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Author Karen Russell
Author Karen Russell is the guest of honor on this week's Dinner Party Download.
Photo courtesy Michael Lionstar

This week on the Dinner Party Download...

Icebreaker: Tristen

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.