Guest host Josh Radnor presents two stories about marriage and its challenges. In Helen Phillips’ “The Knowers,” a wife wants the answer to an ultimate question, but her husband does not. It’s performed by Stockard Channing. Helen Phillips is the author of four books, most recently the short story collection Some Possible Solutions (Henry Holt, 2016), which received the 2017 John Gardner Fiction Book Award. Her novel The Beautiful Bureaucrat (Henry Holt, 2015), a New York Times Notable Book of 2015, was a finalist for the NYPL Young Lions Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her collection And Yet They Were Happy (Leapfrog Press, 2011) was named a notable collection by The Story Prize. She has published in the Atlantic, the New York Times, and Tin House, among others. Phillips is an assistant professor at Brooklyn College.
Stockard Channing is a distinguished leading lady of stage, film and television, including the films Grease, Anything Else, and Practical Magic; the television series The West Wing and The Good Wife and the plays A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, and Six Degrees of Separation.
The “Three Little Maids” of Alix Ohlin’s story are a middle-aged man’s ex-wife, current wife, and daughter. The story is performed by Mia Dillon.
Alix Ohlin’s works include the novels Inside and The Missing Person, and the story collections Signs and Wonders and Babylon and Other Stories. She teaches at Lafayette College and in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.
Mia Dillon, a frequent SELECTED SHORTS reader, has appeared on Broadway Crimes of the Heart, Agnes of God, The Corn is Green, Three Sisters, and Our Town. On television, Dillon was featured in Mary and Rhoda and the Law & Order franchise. Her screen credits include The Money Pit, A Shock to the System, Gods and Generals, and Duane Hopwood.