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  • 12/29/2022

    New Frontiers
    HOST: Meg Wolitzer

    “The Martians Claim Canada,” by Margaret Atwood, performed by Jane Kaczmarek
    “Options,” by Lesley Nneka Arimah, performed by Zainab Jah
    “Chivalry,” by Neil Gaiman, performed by Christina Pickles

  • 12/22/2022

    Unwrapping the Holidays
    HOST: Meg Wolitzer

    “Interview with God,” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, performed by James Naughton and Jayne Atkinson
    “Heidi Is Dead,” by Sherrie Flick, performed by Adina Verson
    “Christmas Is a Sad Season for the Poor,” by John Cheever, performed by Teagle F. Bougere

  • 12/15/2022

    The Stand-Ins
    HOST: Meg Wolitzer

    “A Happy Dream,” by Steve Almond, performed by Phil LaMarr
    “A Brief Note on the Translation of Winter Women, Written by the Collective Dead, Translated by Amal Ruth,” by Rivers Solomon, performed by TL Thompson
    “Saying Goodbye to Yang,” by Alexander Weinstein, performed by Tony Hale

  • 12/08/2022

    Prove Your Love
    HOST: Meg Wolitzer

    “Almost Everything,” by Etgar Keret, performed by Liev Schreiber
    “Conquistadors, on Fairchild,” by Jacob Guajardo, performed by Michael Hartney
    “Ice Man,” by Haruki Murakami, translated by Philip Gabriel, performed by Jane Curtin

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    12/01/2022

    A Night At The Theater
    HOST: Meg Wolitzer

    “Audience Instructions for Our Immersive/Experimental Theatre Production In An Abandoned Middle School In Bushwick,” by Rachel Klein, performed by Santino Fontana
    “Our Mutual (Theater) Friend,” by Amber Sparks, performed by Krystina Alabado
    “Solo on the Drums,” by Ann Petry, performed by Peter Francis James
    “He and She,” by Anton Chekhov, performed by Hugh Dancy and Claire Danes

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    11/24/2022

    In Dad We Trust
    HOST: Meg Wolitzer

    “Beauty and the Beast,” by Simon Rich, performed by Arian Moayed
    “Bedtime Story,” by Victor LaValle, performed by Dion Graham
    “Exposure,” by Percival Everett, performed by Denis O’Hare

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    11/17/2022

    Best Laid Plans
    HOST: Meg Wolitzer

    “Dandelions,” by Ben Loory, performed by Wyatt Cenac
    “Cane and Roses: A Manifesto,” by Edwidge Danticat, performed by Anika Noni Rose
    “The Laurel and Hardy Love Affair,” by Ray Bradbury, performed by Tate Donovan

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    11/10/2022

    Distance Learning
    GUEST HOST: Roxane Gay

    “The Adventure of a Skier,” by Italo Calvino, translated by Ann Goldstein, performed by James Naughton
    “New York Day Women,” by Edwidge Danticat, performed by Laurine Towler
    “Notes for a Hypothetical Novel,” by James Baldwin, performed by Brandon J. Dirden

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    11/03/2022

    Out of Their Element
    HOST: Meg Wolitzer

    “The Frog Prince,” by Robert Coover, performed by Parker Posey
    “Chasing Birds,” by Cristina Henríquez, performed by Maryann Plunkett

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    10/27/2022

    The Me I Used To Be
    HOST: Meg Wolitzer

    “Muzaffer and Bananas,” by Yalçın Tosun, translated by Abby Comstock-Gay, performed by Arian Moayed
    “Take Pills and Wait for Hips,” by Anya DeNiro, performed by Pooya Mohseni
    “Goodbye to the Road Not Taken,” by A.M. Homes, performed by Jane Kaczmarek and Tony Shalhoub

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    10/20/2022

    Beyond Leprechauns
    HOST: Meg Wolitzer

    “Unicorn Me,” by Elizabeth Crane, performed by Miriam Shor
    “Unicorn Me” (song), created by Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler and performed by Maddie Corman, Zina Goldrich, and Matt Scharfglass
    “The Double Life of the Cockroach’s Wife,” by Helen Phillips, performed by Sarah Steele
    “iPhone SE,” by Weike Wang, performed by Dawn Akemi Saito

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    10/13/2022

    Complicated Women
    HOST: Meg Wolitzer

    “Women Like Us,” by Edwidge Danticat, performed by Lynne Thigpen
    Heartburn (excerpt), by Nora Ephron, performed by Joan Allen
    “New Bees,” by Claire Luchette, performed by Joanna Gleason

