This week on the Dinner Party Download...
Nashville-based singer/songwriter Tristen delivers a joke. (She's on tour now in support of her debut album "Charlatans At The Garden Gates.")
Small Talk: Patt Morrison
Patt Morrison -- Pulitzer-winning LA Times columnist and host of her own talk show on KPCC-FM -- tells us how Wal-Mart deals with stuck-up employees.
A History Lesson with Booze
Right around this time back in 1960, "Tonight Show" host Jack Parr walked off the set in the middle of a live broadcast. He's also remembered for torpedoing the career of red-baiting gossip columnist Walter Winchell, who held forth at a bar called The Stork Club. Hear the tale of Parr's departure, then toast his chutzpah with the bar's namesake cocktail -- as mixed by Colin Davis at The Rainbow Room in New York, NY.
Guest of Honor: Karen Russell
Author Karen Russell -- one of The New Yorker's vaunted "20 Under 40" short fiction writers -- just released her eagerly-anticipated debut novel, "Swamplandia!" It's a coming-of-age tale about a family of alligator wrestlers. She chats with Rico about real-life dinosaurs, decaying amusement parks, and the saddest whale ever.
To hear more from Karen Russell -- and catch a new tune from the band Mogwai -- head to www.dinnerpartydownload.org.