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  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 03/14/2019

    Twice Told: Stories Inspired by Books GUEST HOST: MICHAEL CERVERIS

    “Best Worst American,” by Juan Martinez, performed by Cristin Milioti
    “Double Men,” by Namwali Serpell, performed by Nikki James
    “The Metamorphosis,” by Seth Fried, performed by Jennifer Mudge
    “Kafka’s Houses,” by Dino Buzzati, performed by Tony Roberts

  • 03/07/2019

    Rituals GUEST HOST: HOPE DAVIS

    “The Luncheon,” by Jeffrey Archer, performed by Jefferson Mays
    “Love Is Not A Pie,” by Amy Bloom, performed by Hope Davis

  • 02/28/2019

    Longing and Secrets GUEST HOST: DAVID STRATHAIRN

    “American Dreams,” by Peter Carey, performed by David Strathairn
    “Night Calls,” by Lisa Fugard, performed by Lisa Fugard

  • 02/21/2019

    Against the Odds GUEST HOST: JANE KACZMAREK

    “At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners,” by Lauren Groff, performed by Amy Ryan
    “How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America: A Remembrance,” by Kiese Laymon, performed by Brandon J. Dirden

  • 02/14/2019

    Not Quite Human with John Darnielle

    “Moses and Gaspar,” by Amparo Dávila, performed by Peter Jay Fernandez
    “The Pitch,” by Dennis Etchison, performed by Michael Shannon

  • 02/07/2019

    Overcome: A Valentine's Day Special GUEST HOST: MICHAEL CERVERIS

    “Chainsaw Apple,” by Arthur Bradford, performed by Josh Radnor
    “First Love,” by Vladimir Nabokov, performed by Edward Herrmann
    “The Getaway,” by Dorothy Thomas, performed by Mia Dillon

  • 01/31/2019

    Moving On GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “The Gold Lunch,” by Ron Carlson, performed by Sean Astin
    “The Women,” by Tom Barbash, performed by Michael Imperioli
    “The Other Wife,” by Colette, performed by Barbara Barrie

  • 01/24/2019

    Growing Pains GUEST HOST: DAVID SEDARIS

    “Nairobi,” by Joyce Carol Oates, performed by Alison Pill
    “The Most Girl Part of You,” by Amy Hempel, performed by Kate Burton
    “Boys,” by Rick Moody, performed by BD Wong

  • 01/17/2019

    Dangerously Funny: George Saunders & Carrie Brownstein GUEST HOST: JOSH RADNOR

    Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl (excerpt), by Carrie Brownstein, performed by Carrie Brownstein
    “My Chivalric Fiasco,” by George Saunders, performed by BD Wong
    “Sticks,” by George Saunders, performed by Anthony Rapp

  • 01/10/2019

    No Place Like Home: Best American Short Stories 2018

    “Suburbia!” by Amy Silverberg, performed by Martha Plimpton
    “Everything Is Far From Here,” by Cristina Henríquez, performed by Zabryna Guevara

  • 01/03/2019

    Morality Tales

    “The Five-Pound Burrito,” by T.C. Boyle, performed by Santino Fontana
    “Love (or Live Cargo),” by Nancy Jooyoun Kim, performed by Valorie Curry
    “OIF,” by Phil Klay, performed by Brandon J. Dirden
    “The Tablecloth of Turin,” by Ron Carlson, performed by Edi Gathegi

  • 12/27/2018

    New Beginnings GUEST HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “Waiting for the Miracle,” by Lara Vapnyar, performed by David Costabile
    “Beyond Lies the Wub,” by Philip K. Dick, performed by Denis O’Hare

  • 12/20/2018

    Tough Love for the Holidays GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “Interview with God,” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, performed by James Naughton and Jayne Atkinson
    “The Fir Tree,” by Hans Christian Andersen, performed by James Naughton
    “A Present for Big Saint Nick,” by Kurt Vonnegut, performed by Tate Donovan

  • 12/13/2018

    A Child's-Eye View: Stories by John Irving GUEST HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “The Broken Side-view Mirror” from Avenue of Mysteries, by John Irving, performed by Yul Vazquez
    In One Person
    (excerpt), by John Irving, performed by Michael C. Hall
    “Unhappy Mothers” from A Widow for One Year, by John Irving, performed by Heather Burns

  • 12/06/2018

    Rites of Passage: Stories from The Paris Review GUEST HOST: Robert Sean Leonard

    “How to Travel with a Salmon,” by Umberto Eco, performed by Jin Ha
    “Marabou,” by Joy Williams, performed by Michael Emerson
    “The Twenty-Sixth Second,” by George Fox, performed by Linda Lavin
    “The Hat,” by Patrick Modiano, performed by Robert Sean Leonard

  • 11/29/2018

    Guilty Consciences GUEST HOST: DAVID SEDARIS

    “The Juniper Tree,” by Lorrie Moore, performed by Jill Eikenberry
    “The Possibility of Evil,” by Shirley Jackson, performed by Dana Ivey

  • 11/22/2018

    Truth and Consequences with A.M. Homes and T.C. Boyle GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “Top of the Food Chain,” by T.C. Boyle, performed by Zach Grenier
    “A Prize for Every Player,” by A.M. Homes, performed by Jane Curtin

  • 11/15/2018

    Parents and Children GUEST HOST: KATE BURTON

    “Matrilineal,” by Tessa Hadley, performed by Patricia Kalember
    “In the Country,” by Guy de Maupassant, performed by Thomas Gibson

  • 11/08/2018

    Only Human: Anton Chekhov GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “A Drama,” by Anton Chekhov, performed by Cynthia Nixon
    “Rapture,” by Anton Chekhov, performed by Robin Miles, Sam Underwood, Rainn Wilson, and Di Zhu
    “Verotchka,” by Anton Chekhov, performed by Rainn Wilson
    “Which Is Better?” by Anton Chekhov, performed by Rainn Wilson

  • 11/01/2018

    Politics is Local GUEST HOST: KATE BURTON

    “The Voter,” by Chinua Achebe, performed by Arthur French
    “Occupy Jen’s Street,” by Simon Rich, performed by Wyatt Cenac
    “Taking Ms. Kezee to the Polls,” by David Haynes, performed by Michael Genét

  • 10/25/2018

    Welcome to Night Vale GUEST HOSTS: JOSPEH FINK & JEFFREY CRANOR

    “Prologue to Middletown,” by Will Eno, performed by Cecil Baldwin
    “The Beautiful Stranger,” by Shirley Jackson, performed by Cecil Baldwin
    “Lab Coats,” by Yoko Ogawa, performed by Marin Ireland
    “List of Cross-Dressing Soldiers,” by Patricia Lockwood, performed by Dylan Marron
    “Go Back to the Telephone Booth, Clark Kent, Clark Kent,” by Sarah Levy, performed by Sarah Levy, Meg Bashwiner, and Dylan Marron
    “Texts from Peter Pan,” by Daniel Mallory Ortberg, performed by Dylan Marron and Mara Wilson

  • 10/18/2018

    Improbable Dreams GUEST HOST: HOPE DAVIS

    “The Orange,” by Benjamin Rosenbaum, performed by John Cameron Mitchell
    “The Man, The Restaurant, and the Eiffel Tower,” by Ben Loory, performed by Stana Katic
    “I, Gentile,” by David Gordon, performed by Michael Urie

  • 10/11/2018

    Ways of Seeing GUEST HOST: MAULIK PANCHOLY

    “Yancey,” by Ann Beattie, performed by Mia Dillon
    “The Mappist,” by Barry Lopez, performed by Joe Spano

  • 10/04/2018

    Food Fights with Food52 GUEST HOST: Robert Sean Leonard

    “Breadman,” by J. Robert Lennon, performed by Kyle MacLachlan
    An excerpt from Heartburn by Nora Ephron, performed by Joan Allen

  • 09/27/2018

    Coming and Going: Best American Short Stories GUEST HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “The Suitcase,” by Meron Hadero, performed by Renée Elise Goldsberry
    “Bridge,” by Daniel J. O’Malley, performed by Joan Allen
    “The Great Silence,” by Ted Chiang, performed by Elizabeth Rodriguez

  • 09/20/2018

    Home Cooking with Food52 GUEST HOST: Hope Davis

    “Feeding the Fussy,” by Laurie Colwin, performed by Tracee Chimo
    “Home Turf,” by Kiran Desai, performed by Angel Desai
    “Watkyn, Comma,” by Joan Aiken, performed by Sonia Manzano

  • 09/13/2018

    Fateful Encounters GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross,” by Henry Slesar, performed by Robert Sean Leonard
    “Head Over Knees,” by Eric Schlich, performed by Robert Sean Leonard
    “Dornicka and the St. Martin’s Day Goose,” by Helen Oyeyemi, performed by Colby Minifie

  • 09/06/2018

    Dogs & Cats GUEST HOST: KATE BURTON

    “Dog,” by Richard Russo, performed by Stephen Lang
    “Tobermory,” by Saki, performed by René Auberjonois
    “Take It from Cats,” by Helen Ellis, performed by Maria Dizzia
    “Roslyn’s Dog,” by Arthur Bradford, performed by John Benjamin Hickey

  • 08/30/2018

    Crybabies: Guest Hosts SUSAN ORLEAN AND SARAH THYRE

    “I Am the Bear,” by Wendy Brenner, performed by Kate Walsh
    “All the Time We Have,” by David Rakoff, performed by Denis O’Hare
    “Good Bones,” by Maggie Smith, performed by Busy Philipps

  • 08/23/2018

    Reader, I Married Him HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “Jane Eyre (excerpt),” by Charlotte Brontë, performed by Joanna Gleason
    “Reader, She Married Me,” by Sally Vickers, performed by Chris Sarandon
    “The Orphan Exchange,” by Audrey Niffenegger, performed by Tovah Feldshuh

  • 08/16/2018

    Long Distance GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “The Strawberry Window,” by Ray Bradbury, performed by Boyd Gaines
    “Hell Diving Women” by Megan Mayhew Bergman, performed by Anika Noni Rose

  • 08/09/2018

    Surprises GUEST HOST: JANE KACZMAREK

    “Second Hand,” by Andrés Neuman, performed by Jane Kaczmarek
    “Dinner on the Rocks,” by Dawn Powell, performed by Christina Pickles
    “Fortune Cookie,” by Hubert Selby, Jr., performed by Michael Imperioli

  • 08/02/2018

    Fragile Families GUEST HOST: DAVID STRATHAIRN

    “The Parents,” by Kelly Cherry, performed by Kaneza Schaal
    “The Women,” by Tom Barbash, performed by Michael Imperioli
    “The Garlic War,” performed by Annie Proulx, performed by Shohreh Aghdashloo

  • 07/26/2018

    Destiny GUEST HOST: KATE BURTON

    “God Bless America,” by Steve Almond, performed by Michael Urie
    “The Isles of Dr. Moreau,” by Heather O’Neill, performed by Valorie Curry

  • 07/19/2018

    More Funny Favorites from Andy Borowitz: GUEST HOST: ANDY BOROWITZ

    “Farewell, My Lovely Appetizer,” by S.J. Perelman, performed by James Naughton
    “Shiftless Little Loafers,” by Susan Orlean, performed by Dave Hill
    “The Counterfeit Secret Circle Member Gets the Message, or the Asp Strikes Again,” by
    Jean Shepherd, read by Isaiah Sheffer
    “Awake,” by Jenny Allen, performed by Jane Kaczmarek

  • 07/12/2018

    Fractured Fairy Tales: GUEST HOST JANE KACZMAREK

    “The Princess Who Stood On Her Own 2 Feet,” by Jeanne Desy, performed by Jane Kaczmarek
    “Beauty and the Beast or The Enormous Wound,” by Clarice Lispector, performed by Kate Burton

  • 07/05/2018

    What is Real? GUEST HOST: JANE KACZMAREK

    “Flotsam,” by Diane Cook, performed by Melora Hardin
    “Paranoia,” by Shirley Jackson, performed by Thomas Gibson
    “A Tree, A Rock, a Cloud,” by Carson McCullers, performed by Lance Reddick

  • 06/28/2018

    I Am America GUEST HOST: MAULIK PANCHOLY

    “The Walk,” by Elizabeth Strout, performed by Ellen Burstyn
    “Listen,” by Susan Minot, performed by Jennifer Ikeda and Khris Lewin
    “Speak! Speak!” by Julia Alvarez, performed by Selenis Leyva
    “Lines to Ida B. Wells,” by Katherine Davis Chapman Tillman, performed by Crystal Dickinson
    “Speech Delivered to Women’s Rights Convention in Akron Ohio” [excerpt] by Sojourner Truth, performed by Kaneza Schaal
    “Afmerica,” by Mary E. Ashe Lee, performed by Kaneza Schaal

  • 06/21/2018

    Funny Favorites from Andy Borowitz GUEST HOST: ANDY BOROWITZ

    “Tough as Bob War and Other Stuff,” by Molly Ivins, performed by Judith Ivey
    “The Pony Problem,” by Sloane Crosley, performed by Kirsten Vangsness
    “The Waltz,” by Dorothy Parker, performed by Parker Posey
    “Lamentations of the Father,” by Ian Frazier, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 06/14/2018

    Past and Future GUEST HOST: MAULIK PANCHOLY

    “Snow Blind,” by Elizabeth Strout, performed by Melora Hardin
    “August Evening,” by Joyce Carol Oates, performed by Sonia Manzano
    “Half a Day,” by Naguib Mahfouz, performed by Bruce Altman

  • 06/07/2018

    Best Friends GUEST HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “Pie Dance,” by Molly Giles, performed by Cynthia Nixon
    “Madame Lazarus,” by Maile Meloy, performed by René Auberjonois

  • 05/31/2018

    Animal Magnetism GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “Jerry and Molly and Sam,” by Raymond Carver, performed by Ana Gasteyer
    “Breaking the Pig,” by Etgar Keret, performed by Campbell Scott
    “A Pale Pink Roast,” by Grace Paley, performed by Linda Lavin

  • 05/24/2018

    Shaken & Stirred GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “What We Talk About When We Talk About Doughnuts,” by Michael Gerber and Jonathan Schwarz, performed by Joey Slotnick
    “The Office Party,” by Corey Ford, performed by Jordan Klepper
    “The Sorrows of Gin,” by John Cheever, performed by Kathleen Chalfant

  • 05/17/2018

    Cozy and Chilly An Agatha Christie Celebration GUEST HOST: DAVID STRATHARIRN

    “Miss Marple Tells a Story,” by Agatha Christie, performed by Lois Smith
    “Accident,” by Agatha Christie, performed by Hugh Dancy

  • 05/10/2018

    End of the Line GUEST HOST: JANE KACZMAREK

    “Apocalypse,” by Jack Handey, performed by Jane Kaczmarek
    “Encounters with Unexpected Animals,” by Bret Anthony Johnston, performed by Kirsten Vangsness
    “The Wish,” by Roald Dahl, performed by Pablo Schreiber
    “Indianapolis (Highway 74),” by Sam Shepard, performed by Bryan Cranston

  • 05/03/2018

    The Twilight Zone HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “The Landlady,” by Roald Dahl, performed by Sam Underwood
    “Four O’Clock,” by Price Day, performed by Zachary Quinto
    “Perchance to Dream,” by Charles Beaumont, performed by Zach Grenier

  • 04/26/2018

    Sweet and Sour GUEST HOST: JANE KACZMAREK

    “Wedding Announcement,” by Colin Nissan, performed by John Cameron Mitchell
    “The Eyes of the Soul,” by Michel Faber, performed by Kirsten Vangsness
    “Lime Pickle,” by James Lasdun, performed by David Schwimmer

  • 04/19/2018

    Strange Bedfellows GUEST HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “Last Night,” by James Salter, performed by Amy Ryan
    “Joplin and Dickens,” by Padgett Powell, performed by John Cameron Mitchell

  • 04/12/2018

    Behaving Badly GUEST HOST: ANDY BOROWITZ

    “Yeltsin Dancing,” by Padgett Powell, performed by Arian Moayed
    “State Facts for the New Age,” by Amy Sauber, performed by Amy Ryan
    “Some of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friend Colby,” by Donald Barthelme, performed by Joe Grifasi

  • 04/05/2018

    Deceiving Appearances: Stories by Shirley Jackson GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “The Smoking Room,” by Shirley Jackson, performed by Cristin Milioti
    “Company for Dinner,” by Shirley Jackson, performed by Stephen Kunken
    “The Bus,” by Shirley Jackson, performed by Paul Giamatti

