May 25, 2016
Guest host Jane Curtin presents two stories about growing up. Tensions arise at a big family party in “Fiesta, 1980,” by Junot Diaz, read by Felix Solis. And an Ivy League boy falls for a debutante in trouble in John O’Hara’s “How Old, How Young,” read by Alec Baldwin.
May 17, 2016
Guest host Robert Sean Leonard introduces two works celebrating the 100 th anniversary of the anthology The Best American Short Stories. The first is an early classic, Sherwood Anderson’s “Brothers,” a tale of love, obsession, and compulsion read by Jane Kaczmarek. Next, Julie Otsuka portrays one woman’s disintegrating memory in “Diem Perdidi,” read by Jayne Atkinson.
May 11, 2016
Guest host Hope Davis introduces writings from the quarterly food journal Lucky Peach, founded by celebrity chef David Chang, owner of Momofuku, and writer Peter Meehan. Learn about Chinese drinking games, perfect marmalade, cooking in the South Pole, and Marc Maron’s cast iron pots. Also, a piece of noir fiction about the hunt for a priceless cloud ear mushroom.
May 4, 2016
Guest host Jane Curtin presents three works about family. Oscar-winning actor Anjelica Huston talks about hers in her memoir “A Story Lately Told,” Russian writer Linor Goralik gives us two mini-fictions about men and marriage, in “Says,” read by Nina Arianda, and Hope Davis reads a mother-daughter story about love and cigarettes, “Indulgence,” by Susan Perabo.
April 27, 2016
Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents stories by Joy Williams. In "Charity," a good deed turns into a worst-case scenario. The reader is Patricia Kalember. The late David Rakoff performs Williams' “Baba Iaga and the Pelican Child,” a cautionary tale. And Williams herself reads an excerpt from her story "Escapes," in which a child learns what is magic, and what is not.