Past and Future
Guest host Maulik Pancholy presents a show about the past, the future, and how time flies. A young actor recalls critical moments in her childhood in Elizabeth Strout’s “Snow Blind,” read by Melora Hardin. Old schoolmates almost hook up in Joyce Carol Oates’ “August Evening,” read by Sonia Manzano. And a lifetime goes by in “Half a Day,” by Naguib Mahfooz, read by Bruce Altman.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents two stories featuring man's best friend. In "Pie Dance," by Molly Giles, a complicated family menage includes a dancing dog. Nixon is the reader. And in Maile Meloy's touching "Madame Lazarus," read by Rene Auberjonois, an aging man bonds with his small terrier.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Too Hot For Radio Richard Bausch "Billboard"
Today we’re going to hear a story from Richard Bausch. This lifelong writer has produced novels and short story collections including Before During After, Peace, In the Night Season and the 2017 title Living in the Weather of the World. The actor performing it is David Strathairn, who is known for John Sayles films, Good Night and Good Luck, Lincoln, Alphas and so much more. Strathairn brings a lovely restraint to his performances, and as you’ll hear, that quality lends a new dimension to Bausch’s impulsive and vengeful narrator, a brother done wrong. We recorded this story during a live show in San Francisco as part of Sketchfest. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents three stories with animal connections. Old lovers take stock in Grace Paley’s “The Pale Pink Roast,” read by Linda Lavin. A boy loves his piggy bank, in Etgar Keret’s “Breaking the Pig,” read by Campbell Scott. And it’s man against dog in "Jerry and Molly and Sam," by Raymond Carver, read by Ana Gasteyer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Shaken & Stirred
Guest host Jane Curtin introduces stories from an evening hosted by Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist. Michael Gerber and Jonathan Schwartz parody Raymond Carver in “What We Talk About When We Talk About Doughnuts,” read by Joey Slotnik. Corey Ford’s “The Office Party,” read by Jordan Klepper, is vintage New Yorker humor. And John Cheever introduces a young girl to the alcoholic rituals of her parents in “The Sorrows of Gin,” read by Kathleen Chalfant.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Cosy and Chilly: An Agatha Christie Celebration
Guest host David Strathairn introduces two tales by master of mystery Agatha Christie, with special comments by crime novelist Megan Abbott and Christie fan Fran Lebowitz. Lois Smith performs “Miss Marple Tells a Story,” in which Christie’s spinster sleuth boasts a little, and Hugh Dancy reads “Accident,” about a woman with a dark past come to light.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
End of the Line
Guest host Jane Kaczmarek introduces four tales about taking things to extremes. She reads Jack Handey's comic tale of life after "Apocalypse." In “Encounters with Unexpected Animals” by Bret Anthony Johnston, a father worries about his son's girlfriend. Kirsten Vangsness reads. Pablo Schreiber brings an imaginative young boy to life in Roald Dahl's "The Wish.” In “Indianapolis (Highway 74)” by Sam Shepard, a solitary man encounters an old flame. Bryan Cranston reads.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Too Hot For Radio Kevin Canty "God’s Work"
On this episode, a tale that involves a teenage evangelist coping with teenage lust. “God’s Work,” by Kevin Canty, was read during the annual Selected Shorts celebration of the Best American Short Stories series. The editor of the 2017 volume—novelist Meg Wolitzer - talks to host Aparna Nancherla after the reading describing Canty's keen insights about his characters which make them easily relatable, and there’s some lovely lyricism to his writing, as you’ll hear in today’s story. The actor reading our story today is Jim True-Frost. Those of you who binge highbrow TV series will know him as “Prez” from The Wire, while others of us, well, we may never stop seeing him as the elevator operator who says “Buddy!” approximately 8,000 times in the “The Hudsucker Proxy.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices