Christmas Berries

December 19, 2014

Ho, Ho, Huh? Selected Shorts for Christmas

Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents four Christmas-themed works to bring you comfort, joy, and a little sass. Our first two stories present very different family Christmases. First, one of our favorite pieces, Ron Carlson’s “The H Street Sledding Record.” Carlson now lives and teaches in California at UC Irvine, but for a time he did […]

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Colbert, Stephen

December 12, 2014

Bad Boys: Celebrating Hunter S. Thompson with Stephen Colbert

Guest host Stephen Colbert celebrates a classic by gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Thompson was the original bad boy of journalism, creating in the 1960s an entirely new style of reporting called “gonzo” that threw out traditional standards of objectivity. Instead, Thompson became a leading character in his stories, […]

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Cave Dwellers

December 5, 2014

Love Songs?

Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents a program of stories about finding love in unexpected places. First, from the fertile brain of Simon Rich, cave boy meets cave girl in “I Love Girl,” in which Cro-Magnon suitors vie for the same woman. The reader is Michael Ian Black, a writer, comedian, and actor who has […]

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November 28, 2014

So you want to change the world?

Social revolution and personal revelation, in three stories presented by Robert Sean Leonard. Our first two stories date from the turbulent 1960s, when a generation of African-Americans began to demand their rights on the streets and in print. In “Homegirls on St. Nicholas Avenue,” read by Marsha Stephanie Blake, the writer Sonia Sanchez remembers when […]

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November 21, 2014

Up all night with a new mother, and epic chick lit, in two stories hosted by Cynthia Nixon.

This program features two stories about extreme love.  In  “Magic and Dread,” an excerpt from Jenny Offill’s novel Dept. of Speculation, a new mother is exhausted and exhilarated by the life she has brought into the world, and what she learns about herself as she adapts to motherhood.   Offill’s other works include the novel Last Things, and, […]

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Social Climbers

November 14, 2014

Social Climbers with Guest Host: Cynthia Nixon

Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents two stories about how the rich aren’t like you and me.

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November 7, 2014

Transformations: More Neil Gaiman

We’re back with the second part of our recording session with Neil Gaiman featuring a haunting fairy tale by Angela Carter, and two from Gaiman himself.

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Neil Gaiman Halloween

October 30, 2014

Neil Gaiman’s Halloween

Fantasy writer Neil Gaiman hosts a Halloween special. Enough said.

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Writing Tools

October 24, 2014

Writers on Writing

Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents four works in which writers muse on the act of writing. Three of the stories were featured in a special program in collaboration with New York University’s Creative Writing Program. The readings took place at Lillian Vernon’s Creative Writers House, an historic 19th-century townhouse in Greenwich Village. The event felt […]

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tiny but mighty

October 17, 2014

Tiny Tales from Lydia Davis with Guest Host Jane Curtin

Guest host Jane Curtin presents four stories by Lydia Davis, whose work is tiny, but mighty.  She’s known for her pithy miniature tales, sometimes as short as a single line, that nevertheless seem fully complete.  In 2013 she was awarded the Man Booker International Prize for achievement in fiction.  Davis teaches creative writing at the […]

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