Fri January 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM
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. The reader is Ted Marcoux. In Willa Cather’s “A Singer's Romance,” a turn-of-the-century diva has never known true love. Marian Seldes performs. “What Do We Have in our Pockets?” is the title of Etgar Keret’s guide to finding love—just...
Fri December 27, 2013 at 1:42 PM
A madcap family tale from comic writer James Thurber tells about “The Night the Ghost Got In,” read by SHORTS’ late host Isaiah Sheffer. A lonely woman experiences a series of bizarre domestic mishaps, which bring love to her door. Joanna Gleason reads Alice Hoffman’s “Examining the Evidence.” Another lonely woman has an angel land in her backyard in Allan Gurganus’ “It Had Wings.” The reader is Marian Seldes. And singer Audra McDonald is a strong-willed...
Wed December 18, 2013 at 8:30 PM
First, two very different family Christmases: Ron Carlson’s “The H Street Sledding Record,” read by Keith Szarabajka, and Frank O’Connor’s “Christmas Morning,” read by Malachy McCourt. Then a whimsical comedy from the 1930s, George Shepherd’s “Occurrence on the Six Seventeen,” read by Tony Roberts. And humorist Calvin Trillin is dreaming of “Christmas in Qatar.”
Fri December 13, 2013 at 5:00 PM
We reprise a popular show from last season. Guest host David Sedaris presents three stories about choices. In Amy Hempel’s “In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried,” two old friends face death together and apart. The reader is Mary Beth Hurt. In Tobias Wolff’s “The Night in Question” a sister and brother disagree about the right thing to do. Lou Antonio reads. And Sedaris gives an hilarious performance of Frank Gannon’s “I Know What I’m Doing...
Fri December 6, 2013 at 5:00 PM
We reprise a popular show from last season. Guest host Neil Gaiman presents two ironic stories about wish fulfillment. In D.H. Lawrence’s classic, “The Rocking Horse Winner,” a young boy tries to help a family obsessed by money. Fionnula Flanagan reads. And Ben Loory’s provocative story “The Book” imagines an unusual bestseller. The reader is Jane Kaczmarek.
Wed November 27, 2013 at 5:00 PM
Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents four works about writing. An independent young woman counsels clueless male novelists in “The Writers Model” by Molly Giles. The reader is Kaneza Schaal. A wife and husband try “Creative Writing” in a story by Etgar Keret read by Girls star Alex Karpovsky. Joan Didion gives away her trade secrets in “On Keeping a Notebook,” read by Parker Posey. And T.C. Boyle dates Jane Austen. Isaiah Sheffer reads.
Wed November 20, 2013 at 1:42 PM
The American master John Updike uncovered the extraordinary in the ordinary in stories written over 50 years. In “Unstuck” a minor mishap strengthens a young couple’s marriage. Guest host Jane Kaczmarek is the reader. Two-time Oscar winner Sally Field reads Updike’s “Playing with Dynamite,” in which an aging man looks back on his life and loves.
Fri November 15, 2013 at 5:00 PM
A character playing hooky from work gets trapped by “The Lie,” in this story by T.C. Boyle read by Stephen Colbert. Thomas Meehan has a great party in “Yma Dream,” until it turns into a nightmare. Christine Baranski reads. Guest host Wyatt Cenac finishes up with “Pride and Prejudice.” In twenty tweets. Really.
Fri November 8, 2013 at 1:59 PM
Sherman Alexie offers a portrait of the courtship and long marriage of two Native Americans in “Do You Know Where I Am?” read by Keir Dullea. In Donald Barthelme’s “Game,” two paranoid men are sequestered with the atom bomb. David Strathairn reads.
Fri October 18, 2013 at 4:00 PM
Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents a program of stories about revolution—social and personal. In “Homegirls on St. Nicholas Avenue,” read by Marsha Stephanie Blake, the writer Sonia Sanchez remembers when Malcolm X changed her life. Henry Dumas’ “Strike and Fade,” brings back the volatile Harlem of the 1960s. It’s read by Francois Battiste. A mild-mannered teacher and his activist mother are brought to life by Nurse Jackie star Edie Falco, in Charles...