  • 03/29/2018

    April Foolery GUEST HOST: JANE KACZMAREK

    “Bee Beard,” by Ryan Boudinot, performed by Tony Hale
    “The Dummy,” by Susan Sontag, performed by Justin Kirk
    “The Swim Team,” by Miranda July, performed by Parker Posey

  • 03/22/2018

    Outsiders GUEST HOST: DENIS O’HARE

    “Ancient Rome,” by Kyle McCarthy, performed by Tavi Gevinson
    “The Thing Around Your Neck,” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, performed by Condola Rashad

  • 03/15/2018

    Best American Short Stories at 100: GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “Brothers,” by Sherwood Anderson, performed by Jane Kaczmarek
    “Diem Perdidi,” by Julie Otsuka, performed by Jayne Atkinson

  • 03/08/2018

    Passages GUEST HOST: JANE KACZMAREK

    “The Texas Principessa,” by William Goyen, performed by Doris Roberts
    “Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish,” by David Rakoff, performed by Jackie Hoffman
    “The Canoeists,” by Rick Bass, performed by Neil Patrick Harris

  • 03/01/2018

    Not Your Mother’s Love Stories GUEST HOST DENIS O’HARE

    “The Pangs of Love,” by Jane Gardam, performed by Jane Kaczmarek
    “Hat Trick,” by Edith Pearlman, performed by Sharon Gless

  • 02/22/2018

    Illusions: The Stories of Joy Williams: GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “Charity” (excerpt), by Joy Williams, performed by Patricia Kalember
    “Baba Iaga and the Pelican Child,” by Joy Williams, performed by David Rakoff
    “Escapes,” by Joy Williams, performed by Joy Williams

  • 02/15/2018

    Big Shots GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “The Greatest Man in the World,” by James Thurber, performed by Michael Ian Black
    “A Warm Welcome to the President, Insh’Allah!” by Meera Nair, performed by Aasif Mandvi

  • 02/08/2018

    Private Lives GUEST HOST: DAVID SEDARIS

    “The Ambush,” by Donna Tartt, performed by Patricia Kalember
    “My Father’s Life,” by Leonard Michaels, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “The Secret Lives of Chefs,” by Lisa Hanawalt, performed by Mario Batali

  • 02/01/2018

    Extended Families GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “They Tell Me, Now I Know,” by Shay Youngblood, performed by Viola Davis
    “A Small Sacrifice For an Enormous Happiness,” by Jai Chakrabarti, performed by Bhavesh Patel

  • 01/25/2018

    Inside Out: GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “The Sock,” by Lydia Davis, performed by Kaneza Schaal
    “Deep Lie the Woods,” by Meg Wolitzer, performed by Blythe Danner
    “Nightblooming,” by Kenneth Calhoun, performed by Josh Charles

  • 01/18/2018

    Imaginary Worlds GUEST HOST: HOPE DAVIS

    “The Dreamlife of Toasters,” by Heather O’Neill, performed by Yvette Nicole Brown
    “The Invisible Collection,” by Stefan Zweig, performed by René Auberjonois

  • 01/11/2018

    Dreaming Out Loud GUEST HOST: NEIL GAIMAN

    “When We Went to See the End of the World by Dawnie Morningside, Age 11¼,” by Neil Gaiman, performed by Kirsten Vangsness
    “Evening Primrose,” by John Collier, performed by Neil Gaiman
    “July Tale,” by Neil Gaiman, performed by Neil Gaiman

  • 01/04/2018

    Crossing the Line GUEST HOST DENIS O’HARE

    “Distractions,” by Simon Rich, performed by Erinn Hayes
    “Love in a Kitchen Garden,” by Douglas Lawson, performed by Richard Kind
    “Brand Values,” by Emily Buckler, performed by Maulik Pancholy

  • 12/28/2017

    I Do, I Do GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “Any Number of Little Old Ladies,” by Bruce Jay Friedman, performed by Blythe Danner and Maulik Pancholy
    “In Naples,” by Roxana Robinson, performed by Betty Buckley

  • 12/21/2017

    Christmas Guests GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “One Christmas,” by Truman Capote, performed by John Shea
    “The Loudest Voice,” by Grace Paley, performed by Linda Lavin
    “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” by James Thurber, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 12/15/2017

    It’s a City of Strangers GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “The Television Helps, But Not Very Much,” by John McNulty, performed by Jason Biggs
    “Goodbye to All That,” by Joan Didion, performed by Mia Dillon
    Selections from Humans of New York, by Brandon Stanton, performed by Vanessa Aspillaga, Jason Biggs, Tracee Chimo, Lynn Cohen, Brandon J. Dirden, and Peter Francis James

  • 12/08/2017

    Discoveries GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “The Boy Detective,” by Roger Rosenblatt, performed by Michael Tucker
    “Notes from a Lady at a Dinner Party,” by Bernard Malamud, performed by David Margulies
    Poems by Billy Collins, performed by Billy Collins

  • 12/01/2017

    Trust Your Senses GUEST HOST: MICHAEL CERVERIS

    “Blue Waltz with Coyotes,” by Jeanne Dixon, performed by Mia Dillon
    “The Color Master,” by Aimee Bender, performed by Denis O’Hare

  • 11/24/2017

    City People GUEST HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “A Sunday Kind of Love,” by Tom Wolfe, performed by Tracee Chimo
    “Malta Scheffer,” by Nelson Eubanks, performed by Brandon J. Dirden
    Selections from Humans of New York, by Brandon Stanton, performed by Vanessa Aspillaga, Jason Biggs, Tracee Chimo, Lynn Cohen, Brandon J. Dirden, and Peter Francis James

  • 11/17/2017

    For Better or Worse GUEST HOST: JOSH RADNOR

    “The Knowers,” by Helen Phillips, performed by Stockard Channing
    “Three Little Maids,” by Alix Ohlin, performed by Mia Dillon

  • 11/10/2017

    Hard Times GUEST HOST: DAVID STRATHAIRN

    “República y Grau,” by Daniel Alarcón, performed by David Strathairn
    “The Letter Writer,” by M.T. Sharif, performed by Joe Morton

  • 11/03/2017

    It All Depends on How You Look at It GUEST HOST: SONIA MANZANO

    “Blue Girl,” Elizabeth Crane, performed by Valorie Curry
    “Little Man,” by Michael Cunningham, performed by Zach Grenier

  • 10/27/2017

    Funny/Scary GUEST HOST: NEIL GAIMAN

    “Through the Safety Net,” by Charles Baxter, performed by Becky Ann Baker
    “Click-Clack, The Rattlebag,” by Neil Gaiman, performed by Neil Gaiman
    “Strays,” by Mark Richard, performed by Alex Hurt
    “October Tale,” by Neil Gaiman, performed by John Cameron Mitchell

  • 10/20/2017

    Through Young Eyes: Stories by Carson McCullers GUEST HOST: HOPE DAVIS

    “Correspondence,” by Carson McCullers, performed Emily Skeggs
    “The Discovery of Christmas,” by Carson McCullers, performed by Amanda Quaid
    “Sucker,” by Carson McCullers, performed by Michael Cerveris

  • 10/13/2017

    Fables and Fairytales GUEST HOST: JOSH RADNOR

    “The Appointment in Samarra,” by W. Somerset Maugham, performed by Maulik Pancholy
    “The Monster,” by Ben Loory, performed by John Cameron Mitchell
    “The Faery Handbag,” by Kelly Link, performed by Kirsten Vangsness

  • 10/06/2017

    Death, Sex, and Money GUEST HOST: ANNA SALE

    “Grammar Questions,” by Lydia Davis, performed by David Costabile
    “Until the Girl Died,” by Anne Enright, performed by Kathleen Chalfant
    “Animal Hospital,” by Joe Meno, performed by Becky Ann Baker
    “The Silk Handkerchief,” by Sait Faik Abasiyanik, performed by Amir Arison

  • 09/29/2017

    Family Matters GUEST HOST: HOPE DAVIS

    “My Brother at the Canadian Border,” by Sholeh Wolpé, performed by Maulik Pancholy
    “A Guide to Fooling Yourself,” by Lauren Schenkman, performed by Kaneza Schaal
    “Reunion,” by John Cheever, performed by Bruce Altman
    “Black-Eyed Women,” by Viet Thanh Nguyen, performed by Jennifer Ikeda

  • 09/22/2017

    Quiet Time GUEST HOST: DAVID SEDARIS

    “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love,” by Raymond Carver, performed by Leonard Nimoy
    “A Summer’s Reading,” by Bernard Malamud, performed by David Rakoff

  • 09/14/2017

    Growing Up GUEST HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “Resistance,” by Stephan Enter, performed by Michael Cerveris
    “Gorilla My Love,” by Toni Cade Bambara, performed by Hattie Winston

  • 09/07/2017

    Reality Checks GUEST HOST: JOSH RADNOR

    “Evening on the Côte d’Azur,” by Richard Yates, performed by Edie Falco
    “Offloading for Mrs. Schwartz” by George Saunders, performed by Josh Radnor

  • 08/31/2017

    Needy People GUEST HOST: JOSH RADNOR

    “You Can Find Love Now,” by Ramona Ausubel, performed by Martin Short and Amy Ryan
    “The Alaska of Giants and Gods,” by Dave Eggers, performed by Kate Burton
    “Loser,” by Aimee Bender, performed by Linda Emond

  • 08/24/2017

    Social Studies GUEST HOST: DAVID STRATHAIRN

    “Dissed Fish,” written and performed by Calvin Trillin
    “Best American Term Paper Assignment,” by Kurt Vonnegut, performed by BD Wong
    “The Breakup Ceremony,” by Toure, performed by Maulik Pancholy
    “The Frenchman,” by Seth Fried, performed by Tate Donovan

  • 08/17/2017

    Magic and Realism: Clarice Lispector GUEST HOST: SONIA MANZANO

    “Remnants of Carnival,” by Clarice Lispector, performed by Carolina Ravassa
    “The Obedient Ones,” by Clarice Lispector, performed by Denis O’Hare
    “Happy Birthday,” by Clarice Lispector, performed by Lynn Cohen

  • 08/10/2017

    Love 2.0 GUEST HOST: KATE BURTON

    “My Date with Neanderthal Woman,” by David Galef, performed by Giullian Yao Gioiello
    “Edna in Rain,” by Marie-Helene Bertino, performed by Colby Minifie
    “Leak,” by Sam Ruddick, performed by Peter Sagal
    “The Little Heidelberg,” by Isabel Allende, performed by Kathleen Turner

  • 08/03/2017

    Lovers and Gangsters: Richard Price Favorites GUEST HOST: JOSH RADNOR

    “The King,” by Isaac Babel, performed by Maggie Gyllenhaal
    “A Love Affair,” by Lucia Berlin, performed by Rita Wolf
    “Lost & Found,” by Colson Whitehead, performed by Alec Baldwin

  • 07/27/2017

    Parallel Lives GUEST HOST: RUBEN SANTIAGO-HUDSON

    “The Appropriation of Cultures,” by Percival Everett, performed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson
    “We Was Twins” by Fiona Maazel, performed by Cory Michael Smith
    “The Epiphany Branch,” by Mary Gordon, performed by Mary Cleere Haran

  • 07/20/2017

    Curiouser and Curiouser: A Celebration of Alice in Wonderland GUEST HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “The Pool of Tears,” by Lewis Carroll, performed by Ari Graynor
    “The Mock Turtle’s Story,” by Lewis Carroll, performed by Sonia Manzano
    “Humpty Dumpty,” by Lewis Carroll, performed by Dan Stevens

  • 07/13/2017

    On Being GUEST HOST: KRISTA TIPPETT

    “The Strength of God, Concerning the Reverend Curtis Hartman,” by Sherwood Anderson, performed by James Naughton
    “The Universe as Primal Scream,” by Tracy K. Smith, performed by Tracy K. Smith
    “The Universe: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack,” by Tracy K. Smith, performed by Tracy K. Smith
    “Everything Is Waiting for You,” by David Whyte, performed by Julie White
    “You Must Be This Happy to Enter,” by Elizabeth Crane, performed by Claire Danes
    “An Enigmatic Nature,” by Anton Chekhov, performed by Fionnula Flanagan

  • 07/06/2017

    Finding Your Way in the Dark GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “I Go Adventuring,” by Helen Keller, performed by Maggie Siff
    “The Secrets of Bats,” by Jess Row, performed by Heather Goldenhersh

  • 06/29/2017

    Someone's Listening GUEST HOST: KRISTA TIPPETT

    “The Doctor and the Rabbi,” by Aimee Bender, performed by Ellen Burstyn
    “Spirituality; With or Without a Prayer,” by Elmore Leonard, performed by Julie White
    “The History of Everything Including You,” by Jenny Hollowell, performed by Kyra Sedgwick
    “The God Who Loves You,” by Carl Dennis, performed by Tracy K. Smith
    “Poetry” by Pablo Neruda, performed by Tracy K. Smith

  • 06/22/2017

    Seeking Love GUEST HOST: SONIA MANZANO

    A dramatic reading of OK Cupid profiles, performed by Giullian Yao Gioiello and Colby Minifie
    “Ad,” by Elizabeth Crane, performed by Jill Eikenberry
    “The Littoral Zone,” by Andrea Barrett, performed by Becky Ann Baker and Dylan Baker

  • 06/15/2017

    “Nothing Good Gets Away” - Readings from Letters of Note GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    A wonderful selection from the popular blog and bestselling book include letters by Mick Jagger, Katherine Hepburn, Jack the Ripper, and Queen Elizabeth II, among others. Readers include Jane Curtin, Kate Mulgrew, Phylicia Rashad, Jeremy Shamos, and Sam Underwood.

  • 06/08/2017

    Laugh, or Cry GUEST HOST: DAVID SEDARIS

    “I Live on Your Visits,” by Dorothy Parker, performed by Celeste Holm
    “Snakebite,” by Arthur Bradford, performed by John Benjamin Hickey

  • 06/01/2017

    True Confessions GUEST HOST: DAVID STRATHAIRN

    “Isn’t It Romantic?” by David Rakoff, performed by Harris Yulin
    “More Alarms at Night,” by James Thurber, performed by Colin Quinn
    “Août,” by Meg Wolitzer, performed by Jill Eikenberry

  • 05/25/2017

    Front Lines: A Memorial Day Special GUEST HOST: KATE BURTON

    “Dear Boys,” by Chris Cohoes, performed by Matthew Modine
    “A Soldier for the Crown,” by Charles Johnson, performed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson
    “Mother in the Trenches,” by Robert Olen Butler, performed by Kathleen Chalfant
    “Peace and War,” by Moacyr Scliar, performed by Michael Cristofer

  • 05/18/2017

    Brief Lives GUEST HOST: MICHAEL CERVERIS

    Selected excerpts, 1979-1985 from The Andy Warhol Diaries by Andy Warhol, performed by Denis O’Hare
    “The Young Painters,” by Nicole Krauss, performed by Heather Burns
    “The Burning Palms,” by Claire Keegan, performed by Patricia Kalember

  • 05/11/2017

    Women’s Roles GUEST HOST: KATE BURTON

    “There Was Once,” by Margaret Atwood, performed by Jane Kaczmarek, René Auberjonois and Zach Grenier
    “A Leading Role,” by Tove Jansson, performed by Jane Kaczmarek
    “Treasure State,” by Smith Henderson, performed by Michael Shannon

  • 05/04/2017

    Uncharted Territories GUEST HOST: SONIA MANZANO

    “The Different One,” by John Updike, performed by Michael Emerson
    “Coming Soon,” by Steven Millhauser, performed by David Morse
    “Youth From Every Quarter,” by Kirstin Valdez Quade, performed by Sonia Manzano

  • 04/27/2017

    The Pursuit of Happiness GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “The Proxy Marriage,” by Maile Meloy, performed by Patricia Kalember
    “The Worm and the Apple” by John Cheever, performed by Anne Meara

  • 04/20/2017

    Learn from Your Mistakes GUEST HOST: DAVID SEDARIS

    “Mortals,” by Tobias Wolff, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “Reading Lessons,” by Edwidge Danticat, performed by Marsha Stephanie Blake

  • 04/13/2017

    Laugh Riot: The Best of The Harvard Lampoon GUEST HOST: KATE BURTON

    Guest host Kate Burton presents a cornucopia of funny pieces from the volume The Best of The Harvard Lampoon. A fine cast of readers were matched up with these funnies: Wyatt Cenac, Michael Emerson, Erinn Hayes, Richard Masur, Alysia Reiner, and Zuzanna Szadkowski.

