September 28, 2016
Guest host Kate Burton presents four works about cats and dogs. "Dog" is at the center of a family power play in Richard Russo's tale, read by Stephen Lang. Saki's classic presents "Tobermory" the talking cat, voiced by Rene Auberjonois. How to live like a cat, in Helen Ellis's "Take it From Cats," read by Maria Dizzia, and a reversal of fortune in "Rosalyn's Cat," by Arthur Bradford, read by John Benjamin Hickey.
September 24, 2016
From the dark mind of cult author Chuck Palahniuk (writer of such classic novels like Fight Club and Choke), "Zombies" is a tale of what happens when teens at a high school figure out a way to disengage with the pressure of life. It's a story anyone in modern life can relate to, and the powerful ending packs a wallop. Host Aparna Nancherla talks to Chuck about what inspired the story as well as books he loves.
September 21, 2016
Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents a celebration of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, with a reading from the classic (by Joanna Gleason) and contemporary stories it inspired: Salley Vickers' "Reader, She Married Me," read by Chris Sarandon, and Audrey Niffenegger's "The Orphan Exchange," read by Tovah Feldshuh.
September 12, 2016
An abduction, a rejection, and a reconciliation in three stories presented by David Sedaris. A flirtatious girl is in peril in Joyce Carol Oates’ “Where are You Going, Where Have You Been?”, read by Christine Baranski. A tender-hearted librarian parts company with her feral cats in Belle Boggs’ “Havahart,” read by Merritt Wever. In George Saunders’ “Sticks,” read by Anthony Rapp, a dysfunctional father reaches out to his family in a strange way.
September 8, 2016
Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents three stories with animal connections. Old lovers take stock in Grace Paley’s “The Pale Pink Roast,” read by Linda Lavin. A boy loves his piggy bank, in Etgar Keret’s “Breaking the Pig,” read by Campbell Scott. And it’s man against dog in "Jerry and Molly and Sam," by Raymond Carver, read by Ana Gasteyer