Secret Life Blog

April 23, 2015

Expect the Unexpected with Guest Host Neil Gaiman

Author Neil Gaiman introduces four stories about the unexpected, including a Shorts’ fav, the James Thurber classic, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”

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funny love

April 16, 2015

Love Is Funny with Guest Host Cynthia Nixon

Four tales about the lighter side of love, from rib-tickling to rueful.

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April 9, 2015

More Women in Clothes

Because one episode wasn’t enough, writer Heidi Julavits and artist Leanne Shapton return for another show featuring readings from Women in Clothes, their bestselling compendium

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Rapunzel's Tower

April 2, 2015

Wondrous Women with Guest Host John Lithgow

Guest host John Lithgow introduces two stories with strong women. We know women are strong, and sometimes they show their strength in unexpected ways, and in unusual settings. Our first story, “Melisande” is by E. Nesbit, the pen name for the prolific English writer Edith Nesbit, who was born in England in 1858 and published […]

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March 26, 2015

True Selves/Hidden Selves with Guest Host BD Wong

Guest host BD Wong introduces three stories about identity. First, Karen Russell’s “Reeling for the Empire,” an eerie take on the issue of exploited workers. It is set during the Meiji era in Japan, when the country began to absorb Western industrial practices. It is a tale of transmogrification, but also of self-discovery. In an […]

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March 19, 2015

In an Instant with Guest Host Jane Kaczmarek

Writers Teju Cole and Salman Rushdie shared the stage at Symphony Space for an evening featuring several of their works. On this program we’ll hear two of them.

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party animal

March 12, 2015

Party Animals with Guest Host Jane Kaczmarek

Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents four stories about parties–birthday parties, dinner parties, office parties—and what can go right and wrong.

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Women In Clothes Blog

March 5, 2015

Women In Clothes

Stories taken from the bestselling anthology Women in Clothes – essentially a fascinating conversation among hundreds of women of all nationalities—famous, anonymous, religious, secular, married, single, young, old—on the subject of clothing, and how the garments we put on every day define and shape our lives.

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Nimoy, Leonard

February 27, 2015

In Loving Memory

In loving memory of Leonard Nimoy – an extraordinary performer, brilliant mind, and loyal friend of ours.

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flower struggles to survive

February 26, 2015

Against the Odds with Gues Host Jane Kaczmarek

Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents two stories about people who beat the odds. Lauren Groff’s “At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners” takes its title from a sonnet by the seventeenth-century poet and clergyman John Donne. It’s easy to spot its Biblical parallels—it begins with an isolated, mismatched couple living in a lush, snake-infested swamp. The […]

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