  • 04/06/2017

    Untrue Love GUEST HOST: MICHAEL CERVERIS

    “La Sainte-Vierge,” by Daphne du Maurier, performed by Kathryn Erbe
    “Pilgrimage to Earth,” by Robert Sheckley, performed by Paul Giamatti

  • 03/30/2017

    The Kids Aren’t All Right GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “On the Hill,” by Elizabeth Spencer, performed by Robert Sean Leonard
    “Modern Girls,” by Teju Cole, performed by Zainab Jah

  • 03/23/2017

    Dangerously Funny: George Saunders & Carrie Brownstein GUEST HOST JOSH RADNOR

    Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl (excerpt), by Carrie Brownstein, performed by Carrie Brownstein
    “My Chivalric Fiasco,” by George Saunders, performed by BD Wong
    “Sticks,” by George Saunders, performed by Anthony Rapp

  • 03/16/2017

    Three Boys and a Girl HOST: JANE KACZMAREK

    Stuart Little (excerpt), by E.B. White, performed by David Hyde Pierce
    “Araby,” by James Joyce, performed by Malachy McCourt
    “The Palmist,” by Andrew Lam, performed by James Naughton
    “Flying,” by Stephen Dixon, performed by Thomas Gibson

  • 03/09/2017

    Growing Pains HOST: DAVID SEDARIS

    “Nairobi,” by Joyce Carol Oates, performed by Alison Pill
    “The Most Girl Part of You,” by Amy Hempel, performed by Kate Burton
    “Boys,” by Rick Moody, performed by BD Wong

  • 03/02/2017

    Twice Told: Stories Inspired by Books HOST: MICHAEL CERVERIS

    “Best Worst American,” by Juan Martinez, performed by Cristin Milioti
    “Double Men,” by Namwali Serpell, performed by Nikki James
    “The Metamorphosis,” by Seth Fried, performed by Jennifer Mudge
    “Kafka’s Houses,” by Dino Buzzati, performed by Tony Roberts

  • 02/23/2017

    Women in Clothes (Part 2) HOSTS: HEIDI JULAVITS AND LEANNE SHAPTON

    “Covet Diary,” by Leanne Shapton, performed by Justin Vivian Bond
    “Conversation: You Don’t Know What I Deal With,” by Ramou Sarr, performed by Sonia Manzano
    “Conversation: I’m Always on the Floor and Working,” by Mona Kowalska, performed by Sonia Manzano
    “The Hat of My Mother,” by Max Steele, performed by Paul Hecht

  • 02/16/2017

    Queens and Babies HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “Magic and Dread,” by Jenny Offill, performed by Kaneza Schaal
    “The Tragic Queen of Carthage,” from The Aeneid, by Virgil, translated by Robert Fagles, performed by BD Wong

  • 02/09/2017

    Overcome: A Valentine’s Day Special HOST: MICHAEL CERVERIS

    “Chainsaw Apple,” by Arthur Bradford, performed by Josh Radnor
    “First Love,” by Vladimir Nabokov, performed by Edward Herrmann
    “The Getaway,” by Dorothy Thomas, performed by Mia Dillon

  • 02/02/2017

    Art and Artists HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “The Minimalist,” by Stacey Richter, performed by Parker Posey
    “Varengeville,” by William Boyd, performed by Dan Stevens
    “Honey I Twisted,” by Helen Phillips, performed by Heather Burns
    “Timeshare,” by Dolan Morgan, performed by Rita Wolf

  • 01/26/2017

    Coming and Going: Best American Short Stories HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “The Suitcase,” by Meron Hadero, performed by Renée Elise Goldsberry
    “Bridge,” by Daniel J. O’Malley, performed by Joan Allen
    “The Great Silence,” by Ted Chiang, performed by Elizabeth Rodriguez

  • 01/19/2017

    Guilty Consciences HOST: DAVID SEDARIS

    “The Juniper Tree,” by Lorrie Moore, performed by Jill Eikenberry
    “The Possibility of Evil,” by Shirley Jackson, performed by Dana Ivey

  • 01/12/2017

    Against the Odds HOST: JANE KACZMAREK

    “At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners,” by Lauren Groff, performed by Amy Ryan
    “How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America: A Remembrance,” by Kiese Laymon, performed by Brandon J. Dirden

  • 01/05/2017

    New Beginnings HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “Waiting for the Miracle,” by Lara Vapnyar, performed by David Costabile
    “Beyond Lies the Wub,” by Philip K. Dick, performed by Denis O’Hare

  • 12/29/2016

    Worst Case Scenarios HOST: HOPE DAVIS

    “Lars Farf, Excessively Fearful Father and Husband,” by George Saunders, performed by James Naughton
    “Charles,” by Shirley Jackson, performed by Lois Smith
    “Game,” by Donald Barthelme, performed by David Strathairn
    “Lamentations of the Father,” by Ian Frazier, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 12/22/2016

    Not How I Imagined It HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “Christmas Freud,” by David Rakoff, performed by Jon Glaser
    “Violets,” by Edna O’Brien, performed by Fionnula Flanagan
    “Homecoming,” by William Maxwell, performed by Keir Dullea
    “Christmas in Qatar,” by Calvin Trillin, performed by Trillin

  • 12/15/2016

    In an Instant HOST: JANE KACZMAREK

    “Small Fates,” by Teju Cole, performed by Blythe Danner and Jeffrey Wright
    “In the South,” by Salman Rushdie, performed by Michael Stuhlbarg

  • 12/08/2016

    Family Ties HOST: DAVID SEDARIS

    “The Dog of the Marriage,” by Amy Hempel, performed by Joan Allen
    “Partners,” by Veronica Geng, performed by Michael Cerveris, Patricia Kalember, and Isaiah Sheffer
    “Nightingale,” by Tobias Wolff, performed by William Hurt

  • 12/01/2016

    A Child's-Eye View: Stories by John Irving GUEST HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “The Broken Side-view Mirror” from Avenue of Mysteries, by John Irving, performed by Yul Vazquez
    In One Person
    (excerpt), by John Irving, performed by Michael C. Hall
    “Unhappy Mothers” from A Widow for One Year, by John Irving, performed by Heather Burns

  • 11/24/2016

    Tiny, But Mighty: Stories by Lydia Davis HOST: JANE CURTIN


    “Can't and Won't,” by Lydia Davis, performed by Lydia Davis
    “If At the Wedding (At the Zoo),” by Lydia Davis, performed by Kaneza Schaal
    “The Party,” by Lydia Davis, performed by Cristin Milioti
    “The Two Davises and the Rug,” by Lydia Davis, performed by Dylan Baker
    “The Egg Race,” by John Updike, performed by Alec Baldwin

  • 11/17/2016

    Fateful Encounters HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross,” by Henry Slesar, read by Robert Sean Leonard
    “Head Over Knees,” by Eric Schlich, read by Robert Sean Leonard
    “Dornicka and the St. Martin's Day Goose,” by Helen Oyeyemi, read by Colby Minifie

  • 11/10/2016

    Destiny HOST: KATE BURTON

    “God Bless America,” by Steve Almond, read by Michael Urie
    “The Isles of Dr. Moreau,” by Heather O'Neill, read by Valorie Curry

  • 11/03/2016

    Politics is Local HOST: KATE BURTON

    “The Voter,” by Chinua Achebe, read by Arthur French
    “Occupy Jen's Street,” by Simon Rich, read by Wyatt Cenac
    “Taking Ms. Kezee to the Polls,” by David Haynes, read by Michael Genet

  • 10/27/2016

    The Twilight Zone HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “The Landlady,” by Roald Dahl, performed by Sam Underwood
    “Four O’Clock,” by Price Day, performed by Zachary Quinto
    “Perchance to Dream,” by Charles Beaumont, performed by Zach Grenier

  • 10/20/2016

    You Might As Well Live: A Dorothy Parker Celebration HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “The Sexes,” by Dorothy Parker, performed by Parker Posey
    “Bohemia (poem),” by Dorothy Parker, performed by Heather Burns
    “In the Throes,” by Dorothy Parker, performed by Heather Burns
    “The Standard of Living,” by Dorothy Parker, performed by Hope Davis
    “Waitress,” by Robert Coover, performed by Sonia Manzano

  • 10/13/2016

    Parents and Children HOST: KATE BURTON

    “Matrilineal,” by Tessa Hadley, performed by Patricia Kalember
    “In the Country,” by Guy de Maupassant, performed by Thomas Gibson

  • 10/06/2016

    Between Meals HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “Where You'll Find Me,” by Ann Beattie, performed by Jane Kaczmarek
    “The Year of Spaghetti,” by Haruki Murakami, performed by Michael Imperioli
    “Reading Aloud,” by Marina Keegan, performed by Rita Wolf

  • 09/29/2016

    Dogs & Cats HOST: KATE BURTON

    “Dog,” by Richard Russo, performed by Stephen Lang
    “Tobermory,” by Saki, performed by René Auberjonois
    “Take It from Cats,” by Helen Ellis, performed by Maria Dizzia
    “Roslyn’s Dog,” by Arthur Bradford, performed by John Benjamin Hickey

  • 09/22/2016

    Reader, I Married Him HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “Jane Eyre (excerpt),” by Charlotte Brontë, performed by Joanna Gleason
    “Reader, She Married Me,” by Sally Vickers, performed by Chris Sarandon
    “The Orphan Exchange,” by Audrey Niffenegger, performed by Tovah Feldshuh

  • 09/15/2016

    Lost and Found GUEST HOST: DAVID SEDARIS

    “Where are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates, performed by Christine Baranski
    “Havahart,” by Belle Boggs, performed by Merritt Wever
    “Sticks,” by George Saunders, performed by Anthony Rapp

  • 09/01/2016

    Untying Family Ties GUEST HOST: HOPE DAVIS

    “The Moons of Jupiter,” by Alice Munro, performed by Holly Hunter
    “She Unnames Them,” by Ursula LeGuin, performed by Joanna Gleason

  • 08/25/2016

    Best Friends GUEST HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “Pie Dance,” by Molly Giles, performed by Cynthia Nixon
    “Madame Lazarus,” by Maile Meloy, performed by René Auberjunois

  • 08/18/2016

    What Is Real? GUEST HOST: JANE KACZMAREK

    “Flotsam,” by Diane Cook, performed by Melora Hardin
    “Paranoia,” by Shirley Jackson, performed by Thomas Gibson
    “A Tree, A Rock, a Cloud,” by Carson McCullers, performed by Lance Reddick

  • 08/11/2016

    Enviable Characters GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “The Sound of Summer Running,” by Ray Bradbury, performed by Sean Astin
    “I Dream of Zenia with the Bright Red Teeth,” by Margaret Atwood, performed by Kirsten Vangsness
    “Shiftless Little Loafers,” by Susan Orlean, performed by Dave Hill

  • 08/04/2016

    End of the Line GUEST HOST: JANE KACZMAREK

    “Apocalypse,” by Jack Handey, performed by Jane Kaczmarek
    “Encounters with Unexpected Animals,” by Bret Anthony Johnston, performed by Kirsten Vangsness
    “The Wish,” by Roald Dahl, performed by Pablo Schreiber
    “Indianapolis (Highway 74),” by Sam Shepard, performed by Bryan Cranston

  • 07/28/2016

    Heroes and Villains GUEST HOST: HOPE DAVIS

    “ReBoot Me,” by Larry Doyle, performed by Chip Kidd
    The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
    (excerpt), by Michael Chabon, performed by Aya Cash
    “I am Not a Jew,” by John Biguenet, performed by David Strathairn

  • 07/21/2016

    Long Distance GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “The Strawberry Window,” by Ray Bradbury, performed by Boyd Gaines
    “Hell Diving Women” by Megan Mayhew Bergman, performed by Anika Noni Rose

  • 07/14/2016

    Passages GUEST HOST: JANE KACZMAREK

    “The Texas Principessa,” by William Goyen, performed by Doris Roberts
    “Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish,” by David Rakoff, performed by Jackie Hoffman
    “The Canoeists,” by Rick Bass, performed by Neil Patrick Harris

  • 07/07/2016

    Women in Clothes GUEST HOSTS: HEIDI JULAVITS AND LEANNE SHAPTON

    Selections from Women in Clothes, a fascinating collection of pieces by and about women and their relationships to clothes, from all over the globe, performed by Justin Vivian Bond, Jennifer Lim, Zosia Mamet, Sonia Manzano, and Molly Ringwald.

  • 06/30/2016

    Strange Bedfellows GUEST HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “Last Night,” by James Salter, performed by Amy Ryan
    “Joplin and Dickens,” by Padgett Powell, performed by John Cameron Mitchell

  • 06/26/2016

    Deceiving Appearances: Stories by Shirley Jackson GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “The Smoking Room,” by Shirley Jackson, performed by Cristin Milioti
    “Company for Dinner,” by Shirley Jackson, performed by Stephen Kunken
    “The Bus,” by Shirley Jackson, performed by Paul Giamatti

  • 06/16/2016

    We’re So Excited GUEST HOST: HOPE DAVIS

    “Chablis,” by Donald Barthelme, performed by Bobby Cannavale
    “The Slaves of New York,” by Tama Janowitz, performed by Anna Chlumsky
    “After the Denim,” by Raymond Carver, performed by Michael Cerveris
    “Snow,” by Ann Beattie, performed by Mary Stuart Masterson

  • 06/09/2016

    Discoveries GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “The Boy Detective,” by Roger Rosenblatt, performed by Michael Tucker
    “Notes from a Lady at a Dinner Party,” by Bernard Malamud, performed by David Margulies
    Poems by Billy Collins, performed by Billy Collins

  • 06/02/2016

    Finding Yourself GUEST HOST: JANE KACZMAREK

    “The Lone Pilgrim,” by Laurie Colwin, performed by Hope Davis
    “The Night Bookmobile,” by Audrey Niffenegger, performed by Christina Pickles

  • 05/26/2016

    Children Will Listen GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “Fiesta, 1980,” by Junot Díaz, performed by Felix Solis
    “How Old, How Young,” by John O’Hara, performed by Alec Baldwin

  • 05/19/2016

    Best American Short Stories at 100 GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “Brothers,” by Sherwood Anderson, performed by Jane Kaczmarek
    “Diem Perdidi,” by Julie Otsuka, performed by Jayne Atkinson

  • 05/12/2016

    Out of the Kitchen with Lucky Peach GUEST HOST: HOPE DAVIS

    Tales from the quarterly journal Lucky Peach, founded by Momofuku owner and chef David Chang. Food fictions and commentary by Rosie Schaap, Peter Meehan, Kevin West, Jase Grimm, Nelly Reifler, and Marc Maron, performed by Gaby Hoffman, Peter Meehan, David Cross, and Sarah Steele.

