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May 21, 2015

Too Late

Guest host Wyatt Cenac presents a program of stories about drastic solutions and last chances. Master fantasist Steven Millhauser imagines the world covered by a gigantic plastic sphere in “The Dome,” read by Alec Baldwin. Jim Shepard takes us to the greatest recorded natural disaster in history in “Cretan Love Song,” read by Joe Morton, and Mr. Potato Head is not your friend in Nicholson Baker’s “Subsoil,” read by Thomas Gibson.

May 12, 2015

An Alien and a Gentleman: Celebrating Leonard Nimoy

This program celebrates the late Leonard Nimoy with two of his best readings. First Etgar Keret’s “Good Intentions,” in which a hardened hit man is hired to “whack” the only man who was ever kind to him. Then, Nimoy delivers a chilling performance of Evelyn Waugh’s “The Man Who Liked Dickens,” about an uncanny tribal chieftain who will do anything to insure an unending diet of Dickens novels.

May 5, 2015

Art and Artists

On this program, guest host Jane Curtin presents four stories involving art and artists. Love is the enemy of art in Stacey Richter’s “The Minimalist,” read by Parker Posey; a lonely boy and an aging painter are friends in William Boyd’s “Varengeville,” read by Dan Stevens; and Dolan Morgan and Helen Phillips offer two surreal stories about home life and parenting, inspired by Ed Ruscha’s High Line mural. The readers are Rita Wolf and Heather Burns.

April 28, 2015

Alternative Endings

On this program, two stories about powerful maternal instincts, and hard choices. In Amy Hempel’s “Beg, SI Tog, Inc, Cont, Rep” two women make very different choices about childbearing. The reader is Anika Noni Rose. Guest host Jane Curtin reads Galina Vroman’s “Sarah’s Story,” a provocative retelling of the Old Testament narrative of Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac.

April 21, 2015

Expect the Unexpected

Guest host Neil Gaiman presents tales with surprises. Jane Yolen’s “The Babysitter” is a contemporary Gothic with a twist; James Thurber’s classic “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” introduces a milquetoast with attitude; Ray Bradbury’s “The Pedestrian” anticipated our media-driven existence; and Thurber’s “The Wood Duck” seems to have nine lives. The readers are Isaiah Sheffer, Dick Cavett, Jamey Sheridan, and Malachy McCourt.