The Dinner Party Download Featuring Randy Newman

Randy Newman
Songwriter Randy Newman poses for a portrait after the Academy Award Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Monday, Feb. 7, 2011.
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On this week's Dinner Party Download, why can't the king and queen dress themselves, how a mother on the larger side gave us an iconic summer experience, and guest of honor Randy Newman.

Icebreaker: Rick Moody If you don't like puns, Author Rick Moody's joke will give you paws.

Small Talk: Jessica Coen Jessica Coen, editor-in-chief of the women's culture website Jezebel, tells us why UK's newest royal couple can't suit themselves and serve themselves.

A History Lesson With Booze: Mama's Boy's and Drive-Ins and the "Jersey Lightning" This week back in 1933, Richard Hollingshead, Jr. of Camden, New Jersey tried to take his mom to the movies. When she couldn't fit in movie theater seats, he decided to make his own theater - with his roomy car and a bedsheet. Hear more about the rise and fall of the drive-in, and then drink the "Jersey Lightning" from one of the Esquire magazine's best bars in America.

Guest of Honor: Randy Newman Randy Newman is an American original. He is beloved by children (and Hollywood) for his Academy Award-winning Pixar film scores, adored by Baby Boomers for his satirical pop songs, and revered by music heads for his songcraft. Maybe the only person who doesn't appreciate him is him. Hear Randy discuss "Short People," what happens when your dreams come true, and getting his last name mixed up with Brendan's.

To hear much more from Randy Newman -- and to find out if Rico survives eating a 100-year-old egg - go to www.dinnerpartydownload.org.

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