Icebreaker: Terry Allen
Artist and Texas music legend Terry Allen shares his pet phrase.
Small Talk: Reyhan Harmanci Reyhan Harmanci
Reyhan Harmanci is culture editor at San Francisco's "Bay Citizen" and tells us about an elite group of folks genetically predisposed to sleep better than you.
A History Lesson with Booze: Ping Pong Diplomacy & "The Chairman Wow"
This week back in 1971, a chance encounter between two ping pong players — one American, one Chinese — led to a thaw in the Cold War, and paved the way for President Richard Nixon's biggest political coup. Hear all about it, then bounce a jugful of "Chairman Wow" — a custom cocktail from Shanghai barman Logan Brouse — back and forth between friends.
Guest of Honor: Greta Gerwig
Don't take our word for it — the New York Times said 28-year-old Greta Gerwig might be the definitive actress of her generation. Closely associated with "mumblecore" — a group of micro-budget films populated by twenty-somethings who often don't speak very clearly — Gerwig crosses over into mainstream movies this weekend with her co-starring role in the remake of "Arthur." She talks to Brendan about cat puns, Joan Didion and colorblind love.
To hear more from Greta Gerwig — and to hear a clip from the buzziest R&B artist on the planet head to http://www.dinnerpartydownload.org.