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Too Hot For Radio: Robin Hemley "Reply All"

Aparna Nancherla

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A story about the hot, sickening fallout when you accidentally hit “Reply All," but better, because it's fiction.


Who among us hasn't mistakenly hit the reply all response when planning to share a gratuitous opinion, or even a NSFW comment with a friend? We're all human, things happen! And things definitely happen in this episode of Too Hot For Radio. It's a thrilling and laugh-out-loud funny account of how a cheating couple broadcast their affair to an entire listserv. This story was read by two very funny actors during Selected Shorts’ annual visit to the Getty Center in Los Angeles. D’Arcy Carden is a performer whose credits include Barry, Broad City, and the beloved Janet on The Good Place; Baron Vaughn can be seen on Grace and Frankie and heard on the reboot of Mystery Science Theater 3000, as well as Corporate on Comedy Central. Robin Hemley is an accomplished fiction and nonfiction writer who has won both a Pushcart Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has written more than a dozen books including Do-Over!, and The Big Ear, as well as a forthcoming book (nonfiction) in March titled Borderline Citizen: Dispatches from the Outskirts of Nationhood. Our story, "Reply All" appears in his collection titled 21012 Reply All.

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