Philosopher Alain de Botton Shows the Many Applications of Religion - The Dinner Party Download by The Dinner Party Download published on 2013/02/22 23:24:38 +0000 As a good few billion people know by now, the Pope officially retires this coming week. We’re betting that some listeners - namely atheists - are growing weary of all the news coverage: why should they care? Brendan caught up with philosopher and writer Alain de Botton, last year, and asked him why religion can teach all of us - no matter our beliefs. (Botton’s findings and musings can be found “Religion for Athiests: A Non-Believer’s Guide to the Uses Of Religion”; out now in paperback.) -- The Dinner Party Download (www.dinnerpartydownload.com) is a smart, funny public radio show about everything excellent in culture, from the company that brings you "Marketplace." Think NPR meets Vanity Fair. In each episode, hosts Rico Gagliano & Brendan Francis Newnam talk with some of the world's most interesting celebrities, and along the way equip you with bad jokes, fresh drink recipes, hot food finds, odd news items... and etiquette tips from the likes of Henry Rollins and Dick Cavett. Past guests include Michelle Williams, Judd Apatow, Kid Cudi, Sir Richard Branson and others. Wallpaper magazine calls us one of their "40 Reasons To Live In The USA."