July 18, 2016
Guest host Jane Curtin presents two stories about travelling long distances. In Ray Bradbury's "Strawberry Window," a family living on a desolate Mars outpost tries to make a home. The reader is Boyd Gaines. Megan Mayhew Bergman's "Hell Diving Women" are an integrated jazz band touring the segregated South. The reader is Anika Noni Rose.
July 11, 2016
Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents four works about love and friendship. In William Goyen's "The Texas Principessa," read by Doris Roberts, a good friend leaves a stunning legacy. Jackie Hoffman reads an excerpt about a jilted lover from David Rakoff's final work, "Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish." A young couple have an idyllic day on the river in Rick Bass's "The Canoeists," read by Neil Patrick Harris. And Bill Irwin and John Lithgow read Edward Lear’s classic poem “The Owl and the Pussycat.”
July 3, 2016
Writer Heidi Julavits and artist Leanne Shapton host a program featuring readings from Women in Clothes, their bestselling compendium of conversations, memories, declarations, debates, prose and poetry that addresses the rich, complex relationship women have with clothes. Readers include Justin Vivian Bond, Jennifer Lim, Zosia Mamet, Sonia Manzano, and Molly Ringwald.
June 27, 2016
Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents two stories about strange, and strained, relationships. In James Salter's "Last Night," a dying wife has a last supper. The reader is Amy Ryan. And Padgett Powell imagines what would happen if Janis Joplin met Charles Dickens in the third grade. John Cameron Mitchell reads "Joplin and Dickens."
June 19, 2016
Guest host Jane Curtin presents three stories by the American master Shirley Jackson. In “The Smoking Room,” read by Cristin Milioti, a spunky co-ed confronts the Devil. A distracted husband knows something’s not right in “Company for Dinner” read by Stephen Kunken. And an irritable old lady is in for a bumpy ride on “The Bus,” read by Paul Giamatti.