  • 05/05/2016

    Family Matters GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    A Story Lately Told (excerpt), by Anjelica Huston, performed by Anjelica Huston
    Says
    (excerpt), by Linor Goralik, translated by Anya Ulinich, performed by Nina Arianda
    “Indulgence,” by Susan Perabo, performed by Hope Davis

  • 04/28/2016

    Illusions: The Stories of Joy Williams HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “Charity,” by Joy Williams, performed by Patricia Kalember
    “Baba Iaga and the Pelican Child,” by Joy Williams, performed by David Rakoff
    “Escapes,” by Joy Williams, performed by Joy Williams

  • 04/21/2016

    It’s a City of Strangers HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “The Television Helps, But Not Very Much,” by John McNulty, performed by Jason Biggs
    “Goodbye to All That,” by Joan Didion, performed by Mia Dillon
    Selections from Humans of New York, by Brandon Stanton, performed by Vanessa Aspillaga, Jason Biggs, Tracee Chimo, Lynn Cohen, Brandon J. Dirden, and Peter Francis James

  • 04/14/2016

    Determination GUEST HOST: JANE KACZMAREK

    “In the Garden of the North American Martyrs,” by Tobias Wolff, performed by Jane Curtin
    “Through the Tunnel,” by Doris Lessing, performed by James Naughton
    “Barbara Stanwyck, It’s Your Time to Shine,” by Bianca Galvez, performed by Condola Rashad

  • 04/07/2016

    Curiouser and Curiouser: A Celebration of Alice in Wonderland GUEST HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “The Pool of Tears,” by Lewis Carroll, performed by Ari Graynor
    “The Mock Turtle’s Story,” by Lewis Carroll, performed by Sonia Manzano
    “Humpty Dumpty,” by Lewis Carroll, performed by Dan Stevens

  • 03/31/2016

    The Sun and the Moon GUEST HOST: BD WONG

    “The Distance of the Moon,” by Italo Calvino, performed by Liev Schreiber
    “All Summer in a Day,” by Ray Bradbury, performed by Michael Cerveris
    With commentary by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich of Radiolab

  • 03/24/2016

    Death, Sex, and Money GUEST HOST: ANNA SALE

    “Grammar Questions,” by Lydia Davis, performed by David Costabile
    “Until the Girl Died,” by Anne Enright, performed by Kathleen Chalfant
    “Animal Hospital,” by Joe Meno, performed by Becky Ann Baker
    “The Silk Handkerchief,” by Sait Faik Abasiyanik, performed by Amir Arison

  • 03/17/2016

    City People HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “A Sunday Kind of Love,” by Tom Wolfe, performed by Tracee Chimo
    “Malta Sheffer,” by Nelson Eubanks, performed by Brandon J. Dirden
    Selections from Humans of New York, by Brandon Stanton, performed by Vanessa Aspillaga, Jason Biggs, Tracee Chimo, Lynn Cohen, Brandon J. Dirden, and Peter Francis James

  • 03/10/2016

    Growing Up HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “Resistance,” by Stephan Enter, performed by Michael Cerveris
    “Gorilla My Love,” by Toni Cade Bambara, performed by Hattie Winston

  • 03/03/2016

    Strange Places HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “The Portal,” by J. Robert Lennon, performed by Robert Sean Leonard
    “A Curtain of Green,” by Eudora Welty, performed by Frances Sternhagen

  • 02/25/2016

    An Alien and a Gentleman: Celebrating Leonard Nimoy GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “Good Intentions,” by Etgar Keret, performed by Leonard Nimoy
    “The Man Who Liked Dickens,” by Evelyn Waugh, performed by Leonard Nimoy

  • 02/18/2016

    Hard Times HOST: DAVID STRATHAIRN

    “República y Grau,” by Daniel Alarcón, performed by David Strathairn
    “The Letter Writer,” by M.T. Sharif, performed by Joe Morton

  • 02/11/2016

    Young Love GUEST HOST: HOPE DAVIS

    “How I Met My Husband,” by Alice Munro, performed by Amy Ryan
    “The Meeting,” by Aimee Bender, performed by Paul Hecht

  • 02/04/2016

    Eccentrics GUEST HOST: STEPHEN COLBERT

    “At the Anarchists Convention,” by John Sayles, performed by Jerry Stiller
    “The Falls,” by George Saunders, performed by René Auberjonois

  • 01/28/2016

    Social Studies HOST: DAVID STRATHAIRN

    “Dissed Fish,” written and performed by Calvin Trillin
    “Best American Term Paper Assignment,” by Kurt Vonnegut, performed by BD Wong
    “The Breakup Ceremony,” by Toure, performed by Maulik Pancholy
    “The Frenchman,” by Seth Fried, performed by Tate Donovan

  • 01/21/2016

    Needy People GUEST HOST: JOSH RADNOR

    “You Can Find Love Now,” by Ramona Ausubel, performed by Martin Short and Amy Ryan
    “The Alaska of Giants and Gods,” by Dave Eggers, performed by Kate Burton
    “Loser,” by Aimee Bender, performed by Linda Emond

  • 01/14/2016

    Parallel Lives HOST: RUBEN SANTIAGO-HUDSON

    “Appropriation of Cultures,” by Percival Everett, performed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson
    “We Was Twins,” by Fiona Maazel, performed by Cory Michael Smith
    “The Epiphany Branch,” by Mary Gordon performed by Mary Cleere Haran

  • 01/07/2016

    Family Values GUEST HOST: DAVID SEDARIS

    “Where the Door is Always Open and the Welcome Mat is Out,” by Patricia Highsmith, performed by Tandy Cronyn
    “Powder,” by Tobias Wolff, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 12/31/2015

    True Confessions GUEST HOST: DAVID STRATHAIRN

    “Isn’t It Romantic,” by David Rakoff, performed by Harris Yulin
    “More Alarms at Night,” by James Thurber, performed by Colin Quinn
    “Août,” by Meg Wolitzer, performed by Jill Eikenberry

  • 12/24/2015

    Social Climbers GUEST HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “Ambition,” by Jonathan Franzen, performed by Edie Falco
    “From the Diary of a New York Lady,” by Dorothy Parker, performed by Mary Louise Wilson

  • 12/17/2015

    Christmas Guests GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “One Christmas,” by Truman Capote, performed by John Shea
    “The Loudest Voice,” by Grace Paley, performed by Linda Lavin
    “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” by James Thurber, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 12/10/2015

    Brief Lives GUEST HOST: MICHAEL CERVERIS

    Selected excerpts, 1979-1985, from The Andy Warhol Diaries by Andy Warhol, performed by Denis O’Hare
    “The Young Painters,” by Nicole Krauss, performed by Heather Burns
    “The Burning Palms” by Claire Keegan, performed by Patricia Kalember

  • 12/03/2015

    Going to Extremes GUEST HOST: DAVID SEDARIS

    “Pilgrims,” by Julie Orringer, performed by Jill Eikenberry
    “The Life You Save May be Your Own,” by Flannery O’Connor, performed by Lois Smith

  • 11/26/2015

    Things Change GUEST HOST: STEPHEN COLBERT

    “Where the Cluetts Are,” by Jack Finney, performed by Philip Casnoff
    “Lederhosen,” by Haruki Murakami, performed by Aasif Mandvi

  • 11/19/2015

    The Pursuit of Happiness GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “The Proxy Marriage,” by Maile Meloy, performed by Patricia Kalember
    “The Worm in the Apple,” by John Cheever, performed by Anne Meara

  • 11/12/2015

    John Updike Redux GUEST HOST: JANE KACZMAREK

    “Unstuck,” by John Updike, performed by Jane Kaczmarek
    “Playing with Dynamite,” by John Updike, performed by Sally Field

  • 11/05/2015

    Welcome to Night Vale GUEST HOSTS: JOSPEH FINK & JEFFREY CRANOR

    “Prologue to Middletown,” by Will Eno, performed by Cecil Baldwin
    “The Beautiful Stranger,” by Shirley Jackson, performed by Cecil Baldwin
    “Lab Coats,” by Yoko Ogawa, performed by Marin Ireland
    “List of Cross-Dressing Soldiers,” by Patricia Lockwood, performed by Dylan Marron
    “Go Back to the Telephone Booth, Clark Kent, Clark Kent,” by Sarah Levy, performed by Sarah Levy, Meg Bashwiner, and Dylan Marron
    “Texts from Peter Pan,” by Mallory Ortberg, performed by Dylan Marron and Mara Wilson

  • 10/29/2015

    Funny/Scary GUEST HOST: NEIL GAIMAN

    “Through the Safety Net,” by Charles Baxter, performed by Becky Ann Baker
    “Click-Clack, The Rattlebag,” by Neil Gaiman, performed by Neil Gaiman
    “Strays,” by Mark Richard, performed by Alex Hurt
    “October Tale,” by Neil Gaiman, performed by John Cameron Mitchell

  • 10/22/2015

    All Tangled Up GUEST HOST: WYATT CENAC

    “The Lie,” by T.C. Boyle, performed by Stephen Colbert
    “Yma Dream,” by Thomas Meehan, performed by Christine Baranski
    “Pride and Prejudice,” from “Twitterature,” performed by Wyatt Cenac

  • 10/15/2015

    Figuring It Out GUEST HOST: MICHAEL CERVERIS

    “The Adventure of the Computer Program,” by Seth Fried, performed by Santino Fontana
    “Find the Bad Guy,” by Jeffrey Eugenides, performed by John Benjamin Hickey

  • 10/08/2015

    Flash Forward GUEST HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “Vanilla Bright Like Eminem,” by Michel Faber, performed by Daniel Gerroll
    “North Country,” by Roxane Gay, performed by Adepero Oduye

  • 10/01/2015

    Road Trips GUEST HOST: HOPE DAVIS

    “Amazing Proposal Stories,” by Simon Rich, performed by Tracee Chimo
    “The Weekend Travelers,” by Elizabeth Spencer, performed by Campbell Scott
    “Best Western,” by Louise Erdrich, performed by Patricia Kalember

  • 09/24/2015

    Scenes from Three Marriages GUEST HOST: JOSH RADNOR

    “Another Life,” by Paul La Farge, performed by Josh Radnor
    “The Big Cat,” by Louise Erdrich, performed by Keir Dullea

  • 09/17/2015

    Worst Case Scenarios GUEST HOST: HOPE DAVIS

    “Lars Farf, Excessively Fearful Father and Husband,” by George Saunders, performed by James Naughton
    “Charles,” by Shirley Jackson, performed by Lois Smith
    “Game,” by Donald Barthelme, performed by David Strathairn
    “Lamentations of the Father,” by Ian Frazier, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 09/10/2015

    The Kids Aren’t All Right GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “On the Hill,” by Elizabeth Spencer, performed by Robert Sean Leonard
    “Modern Girls,” by Teju Cole, performed by Zainab Jah

  • 09/03/2015

    Things Fall Apart GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “Interior Design,” by Dolan Morgan, performed by Wyatt Cenac
    “In the Bed Department,” by Anne Enright, performed by Christina Pickles
    “The Architecture of the Moon,” by Joe Meno, performed by Wren T. Brown

  • 08/27/2015

    Next Stop, Greenwich Village GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant,” by Laurie Colwin, performed by Kelli O’Hara
    “Snowing in Greenwich Village,” by John Updike, performed by Jane Curtin
    Greenwich Village recollections by Dave Hill, Isaac Mizrahi, Ralph Lee, and Penny Arcade

  • 08/20/2015

    Take a Seat GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “Soiree in Hollywood,” by Henry Miller, performed by Joshua Malina
    “Lamb to the Slaughter,” by Roald Dahl, performed by Catherine O’Hara
    “Halibut,” by Etgar Keret, performed by Josh Radnor
    “Going for a Beer,” by Robert Coover, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 08/13/2015

    Not Happily Ever After GUEST HOST: HOPE DAVIS

    “The Mast Year,” by Diane Cook, performed by Hope Davis
    “The Frog Prince,” by Robert Coover, performed by Parker Posey
    “Mermaid in a Jar,” by Sheila Heti, performed by Rita Wolf

  • 08/06/2015

    Strong Feelings GUEST HOST: DAVID SEDARIS

    “White Angel,” by Michael Cunningham, performed by James Naughton
    “The Fine Art of Sighing,” by Bernard Cooper, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 07/30/2015

    Obsessive/Compulsive GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “Awake,” by Jenny Allen, performed by Jane Kaczmarek
    “The TV,” by Ben Loory, performed by Liev Schreiber
    “The Tax Man,” by Bruce Jay Friedman, performed by Sigourney Weaver

  • 07/23/2015

    Cannolis and Carroll GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “The Occasional Pignoli Tart,” by Ann Hood, performed by Amber Tamblyn
    “A Mad Tea Party,” from Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, performed by Christopher Lloyd

  • 07/16/2015

    Peas, Pancakes, and Pretensions GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “Letter to a Frozen Peas Manufacturer,” by Lydia Davis, performed by Robert Sean Leonard
    “Serial Monogamy,” by Nora Ephron, performed by Mary Kay Place
    Madame Bovary (excerpt), by Gustave Flaubert, performed by Christina Pickles

  • 07/09/2015

    Chance Encounters GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “Clair de Lune,” by Steven Millhauser, performed by James Naughton
    “Night People,” by Sherman Alexie, performed by Wyatt Cenac
    “Luck,” by Richard Bausch, performed by Campbell Scott

  • 07/02/2015

    Enviable Characters GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “The Sound of Summer Running,” by Ray Bradbury, performed by Sean Astin
    “I Dream of Zenia with the Bright Red Teeth,” by Margaret Atwood, performed by Kirsten Vangsness
    “Shiftless Little Loafers,” by Susan Orlean, performed by Dave Hill

  • 06/25/2015

    Finding Your Way in the Dark GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “I Go Adventuring,” by Helen Keller, performed by Maggie Siff
    “The Secrets of Bats,” by Jess Row, performed by Heather Goldenhersh

  • 06/18/2015

    The Sun and the Moon GUEST HOST: BD WONG

    “The Distance of the Moon,” by Italo Calvino, performed by Liev Schreiber
    “All Summer in a Day,” by Ray Bradbury, performed by Michael Cerveris

  • 06/11/2015

    Three Boys and a Girl GUEST HOST: JANE KACZMAREK

    Stuart Little (excerpt), by E.B. White, performed by David Hyde Pierce
    “Araby,” by James Joyce, performed by Malachy McCourt
    “The Palmist,” by Andrew Lam, performed by James Naughton
    “Flying,” by Stephen Dixon, performed by Thomas Gibson

  • 06/04/2015

    Nothing Good Gets Away: Readings from Letters of Note GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    A selection from the popular blog and bestselling book include letters by Mick Jagger, Katherine Hepburn, Jack the Ripper, and Queen Elizabeth II, among others. Readers include Jane Curtin, Kate Mulgrew, Phylicia Rashad, Jeremy Shamos, and Sam Underwood
    “Hearing from Wayne,” by Bill Franzen, read by Jeremy Shamos
    “Yma Dream,” by Thomas Meehan, read by James Naughton

  • 05/28/2015

    Private Lives GUEST HOST: DAVID SEDARIS

    “The Ambush,” by Donna Tartt, performed by Patricia Kalember
    “My Father's Life,” by Leonard Michaels, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “The Secret Lives of Chefs,” by Lisa Hanawalt, performed by Mario Batali

  • 05/21/2015

    Too Late GUEST HOST: WYATT CENAC

    “The Dome,” by Steven Millhauser, performed by Alec Baldwin
    “Cretan Love Song,” by Jim Shepard, performed by Joe Morton
    “Subsoil,” by Nicholas Baker, performed by Thomas Gibson

  • 05/14/2015

    An Alien and a Gentleman: Celebrating Leonard Nimoy GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “Good Intentions,” by Etgar Keret, performed by Leonard Nimoy
    “The Man Who Liked Dickens,” by Evelyn Waugh, performed by Leonard Nimoy

  • 05/07/2015

    Art and Artists GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “The Minimalist,” by Stacey Richter, performed by Parker Posey
    “Varengeville,” by William Boyd, performed by Dan Stevens
    “Honey I Twisted,” by Helen Phillips, performed by Heather Burns
    “Timeshare,” by Dolan Morgan, performed by Rita Wolf

  • 04/30/2015

    Alternative Endings GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “Beg, SI Tog, Inc, Cont, Rep (Begin, Slip Together, Increase, Continue, Repeat),” by Amy Hempel, performed by Anika Noni Rose
    “Sarah’s Story,” by Galina Vroman, performed by Jane Curtin

  • 04/23/2015

    Expect the Unexpected GUEST HOST: NEIL GAIMAN

    “The Baby-Sitter,” by Jane Yolen, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” by James Thurber, performed by Dick Cavett
    “The Pedestrian,” by Ray Bradbury, performed by Jamey Sheridan
    “The Wood Duck,” by James Thurber, performed by Malachy McCourt

  • 04/16/2015

    Love is Funny GUEST HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “But the One on the Right,” Dorothy Parker, performed Christina Pickles
    “Starting from Happy,” by Patricia Marx, performed by Kirsten Vangsness
    “Occupy Jen’s Street,” by Simon Rich, performed by Wyatt Cenac
    “People are Becoming Clouds,” by Joe Meno, performed by Kirsten Vangsness

  • 04/09/2015

    Women in Clothes (Part 2) GUEST HOSTS: HEIDI JULAVITS AND LEANNE SHAPTON

    “Covet Diary,” by Leanne Shapton, performed by Justin Vivian Bond
    “Conversation: You Don’t Know What I Deal With,” by Ramou Sarr, performed by Sonia Manzano
    “Conversation: I’m Always on the Floor and Working,” by Mona Kowalska, performed by Sonia Manzano
    “The Hat of My Mother,” by Max Steele, performed by Paul Hecht

  • 04/02/2015

    Wondrous Women GUEST HOST: JOHN LITHGOW

    “Melisande,” by E. Nesbit, performed by Jane Curtin
    “Fault Lines,” by Barbara Kingsolver, performed by Jill Eikenberry

  • 03/26/2015

    True Selves/Hidden Selves GUEST HOST: BD WONG

    “Reeling for the Empire,” by Karen Russell, performed by Kaneza Schaal
    “The Dodo,” by Ben Loory, performed by André Holland
    “The Secretary,” by Deborah Willis, performed by Arian Moayed

  • 03/19/2015

    In an Instant GUEST HOST: JANE KACZMAREK

    “Small Fates,” by Teju Cole, performed by Blythe Danner and Jeffrey Wright
    “In the South,” by Salman Rushdie, performed by Michael Stuhlbarg

  • 03/12/2015

    Party Animals GUEST HOST: JANE KACZMAREK

    “Turning,” by Lynda Sexson, performed by Christine Lahti
    “Goody Bags,” by Etgar Keret, performed by Amber Tamblyn
    “Faith,” by Sherman Alexie, performed by Michael Cerveris
    An excerpt from Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish, by David Rakoff, performed by Anika Noni Rose

  • 03/05/2015

    Women in Clothes (Part 1) GUEST HOSTS: HEIDI JULAVITS AND LEANNE SHAPTON

    Selections from Women in Clothes, a fascinating collection of pieces by and about women and their relationships to clothes, from all over the globe, performed by Justin Vivian Bond, Jennifer Lim, Zosia Mamet, Sonia Manzano, and Molly Ringwald.

