March 22, 2017
Guest host Josh Radnor presents works by Carrie Brownstein and George Saunders. Brownstein reads from her memoir “Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl.” BD Wong performs Saunders’ “My Chivalric Fiasco,” about a goofy knight errant at a Renaissance Fair, and Anthony Rapp performs Saunders’ “Sticks”, a brief portrait of an eccentric dad. We also hear Brownstein and Saunders in conversation with Radnor.
March 14, 2017
Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents four stories in which boys—and one girl—encounter adventures. David Hyde Pierce reads an excerpt from E.B. White’s classic about intrepid mouse Stuart Little; Malachy McCourt reads James Joyce’s tale of thwarted young love, “Araby;” in Andrew Lam’s “The Palmist” a teenager hears his future; the reader is James Naughton. And a father and daughter glide out of an airplane in “Flying” by Stephen Dixon, read by Thomas Gibson.
March 8, 2017
Guest host David Sedaris presents three stories about growing up and rites of passage. A young woman is drawn into a social charade in Joyce Carol Oates' "Nairobi," read by Alison Pill. Best friends re-examine their relationship in Amy Hempel's "The Most Girl Part of You," read by Kate Burton. And Rick Moody follows two brothers from childhood to maturity in "Boys," read by BD Wong.
February 28, 2017
Guest host Michael Cerveris presents four stories inspired by other books and authors. Immigrants collide at Wal-Mart in Juan Martinez's “Best Worst American,” read by Cristin Milioti. An old friendship is strained in Namwali Serpell 's "Double Men," read by Nikki M. James. Seth Fried re-imagines Kafka's "Metamorphosis"; the reader is Jennifer Mudge. And Dino Buzzati visits "Kafka's Houses" on trip to Prague. The reader is Tony Roberts.
February 22, 2017
Writer Heidi Julavits and artist Leanne Shapton return for another show featuring readings from Women in Clothes, their bestselling compendium that addresses the rich, complex relationship women have with clothes. Sonia Manzano and Justin Vivian Bond read the selections. Also, a woman is comically parted from her hat in a small-town classic by Max Steele. Paul Hecht reads “The Hat of My Mother.”
February 14, 2017
Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents 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. The reader is Kaneza Schaal. Broadway star BD Wong reads the story of the doomed love affair between a Trojan warrior and Dido, the Queen of Carthage, from Virgil’s Aeneid.
February 8, 2017
Guest host Michael Cerveris presents three unusual love stories. A goofy guy meets the girl of his dreams in a really strange way in "Chainsaw Apple," by Arthur Bradford, read by Josh Radnor. Russian novelist Vladimir Nabokov recalls a ten-year-olds' "First Love," read by Edward Herrmann. And a desperate housewife's plans for adventure are foiled in Dorothy Thomas's "The Getaway," read by Mia Dillon.
November 30, 1999
From the best-selling author Beautiful Ruins, a story about a drug dealing Portland con artist voiced by actor Denis O'Hare who seems to have the perfect scam going, until it all goes wrong. Jess Walter talks to Aparna about where he gets his inspiration from, reading his reviews, and how he handles the dreaded writer's block.