David Sedaris and David Rakoff

January 29, 2015

A Tribute with David Rakoff with David Sedaris

Guest host David Sedaris presents a program celebrating the late writer and actor David Rakoff.

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countryroad

January 22, 2015

Lost and Found with David Sedaris

An abduction, a rejection, and a reconciliation in three stories presented by David Sedaris.

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best-friends-hands

January 15, 2015

What Would You Do? with David Sedaris

“There are stories that Amy Hempel has written that I’ve read so many times I’ve memorized them. It’s hard to think of a writer that has had more of an influence on me than Amy Hempel.” David Sedaris

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Sedaris Laughing Blog

January 8, 2015

Family Ties with Guest Host David Sedaris

Guest host David Sedaris presents the three unconventional stories about family ties.  In Amy Hempel’s “The Dog of the Marriage,” a discarded wife finds abiding love among seeing-eye dogs.  The story was presented at a special evening at Symphony Space celebrating writers and their dogs.   Hempel came with a guide dog she was helping to […]

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forest_in_winter

January 2, 2015

James Joyce’s “The Dead” Part 2

The Persistence of Memory Cynthia Nixon presents the second of two programs devoted to a reading of James Joyce’s memorable story, “The Dead.” “The Dead” takes place at a New Year’s dinner-dance in Dublin in 1904. It is filled with colorful characters, wonderful period detail, and is both humorous and poignant. The hostesses of the […]

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family_christmas

December 28, 2014

Family and Friends: James Joyce’s “The Dead” Part 1

Cynthia Nixon presents the first of two programs devoted to a reading of James Joyce’s memorable story, “The Dead.” “The Dead” takes place at a New Year’s dinner-dance in Dublin in 1904. It is filled with colorful characters, wonderful period detail, and is both humorous and poignant. The hostesses of the annual dinner are the […]

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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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Protest

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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