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Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents two stories about characters who are a little larger than life. First, the story that inspired the Hollywood classic All About Eve. Mary Orr’s “The Wisdom of Eve” was first published in Cosmopolitan in 1946. It depicts the rise to stardom of an ambitious ingénue and her effect on the lives of the people who surround her. Writer and actor Sarah Thyre picked this story for a SELECTED SHORTS evening at The Getty Center in Los Angeles, and praises its finely drawn characters. The story is performed by Stana Katic.

Our second story, “The Leap,” by American master Louise Erdrich, is a mother-daughter tale with an unusual premise: the mother is former trapeze artist whose career was cut short by tragedy. When another disaster looms, she quite literally rises to the occasion. This story, also read at The Getty Center, is introduced by novelist Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. It’s performed by Elizabeth Reaser.

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