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The Dinner Party Download featuring Shepard Fairey

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Artist Shepard Fairey attends Chanel's benefit dinner for the Natural Resources Defense Council's Ocean Initiative at the home of Ron & Kelly Meyer on June 4, 2011 in Malibu, California.
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Icebreaker: Taylor Orci

Young comic and writer Taylor Orci doesn't count on people thinking her joke for this week's show is funny. 

Small Talk: Patt Morrison

Patt Morrison, columnist for the LA Times, tells us about a signature course Indiana no longer requires in state schools.

A History Lesson With Booze: Sliced Bread and "The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread"

This week back in 1928, a Missouri bakery set the bar for greatness when it started selling the first pre-sliced bread in history.  Listen to the tale, then propose a (ahem) toast with "The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread," a custom cocktail courtesy of Jim McLoughlin — owner of Wabash BBQ in Chillicothe, Missouri.   

Guest of Honor: Shepard Fairey

Shepard Fairey is one of the best-known "street artists" on Earth.  You can find his work in major museums (including the L.A. Museum of Contemporary Art's current "Art In The Streets" exhibit), on rock album covers and on the streets of almost any big city, in the form of "OBEY" posters and stickers he and his collaborators illegally post around the world.  Praised (and sued) for the iconic "Hope" poster he created during the 2008 presidential campaign and maligned as a sellout, he's been a flashpoint for controversy for two decades.  Shepard tells Rico about Obama, why he still hits the streets and his All-American past.

To hear much more from Fairey — and to learn about why the New York Public Library is enlisting help from the foodie masses — download the extended version of this episode at www.dinnerpartydownload.org.