The Dinner Party Download featuing Noomi Rapace

Actress Noomi Rapace
Actress Noomi Rapace attends a photocall to promote the film 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' at the Soho Hotel on March 10, 2010 in London, England.
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This week on the Dinner Party Download...

Icebreaker: Pop legend Tom Jones -- yes the Tom Jones -- identifies a penguin joke.

Small Talk:
According to Guy Raz, host of NPR's Weekend All Things Considered, the non-fictional game of Quidditch is trying to go legitish.

A History Lesson With Booze:
Learn some things you didn't know about Orson Welles' infamous radio dramatization of "The War Of The Worlds"... then invade your brain with a custom cocktail partially invented by the maestro himself.

Guest of Honor: Noomi Rapace
Swedish actress Noomi Rapace has become an international star, thanks to her portrayal of Lisbeth Salander, the punk-rock hacker heroine of the Millenium Trilogy -- a series of films based on the blockbuster books by Stieg Larsson. Noomi tries to explain the Lisbeth's appeal, and how (literally) sick she is of the role.

Check out a longer version of the show -- including a joke from Chris Frantz of legendary band Talking Heads and music from the Smith-Westerns -- at

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