Two stories about going to extremes, presented by guest host David Sedaris. More


Flannery O’Connor was the master of the comical Southern gothic. She penned some of the most significant – and unsettling – works of racial and familial misunderstanding of the 20th century. Here we present one selected and read by Stephen Colbert, entitled “The Enduring Chill.” More


On this program, two stories about convergence. In Flannery O’Connor’s classic “Everything That Rises Must Converge” two cultures collide, and so do mother and son. The title is taken from an essay by a Jesuit priest, Pierre Chardin, and refers, perhaps ironically, to the ascension of Christ. It is masterful portrait of a shabby genteel […] More


David Sedaris presents a Flannery O’Connor classic, and a bittersweet road story by Amy Hempel. On this program, two stories about convergence. In Flannery O’Connor’s classic “Everything that Rises Must Converge,” two cultures collide, and so do mother and son. The title is taken from an essay by a Jesuit priest, Pierre Chardin, and refers, […] More


Each of the three works on this program, by masters Tennessee Williams, Edna O’Brien, and Flannery O’Connor, offers us intense and provocative close-ups of its main characters. First, the ironically titled, “Life Story,” is a very short prose poem by Williams—who will be remembered in history as the playwright who created such works as “The […] More