January 18, 2017
Guest host David Sedaris presents two stories about people who have guilty consciences—or ought to. In “Juniper Tree,” by Lorrie Moore, a trio of old friends visits a fourth friend—who’s just died. It’s read by Jill Eikenberry. And there’s a poison pen at work in a picturesque town, in Shirley Jackson’s “The Possibility of Evil,” read by Dana Ivey.
January 11, 2017
Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents two stories about people who beat the odds. In Lauren Groff’s “At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners,” read by Amy Ryan, a sensitive boy grows up in a house full of snakes. Then, writer Kiese Laymon recalls coming of age in racist Jackson, Mississippi in his memoir “How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America,” read by Brandon J. Dirden.
January 8, 2017
From award-winning American feminist writer, Roxane Gay, we feature a powerful story about feeling trapped and wanting to run away. "How" is from Gay's new story collection Difficult Women which explores women's lives and issues of race, class and sex. Yes, it's a dark story, but hopeful, too. Reader Amber Tamblyn, a friend of Gay's, is known for her work on The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Joan of Arcadia and Two and A Half Men.
January 4, 2017
Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents two stories about new beginnings and missed connections. Philip K. Dick’s classic sci-fi story “Beyond Lies the Wub” asks what it is to be human. The reader is Denis O’Hare. And a Russian émigré eagerly awaits the New York City of his dreams in Lara Vapnyar’s “Waiting for the Miracle,” read by David Costabile.
December 29, 2016
Guest host Hope Davis presents funny four tales about things going wrong. George Saunders imagines “Lars Farf, Excessively Fearful Father and Husband,” as read by James Naughton. A kindergartener has a secret in “Charles,” by Shirley Jackson, read by Lois Smith. The big bang is coming, in “Game,” by Donald Barthelme, read by David Strathairn. And Isaiah Sheffer offers up “Lamentations of the Father,” by Ian Frazier.