  • 02/26/2015

    Against the Odds GUEST HOST: JANE KACZMAREK

    “At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners,” by Lauren Groff, performed by Amy Ryan
    “How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America: A Remembrance,” by Kiese Laymon, performed by Brandon J. Dirden

  • 02/19/2015

    Modern Fables GUEST HOST: STEPHEN COLBERT

    “St. George,” by Gail Godwin, performed by Jane Curtin
    “The Trickle-Down Effect,” by Annie Proulx, performed by James Naughton

  • 02/12/2015

    Missed Connections GUEST HOST: JANE KACZMAREK

    “All You Have to Do,” by BJ Novak, performed by BJ Novak
    “Missed Connection: Grocery Spill at 21st and 6th 2:30pm on Wednesday,” by BJ Novak, performed by Allison Williams
    “Closure,” by BJ Novak, performed by Aasif Mandvi, BJ Novak, and Allison Williams
    “Roy Spivey,” by Miranda July, performed by Amy Ryan
    “Eveline,” by James Joyce, performed by Kelli O'Hara

  • 02/05/2015

    One More Thing with BJ Novak GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “The Rematch,” by BJ Novak, performed by BJ Novak
    “Great Writers Steal,” by BJ Novak, performed by BJ Novak, Aasif Mandvi, and Anthony Rapp
    “Kellogg’s (or: The Last Wholesome Fantasy of the Middle-School Boy),” by BJ Novak, performed by BJ Novak

  • 01/29/2015

    A Tribute to David Rakoff GUEST HOST: DAVID SEDARIS

    “Cryptology,” by Leonard Michaels, performed by David Rakoff
    “Gomez Palacio,” by Roberto Bolano, performed by David Rakoff

  • 01/22/2015

    Lost and Found GUEST HOST: DAVID SEDARIS

    “Where are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates, performed by Christine Baranski
    “Havahart,” by Belle Boggs, performed by Merritt Wever
    “Sticks,” by George Saunders, performed by Anthony Rapp

  • 01/15/2015

    What Would You Do? GUEST HOST: DAVID SEDARIS

    “In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried,” by Amy Hempel, performed by Mary Beth Hurt
    “The Night in Question,” by Tobias Wolff, performed by Lou Antonio
    “I Know What I'm Doing About All the Attention I've Been Getting,” by Frank Gannon, performed by David Sedaris

  • 01/08/2015

    Family Ties GUEST HOST: DAVID SEDARIS

    “The Dog of the Marriage,” by Amy Hempel, performed by Joan Allen
    “Partners,” by Veronica Geng, performed by Michael Cerveris, Patricia Kalember, and Isaiah Sheffer
    “Nightingale,” by Tobias Wolff, performed by William Hurt

  • 01/01/2015

    The Persistence of Memory: James Joyce’s The Dead, Part 2 GUEST HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “The Dead,” by James Joyce (Part 2), performed by Cynthia Nixon and Colum McCann

  • 12/25/2014

    Family and Friends: James Joyce’s The Dead, Part 1 GUEST HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “The Dead,” by James Joyce (Part 1), performed by Cynthia Nixon

  • 12/18/2014

    Ho, Ho, Huh? Selected Shorts’ Christmas GUEST HOST: JANE KACZMAREK

    “The H Street Sledding Record,” by Ron Carlson, performed by Keith Szarabajka
    “Christmas Morning,” by Frank O’Connor, performed by Malachy McCourt
    “Occurrence on the Six Seventeen,” by George Shephard, performed by Tony Roberts
    “Christmas in Qatar” (poem), by Calvin Trillin, performed by Calvin Trillin

  • 12/11/2014

    Bad Boy: Celebrating Hunter S. Thompson GUEST HOST: STEPHEN COLBERT

    “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Part One, Chapter 1,” by Hunter S. Thompson, performed by Alec Baldwin
    “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Part One, Chapter 3,” by Hunter S. Thompson, performed by Anthony Rapp
    “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Part One, Chapter 10,” by Hunter S. Thompson, performed by Michael Imperioli
    Including commentary by Thompson’s friends, colleagues, and literary heirs: Terry McDonell, Chuck Klosterman, and Matt Taibbi

  • 12/04/2014

    Love Songs? GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “I Love Girl,” by Simon Rich, performed by Michael Ian Black
    “When We Lived Together In the Belly of a Whale, Some Nights Were Perfect,” by Mara Sternberg, performed by BD Wong
    “Jubilation, Florida,” by N.M Kelby, performed by Amy Ryan

  • 11/27/2014

    So You Want to Change the World? GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “Homegirls on St. Nicholas Avenue,” by Sonia Sanchez, performed by Marsha Stephanie Blake
    “Strike and Fade,” by Henry Dumas, performed by Francois Battiste
    “Fenstad’s Mother,” by Charles Baxter, performed by Edie Falco

  • 11/20/2014

    Queens and Babies GUEST HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “Magic and Dread,” by Jenny Offill, performed by Kaneza Schal
    “The Tragic Queen of Carthage,” from TheAeneid by Virgil, translated by Robert Fagles, performed by BD Wong

  • 11/13/2014

    Social Climbers HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “Ambition,” by Jonathan Franzen, performed by Edie Falco
    “From the Diary of a New York Lady,” by Dorothy Parker, performed by Mary Louise Wilson

  • 11/06/2014

    Transformation: More Neil Gaimain HOST: NEIL GAIMAN

    “The Company of Wolves,” by Angela Carter, performed by Rita Wolf
    “Adventure Story,” by Neil Gaiman, performed by John Cameron Mitchell
    “The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury,” by Neil Gaiman, performed by Denis O’Hare

  • 10/30/2014

    Dreaming Out Loud: Neil Gaiman's Halloween HOST: NEIL GAIMAN

    “When We Went to See the End of the World by Dawnie Morningside, Age 11¼,” by Neil Gaiman, performed by Kirsten Vangsness
    “Evening Primrose,” by John Collier, performed by Neil Gaiman
    “July Tale,” by Neil Gaiman, performed by Neil Gaiman

  • 10/23/2014

    Writers on Writing GUEST HOST: JANE KACZMAREK

    “The Writers’ Model,” by Molly Giles, performed by Kaneza Schaal
    “Creative Writing,” by Etgar Keret, performed by Alex Karpovsky
    “On Keeping a Notebook,” by Joan Didion, performed by Parker Posey
    “I Dated Jane Austen,” by T.C. Boyle, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 10/16/2014

    Tiny, But Mighty: Stories by Lydia Davis HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “Can’t and Won’t,” by Lydia Davis, performed by Lydia Davis
    “If At the Wedding (At the Zoo),” by Lydia Davis, performed by Kaneza Schaal
    “The Party,” by Lydia Davis, performed by Cristin Milioti
    “The Two Davises and the Rug,” by Lydia Davis, performed by Dylan Baker
    “The Egg Race,” by John Updike, performed by Alec Baldwin

  • 10/09/2014

    Chance Encounters HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “Clair de Lune,” by Steven Millhauser, performed by James Naughton
    “Night People,” by Sherman Alexie, performed by Wyatt Cenac
    “Luck,” by Richard Bausch, performed by Campbell Scott

  • 10/02/2014

    Next Stop, Greenwich Village HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant,” by Laurie Colwin, performed by Kelli O’Hara
    “Snowing in Greenwich Village,” by John Updike, performed by Jane Curtin
    Greenwich Village recollections by Dave Hill, Isaac Mizrahi, Ralph Lee, and Penny Arcade

  • 09/25/2014

    You Might As Well Live: A Dorothy Parker Celebration HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “The Sexes,” by Dorothy Parker, performed by Parker Posey
    “Bohemia (poem),” by Dorothy Parker, performed by Heather Burns
    “In the Throes,” by Dorothy Parker, performed by Heather Burns
    “The Standard of Living,” by Dorothy Parker, performed by Hope Davis
    “Waitress,” by Robert Coover, performed by Sonia Manzano

  • 09/18/2014

    Too Much Information GUEST HOST: Robert Sean Leonard

    “Feathers,” by Raymond Carver, performed by Robert Sean Leonard
    “The School,” by Donald Barthleme, performed by Laura Esterman

  • 09/11/2014

    Between Meals GUEST HOST: Robert Sean Leonard

    “Where You'll Find Me,” by Ann Beattie, performed by Jane Kaczmarek
    “The Year of Spaghetti,” by Haruki Murakami, performed by Michael Imperioli
    “Reading Aloud,” by Marina Keegan, performed by Rita Wolf

  • 09/04/2014

    Complicated Couples GUEST HOST: WYATT CENAC

    “Do You Know Where I Am?” by Sherman Alexie, performed by Keir Dullea
    “Game,” by Donald Barthelme, performed by David Strathairn

  • 08/28/2014

    About Time GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “The History of Everything Including You,” by Jenny Hollowell, performed by Kyra Sedgwick
    “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” by Paul Broks, performed by Jane Curtin
    “Getting Closer,” by Steven Millhauser, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 08/21/2014

    Things Are Not What They Seem GUEST HOST: Hannah Tinti

    “A Priest in the Family,” by Colm Tóibín, performed by Lois Smith
    “Dusk,” by James Salter, performed by Amy Ryan
    “The Bureau,” by J. Robert Lennon, performed by Kirsten Vangsness

  • 08/14/2014

    Alternative Endings GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “Beg, SI Tog, Inc, Cont, Rep (Begin, Slip Together, Increase, Continue, Repeat),” by Amy Hempel, performed by Anika Noni Rose
    “Sarah’s Story,” by Galina Vroman, performed by Jane Curtin

  • 08/07/2014

    Do You Know Where You Are? GUEST HOST: PARKER POSEY

    “It’s Six A.M., Do You Know Where You Are?” by Jay McInerney, performed by Jeremy Shamos
    “Red from Green,” by Mailie Meloy, performed by Patricia Kalember

  • 07/31/2014

    Convergence GUEST HOST: DAVID SEDARIS

    “Everything That Rises Must Converge,” by Flannery O’Connor, performed by Estelle Parsons
    “Jesus is Waiting,” by Amy Hempel, performed by Mary Stuart Masterson

  • 07/24/2014

    Take a Seat GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “Soiree in Hollywood,” by Henry Miller, performed by Joshua Malina
    “Lamb to the Slaughter,” by Roald Dahl, performed by Catherine O’Hara
    “Halibut,” by Etgar Keret, performed by Josh Radnor
    “Going for a Beer,” by Robert Coover, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 07/17/2014

    Cannolis and Carroll GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “The Occasional Pignoli Tart,” by Ann Hood, performed by Amber Tamblyn
    “A Mad Tea Party,” from Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, performed by Christopher Lloyd

  • 07/10/2014

    Peas, Pancakes, and Pretensions GUEST HOST: Robert Sean Leonard

    “Letter to a Frozen Peas Manufacturer,” by Lydia Davis, performed by Robert Sean Leonard
    “Serial Monogamy,” by Nora Ephron, performed by Mary Kay Place
    Madame Bovary (excerpt), by Gustave Flaubert, performed by Christina Pickles

  • 07/03/2014

    Dogs and Dates GUEST HOST: PARKER POSEY

    “Sir Henry,” by Lydia Millet, performed by John Lithgow
    “Some Contemporary Characters,” by Rick Moody, performed by Mike Birbiglia and Aya Cash

  • 06/26/2014

    A Tribute to David Rakoff GUEST HOST: DAVID SEDARIS

    “Cryptology,” by Leonard Michaels, performed by David Rakoff
    “Gomez Palacio,” by Roberto Bolano, performed by David Rakoff

  • 06/19/2014

    Love and Longing GUEST HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “Fires,” by Rick Bass, performed by Ted Marcoux
    “A Singer's Romance,” by Willa Cather, performed by Marian Seldes
    “What Do We Have in Our Pockets?” by Etgar Keret, performed by David Rakoff

  • 06/12/2014

    Illusions GUEST HOST: NEIL GAIMAN

    “Miracle Polish,” by Steven Millhauser, performed by Paul Hecht
    “The Open Window,” by Saki, performed by Tandy Cronyn

  • 06/05/2014

    We're So Excited GUEST HOST: HOPE DAVIS

    “Chablis,” by Donald Barthleme, performed by Bobby Cannavale
    “The Slaves of New York,” by Tama Janowitz, performed by Anna Chumsky
    “After the Denim,” by Raymond Carver, performed by Michael Cerveris
    “Snow,” by Ann Beattie, performed by Mary Stuart Masterson

  • 05/29/2014

    Heroes and Villains GUEST HOST: HOPE DAVIS

    “ReBoot Me,” by Larry Doyle, performed by Chip Kidd
    The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
    (excerpt), by Michael Chabon, performed by Aya Cash
    “I am Not a Jew,” by John Biguenet, performed by David Strathairn

  • 05/22/2014

    The Stories of Alice Munro: Daughter and Father GUEST HOST: HOPE DAVIS

    “The Moons of Jupiter,” by Alice Munro, performed by Holly Hunter
    “She Unnames Them,” by Ursula K. Le Guin, performed by Joanna Gleason

  • 05/15/2014

    The Stories of Alice Munro: Young Love GUEST HOST: HOPE DAVIS

    “How I Met My Husband,” by Alice Munro, performed by Amy Ryan
    “The Meeting,” by Aimee Bender, performed by Paul Hecht

  • 05/08/2014

    Out of the Kitchen with Lucky Peach GUEST HOST: HOPE DAVIS

    “Gaming at Winnie’s,” by Rosie Schaap, performed by Gaby Hoffmann
    “Crab Rangoon,” by Peter Meehan, performed by Peter Meehan
    “Seville Orange Marmalade,” by Kevin West, performed by Gaby Hoffmann
    “The South Pole Cook: Jase Grimm,” by Christopher Sheehy, performed by David Cross
    “Supreme Cloud Ear,” by Nelly Reifler, performed by Sarah Steele
    “Pan-American,” by Marc Maron, performed by David Cross

  • 05/01/2014

    Readers and Writers GUEST HOST: JOHN LITHGOW

    “Ed Has His Mind Improved,” by Walter Brooks, performed by Tony Roberts
    “Exchange,” by Ray Bradbury, performed by Rochelle Oliver
    “Dreamtigers,” by Jorge Luis Borges, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 04/24/2014

    Wishing and Wanting GUEST HOST: PARKER POSEY

    “Glittery Eyes,” by Etgar Keret, performed by Parker Posey
    “What Animal Are You?” by Etgar Keret, performed by Willem Dafoe
    “Sixty-Nine Cents,” by Gary Shteyngart, performed by Alex Karpovsky
    “Flying Carpets,” by Steven Millhauser, performed by Billy Campbell

  • 04/17/2014

    Romantic Disasters GUEST HOST: PARKER POSEY

    “Starting from Happy,” by Patricia Marx, performed by Kirsten Vangsness
    “Occupy Jen Street,” by Simon Rich, performed by Wyatt Cenac
    “Audio Tour,” by Patricia Marx, performed by Anna Chlumsky
    “The Swim Team,” by Miranda July, performed by Parker Posey
    “The Meeting,” by Aimee Bender, performed by Kate Burton

  • 04/10/2014

    Love and Cake GUEST HOST: PARKER POSEY

    “Art of Cake,” by Michael Chabon, performed by David Furr
    “True Loves,” by Mark Strand, performed by Robert Sean Leonard
    “Trash Kites,” by Justin Torres, performed by Colman Domingo

  • 04/03/2014

    Parents and Children GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “In Dreams Become Responsibilities,” by Delmore Schwartz, performed by Leonard Nimoy
    “The Lover of Horses,” by Tess Gallagher, performed by Kate Burton

  • 03/27/2014

    Complicated Relationships GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “Scenes from a Life,” by Sherman Alexie, performed by Cynthia Nixon
    “The Vow,” by Sherman Alexie, performed by Amber Tamblyn
    “People Are Becoming Clouds,” by Joe Meno, performed by Kirsten Vangsness
    “The Storm,” by Kate Chopin, performed by Jane Curtin

  • 03/20/2014

    Pushing the Limits GUEST HOST: JOHN LITHGOW

    “You Were Perfectly Fine,” by Dorothy Parker, performed by Aya Cash and David Furr
    “Unprotected,” by Simon Rich, performed by Wyatt Cenac
    “The Day the Dam Broke,” by James Thurber, performed by Alec Baldwin
    “Center of the Universe,” by Simon Rich, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “The Tablecloth of Turin,” by Ron Carlson, performed by Edi Gathegi

  • 03/13/2014

    Compulsions GUEST HOST: JOHN LITHGOW

    “The Monkey’s Paw,” by W.W. Jacobs, performed by John Lithgow
    “Two Words,” by Isabel Allende, performed by Lisa Fugard

  • 03/06/2014

    Family Matters GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    A Story Lately Told (excerpt), by Anjelica Huston, performed by Anjelica Huston
    Says
    (excerpt), by Linor Goralik, translated by Anya Ulinich, performed by Nina Arianda
    “Indulgence,” by Susan Perabo, performed by Hope Davis

  • 02/27/2014

    How to Be a Man GUEST HOST: COLUM MCCANN

    Readings from the essay collection The Book of Men. Essays and stories by writers such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Adam Haslet, Colum McCann, Ian McEwan, and Tea Obreht are read by Gabriel Byrne, Stockard Channing, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Corey Stoll, and BD Wong.

