Occupy Wall Street

April 18, 2014

Romantic Disasters with guest host Parker Posey

Romantic confusion and comic advice for the lovelorn are offered in the five stories on this program.

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Cake and Love

April 11, 2014

Love and Cake with Guest Host Parker Posey

If there were a recipe for this program, guest hosted by Parker Posey, it would say “just add happiness, and stir.” First, novelist Michael Chabon is the author of such sprawling and convoluted entertainments as The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier & Clay and The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, but his short essay “Art of Cake” offers [...]

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Surreal Couple

April 4, 2014

Parents & Children with guest host Jane Curtin

Adult children untangle their pasts in two stories about fateful marriages and what comes down from parents to children. Jane Curtin hosts. Delmore Schwartz’s classic “In Dreams Begin Responsibilities” established his reputation as a new literary voice when it was published in 1937 in The Partisan Review. Written on his 21st birthday, it describes a [...]

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Happy Clouds

March 27, 2014

Complicated Relationships with Guest Host Jane Curtin

Marriages, love affairs, and other complicated relationships are explored in these four stories. First, two works by a SHORTS stalwart—Sherman Alexie. A woman confesses to a long-ago affair with haunting consequences in “Scenes from a Life.” In “The Vow,” a married couple renegotiates the terms of their contract. Alexie says the idea for this brief [...]

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March 20, 2014

Pushing the Limits with John Lithgow

Coming of age with Wyatt Cenac, running for your life with Alec Baldwin, and other funnies served up by guest host John Lithgow. First, New Yorker magazine writer and Algonquin Round Table regular Dorothy Parker describes the hangover from hell in “You Were Perfectly Fine.” First published in 1929, this hilarious tale of a young [...]

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Monkey's Paw Copyright Tina Lapointe Photography 2010

March 14, 2014

Compulsion and Other Afflictions

Guest host John Lithgow introduces two stories about compulsion. W.W. Jacobs “The Monkey’s Paw” has been keeping readers up at night since it was first published in 1902. The tale of a sinister relic brought from the mysterious East to a cozy suburban bungalow, may have some period touches, but is every bit as gripping [...]

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Anjelica Huston

March 7, 2014

Family Matters with guest host Jane Curtin

Guest host Jane Curtin presents works about family. Families bind us, define us, love us, and sometimes drive us crazy. So it’s no wonder they’re the source of so many stories, real and fictional. First, the actor Anjelica Huston reads from her memoir, A Story Lately Told. It offers a vivid and detailed portrait of [...]

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Cowboy Mens Bathroom

February 27, 2014

‘How to Be a Man’ with host Colum McCann

Guest host Colum McCann curates a show with many takes on masculinity. Readings are drawn from the anthology, The Book of Men, created with Esquire magazine and the storytelling collective Narrative 4. Writers of both sexes and many nationalities were asked to explore the provocative topic “How to Be a Man,” and we include fourteen [...]

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Swimming in the Lake

February 20, 2014

‘Determination’ with guest host Jane Kaczmarek

Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents three stories with determined characters. A meek academic, a young boy, and a feisty working girl all have defining, character- testing moments in the three works on this program. First, a series favorite, Tobias Wolff’s “In the Garden of the North American Martyrs.” It’s the title story of Wolff’s 1981 [...]

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Bookstore Camper

February 13, 2014

Finding Yourself with guest host Jane Kaczmarek

Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents two stories about women whose lives change dramatically. First, “The Lone Pilgrim,” by Laurie Colwin. The late author of such novels as Happy All the Time, Passion and Affect, and Shine on, Bright and Dangerous Object was sometimes called the modern Jane Austen. “The Lone Pilgrim” is a good example. [...]

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