NPR's Austin-based roving correspondent John Burnett gives us a preview of the artery-clogging delicacies to be featured at this year's Texas State Fair - aka the World Series of Fried Food.
A History Lesson with Booze:
Learn about Russian Tsar Peter the Great's infamous "beard tax"... then put some hair on your chest with a classic cocktail recipe from New York's famed Russian Tea Room.
Guest of Honor: Noah Lennox Noah Lennox is a member of indie rock band The Animal Collective, whose last album was widely celebrated as one of the best of the decade. He also records solo as "Panda Bear." This week he tells Brendan about how he makes experimental music you can hum along with... and why you probably don't want face off against him on the ball field.
Hear a longer version of the show -- including an extended interview with Lennox and Rico's visit with a California baker who specializes in medical-marijuana treats -- at www.dinnerpartydownload.org.