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Fables and Fairy Tales

GUEST HOST: JOSH RADNOR

Fables And Fairy Tales

On this episode: a monster in the closet, an ancient Mesopotamian tale, and a bit of magic.

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Guest host Josh Radnor presents three stories drawn from the world of fables and fairy tales, but with a modern twist. Maulik Pancholy reads W. Somerset Maugham’s “The Appointment in Samarra,” a retelling of what’s purported to be an ancient Mesopotamian tale. Its moral? When your time is up, it’s up.

Next, Ben Loory gives us a kinder, gentler take on the old “monster in the closet” idea in “The Monster.” Instead of nighttime terrors, there’s an exchange of wonders. This story is brilliantly performed by John Cameron Mitchell.

It’s hard to put a label on our final story. Kelly Link’s “The Faery Handbag” is part folk tale, part love story, part rite of passage. And it’s filled with strong women and headstrong men. It’s read by Kirsten Vangsness, who brings this magical tale to life.

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