Brendan Francis Newnam has interviewed, and matched wits with, the biggest stars and thinkers of our time, often on The Dinner Party Download (DPD), an nationally syndicated radio show and podcast about arts & culture that he created and co-hosted. The DPD was downloaded over 28 million times. Newnam also created and executive produced the critically acclaimed The Paris Review Podcast and an NEA-funded fiction podcast starring Neil deGrasse Tyson and Nick Offerman. He is the founder of Public Address, a full-service production shop that consults, and creates prestige podcasts for organizations including the Wall Street Journal, the Metropolitan Opera, and Intercontinental Hotels.

When not filling ears, Brendan fills notebooks—his writing on travel, food, and design has appeared in publications ranging from The New York Times Magazine to Saveur. His book Brunch is Hell (Little, Brown) received mentions in media outlets including The New Yorker and Esquire.  

And yet despite all of these accomplishments, and despite having been a quickfire judge on Top Chef Masters, despite earning a law degree and being named a “style icon” by the national fashion website Racked, and despite being dubbed the “luckiest man alive” by Fast Company despite all of that, he is proudest of having elicited a formal apology from the Swedish government after writing about a bad martini he was once served in Stockholm.