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Dinner Parties Are Great, But 'Brunch Is Hell'

Brendan Francis Newnam and Rico Gagliano
Courtesy of 'Brunch is Hell'
Brunch is Hell
Brendan Francis Newnam and Rico Gagliano say forget brunch- throw a dinner party.

Brendan Francis Newnam and Rico Gagliano are experts at hosting dinner parties, or at least virtual ones. As the hosts of the podcast and radio show “Dinner Party Download,” they guided audiences through 400 conversations about culture, history, arts and food – all packaged in segments that represented different phases of a dinner party, like “small talk,” “cocktails,” and “guest of honor.” 

Their radio show ended earlier this month, but they have not stopped their dinner-party advocacy. Newman and Gagliano are now on a book tour for their new work “Brunch Is Hell: How to Save The World by Throwing A Dinner Party” (Little, Brown and Company/2017). 

Host Frank Stasio talks with Newnam and Gagliano about why they hate brunch, the guidelines for hosting a dinner party, and how to have a good conversation. Newnam and Gagliano partner with Winston-Salem’s public radio station WFDD to host a ticketed event this Saturday, Dec. 16 at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem. 

Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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