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    10/06/2022

    Miracle Grow
    HOST: Meg Wolitzer

    “Isabella’s Garden,” by Naomi Kritzer, performed by Jane Kaczmarek
    “My Dear You” (adapted), by Rachel Khong, performed by Annie Q.
    Featuring an interview with Rachel Khong

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    09/29/2022

    Taking Flight with Amy Tan
    HOST: Meg Wolitzer

    “The Frog and the Bird,” by Ben Loory, performed by Mike Doyle
    “Town of Birds,” by Heather Monley, performed by Yetide Badaki
    “The Mating Call,” by Mikkel Rosengaard, performed by BD Wong
    With commentary from Amy Tan

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    09/22/2022

    Great Escapes
    HOST: Meg Wolitzer

    “Books You Read,” by Joe Meno, performed by Joan Allen
    “Escape Pod W41” (song), composed by Lakecia Benjamin and performed by Yunie Mojica
    “Escape Pod W41,” by J. Robert Lennon, performed by Stephen Lang
    “Infidelity,” by Jac Jemc, performed by Kathleen Chalfant

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    09/15/2022

    Wear and Tear
    HOST: Meg Wolitzer

    “(She Owns) Every Thing,” by Anne Enright, performed by Mary-Louise Parker
    “Clothes on the Ground: A Conversation with Leap, A Garment Worker in Cambodia,” by Julia Wallace, performed by Jennifer Lim
    “Faith and Hope Go Shopping,” by Joanne Harris, performed by Lois Smith

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    09/08/2022

    Out of Sight
    HOST: Meg Wolitzer

    “Nightlife,” by Lisa Ko, performed by Vanessa Kai
    “The Hole,” by Patrick Cottrell, performed by Becca Blackwell
    “Home,” by Elizabeth Strout, performed by Mia Dillon

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    09/01/2022

    Rites & Rituals
    GUEST HOST: David Sedaris

    “Cultural Relativity,” by Charles Johnson, performed by Regina King
    “The Lazy River,” by Zadie Smith, performed by Zadie Smith
    “The Hope Chest,” by Jean Stafford, performed by Dana Ivey

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    08/25/2022

    Embracing Change
    HOST: Meg Wolitzer

    “Sea Monster,” by Seth Fried, performed by Natasha Rothwell
    “Death by Printer,” by Mira Jacob, performed by Rita Wolf
    “Period Piece,” by Maile Meloy, performed by Kelli O’Hara

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    08/18/2022

    What's Your Story?
    HOST: Meg Wolitzer

    “Great Writers Steal,” by B.J. Novak, performed by Aasif Mandvi and B.J. Novak
    “Creative Writing,” by Etgar Keret, translated by Miriam Shlesinger, performed by Alex Karpovsky
    “Foes,” by Lorrie Moore, performed by Joan Allen and Kyle MacLachlan

  • Whats Left Behind

    08/11/2022

    What's Left Behind
    HOST: Meg Wolitzer

    “Funeral Platter,” by Greg Ames, performed by Michael McKean and Annette O’Toole
    “Liberty,” by Julia Alvarez, performed by Laura Gómez
    “The Dog of the Marriage,” by Amy Hempel, performed by Joan Allen

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    08/04/2022

    Hitched
    HOST: Meg Wolitzer

    “A World Without Selfie Sticks,” by Etgar Keret, translated by Sondra Silverston, performed by Tate Donovan
    “On the Honeymoon,” by Javier Marías, translated by Margaret Jull Costa, performed by Ivan Hernandez
    “The Cult in My Garage,” by Duncan Birmingham, performed by Michaela Watkins

  • Youve Lost It

    07/28/2022

    You've Lost It
    HOST: Meg Wolitzer

    “Any Other,” by Jac Jemc, performed by Helen Hong
    “Noseless,” by Namwali Serpell, performed by Krystina Alabado, Deborah S. Craig, Zach Grenier, and Calvin Leon Smith
    “Such Small Islands,” by Lauren Groff, performed by Crystal Dickinson
    “Such Small Islands” (song), performed by Laura Gibson

  • Truly Madly

    07/21/2022

    Truly, Madly
    HOST: Meg Wolitzer

    “This Is It,” by Sigrid Nunez, performed by Christina Pickles
    “I Love Girl,” by Simon Rich, performed by Michael Ian Black

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    07/14/2022

    Try This On - Stories from An Evening with New York Magazine's The Cut
    Guest Host: Cynthia Nixon

    “Fully Zipped,” by Shelly Oria, performed by Katja Blichfeld
    “Bad Latch,” by Curtis Sittenfeld, performed by Justine Lupe
    “Future Cat,” by Xuan Juliana Wang, performed by Parker Posey

