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Selected Shorts from PRI: Episodes

Guest host Hope Davis introduces writings from the quarterly food journal Lucky Peach, founded by celebrity chef David Chang, owner of Momofuku, and writer Peter Meehan. Learn about Chinese drinking games, perfect marmalade, cooking in the South Pole, and Marc Maron’s cast iron pots. Also, a piece ...
Guest host John Lithgow introduces three stories about reading and writing. First, Walter R. Brooks’ talking horse Mr. Ed learns to read, with hilarious consequences, in “Ed Has His Mind Improved,” performed by Tony Roberts. In Ray Bradbury’s “Exchange,” read by Rochelle Oliver, an overworked ...
Two stories by Etgar Keret show the comic side of childrens’ fantasies. Parker Posey, who also hosts, reads “Glittery Eyes,” and Willem Dafoe reads “What Animal Are You?” Russian-born Gary Shteyngart recalls a youthful passion for McDonald’s in “Sixty-Nine Cents,” read by Alex Karpovsky, ...
Five stories of romantic confusion. Patricia Marx tracks a difficult courtship in “Starting from Happy,” read by Kirsten Vangsness; she also takes us on an “Audio Tour,” conducted by a condo owner’s ex-girlfriend (as read by Anna Chlumsky). Simon Rich re-imagines the “Occupy” movement ...
Novelist Michael Chabon offers a sweet tribute to his Mom’s cooking in “Art of Cake,” It’s read by David Furr. Tony-winner Robert Sean Leonard is gripped by fatal attractions in Mark Strand’s “True Loves,” and Colman Domingo reads a rite-of-passage story by Justin Torres—“Trash Kites.” ...
On this program, two stories in which adult children try to make sense of their parents’ lives. Leonard Nimoy reads the Delmore Schwartz classic “In Dreams Begin Responsibilities,” and Kate Burton reads Tess Gallagher’s “The Lover of Horses.”
On this program, marriage and other complicated relationships. A woman confesses and a husband and wife renegotiate in two stories by Sherman Alexie, “Scenes from a Life” and “The Vow,” read by Cynthia Nixon and Amber Tamblyn; people become clouds in a story by Joe Meno, read by Kirsten Vangsness, ...
Guest host John Lithgow introduces two stories about compulsion. W.W. Jacob’s classic chiller “The Monkey’s Paw” features a sinister relic with a curse. The spine-tingling read is by Lithgow himself. Next, a poor woman, who makes living by giving people the right words for every occasion, ...
Guest host John Lithgow raises the curtain on five funnies, beginning with Dorothy Parker’s hangover from hell in “You Were Perfectly Fine.” Then comic Wyatt Cenac offers up a quirky life story by Simon Rich, “Unprotected,” who also imagines what God would have done on the seven days of Creation ...
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents three stories about acting purposefully.<span>&nbsp; </span>In Tobias Wolff&rsquo;s </span>&ldquo;In the Garden of the North American Martyrs,&rdquo; a meek academic goes off the rails.<span>&nbsp; </span>The young boy in Doris ...
<p>SELECTED SHORTS literary commentator Hannah Tinti talks with author Audrey Niffinegger about her story The Night Bookmobile.</p>
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<p>SELECTED SHORTS' literary commentator Hannah Tinti interviews author Audrey Niffenegger about her story The Night Bookmobile, featured in the program Finding Yourself.</p>
<p>Guest host Stephen Colbert presents two modern fables. In Gail Godwin&rsquo;s &ldquo;St. George,&rdquo; a lonely medieval scholar gets a pet dragon&mdash;really. The reader is Jane Curtin. And James Naughton reads Annie Proulx&rsquo;s tale of a man born not to succeed: &ldquo;The Trickle-Down Effect.&rdquo;</p>
<p>Guest host Stephen Colbert presents stories about men in conflict. Daniel Menaker&rsquo;s &ldquo;The Treatment&rdquo; describes the war of wits between a neurotic English teacher and his Cuban psychoanalyst. It&rsquo;s read by Isaiah Sheffer. Mark Helprin&rsquo;s &ldquo;Palais de Justice&rdquo; pits ...
<p>Guest host Stephen Colbert presents stories in which objects change lives. In Jack Finney&rsquo;s &ldquo;Where the Cluetts Are,&rdquo; a wealthy couple builds an authentic Victorian house, and are caught up its mood. The reader is Philip Casnoff. In &ldquo;Lederhosen,&rdquo; by Haruki Murakami, a ...
<p>We reprise a popular show from last season. Guest host David Sedaris presents three stories about choices. In Amy Hempel&rsquo;s &ldquo;In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried,&rdquo; two old friends face death together and apart. The reader is Mary Beth Hurt. In Tobias Wolff&rsquo;s &ldquo;The ...
<p>We reprise a popular show from last season. Guest host Neil Gaiman presents two ironic stories about wish fulfillment. In D.H. Lawrence&rsquo;s classic, &ldquo;The Rocking Horse Winner,&rdquo; a young boy tries to help a family obsessed by money. Fionnula Flanagan reads. And Ben Loory&rsquo;s provocative ...
<p>Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents four works about writing. An independent young woman counsels clueless male novelists in &ldquo;The Writers Model&rdquo; by Molly Giles. The reader is Kaneza Schaal. A wife and husband try &ldquo;Creative Writing&rdquo; in a story by Etgar Keret read by Girls star ...
<p>The American master John Updike uncovered the extraordinary in the ordinary in stories written over 50 years. In &ldquo;Unstuck&rdquo; a minor mishap strengthens a young couple&rsquo;s marriage. Guest host Jane Kaczmarek is the reader. Two-time Oscar winner Sally Field reads Updike&rsquo;s &ldquo;Playing ...
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