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July 22, 2015

Cannolis and Carroll

In Ann Hood’s “The Occasional Pignoli Tart” a mother and daughter dream of life beyond the bakery where they work. Amber Tamblyn reads. And Christopher Lloyd plays all the parts in Lewis Carroll’s “A Mad Tea Party.” Robert Sean Leonard hosts.

July 14, 2015

Peas, Pancakes, and Pretensions

Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents food-related fictions, including his own reading of Lydia Davis’s “Letter to a Frozen Peas Manufacturer,” Nora Ephron’s “Serial Monogamy: A Memoir,” read by Mary Kay Place, and an excerpt from Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert read by Christina Pickles.

July 8, 2015

Chance Encounters

Guest host Jane Curtin presents three stories about unexpected encounters at night. In Steven Millhauser’s “Claire de Lune,” a teenage boy with insomnia wanders into an all-girl pickup game. It’s read by James Naughton. Comic Wyatt Cenac reads Sherman Alexie’s “Night People” in which a man who can’t sleep visits an all-night manicure parlor. And a young man struggles to protect a loving but alcoholic father in “Luck,” by Richard Bausch, read by Campbell Scott.

July 1, 2015

Enviable Characters

Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents three stories about people pursuing the good life. A young boy longs for the perfect pair of sneakers in Ray Bradbury’s “The Sound of Summer Running,” read by Sean Astin. Aging hippies hope for happiness in “I Dream of Zenia with the Bright Red Teeth,” by Margaret Atwood, read by Kirsten Vangsness, and Dave Hill reads Susan Orlean’s comic rant about babies, “Shiftless Little Loafers.”

June 23, 2015

Finding Your Way in the Dark

Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents two pieces about living in the dark. In “I Go Adventuring” Helen Keller describes her visits New York, a city she could sense but not see. Maggie Siff is the reader. In Jess Row’s “The Secrets of Bats,” a schoolgirl teaches herself echolocation. The reader is Heather Goldenhersh.