  • 02/20/2014

    Determination GUEST HOST: JANE KACZMAREK

    “In the Garden of the North American Martyrs,” by Tobias Wolff, performed by Jane Curtin
    “Through the Tunnel,” by Doris Lessing, performed by James Naughton
    “Barbara Stanwyck, It's Your Time to Shine,” by Bianca Galvez, performed by Condola Rashad

  • 02/13/2014

    Finding Yourself GUEST HOST: JANE KACZMAREK

    “The Lone Pilgrim,” by Laurie Colwin, performed by Hope Davis
    “The Night Bookmobile,” by Audrey Niffenegger, performed by Christina Pickles

  • 02/06/2014

    Modern Fables GUEST HOST: STEPHEN COLBERT

    “St. George,” by Gail Godwin, performed by Jane Curtin
    “The Trickle-Down Effect,” by Annie Proulx, performed by James Naughton

  • 01/30/2014

    Challenges GUEST HOST: STEPHEN COLBERT

    “The Treatment,” by Daniel Menaker, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “Palais de Justice,” by Mark Helprin, performed by Jack Davidson

  • 01/23/2014

    Things Change GUEST HOST: STEPHEN COLBERT

    “Where the Cluetts Are,” by Jack Finney, performed by Philip Casnoff
    “Lederhosen,” by Haruki Murakami, performed by Aasif Mandvi

  • 01/16/2014

    Eccentrics GUEST HOST: STEPHEN COLBERT

    “At the Anarchists Convention,” by John Sayles, performed by Jerry Stiller
    “The Falls,” by George Saunders, performed by René Auberjonois

  • 01/09/2014

    Bad Boy: Celebrating Hunter S. Thompson GUEST HOST: STEPHEN COLBERT

    “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Part One, Chapter 1,” by Hunter S. Thompson, performed by Alec Baldwin
    “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Part One, Chapter 3,” by Hunter S. Thompson, performed by Anthony Rapp
    “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Part One, Chapter 10,” by Hunter S. Thompson, performed by Michael Imperioli
    Including commentary by Thompson’s friends, colleagues, and literary heirs: Terry McDonell, Chuck Klosterman, and Matt Taibbi

  • 01/02/2014

    Love and Longing GUEST HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “Fires,” by Rick Bass, performed by Ted Marcoux
    “A Singer's Romance,” by Willa Cather, performed by Marian Seldes
    “What Do We Have in Our Pockets?” by Etgar Keret, performed by David Rakoff

  • 12/26/2013

    Ghosts and Angels GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “The Night the Ghost Got In,” by James Thurber, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “Examining the Evidence,” by Alice Hoffman, performed by Joanna Gleason
    “It Had Wings,” by Allen Gurganus, performed by Marian Seldes
    “Second-hand Man,” by Rita Dove, performed by Audra McDonald

  • 12/19/2013

    Christmas Special GUEST HOST: JANE KACZMAREK

    “The H Street Sledding Record,” by Ron Carlson, performed by Keith Szarabajka
    “Christmas Morning,” by Frank O'Connor, performed by Malachy McCourt
    “Occurrence on the Six-Seventeen,” by George Shephard, performed by Tony Roberts
    “Christmas in Qatar” (poem), by Calvin Trillin, performed by Calvin Trillin

  • 12/12/2013

    What Would You Do? GUEST HOST: DAVID SEDARIS

    “In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried,” by Amy Hempel, performed by Mary Beth Hurt
    “The Night in Question,” by Tobias Wolff, performed by Lou Antonio
    “I Know What I'm Doing About All the Attention I've Been Getting,” by Frank Gannon, performed by David Sedaris

  • 12/05/2013

    Wanting More GUEST HOST: NEIL GAIMAN

    “The Rocking-Horse Winner,” by D.H. Lawrence, performed by Fionnulla Flanagan
    “The Book,” by Ben Loory, performed by Jane Kaczmarek

  • 11/28/2013

    Writers on Writing GUEST HOST: JANE KACZMAREK

    “The Writers’ Model,” by Molly Giles, performed by Kaneza Schaal
    “Creative Writing,” by Etgar Keret, performed by Alex Karpovsky
    “On Keeping a Notebook,” by Joan Didion, performed by Parker Posey
    “I Dated Jane Austen,” by T.C. Boyle, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 11/21/2013

    John Updike Redux GUEST HOST: JANE KACZMAREK

    “Unstuck,” by John Updike, performed by Jane Kaczmarek
    “Playing with Dynamite,” by John Updike, performed by Sally Field

  • 11/14/2013

    All Tangled Up GUEST HOST: WYATT CENAC

    “The Lie,” by T.C. Boyle, performed by Stephen Colbert
    “Yma Dream,” by Thomas Meehan, performed by Christine Baranski
    “Pride and Prejudice,” from “Twitterature,” performed by Wyatt Cenac

  • 11/07/2013

    Complicated Couples GUEST HOST: WYATT CENAC

    “Do You Know Where I Am?” by Sherman Alexie, performed by Keir Dullea
    “Game,” by Donald Barthelme, performed by David Strathairn

  • 10/31/2013

    Child's Play GUEST HOST: WYATT CENAC

    “Solomon's Big Day,” by Touré, performed by Daniel Alexander Jones
    “Lars Farf, Excessively Fearful Father and Husband,” by George Saunders, performed by James Naughton
    “Charles,” by Shirley Jackson, performed by Lois Smith

  • 10/24/2013

    Fateful Meetings: A Halloween Special GUEST HOST: WYATT CENAC

    “The Cat That Went to Trinity,” by Robertson Davies, performed by Charles Keating
    “The Bells,” by Edgar Allen Poe, performed by René Auberjonois, Fionnula Flanagan, Isaiah Sheffer, and Harris Yulin
    “Annabel Lee,” by Edgar Allen Poe, performed by René Auberjonois, Fionnula Flanagan, Isaiah Sheffer, and Harris Yulin
    “The Cask of Amontillado,” by Edgar Allen Poe, performed by Wyatt Cenac

  • 10/17/2013

    So You Want to Change the World? GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “Homegirls on St. Nicholas Avenue,” by Sonia Sanchez, performed by Marsha Stephanie Blake
    “Strike and Fade,” by Henry Dumas, performed by Francois Battiste
    “Fenstad’s Mother,” by Charles Baxter, performed by Edie Falco

  • 10/10/2013

    Love Songs? GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “I Love Girl,” by Simon Rich, performed by Michael Ian Black
    “When We Lived Together In the Belly of a Whale, Some Nights Were Perfect,” by Mara Sternberg, performed by BD Wong
    “Jubilation, Florida,” by N.M Kelby, performed by Amy Ryan

  • 10/03/2013

    Too Late GUEST HOST: WYATT CENAC

    “The Dome,” by Steven Millhauser, performed by Alec Baldwin
    “Cretan Love Song,” by Jim Shepard, performed by Joe Morton
    “Subsoil,” by Nicholas Baker, performed by Thomas Gibson

  • 09/26/2013

    A Thurber Festival GUEST HOST: WYATT CENAC

    “A Ride with Olympy,” by James Thurber, preformed by David Rakoff
    “The Macbeth Murder Mystery,” by James Thurber, performed by Wyatt Cenac
    “The Topaz Cufflinks Mystery,” by James Thurber, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “How to Relax While Broadcasting,” by James Thurber, performed by Eli Wallach
    “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” by James Thurber, performed by Wyatt Cenac

  • 09/19/2013

    Dorothy Parker’s Wicked Pen GUEST HOST: DAVID SEDARIS

    “Here We Are,” by Dorothy Parker, performed by Jane Alexander
    “Just a Little One,” by Dorothy Parker, performed by Dana Ivey
    “The Waltz,” by Dorothy Parker, performed by Parker Posey

  • 09/12/2013

    High Society GUEST HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    Bonfire of the Vanities (excerpt), by Tom Wolfe, performed by Danny Burstein
    “Xingu,” by Edith Wharton, performed by Christina Pickles

  • 09/05/2013

    Expect the Unexpected GUEST HOST: BD WONG

    “The Baby-Sitter,” by Jane Yolen, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” by James Thurber, performed by Dick Cavett
    “The Pedestrian,” by Ray Bradbury, performed by Jamey Sheridan
    “The Wood Duck,” by James Thurber, performed by Malachy McCourt

  • 08/29/2013

    Dreams and Schemes GUEST HOST: NEIL GAIMAN

    “The Veldt,” by Ray Bradbury, performed by Stephen Colbert
    “The Catbird Seat,” by James Thurber, performed by Leonard Nimoy

  • 08/22/2013

    Odd Couples GUEST HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “Cathedral,” by Raymond Carver, performed by James Naughton
    “I Dated Jane Austen,” by T.C. Boyle, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 08/15/2013

    Pushing the Limits GUEST HOST: JOHN LITHGOW

    “You Were Perfectly Fine,” by Dorothy Parker, performed by Aya Cash and David Furr
    “Unprotected,” by Simon Rich, performed by Wyatt Cenac
    “The Day the Dam Broke,” by James Thurber, performed by Alec Baldwin
    “Center of the Universe,” by Simon Rich, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “The Tablecloth of Turin,” by Ron Carlson, performed by Edi Gathegi

  • 08/08/2013

    Romantic Disasters GUEST HOST: PARKER POSEY

    “Starting from Happy,” by Patricia Marx, performed by Kirsten Vangsness
    “Occupy Jen’s Street,” by Simon Rich, performed by Wyatt Cenac
    “Audio Tour,” by Patricia Marx, performed by Anna Chlumsky
    “The Swim Team,” by Miranda July, performed by Parker Posey
    “The Meeting,” by Aimee Bender, read by Kate Burton

  • 08/01/2013

    Love and Cake GUEST HOST: PARKER POSEY

    “Art of Cake,” by Michael Chabon, performed by David Furr
    “True Loves,” by Mark Strand, performed by Robert Sean Leonard
    “Trash Kites,” by Justin Torres, performed by Colman Domingo

  • 07/25/2013

    Wishing and Wanting GUEST HOST: PARKER POSEY

    “Glittery Eyes,” by Etgar Keret, performed by Parker Posey
    “What Animal Are You?” by Etgar Keret, performed by Willem Dafoe
    “Sixty-Nine Cents,” by Gary Shteyngart, performed by Alex Karpovsky
    “Flying Carpets,” by Steven Millhauser, performed by Billy Campbell

  • 07/18/2013

    Do You Know Where You Are? GUEST HOST: PARKER POSEY

    “It’s Six A.M., Do You Know Where You Are?” by Jay McInerney, performed by Jeremy Shamos
    “Red from Green,” by Mailie Meloy, performed by Patricia Kalember

  • 07/11/2013

    Dogs and Dates GUEST HOST: PARKER POSEY

    “Sir Henry,” by Lydia Millet, performed by John Lithgow
    “Some Contemporary Characters,” by Rick Moody, performed by Mike Birbiglia and Aya Cash

  • 07/04/2013

    Music and a Minotaur GUEST HOST: PARKER POSEY

    “Customer Service at the Karaoke Don Quixote,” by Juan Martinez, performed by Nate Corddry
    “Ziggurat,” by Stephen O’Connor, performed by Tim Curry

  • 06/27/2013

    Parents and Children GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “In Dreams Become Responsibilities,” by Delmore Schwartz, performed by Leonard Nimoy
    “The Lover of Horses,” by Tess Gallagher, performed by Kate Burton

  • 06/20/2013

    Alternative Endings GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “Beg, SI Tog, Inc, Cont, Rep (Begin, Slip Together, Increase, Continue, Repeat),” by Amy Hempel, performed by Anika Noni Rose
    “Sarah’s Story,” by Galina Vroman, performed by Jane Curtin

  • 06/13/2013

    Complicated Relationships GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “Scenes from a Life,” by Sherman Alexie, performed by Cynthia Nixon
    “The Vow,” by Sherman Alexie, performed by Amber Tamblyn
    “People Are Becoming Clouds,” by Joe Meno, performed by Kirsten Vangsness
    “The Storm,” by Kate Chopin, performed by Jane Curtin

  • 06/06/2013

    Rites of Passage GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “The Grid,” by Rick Moody, performed by Josh Radnor
    “Anaconda,” by Martha McPhee, performed by Lindsay Crouse

  • 05/31/2013

    About Time GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “The History of Everything Including You,” by Jenny Hollowell, performed by Kyra Sedgwick
    “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” by Paul Broks, performed by Jane Curtin
    “Getting Closer,” by Steven Millhauser, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 05/24/2013

    Convergence GUEST HOST: DAVID SEDARIS

    “Everything That Rises Must Converge,” by Flannery O’Connor, performed by Estelle Parsons
    “Jesus is Waiting,” by Amy Hempel, performed by Mary Stuart Masterson

  • 05/17/2013

    Family Values GUEST HOST: DAVID SEDARIS

    “Where the Door is Always Open and the Welcome Mat is Out,” by Patricia Highsmith, performed by Tandy Cronyn
    “Powder,” by Tobias Wolff, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 05/10/2013

    What Would You Do? GUEST HOST: DAVID SEDARIS

    “In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried,” by Amy Hempel, performed by Mary Beth Hurt
    “The Night in Question,” by Tobias Wolff, performed by Lou Antonio
    “I Know What I'm Doing About All the Attention I've Been Getting,” by Frank Gannon, performed by David Sedaris

  • 05/03/2013

    Dorothy Parker’s Wicked Pen GUEST HOST: DAVID SEDARIS

    “Here We Are,” by Dorothy Parker, performed by Jane Alexander
    “Just a Little One,” by Dorothy Parker, performed by Dana Ivey
    “The Waltz,” by Dorothy Parker, performed by Parker Posey

  • 04/26/2013

    A Tribute to David Rakoff GUEST HOST: DAVID SEDARIS

    “Cryptology,” by Leonard Michaels, performed by David Rakoff
    “Gomez Palacio,” by Roberto Bolano, performed by David Rakoff

  • 04/19/2013

    Passion for the Park GUEST HOST BD WONG

    “Central Park,” by Colson Whitehead, performed by Leonard Nimoy
    Bad Boy
    (excerpt), by Walter Dean Myers, performed by Eric Poindexter
    “My Little Bit of Country,” by Susan Cheever, performed by Debra Monk
    “The Green Fields of the Mind,” by A. Bartlett Giamatti, performed by A. Bartlett Giamatti

  • 04/12/2013

    A Richard Ford Odyssey GUEST HOST: BD WONG

    “Leaving for Kenosha,” by Richard Ford, performed by David Strathairn

  • 04/04/2013

    The Sun and the Moon GUEST HOST: BD WONG

    “The Distance of the Moon,” by Italo Calvino, performed by Liev Schreiber
    “All Summer in a Day,” by Ray Bradbury, performed by Michael Cerveris

  • 03/28/2013

    A Night at the Abbey GUEST HOST: BD WONG

    “Jeeves Exerts the Old Cerebellum,” by P.G. Wodehouse, performed by Jim Dale
    “A Little Dinner Before the Play” (selection), by Agnes Jekyll, performed by Chip Kidd
    “Below Stairs” (selection), by Margaret Powell, performed by Jayne Houdyshell
    “The Reticence of Lady Anne,” by Saki, performed by BD Wong

  • 03/21/2013

    Expect the Unexpected GUEST HOST: NEIL GAIMAN

    “The Baby-Sitter,” by Jane Yolen, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” by James Thurber, performed by Dick Cavett
    “The Pedestrian,” by Ray Bradbury, performed by Jamey Sheridan
    “The Wood Duck,” by James Thurber, performed by Malachy McCourt

  • 03/17/2013

    True Selves/Hidden Selves GUEST HOST: BD WONG

    “Reeling for the Empire,” by Karen Russell, performed by Kaneza Schaal
    “The Dodo,” by Ben Loory, performed by André Holland
    “The Secretary,” by Deborah Willis, performed by Arian Moayed

  • 03/07/2013

    Odd Couples GUEST HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “Cathedral,” by Raymond Carver, performed by James Naughton
    “I Dated Jane Austen,” by T.C. Boyle, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 02/28/2013

    Flash Forward GUEST HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “Vanilla Bright Like Eminem,” by Michel Faber, performed by Daniel Gerroll
    “North Country,” by Roxane Gay, performed by Adepero Oduye

  • 02/21/2013

    High Society GUEST HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    Bonfire of the Vanities (excerpt), by Tom Wolfe, performed by Danny Burstein
    “Xingu,”by Edith Wharton, performed by Christina Pickles

  • 02/14/2013

    Love and Longing GUEST HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “Fires,” by Rick Bass, performed by Ted Marcoux
    “A Singer's Romance,” by Willa Cather, performed by Marian Seldes
    “What Do We Have in our Pockets?” by Etgar Keret, performed by David Rakoff

  • 02/07/2013

    Wanting More GUEST HOST: NEIL GAIMAN

    “The Rocking-Horse Winner,” by D.H. Lawrence, performed by Fionnulla Flanagan
    “The Book,” by Ben Loory, performed by Jane Kaczmarek

  • 01/31/2013

    Illusions GUEST HOST: NEIL GAIMAN

    “Miracle Polish,” by Steven Millhauser, performed by Paul Hecht
    “The Open Window,” by Saki, performed by Tandy Cronyn

  • 01/24/2013

    Dreams and Schemes GUEST HOST: NEIL GAIMAN

    “The Veldt,” by Ray Bradbury, performed by Stephen Colbert
    “The Catbird Seat,” by James Thurber, performed by Leonard Nimoy

  • 01/17/2013

    Wondrous Women GUEST HOST: JOHN LITHGOW

    “Melisande,” by Edith Nesbit, performed by Jane Curtin
    “Fault Lines,” by Barbara Kingsolver, performed by Jill Eikenberry

  • 01/10/2013

    Compulsions GUEST HOST: JOHN LITHGOW

    “The Monkey’s Paw,” by W.W. Jacobs, performed by John Lithgow
    “Two Words,” by Isabel Allende, performed by Lisa Fugard

  • 01/03/2013

    Readers and Writers GUEST HOST: JOHN LITHGOW

    “Ed Has His Mind Improved,” by Walter R. Brooks, performed by Tony Roberts
    “Exchange,” by Ray Bradbury, performed by Rochelle Oliver
    “Dreamtigers,” by Jorge Luis Borges, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 12/27/2012

    Pushing the Limits GUEST HOST: JOHN LITHGOW

    “You Were Perfectly Fine,” by Dorothy Parker, performed by Aya Cash and David Furr
    “Unprotected,” by Simon Rich, performed by Wyatt Cenac
    “The Day the Dam Broke,” by James Thurber, performed by Alec Baldwin
    “Center of the Universe,” by Simon Rich, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “The Tablecloth of Turin,” by Ron Carlson, performed by Edi Gathegi

  • 12/20/2012

    A Father's Story GUEST HOST: HANNAH TINTI

    “Hanwell in Hell,” by Zadie Smith, performed by Richard Easton

  • 12/13/2012

    Things Are Not What They Seem HOST: HANNAH TINTI

    “A Priest in the Family,” by Colm Tóibín, performed by Lois Smith
    “Dusk,” by James Salter, performed by Amy Ryan
    “The Bureau,” by J. Robert Lennon, performed by Kirsten Vangsness

  • 12/06/2012

    What's Going On? HOST: HANNAH TINTI

    “The Empty Room,” by Jonathan Lethem, performed by Tate Donovan
    “Why Don't You Dance?” by Raymond Carver, performed by Corey Stoll
    “Neighbors,” by Raymond Carver, performed by Jefferson Mays

  • 11/29/2012

    Objects of Desire HOSTS: HANNAH TINTI AND ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “Counting the Ways,” by Susan Perabo, performed by Robert Sean Leonard
    “The Pony Problem,” by Sloane Crosley, performed by Kirsten Vangsness

  • 11/22/2012

    Remembering Isaiah Sheffer HOST: COLUM MCANN

    “Heart of a Champion,” by T.C. Boyle, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “Dating Your Mom,” by Ian Frazier, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “Lamentations of the Father,” by Ian Frazier, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “It Had Wings,” by Allan Gurganus, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 11/15/2012

    Paris Lives HOSTS: ISAIAH SHEFFER AND HANNAH TINTI

    “A Bookshop of My Own,” by Sylvia Beach, performed by Martha Plimpton
    “Setting Up Shop,” by Sylvia Beach, performed by Martha Plimpton
    No Name in the Street (excerpt), by James Baldwin, performed by Gbenga Akinnagbe
    “Hunger Was Good Discipline,” by Ernest Hemingway, performed by John Shea
    “The Messy Joy of the Final Throes of the Dinner Party,” by Helen Phillips, performed by Kaneza Schaal

  • 11/08/2012

    Money, Greed and Power HOSTS: ISAIAH SHEFFER AND HANNAH TINTI

    “Where the Money Went,” by Kevin Canty, performed by Jack Davidson
    One Day I Will Write About This Place
    (excerpt), by Binyavanga Wainaina, performed by Teagle Bougere
    “My Flamboyant Grandson,” by George Saunders, performed by Harris Yulin

  • 11/01/2012

    The Twenty-Seventh Man HOST: HANNAH TINTI, W/ NATHAN ENGLANDER AND OSKAR EUSTIS

    “The Twenty-Seventh Man,” by Nathan Englander, performed by Michael Stuhlbarg

  • 10/25/2012

    Tales of Terror from Edgar Allan Poe HOST: HANNAH TINTI, W/ NEIL GAIMAN

    “The Tell-Tale Heart,” by Edgar Allan Poe, performed by Terrence Mann
    “The Black Cat,” Edgar Allan Poe, performed by René Auberjonois
    “The Raven,” Edgar Allan Poe, performed by René Auberjonois, Fionnula Flanagan, Isaiah Sheffer, and Harris Yulin

  • 10/18/2012

    Great Beginnings HOST: HANNAH TINTI, W/ ETGAR KERET

    “Healthy Start,” by Etgar Keret, performed by Michael Tucker
    “Hoodie in Xanadu,” by Ann Beattie, performed by Jill Eikenberry
    “Best Worst American,” by Juan Martinez, performed by Cristin Milioti

  • 10/11/2012

    Favorites from One Story Magazine HOST: HANNAH TINTI

    “Nephilim,” by L. Annette Binder, performed by Colby Minifie
    “Balloon Night,” by Tom Barbash, performed by Tom Cavanaugh
    “Cretan Love Song,” by Jim Shepard, performed by Joe Morton

  • 10/04/2012

    A Touch of Magic HOSTS: ISAIAH SHEFFER AND HANNAH TINTI

    “Vaclav the Magnificent-Boy-Magician,” by Haley Tanner, performed by Sarah Steele
    “Swept Away,” by T.C. Boyle, performed by René Auberjonois

  • 09/27/2012

    The Lives of Things HOSTS: ISAIAH SHEFFER AND HANNAH TINTI

    “In the Reign of Harad IV,” by Steven Millhauser, performed by Leonard Nimoy
    “Americca," by Aimee Bender, performed by Jane Levy
    “Rocking Chair,” by Abigail Thomas, performed by Kate Burton
    “Fatso” by Etgar Keret, performed by John Guare

  • 09/20/2012

    Wishing You the Best HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “A Prayer,” by Paul Simms, performed by Chip Zien
    “Lamentations of the Father,” by Ian Frazier, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “The Storm,” by Jules Verne, performed by Tony Roberts
    “Robbed,” by Ellen Currie, performed by Christina Pickles

  • 09/13/2012

    The Private Paradise HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “My Backyard,” by Peter Lu, performed by Sonia Manzano
    “A Room of My Own,” by Alanna Okun, performed by Rita Wolf
    “Heirloom China,” by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, performed by Sonia Manzano
    “Jonathan’s,” by Teo Soares, performed by David Rakoff
    “Reading Aloud,” by Marina Keegan, performed by Rita Wolf
    “Your Mother and I,” by Dave Eggers, performed by David Rakoff
    “Visit,” by Barry Yourgrau, read by James Naughton

  • 09/06/2012

    Edwidge Danticat: Haiti/New York HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Claire of the Sea Light,” by Edwidge Danticat, performed by Anika Noni Rose
    “New York Day Women,” by Edwidge Danticat, performed by Laurine Towler

  • 08/30/2012

    Young Men on the Make HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Deal,” by Mike Birbiglia, performed by the author
    “Seeing the World,” by Louis Robinson, performed by Thomas Gibson

  • 08/23/2012

    Holding Fast HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “I Am Not a Jew,” by John Biguenet, performed by Denis O’Hare
    “Everything In This Country Must,” by Colum McCann, performed by Amy Ryan
    “Flying,” by Stephen Dixon, performed by Thomas Gibson

  • 08/16/2012

    An Irish Ear: Colum McCann’s Favorite Stories HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Free Fruit for Young Widows,” by Nathan Englander, performed by Michael Cerveris
    “(She Owns) Every Thing,” by Anne Enright, performed by Mary-Louise Parker
    “The Writers’ Model,” by Molly Giles, performed by Blair Brown

  • 08/09/2012

    Latin Beat: Bolaño and Writers He Admired HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Shape of the Sword,” by Jorge Luis Borges, translated by David A. Yates, performed by Charles Keating
    “On the Honeymoon,” by Javier Marías, translated by Margaret Jull Costa, performed by Ivan Hernandez
    “William Burns,” by Roberto Bolaño, translated by Chris Andrews, performed by Michael Stuhlbarg

  • 08/02/2012

    Little Fellows HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Ever After,” by Kim Addonizio, performed by Christine Ebersole
    “Boys,” by Rick Moody, performed by BD Wong
    “The Fortunes of Madame Organza,” by Natalie Babbitt, performed by Janel Moloney

  • 07/26/2012

    Happy Families? HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Porte-Cochere,” by Peter Taylor, performed by Leonard Nimoy
    “Enough,” by Alice McDermott, performed by Fionnula Flanagan

  • 07/19/2012

    Wild Western Women HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Liliana,” by Maile Meloy, performed by James Naughton
    “Going to the Dogs,” by Richard Ford, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 07/12/2012

    Hollywood in the Serengeti HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Safari,” by Jennifer Egan, performed by Hope Davis

  • 07/05/2012

    Who Am I? HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Neighbors,” by Julia Alvarez, performed by Joanna Gleason
    “Flight Patterns,” by Sherman Alexie, performed by B.D. Wong

  • 06/28/2012

    Twice Upon a Time HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Ardour,” by Jonathan Keats, performed by Lili Taylor
    “Little Pot,” by Ilya Kaminsky, performed by Sonia Manzano
    “Blue-Bearded Lover,” by Joyce Carol Oates, performed Betsey Lippitt
    “Relic,” by Robert Olen Butler, performed by Ron Nakahara
    “The Porcelain Man,” by Richard Kennedy, performed by Estelle Parsons

  • 06/21/2012

    Mysteries and Wonders HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Schartz-Metterklume Method,” by Saki, performed by Marian Seldes
    “Berkeley or Mariana of the Universe,” by Liliana Heker, performed by Hope Davis
    “Cultural Relativity,” by Charles Johnson, performed by Regina King
    “New York Day Women,” by Edwidge Danticat, performed by Laurine Towler

  • 06/14/2012

    What the Blind Can See HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Household,” by Yasunari Kawabata, read by Fionnula Flanagan
    “Things We Knew When the House Caught Fire,” by David Drury, read by Keith Szarabajka

  • 06/07/2012

    Great Expectations HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “An Amateur's Guide to the Night,” by Mary Robison, performed by Patricia Kalember
    “Learn a Trade,” by John Updike, performed by James Naughton
    “Pride and Joy,” by Etgar Keret, performed by Robert Sean Leonard

  • 05/31/2012

    Our Own Madness HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Adults Alone,” by A.M. Homes, performed by Christina Pickles
    “The Knocking,” by David Means, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    Feature: interview with A.M. Homes

  • 05/24/2012

    The Power of Love HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Love,” by Tibor Dery, performed by Keir Dullea
    “Silver Water,” by Amy Bloom, performed by Linda Lavin

  • 05/17/2012

    Miracles Can Happen HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Fall of Texas,” by Joyce Johnson, performed by Cynthia Nixon
    “Personal Letter 2,” by Sonia Sanchez, performed by Staceyann Chin
    “The Fix,” by Percival Everett, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    Feature: Interview with Joyce Johnson

  • 05/10/2012

    Literary Mix Tape HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Milestones,” by Hannah Tinti, performed by Laurie Anderson
    “Wunderkind,” by Carson McCullers, performed by Kelli O’Hara
    Featured music: “Milestones,” by Miles Davis; Ludwig von Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 12

  • 05/03/2012

    All Modern Conveniences HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Not Quite Home Alone,” by Krista McGruder, performed by Jacqueline Kim
    “The Shared Patio,” by Miranda July, performed by Kirsten Vangsness
    “The Sphinx,” by Edgar Allan Poe, performed by Kathleen Widdoes
    “Privacy,” by Richard Ford, performed by René Auberjonois

  • 04/26/2012

    What is Real? HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “A Woman at the Window,” by James Lasdun, performed by Leenya Rideout
    “Quadraturin,” by Sigizmund Krzhihanovsky, performed by David Rakoff
    “Flight,” by Deborah Joy Corey, performed by Leenya Rideout

  • 04/19/2012

    Tennessee, Edna, and Flannery HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Life Story,” by Tennessee Williams, performed by Mia Dillon
    “Violets,” by Edna O’Brien, performed by Fionnula Flanagan
    “The Life You Save May Be Your Own,” by Flannery O’Connor, performed by Lois Smith

  • 04/12/2012

    Arrivals and Departures HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Strangers in the House,” by Nahid Rachlin, performed by Freda Foh Shen
    “A Disappearance,” by Julie Otsuka, performed by Jane Kaczmarek
    Feature: Interview with Julie Otsuka

  • 04/05/2012

    Speeding Away HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Fruit and Words,” by Aimee Bender, performed by Rita Wolf
    “La Conchita,” by T.C. Boyle, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 03/29/2012

    Humor Me HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Six Days: Some Rememberings,” by Grace Paley, performed by Dana Ivey
    “Dating Your Mom,” by Ian Frazier, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “A Plague of Tics,” by David Sedaris, performed by Robert Sean Leonard

  • 03/22/2012

    Where Am I? HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Why I’m Not Where You Are,” by Jonathan Safran Foer, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “Interview,” by Will Eno, performed by the author
    “All the Days and Nights,” by William Maxwell, performed by Tony Roberts

