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March 23, 2015

True Selves/Hidden Selves

Guest host BD Wong presents tales in which identity is questioned, and true selves are revealed. Karen Russell’s “Reeling for the Empire,” is an eerie take on the idea of exploited workers. It’s read by Kaneza Schall. Ben Loory’s “The Dodo” finds that appearances are deceiving; it’s read by Andre Holland. In “The Secretary,” an executive is strangely drawn to his glamorous but elusive assistant. The reader is Arian Moayed

March 18, 2015

In an Instant

Teju Cole’s Twitter-based faction project “Small Fates 1912” (newspaper headlines rendered as short shorts) is performed by Blythe Danner and Jeffrey Wright. And old frenemies in Chennai are caught up in disaster in Salman Rushdie’s “In the South,” performed by Michael Stuhlbarg.

March 9, 2015

Party Animals

Four stories about parties--birthday parties, dinner parties, office parties—and what can go right and wrong. A small boy charms three old ladies in Lynda Sexson’s “Turning,” read by Christine Lahti. A generous father hides a secret at his daughter’s party, in Etgar Keret’s “Goody Bags,” read by Amber Tamblyn. A fireman gets pulled into a dangerous flirtation at a dinner party in Sherman Alexie’s “Faith,” read by Michael Cerveris, and an exploited secretary gets her groove back in an excerpt from David Rakoff’s Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish, performed by Anika Noni Rose.

March 3, 2015

Women in Clothes

Writer Heidi Julavits and artist Leanne Shapton host a program featuring readings from Women in Clothes, their bestselling compendium of conversations, memories, declarations, debates, prose and poetry that addresses the rich, complex relationship women have with clothes. Readers include Justin Vivian Bond, Jennifer Lim, Zosia Mamet, Sonia Manzano, and Molly Ringwald.

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.