  • Coming and Going

    07/07/2022

    Coming and Going
    HOST: Meg Wolitzer

    “City,” by Kurt Vonnegut, performed by Bhavesh Patel and Sarah Steele
    Another Country (excerpt), by James Baldwin, performed by Nathan Hinton
    “The Long Voyage,” by Leonardo Sciascia, translated by Simon Carnell & Erica Segre, performed by John Turturro
    “Three Hours Between Planes,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, performed by Stephen Colbert

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    06/30/2022

    Who, What, Where?
    HOST: Meg Wolitzer

    “What Animal Are You?” by Etgar Keret, performed by Willem Dafoe
    “Nothing Can Come Between Us,” by Rumaan Alam, performed by Nathan Hinton
    “Who’s Irish?” by Gish Jen, performed by Frieda Foh Shen

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    06/23/2022

    Ferocious Figureheads
    Host: Meg Wolitzer

    “Lumberjack Mom,” by Carribean Fragoza, performed by Roberta Colindrez
    “Fun with a Stranger,” by Richard Yates, performed by Marian Seldes

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    06/16/2022

    Dangerous Women with Pascale Armand, Carrie Coon, and Ann Harada
    HOST: Meg Wolitzer

    “Unpopular Gals,” by Margaret Atwood, performed by Ann Harada
    “A Way with Bea,” by Shanteka Sigers, performed by Pascale Armand
    “The Yellow Wallpaper” (abridged), by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, performed by Carrie Coon
    With commentary from host Mona Eltahawy

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    06/09/2022

    Inseparable with Laurine Towler and Emily Skeggs
    HOST: Meg Wolitzer

    “My Mother,” by Jamaica Kincaid, performed by Laurine Towler
    “Lessons,” by Laura van den Berg, performed by Emily Skeggs

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    06/02/2022

    Antagonists Wanted
    HOST: Meg Wolitzer

    “Thank You, Mr. Nixon,” by Gish Jen, performed by Cindy Cheung
    “Playing Ping-Pong with Pontius Pilate,” by Greg Ames, performed by Nate Corddry
    “Captain Ahab: A Novel by the White Whale,” by Paul West, performed by Diane Venora

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    05/26/2022

    A Point of Honor
    HOST: Meg Wolitzer

    “Letter Home,” by Kurt Vonnegut, performed by Jordan Klepper
    “Red,” by Maile Meloy, performed by Keith Szarabajka
    “The Cruise of the Jolly Roger,” by Kurt Vonnegut, performed by Teagle F. Bougere

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    05/19/2022

    It Takes Two
    HOST: Meg Wolitzer

    “Once,” by Lauren Groff, performed by Cynthia Nixon
    “Slow and Steady,” by Rachel Khong, performed by Hettienne Park
    “Something Shiny,” by Elizabeth Crane, performed by Kate Walsh

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    05/12/2022

    Small Odysseys
    HOST: Meg Wolitzer

    “The Project,” by Susan Perabo, performed by Michael Shannon
    “The King of Bread,” by Luis Alberto Urrea, performed by Javier Muñoz

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    05/05/2022

    Mothers Know Best
    HOST: Meg Wolitzer

    “Trip In A Summer Dress,” by Annette Sanford, performed by Mia Dillon
    “Palaver,” by Bryan Washington, performed by Petronia Paley and Michael Potts

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    04/28/2022

    Behind Her Eyes
    HOST: Meg Wolitzer

    “A Lamp in a Window,” by Truman Capote, performed by Arian Moayed
    “What Do You Say?” by Molly Giles, performed by Parker Posey
    “Crazy They Call Me,” by Zadie Smith, performed by Karen Pittman

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    04/21/2022

    A Didion Duo
    HOST: Meg Wolitzer

    The White Album (excerpt), by Joan Didion, performed by Jill Eikenberry
    “Goodbye to All That,” by Joan Didion, performed by Mia Dillon

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    04/14/2022

    All of It with Alison Stewart
    HOST: Meg Wolitzer

    “Doggy-Dog World,” by Hilary Leichter, performed by Sarah Mezzanotte
    “Horror Story,” by Carmen Maria Machado, performed by Molly Bernard
    “Sister Godzilla,” by Louise Erdrich, performed by Cynthia Nixon

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    04/07/2022

    The World According to Vonnegut
    HOST: Meg Wolitzer

    “How to Write A Short Story,” by Kurt Vonnegut, performed by Jordan Klepper
    “Harrison Bergeron,” by Kurt Vonnegut, performed by Becky Ann Baker
    “The Kid Nobody Could Handle,” by Kurt Vonnegut, performed by Dylan Baker

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    03/31/2022

    On Repeat
    Host: Meg Wolitzer

    “oh she gotta head fulla hair,” by Ntozake Shange, performed by Tamara Tunie
    “Half a Day,” by Naguib Mahfouz, performed by Bruce Altman
    “Fenstad’s Mother,” by Charles Baxter, performed by Edie Falco

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    03/24/2022

    Almost Like Love
    Host: Meg Wolitzer

    “How to Talk To A Hunter,” by Pam Houston, performed by Mia Dillon
    “Pat + Sam,” by Lisa Ko, performed by Jennifer Ikeda

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    03/17/2022

    On the Run
    Host: Meg Wolitzer

    “The Briefcase,” by Rebecca Makkai, performed by Victor Garber
    “Paradise,” by Yxta Maya Murray, performed by Tanis Parenteau

  • A Night at the Theater

    03/10/2022

    A Night At The Theater
    Host: Meg Wolitzer

    “Audience Instructions for Our Immersive/Experimental Theatre Production In An Abandoned Middle School In Bushwick,” by Rachel Klein, performed by Santino Fontana
    “Our Mutual (Theater) Friend,” by Amber Sparks, performed by Krystina Alabado
    “Solo on the Drums,” by Ann Petry, performed by Peter Francis James
    “He and She,” by Anton Chekhov, performed by Hugh Dancy and Claire Danes

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    03/03/2022

    Complicated Women
    Host: Meg Wolitzer

    “Women Like Us,” by Edwidge Danticat, performed by Lynne Thigpen
    Heartburn
    (excerpt), by Nora Ephron, performed by Joan Allen
    “New Bees,” by Claire Luchette, performed by Joanna Gleason

  • David Sedaris

    02/24/2022

    Redemption
    GUEST HOST: DAVID SEDARIS

    “Sibyl,” by Carys Davies, performed by Jane Kaczmarek
    An excerpt from Beloved by Toni Morrison, performed by Andre Braugher
    An excerpt from Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong, performed by Jennifer Ikeda

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    02/17/2022

    Coming of Age
    GUEST HOST: TAYARI JONES

    “The First Kiss,” by Clarice Lispector, performed by Pepe Nufrio
    “Hellion,” by Julia Elliott, performed by Donna Lynne Champlin

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    02/10/2022

    Hard Choices
    GUEST HOST: KIRSTEN VANGSNESS

    “Trivial Pursuit,” by Jac Jemc, performed by Jordan Klepper
    “Baghead,” by Renée Jessica Tan, performed by Karen Chee
    “Spanish Winter,” by Jennifer Egan, performed by Melora Hardin

  • Pancholy Maulik

    02/03/2022

    Childhood Dreams
    GUEST HOST: Maulik Pancholy

    “The Mathematician,” by Daniel Kehlmann, translated by Carol Brown Janeway, performed by BD Wong
    “Hobbits and Hobgoblins,” by Randall Kenan, performed by Jeffrey Wright

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    01/27/2022

    Love & Prohibition
    GUEST HOST: DAVID SEDARIS

    “Girl,” by Jamaica Kincaid, performed by Hattie Winston
    “Lars Farf, Excessively Fearful Husband and Father,” by George Saunders, performed by James Naughton
    “A Domestic Dilemma,” by Carson McCullers, performed by Joanna Gleason

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    01/20/2022

    Jokes and Poems with Mike Birbiglia and J. Hope Stein
    GUEST HOST: Jane Curtin

    “Little Astronaut,” “Prank Calls From Fish,” “Body, I Never Knew I Could Love You,” and “Wean,” by J. Hope Stein, performed by J. Hope Stein
    “I Love My Marriage” and “Slice of Life,” by Mike Birbiglia, performed by Mike Birbiglia
    “The Cat and the Baboon,” by David Sedaris, performed by Carmen Lynch
    “When I Tell My Husband I Miss the Sun, He Knows,” by Paige Lewis, performed by Jane Kaczmarek
    “Rain, New Year’s Eve,” by Maggie Smith, performed by Kaneza Schaal
    “New Client,” by Simon Rich, performed by Mike Birbiglia and Andrea Martin
    “What I Didn’t Know Before,” by Ada Limón, performed by Carmen Lynch
    “Praise the Rain,” by Joy Harjo, performed by Kaneza Schaal (podcast only)
    “Grand Union,” by Zadie Smith, performed by Kaneza Schaal

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    01/13/2022

    Two Against the World
    GUEST HOST: HOPE DAVIS

    “Nayla,” by Youmna Chlala, performed by Rita Wolf
    “Life Off My E,” by Susan Perabo, performed by Hope Davis

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    01/06/2022

    Ploughshares at 50
    GUEST HOST: Jane Curtin

    “y = mx+b,” by Andrew Altschul, performed by Peter Mark Kendall
    “I Happy Am,” by Jamel Brinkley, performed by Karen Pittman
    With commentary from Claire Messud and James Wood