Guest host Jane Curtin presents two stories about travelling long distances. In Ray Bradbury's "Strawberry Window," a family living on a desolate Mars outpost tries to make a home. The reader is Boyd Gaines. Megan Mayhew Bergman's "Hell Diving Women" are an integrated jazz band touring the segregated South. The reader is Anika Noni Rose.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents three stories with surprising twists and turns. A wife finds something unexpected in her local thrift shop in “Second Hand,” by Andres Neuman. The story is performed by Kaczmarek. Dawn Powell’s “Dinner on the Rocks” is an elegant comedy of bad manners, performed by Christina Pickles. And the salesman in Hubert Selby Jr.’s “Fortune Cookie” thinks he’s found a formula for success. Michael Imperioli is the reader.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Guest host David Strathairn presents three stories about families. A lifetime goes by in minutes in Kelly Cherry’s “The Parents,” read by Kaneza Schaal. A father and son grieve differently after the death of a wife and mother in Tom Barbash’s “The Women,” read by Michael Imperioli. And it’s a battle of wills in the kitchen in Annie Proulx’s “The Garlic War,” read by Shohreh Aghdashloo.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Guest host Kate Burton presents two stories about destiny. A flaky wanna-be actor gets in over his head in Steve Almond's "God Bless America," read by Michael Urie. And Heather O'Neill re-imagines a horror classic in a lighter vein in "The Isles of Dr. Moreau," read by Valorie Curry.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
More Funny Favorites from Andy Borowitz
Guest host Andy Borowitz intros four hilarious pieces featured in his anthology The 50 Funniest American Writers. James Naughton reads S.J. Perelman’s noir parody “Farewell, My Lovely Appetizer;” Susan Orlean complains about idle tots in “Shiftless Little Loafers,” read by Dave Hill; old-time radio is revealed in Jean Shepherd’s “The Counterfeit Secret Circle Member Gets the Message,” read by Isaiah Sheffer; and one woman’s all-nighter, in Jenny Allen’s “Awake,” read by Jane Kaczmarek. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Too Hot For Radio Greg Ames "Benefactor"
A story from Greg Ames, the author of a novel, Buffalo Lockjaw, and a collection of stories entitled Funeral Platter. His work has appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading, Southern Review, McSweeney’s, North American Review, Catapult, and The Sun, among others. “Benefactor,” is something of a cautionary tale for all would-be patrons of the arts; please don’t let it stop you from sending us your tax-deductible donations. We recorded this story earlier in 2018 as a part of our live show in San Francisco during Sketchfest 2018. It's read by actor Lance Reddick, a multi-talented actor who has been in The Wire, Fringe, Bosch and the new Comedy Central series Corporate.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Fractured Fairy Tales
Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents two stories based on fairy tales. In this time of female empowerment comes a timely story about an unconventional princess. Jane Kaczmarek performs Jeanne Desy’s “The Princess Who Stood On Her Own 2 Feet.” Brazilian feminist writer Clarice Lispector tackles another damsel in distress in “Beauty and the Beast or The Enormous Wound,” performed by Kate Burton . Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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What is Real?
Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents three stories about strange encounters. A woman's laundry is full of surprises in Diane Cook's "Flotsam," read by Melora Hardin. An ordinary businessman has an extraordinary day in Shirley Jackson's "Paranoia," read by Thomas Gibson. And a young newsie meets a philosophical drifter, in Carson McCullers "A Tree, A Rock, A Cloud," read by Lance Reddick. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices