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  • New Beginnings

    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

  • Tough Love For The Holidays

    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

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    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

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    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

  • Guilty Conscience

    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

  • Tc Boyle Am Homes

    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

  • Parents And Children

    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

  • Anton Chekhov 1889

    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

  • Politcs Is Local

    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

  • Welcome To Nightvale

    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

  • Improbable Dreams

    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

  • Ways Of Seeing

    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

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    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

  • Coming And Going

    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

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    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

  • Fateful Encounters

    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

  • Dogs And Cats

    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

  • Crybabies

    08/30/2018

    Crybabies
    Guest Hosts: SUSAN ORLEAN & 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

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    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

  • Surprises

    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

  • Fragile Familes

    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

  • More Funny Favorites

    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, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “Awake,” by Jenny Allen, performed by Jane Kaczmarek

  • Fractured Fairy Tales

    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

  • What Is Real

    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

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    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

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    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

  • Past And Future

    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

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    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

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    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

  • Podcasts Shaken And Stirred

    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

  • Podcasts Cozy And Chilly

    05/17/2018

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

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

  • 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

  • Podcasts Sweet And Sour

    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

  • Podcasts Strange Bedfellows

    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