Fri August 23, 2013 at 4:00 PM
Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents stories by two American masters that feature improbable relationships. In Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral”, a man is bemused by his wife’s blind friend, until he forges his own bond. The reader is James Naughton. And the incorrigible T.C. Boyle takes Jane Austen on a date. Isaiah Sheffer read this one—“Dating Jane Austen.”
Sun July 21, 2013 at 5:00 PM
On this program, Jay McInerney’s scathing look at bright lights/big city. His story “It’s Six A.M., Do You Know Where You Are?” is read by Jeremy Shamos. Maile Meloy depicts a breach of trust in a father/daughter relationship in “Red from Green”. Patricia Kalember reads. Parker Posey is our guest host.
Sun May 5, 2013 at 5:00 PM
Guest host David Sedaris presents a program of stories by Dorothy Parker, a member of the witty Algonquin Roundtable. A honeymoon disintegrates in “Here We Are,” read by Jane Alexander; a woman has one too many in a speakeasy in “Just a Little One,” read by Dana Ivey, and indie star Parker Posey describes the partner from Hell in “The Waltz.”
Sun March 10, 2013 at 5:00 PM
Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents stories by two American masters that feature improbable relationships. In Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral”, a man is bemused by his wife’s blind friend, until he forges his own bond. The reader is James Naughton. And the incorrigible TC Boyle takes Jane Austen on a date. Isaiah Sheffer read this one—“Dating Jane Austen.”
Thu July 5, 2012 at 3:28 PM
In each of the two stories that make up this program, a traveler encounters someone completely unlike herself or himself, learns something about that person, and perhaps, learns more about themselves. Julia Alvarez’ brief tale “Neighbors,” is read by Joanna Gleason. In Sherman Alexie’s “Flight Patterns,” a middle class, business-suit-wearing Spokane Indian tribe member takes a taxi from his Seattle home to the airport and has a powerful talk with his driver, an...
Fri June 29, 2012 at 8:29 AM
This program offers retellings of classic fairy tales by contemporary fiction writers: Jonathan Keats kindles the Russian Snow Maiden in “Ardour,” read by Lili Taylor; Ilya Kaminsky’s “Little Pot, ” read by Sonia Manzano, is drawn from Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Teapot.” In Joyce Carol Oates’ “Blue Bearded Lover,” read by Betsy Lippitt, the naïve bride is calculating and canny; and a “Porcelain Man,” leads to love...
Wed June 20, 2012 at 10:14 AM
On this program, three tales with a little something unexpected. In Saki’s “The Scharz-Metterklume Method,” a mischievous aristocrat masquerades as a governess. The reader is Marian Seldes. In “Berkeley or Marina of the Universe,” by Liliana Hecker two sisters debate our very existence. The reader is Hope Davis. The heroine of Charles Johnson’s “Cultural Relativity,” thinks she’s met Mr. Right. But there’s one little problem. The reader...
Sun June 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM
This program features two stories in which houses figure, and represent more than just a domicile. In Yasunari Kawabata’s “Household,” a husband takes his blind wife to “see”, so to speak, a possible house where they might live. The reader is Fionnula Flanagan. And in David Drury’s “What We Knew When the House Caught Fire,” a genteel California suburb is disrupted by the arrival of an untidy, disruptive family. The reader is Keith Szarabajka.
Sun June 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM
The three stories on this program center around the theme of parental expectations. In the first, Mary Robison’s “An Amateur’s Guide to the Night,” a telescope is used to bring in far-off images from the galaxy, but the story itself looks deeply into the cosmic realities of a family. The reader is Patricia Kalember. Next, John Updike’s “Learn a Trade” takes up the question of whether the artistic life is a respectable or viable way of earning a living. The...
Sun June 3, 2012 at 12:00 PM
In A.M. Homes’ “Adult Alone,” a suburban couple longs for quality time away from the kids. Well, be careful what you wish for. The reader is Christina Pickles. Host Sheffer says he found himself going a little crazy reading David Means’ twisting and turning monologue, “The Knocking,” about a man obsessed by his upstairs neighbor—or is that what this story is about? Why does a failed marriage keep creeping into the diatribe?