Novelist and screenwriter Richard Price, author of Lush Life and writer for the television series "The Wire" and "The Night Of," picks and inspires the stories for this episode with readers Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rita Wolf, and Alec Baldwin. More


Alec Baldwin reads a darkly funny story about not being able to leave your childhood behind. More


This episode, four stories by Lydia Davis, whose work is tiny, but mighty and a bonus story by John Updike. More


Guest host Jane Curtin presents two stories about growing up by authors Junot Díaz and John O’Hara. More


Drastic solutions and last chances. When is it too late? More


Guest host Stephen Colbert celebrates a classic by gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Thompson was the original bad boy of journalism, creating in the 1960s an entirely new style of reporting called “gonzo” that threw out traditional standards of objectivity. Instead, Thompson became a leading character in his stories, […] More


Coming of age with Wyatt Cenac, running for your life with Alec Baldwin, and other funnies served up by guest host John Lithgow. First, New Yorker magazine writer and Algonquin Round Table regular Dorothy Parker describes the hangover from hell in “You Were Perfectly Fine.” First published in 1929, this hilarious tale of a young […] More


Guest host John Lithgow raises the curtain on five comic tales, classic and cutting-edge. More


Four tales of loss and recovery in the past and present make up this varied program. Stories from Etgar Keret, Colson Whitehead, Jamaica Kincaid and Charles Johnson, with performances from Alec Baldwin, Leonard Nimoy, Laurine Towler and Ruben Santiago-Hudson. More


What a Friday! Before we post about this weekend's show, we have some news from the Shorts casting office. More