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This program celebrates the late Leonard Nimoy with two of his best readings. First Etgar Keret’s “Good Intentions,” in which a hardened hit man is hired to “whack” the only man who was ever kind to him. Then, Nimoy delivers a chilling performance of Evelyn Waugh’s “The Man Who Liked ...
On this program, guest host Jane Curtin presents four stories involving art and artists. Love is the enemy of art in Stacey Richter’s “The Minimalist,” read by Parker Posey; a lonely boy and an aging painter are friends in William Boyd’s “Varengeville,” read by Dan Stevens; and Dolan Morgan ...
On this program, two stories about powerful maternal instincts, and hard choices. In Amy Hempel’s “Beg, SI Tog, Inc, Cont, Rep” two women make very different choices about childbearing. The reader is Anika Noni Rose. Guest host Jane Curtin reads Galina Vroman’s “Sarah’s Story,” a provocative ...
Guest host Neil Gaiman presents tales with surprises. Jane Yolen’s “The Babysitter” is a contemporary Gothic with a twist; James Thurber’s classic “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” introduces a milquetoast with attitude; Ray Bradbury’s “The Pedestrian” anticipated our media-driven ...
15
Apr
2015
60:01 mins
Four tales about the lighter side of love, from rib-tickling to rueful. Comic master Dorothy Parker is stuck with a dull dinner date in “But the One on the Right,” read by Christina Pickles; comic Wyatt Cenac spins Simon Rich’s remix of the Occupy Movement as a tale unrequited love in “Occupy ...
Writer Heidi Julavits and artist Leanne Shapton return for another show featuring readings from Women in Clothes, their bestselling compendium that addresses the rich, complex relationship women have with clothes. Sonia Manzano and Justin Vivian Bond read the selections. Also, a woman is comically parted ...
Guest host John Lithgow introduces two stories about strong women. The English writer E. Nesbit puts a satirical spin on the Rapunzel story in “Melisande.” The reader is Jane Curtin. In Barbara Kingsolver’s “Fault Lines,” the narrator has lost her husband to an industrial accident, and can’t ...
Guest host BD Wong presents tales in which identity is questioned, and true selves are revealed. Karen Russell’s “Reeling for the Empire,” is an eerie take on the idea of exploited workers. It’s read by Kaneza Schall. Ben Loory’s “The Dodo” finds that appearances are deceiving; it’s ...
19
Mar
2015
59:32 mins
Teju Cole’s Twitter-based faction project “Small Fates 1912” (newspaper headlines rendered as short shorts) is performed by Blythe Danner and Jeffrey Wright. And old frenemies in Chennai are caught up in disaster in Salman Rushdie’s “In the South,” performed by Michael Stuhlbarg.
11
Mar
2015
59:29 mins
Four stories about parties--birthday parties, dinner parties, office parties—and what can go right and wrong. A small boy charms three old ladies in Lynda Sexson’s “Turning,” read by Christine Lahti. A generous father hides a secret at his daughter’s party, in Etgar Keret’s “Goody Bags,” ...
Writer Heidi Julavits and artist Leanne Shapton host a program featuring readings from Women in Clothes, their bestselling compendium of conversations, memories, declarations, debates, prose and poetry that addresses the rich, complex relationship women have with clothes. Readers include Justin Vivian ...
Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents two stories about people who beat the odds. In Lauren Groff’s “At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners,” read by Amy Ryan, a sensitive boy grows up in a house full of snakes. Then, writer Kiese Laymon recalls coming of age in racist Jackson, Mississippi in his ...
Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents a program of stories in which things don’t quite work out as planned. Three are by humorist BJ Novak. He reads his “All You Have to Do;” Allison Williams reads “Missed Connection,” and Novak, Aasif Mandvi, and Williams read “Closure.” In Miranda July’s ...
Guest host Jane Curtin presents a program of stories by humorist BJ Novak from his book One More Thing. Novak reads his re-mix of the tortoise and the hare fable, “The Rematch.” He’s joined by Aasif Mandvi and Anthony Rapp for “Great Writers Steal,” and then he reads a comic coming-of- age ...
Guest host David Sedaris presents a program celebrating the late David Rakoff, and praising him as a great reader and lover of language. Rakoff reads Leonard Michaels’ “Cryptology” in which a neurotic mathematician has a strange encounter, and Roberto Bolano’ s “Gomez Palacio,” which is ...
An abduction, a rejection, and a reconciliation in three stories presented by David Sedaris. A flirtatious girl is in peril in Joyce Carol Oates’ “Where are You Going, Where Have You Been?”, read by Christine Baranski. A tender-hearted librarian parts company with her feral cats in Belle Boggs’ ...
Guest host David Sedaris presents three stories about choices. In Amy Hempel’s “In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried,” two old friends face death together and apart. The reader is Mary Beth Hurt. In Tobias Wolff’s “The Night in Question” a sister and brother disagree about the right ...
07
Jan
2015
59:03 mins
David Sedaris presents the three unconventional stories about family ties. In Amy Hempel’s “The Dog of the Marriage,” a discarded wife finds abiding love among seeing- eye dogs. The reader is Joan Allen. Veronica Geng makes fun of traditional wedding announcements in “Partners”, read by ...
Cynthia Nixon presents the second of two programs devoted to a reading of James Joyce’s most memorable short story, “The Dead,” first published in his collection Dubliners. “The Dead” takes place at a New Year’s dinner-dance in Dublin in 1904, and is filled with colorful characters, period ...
Cynthia Nixon presents the first of two programs devoted to a reading of James Joyce’s most memorable short story, “The Dead,” first published in his collection Dubliners. “The Dead” takes place at a New Year’s dinner-dance in Dublin in 1904, and is filled with colorful characters, period ...
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