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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.

June 17, 2015

The Sun and the Moon

Fantasy writer Italo Calvino offers a fable about love on and off the moon. “The Distance of the Moon” is read by Broadway star Liev Schreiber. And sci-fi master Ray Bradbury imagines life on a sunless Venus, where it has rained for seven years. Michael Cerveris reads “All Summer in a Day.”

June 10, 2015

Three Boys and a Girl

Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents four stories in which boys—and one girl—encounter adventures. David Hyde Pierce reads an excerpt from E.B. White’s classic about intrepid mouse Stuart Little; Malachy McCourt reads James Joyce’s tale of thwarted young love, “Araby;” in Andrew Lam’s “The Palmist” a teenager hears his future; the reader is James Naughton. And a father and daughter glide out of an airplane in “Flying” by Stephen Dixon, read by Thomas Gibson.

June 3, 2015

“Nothing Good Gets Away”: Readings from Letters of Note

Guest host Jane Curtin presents readings from the blog Letters of Note, including letters by Elvis Presley, Katharine Hepburn, Jack the Ripper, and Queen Elizabeth II, among others. Readers include Jane Curtin, Kate Mulgrew, Phylicia Rashad, Jeremy Shamos, and Sam Underwood. Also, “Hearing from Wayne,” by Bill Franzen read by Jeremy Shamos and “Yma Dream,” by Thomas Meehan, read by James Naughton.