An interview with the Dinner Party Download’s hosts Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam


A few weeks ago, BlogDailyHerald got the chance to interview the hosts on our favorite Rhode Island Public Radio program: The Dinner Party Download. Hosts Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam structure their radio show like a dinner party, with segments that emulate etiquette lessons and a cocktail hour. In recent episodes, Rico and Brendan have interviewed the likes of Elisabeth Moss, Daniel Radcliffe, Mel Brooks, Greta Gerwig, and Bill Hader. In one hour of airtime, the hosts aspire to catch busy people up with what the hell is going on in culture each week… and the show was even endorsed by Queen Gwyneth on goop, which is pretty much a Michelin Star for groovy public radio shows. Read on after the jump for our conversation about Dutch currency and horse-sized ducks:

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BlogDH Gig Guide: A live music round-up for November

It can be way too easy sometimes to get trapped in the College Hill bubble. A fun trip off campus every now and then can be a good break from all the goings on at Brown. I say, go see live music!

When it comes to bands on tour, Providence may not have the big-city draw of say New York, Philly, or Boston, but between Providence and Pawtucket we still have a decent number of concerts coming up. Already this fall, we’ve had, among others, Deer Tick, Das Racist, Tiesto and Girl Talk play shows nearby. For all you live music fans out there, I’ve scoured the interwebs and compiled a list of some of the upcoming concerts close to campus and others in the surrounding area. Boston’s only an hour train ride away. The latest train back to Providence is usually 11:10 pm though, which sucks. If you want to make sure you see the whole show, you should probably figure out somewhere to stay for the night.

Providence and Pawtucket:

Neon Indian and Kreayshawn
Thursday November 3 – Peterson Recreation Center, Providence College – free or $5 ???
“Chillwave” band and that girl walking around campus with a baggie full of Adderalls.

Shwayze and Cisco Adler
Friday November 4 – Lupo’s – $15 advance, $20 day of
They had the world buzzin’ in 2008. They even had a show on MTV.

Josh Groban
Wednesday November 9 – Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence, RI – $21.50
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