Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents two stories about how the rich aren’t like you and me. More


Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents two stories about finding happiness in unexpected places. In Michel Faber’s “Vanilla Bright Like Eminem” a single moment illuminates the life of a family. The reader is Daniel Gerroll. In Roxanne Gay’s “North Country,” an academic is a fish out of water in a backwoods community, until love finds her. Adepero Oduye reads. More


Four tales about the lighter side of love, from rib-tickling to rueful. More


The Persistence of Memory Cynthia Nixon presents the second of two programs devoted to a reading of James Joyce’s memorable story, “The Dead.” “The Dead” takes place at a New Year’s dinner-dance in Dublin in 1904. It is filled with colorful characters, wonderful period detail, and is both humorous and poignant. The hostesses of the […] More


Cynthia Nixon presents the first of two programs devoted to a reading of James Joyce’s memorable story, “The Dead.” “The Dead” takes place at a New Year’s dinner-dance in Dublin in 1904. It is filled with colorful characters, wonderful period detail, and is both humorous and poignant. The hostesses of the annual dinner are the […] More


This program features two stories about extreme love.  In  “Magic and Dread,” an excerpt from Jenny Offill’s novel Dept. of Speculation, a new mother is exhausted and exhilarated by the life she has brought into the world, and what she learns about herself as she adapts to motherhood.   Offill’s other works include the novel Last Things, and, […] More


We reprise a popular show from last season. Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents readings of three stories whose characters hope for love. In Rick Bass’s “Fires” a rural recluse is ignited by a long-distance runner. “Fires” is set in a remote part of Northern Montana, and literary commentator Hannah Tinti notes that Bass is an […] More


Marriages, love affairs, and other complicated relationships are explored in these four stories. First, two works by a SHORTS stalwart—Sherman Alexie. A woman confesses to a long-ago affair with haunting consequences in “Scenes from a Life.” In “The Vow,” a married couple renegotiates the terms of their contract. Alexie says the idea for this brief […] More


Guest host Cynthia Nixon introduces two tales of avarice and pretension among the well-heeled and well-born. High society and high comedy unite these tales by Tom Wolfe and Edith Wharton.  First up, a selection from Tom Wolfe’s classic 1980s Wall Street satire, The Bonfire of the Vanities.  The 1987 novel was conceived by Wolfe as […] More


Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents stories that feature improbable relationships. Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” is a unexpectedly humorous work by the American master of spare realism. In James Naughton’s engaging reading, we meet a bewildered husband who is bemused and a little nervous when his wife’s blind friend comes to spend the night. But in the […] More