  • 03/15/2012

    Couples and Mysteries from Haruki Murakami HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Airplane,” by Haruki Murakami, performed by Parker Posey
    “The Mirror,” by Haruki Murakami, performed by Campbell Scott
    “The Little Green Monster,” by Haruki Murakami, performed by Dana Ivey

  • 03/08/2012

    Growing Up Fast HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Smorgasbord,” by Tobias Wolff, performed by René Auberjonois
    “Football,” by Elizabeth Crane, performed by Martha Lavey

  • 03/01/2012

    Helping Out HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Leopard of Ti Morne,” by Mark Kurlansky, performed by Stephen Lang
    “Graven Image,” by John O'Hara, performed by Denis O'Hare

  • 02/23/2012

    It Chooses You: An Evening with Miranda July HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Ron, Sixty-Seven-Piece Art Set, $65, Woodland Hills,” by Miranda July, performed by Miranda July and Tom Nelis
    “Matilda and Domingo, Care Bears, $2-$4, Bell,” by Miranda July, performed by Miranda July, Adrian Martinez, and Olga Merediz
    “Dina, Conair Hair Dryer, $5, Sun Valley,” by Miranda July, performed by Rebecca Naomi Jones and Miranda July
    “Joe, Fifty Christmas-Card Fronts, $1, Los Angeles,” by Miranda July, performed by Tom Bloom and Miranda July

  • 02/16/2012

    Big City Women HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    A Selection from 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, performed by Miriam Silverman
    “The Night Bookmobile,” by Audrey Niffenegger, performed by Christina Pickles

  • 02/09/2012

    Families Are So Complicated HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “La Vita Nuova,” by Allegra Goodman, performed by Marin Ireland
    “The Secret Goldfish,” by David Means, performed by Charles Keating

  • 02/02/2012

    Food and Flight HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Rapture of the Deep,” by T.C. Boyle, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “Wanting an Orange,” by Larry Woiwode, performed by Michael Keck

  • 01/26/2012

    Two Tough Love Stories HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love,” by Raymond Carver, performed by Leonard Nimoy
    “The Getaway,” by Dorothy Thomas, performed by Mia Dillon

  • 01/19/2012

    The Strangeness of Everyday Life: Two by Murakami HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Lederhosen,” by Haruki Murakami, performed by Aasif Mandvi
    “Ice Man,” by Haruki Murakami, performed by Jane Curtin

  • 01/12/2012

    Russian Tales HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “My First Goose,” by Isaac Babel, performed by Joe Morton
    “The Father,” by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, performed by Nina Arianda
    “Rothschild's Fiddle,” by Anton Chekhov, performed by Denis O'Hare

  • 01/05/2012

    James Joyce’s The Dead (Part 2) HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Dead,” by James Joyce, performed by René Auberjonois, Fionnula Flanagan, and Isaiah Sheffer

  • 12/29/2011

    James Joyce for New Year’s HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Dead,” by James Joyce, performed by Rene Auberjonois, Fionnula Flanagan, and Isaiah Sheffer

  • 12/22/2011

    Ghosts and Angels HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Night the Ghost Got In,” by James Thurber, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “Examining the Evidence,” by Alice Hoffman, performed by Joanna Gleason
    “It Had Wings,” by Allan Gurganus, performed by Marian Seldes
    “Second-Hand Man,” by Rita Dove, performed by Audra McDonald

  • 12/15/2011

    The Magical Imagination of Neil Gaiman HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Troll Bridge,” by Neil Gaiman, performed by Neil Gaiman
    “The Circular Ruins,” by Jorge Luis Borges, performed by Boyd Gaines
    “Tender,” by Carly Sachs, performed by Mary Brienza

  • 12/08/2011

    Danger at Dinner HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “But the One on the Right,” by Dorothy Parker, performed by Christina Pickles
    “A Bunch of Broccoli on the Third Shelf,” by Lara Vapnyar, performed by Heather Goldenhersh

  • 12/01/2011

    Dad Tales HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “More Life,” by Mark Strand, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “Creeping,” by Maxine Swann, performed by Christine Ebersole

  • 11/24/2011

    Man Walks into a Bar HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Bayonne,” by John Cheever, performed by Mary Kay Place
    “Fjord of Killary,” by Kevin Barry, performed by James Naughton

  • 11/17/2011

    Wacky Families HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Jamaica,” by David Schickler, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “On the U.S.S. Fortitude,” by Ron Carlson, performed by Laura Esterman

  • 11/10/2011

    Wildwood HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Wildwood,” by Junot Díaz, performed by Sonia Manzano

  • 11/03/2011

    Do You Know Where You Are? HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “It’s Six A.M. Do You Know Where You Are?” by Jay McInerney, performed by Jeremy Shamos
    “Red from Green,” by Maile Meloy, performed by Patricia Kalember

  • 10/27/2011

    Dogs and Dates HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Sir Henry,” by Lydia Millet, performed by John Lithgow
    “Some Contemporary Characters,” by Rick Moody, performed by Mike Birbiglia and Aya Cash

  • 10/20/2011

    Saints and Sinners HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Sinners,” by Edna O’Brien, performed by Cynthia Nixon
    “Black Flower,” by Edna O’Brien, performed by Colum McCann
    “Going for a Beer,” by Robert Coover, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 10/13/2011

    Love in Real Life HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “A Life in Fictions,” by Kat Howard, performed by Marin Ireland
    “The Thing About Cassandra,” by Neil Gaiman, performed by Josh Hamilton

  • 10/06/2011

    Literary Music and a Minotaur HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Customer Service at the Karaoke Don Quixote,” by Juan Martinez, performed by Nate Corddry
    “Ziggurat,” by Stephen O’Connor, performed by Tim Curry

  • 09/29/2011

    The World of Etgar Keret HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Suddenly, a Knock on the Door,” by Etgar Keret, performed by Josh Radnor
    “Lieland,” by Etgar Keret, performed by BD Wong
    “Halibut,” by Etgar Keret, performed by Josh Radnor
    “Fatso,” by Etgar Keret, performed by John Guare

  • 09/28/2011

    Loss and Recovery HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Good Intentions,” by Etgar Keret, performed by Leonard Nimoy
    “Lost and Found,” by Colson Whitehead, performed by Alec Baldwin
    “My Mother,” by Jamaica Kincaid, performed by Laurine Towler
    “A Soldier for the Crown,” by Charles Johnson, performed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson

  • 09/21/2011

    A Celebration of The Things They Carried HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    The Things They Carried (excerpt), by Tim O’Brien, performed by Dylan Baker

  • 09/14/2011

    Creatures of the Night HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Popsy,” by Stephen King, performed by Michael Imperioli
    “Night Calls,” by Lisa Fugard, performed by the author

  • 09/07/2011

    Mysterious Circumstances HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Double Check,” by Thomas Walsh, performed by James Naughton
    “False Alarm,” by Dave Barry, performed by Larry Keith

  • 08/31/2011

    An Hour with Sherman Alexie HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Breaking and Entering,” by Sherman Alexie, performed by B.D. Wong

  • 08/24/2011

    Forbidden Fruit HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Yurt,” by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, performed by Joanna Gleason
    “Wild Plums,” by Grace Stone Coates, performed by Mia Dillon

  • 08/17/2011

    Tales of Terror HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Dracula’s Guest,” by Bram Stoker, performed by Aasif Mandvi
    “The Masque of the Red Death,” by Edgar Allan Poe, performed by Fionnula Flanagan

  • 08/10/2011

    Inspired by the Photography of Robert Frank HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Sunflower Sutra,” by Allen Ginsberg, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “The Death of Jim Taylor,” by Elissa Hutson, performed by Boyd Gaines
    “Barbara Stanwyck, It’s Your Time to Shine,” by Bianca Galvez, performed by Condola Rashad
    “Good Living,” by Aleksandar Hemon, performed by Boyd Gaines
    “The Thing Around Your Neck,” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, performed by Condola Rashad

  • 08/03/2011

    Vantage Points HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    Let the Great World Spin (excerpt), by Colum McCann, performed by Brian Stokes Mitchell
    “Salt,” by Sherman Alexie, performed by David Strathairn

  • 07/27/2011

    Surprising Discoveries HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Disco Papa,” by Karen Russell, performed by Susanna Thompson
    “Departure,” by Andrew Porter, performed by Khris Lewin
    “Waiting for Rusty,” by William Cole, performed by Ted Marcoux

  • 07/20/2011

    Travelers: A Wallace Stegner Tribute HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Traveler,” by Wallace Stegner, performed by Jack Davidson
    “Goin’ to Town,” by Wallace Stegner, performed by Lillo Way, Isaiah Sheffer, and Jack Davidson

  • 07/13/2011

    Displaced Persons HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Briefcase,” by Rebecca Makkai, performed by Victor Garber
    “Diem Perdidi,” by Julie Otsuka, performed by Jayne Atkinson

  • 07/06/2011

    Old Worlds and New HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Beyond the Pale,” by Joseph Epstein, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “Ma, A Memoir,” by Lynn Freed, performed by Marian Seldes

  • 06/29/2011

    A Touch of Magic HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Palmist,” by Andrew Lam, performed by James Naughton
    “The Occasional Garden,” by Saki, performed by Daniel Gerroll
    “The Balloon,” by Donald Barthelme, performed by Maria Tucci
    “The Little Green Monster,” by Haruki Murakami, performed by Dana Ivey

  • 06/22/2011

    Holiday Special HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The H Street Sledding Record,” by Ron Carlson, performed by Keith Szarabajka
    “Christmas is a Sad Season for the Poor,” by John Cheever, performed by Malachy McCourt
    “A Visit from Saint Nicholas,” by James Thurber, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 06/15/2011

    Confused Couples HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “For the Relief of Unbearable Urges,” by Nathan Englander, performed by Jefferson Mays
    “A Second of Pleasure,” by Neil LaBute, performed by Andrew McCarthy and Maura Tierney
    “Lies I’ve Told,” by Sue Allison, performed by Barbara Barrie and David Strathairn

  • 06/08/2011

    Asking for Directions HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Mappist,” by Barry Lopez, performed by Joe Spano
    “Devil of a Curve,” by Walter Kirn, performed by Roscoe Lee Browne

  • 06/01/2011

    The Heart of the Matter HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Tell Tale Heart,” by Edgar Allen Poe, performed by Terrence Mann
    “Gimpel The Fool,” by Isaac Bashevis Singer, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “The Paring Knife,” by Michael Oppenheimer, performed by Steve Gilborn

  • 05/25/2011

    Adventures in London and the Wild West HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    The Road Home (excerpt), by Rose Tremain, performed by Paul Hecht
    “Cary Grant's Suit,” by Todd McEwen, performed by James Cromwell

  • 05/18/2011

    Rebel Yiddish Writers HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “My First Love,” by Moishe Nadir, performed by John Shea
    “A Quiet Garden Spot,” by Sholem Asch, performed by Laura Esterman
    “Job’s Jobs,” by Aimee Bender, performed by Anjelica Huston

  • 05/11/2011

    Stories That Surprise HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Jesus is Waiting,” by Amy Hempel, performed by Mary Stuart Masterson
    “No Other Country,” by Shaun Tan, performed by Campbell Scott
    “Swimmers,” by Daniela Maristany, performed by Mary Stuart Masterson
    “Number 10,” by Edna O'Brien, performed by Marian Seldes

  • 05/04/2011

    Tales from the Great Epics HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Death of Hector,” from The Iliad, by Homer, translated by Robert Fagles, performed by Stephen Lang
    “Cantos IV and V,” from Dante's Inferno, by Dante Aligheri, translated by Mark Strand and Daniel Halpern, performed by Phylicia Rashad
    “Captain Ahab, A Novel by the White Whale,” by Paul West, performed by Diane Venora

  • 04/27/2011

    Women on the Move HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “She Shall Not Be Moved,” by Shereen Pandit, performed by Rita Wolf
    “Loose Change,” by Andrea Levy, performed by Eve Best
    “Pie Dance,” by Molly Giles, performed by Kate Burton

  • 04/20/2011

    The Private Paradise HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “My Backyard,” by Peter Lu, performed by Sonia Manzano
    “A Room of My Own,” by Alanna Okun, performed by Rita Wolf
    “Heirloom China,” by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, performed by Sonia Manzano
    “Jonathan’s,” by Teo Soares, performed by David Rakoff
    “Reading Aloud,” by Marina Keegan, performed by Rita Wolf
    “Your Mother and I,” by Dave Eggers, performed by David Rakoff
    “Visit,” by Barry Yourgrau, performed by James Naughton

  • 04/13/2011

    Edwidge Danticat: Haiti/New York HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Claire of the Sea Light,” by Edwidge Danticat, performed by Anika Noni Rose
    “New York Day Women,” by Edwidge Danticat, performed by Laurine Towler

  • 04/06/2011

    Young Men on the Make HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Deal,” by Mike Birbiglia, performed by the author
    “Seeing the World,” by Louis Robinson, performed by Thomas Gibson

  • 03/30/2011

    Wishing You the Best HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “A Prayer,” by Paul Simms, performed by Chip Zien
    “Lamentations of the Father,” by Ian Frazier, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “The Storm,” by Jules Verne, performed by Tony Roberts
    “Robbed,” by Ellen Currie, performed by Christina Pickles

  • 03/23/2011

    Tale of Terror HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Bees,” by Dan Chaon, performed by Boyd Gaines

  • 03/16/2011

    French Fictions HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “A Parisian Affair,” by Guy de Maupassant, performed by René Auberjonois
    Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow
    (excerpt), by Faiza Guene, performed by Sonia Manzano
    “The Secret of the Old Music,” by Auguste de Villiers de l'Isle-Adam, performed by Philippe de Montebello

  • 03/09/2011

    Please Don't Explain HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Just a Little One,” by Dorothy Parker, performed by Dana Ivey
    “The Spray,” by Jonathan Lethem, performed by Robert Sean Leonard
    “The Swim Team,” by Miranda July, performed by Parker Posey
    “Jesus Shaves,” by David Sedaris, performed by Tim Blake Nelson

  • 03/02/2011

    Holding Fast HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “I Am Not a Jew,” by John Biguenet, performed by Denis O’Hare
    “Everything in this Country Must,” by Colum McCann, performed by Amy Ryan
    “Flying,” by Stephen Dixon, read by Thomas Gibson

  • 02/23/2011

    An Irish Ear: Colum McCann’s Favorite Stories HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “(She Owns) Every Thing,” by Anne Enright, performed by Mary-Louise Parker
    “Free Fruit for Young Widows,” by Nathan Englander, performed by Michael Cerveris
    “The Writers’ Model,” by Molly Giles, performed by Blair Brown

  • 02/16/2011

    Latin Beat: Bolaño and Writers He Admired HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Shape of the Sword,” by Jorge Luis Borges, translated by David A. Yates, performed by Charles Keating
    “On the Honeymoon,” by Javier Marías, translated by Margaret Jull Costa, performed by Ivan Hernandez
    “William Burns,” by Roberto Bolaño, translated by Chris Andrews, performed by Michael Stuhlbarg

  • 02/09/2011

    Little Fellows HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Ever After,” by Kim Addonizio, performed by Christine Ebersole
    “Boys,” by Rick Moody, performed by BD Wong
    “The Fortunes of Madame Organza,” by Natalie Babbitt, performed by Janel Maloney

  • 02/02/2011

    Happy Families? HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Porte-Cochere,” by Peter Taylor, performed by Leonard Nimoy
    “Enough,” by Alice McDermott, performed by Fionnula Flanagan

  • 01/26/2011

    Wild Western Women HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Liliana,” by Maile Meloy, performed by James Naughton
    “Going to the Dogs,” by Richard Ford, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 01/19/2011

    Hollywood in the Serengeti HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Safari,” by Jennifer Egan, performed by Hope Davis

  • 01/12/2011

    Who Am I? HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Neighbors,” by Julia Alvarez, performed by Lili Taylor
    “Flight Patterns,” by Sherman Alexie, performed by BD Wong

  • 01/05/2011

    Twice Upon a Time HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Ardour,” by Jonathan Keats, performed by Lili Taylor
    “Little Pot,” by Ilya Kaminsky, performed by Sonia Manzano
    “Blue-Bearded Lover,” by Joyce Carol Oates, performed Betsey Lippitt
    “Relic,” by Robert Olen Butler, performed by Ron Nakahara
    “The Porcelain Man,” by Richard Kennedy, performed by Estelle Parsons