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February 25, 2015

Against All Odds

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.

February 18, 2015

Modern Fables

Guest host Stephen Colbert presents two modern fables. In Gail Godwin’s “St. George,” a lonely medieval scholar gets a pet dragon—really. The reader is Jane Curtin. And James Naughton reads Annie Proulx’s tale of a man born not to succeed: “The Trickle-Down Effect.”

February 9, 2015

Missed Connections

Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents a program of stories in which things don’t quite work out as planned. Three are by humorist BJ Novak. He reads his “All You Have to Do;” Allison Williams reads “Missed Connection,” and Novak, Aasif Mandvi, and Williams read “Closure.” In Miranda July’s “Roy Spivey,” read by Amy Ryan, a shy woman attracts a celebrity, and another shy woman yearns for happiness in James Joyce’s “Eveline,” read by Kelli O’Hara.

February 4, 2015

One More Thing with BJ Novak

Guest host Jane Curtin presents a program of stories by humorist BJ Novak from his book One More Thing. Novak reads his re-mix of the tortoise and the hare fable, “The Rematch.” He’s joined by Aasif Mandvi and Anthony Rapp for “Great Writers Steal,” and then he reads a comic coming-of- age story, “Kellogg’s (or: The Last Wholesome Fantasy of the Middle-School Boy)."

January 29, 2015

A Tribute to David Rakoff

Guest host David Sedaris presents a program celebrating the late David Rakoff, and praising him as a great reader and lover of language. Rakoff reads Leonard Michaels’ “Cryptology” in which a neurotic mathematician has a strange encounter, and Roberto Bolano’ s “Gomez Palacio,” which is a dead-end town where a young man’s life nevertheless takes a turn for the better.