An insomniac rants in Jenny Allen’s “Awake,” read by Jane Kaczmarek; in Ben Loory’s “The TV,” read by Liev Schreiber, a man finds his whole life in prime time; and a routine audit goes over the top in Bruce Jay Friedman’s “The Tax Man,” read by...
Cannolis and Carroll
In Ann Hood’s “The Occasional Pignoli Tart” a mother and daughter dream of life beyond the bakery where they work. Amber Tamblyn reads. And Christopher Lloyd plays all the parts in Lewis Carroll’s “A Mad Tea Party.” Robert Sean Leonard hosts.
Peas, Pancakes, and Pretensions
Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents food-related fictions, including his own reading of Lydia Davis’s “Letter to a Frozen Peas Manufacturer,” Nora Ephron’s “Serial Monogamy: A Memoir,” read by Mary Kay Place, and an excerpt from Madame Bovary by...
Guest host Jane Curtin presents three stories about unexpected encounters at night. In Steven Millhauser’s “Claire de Lune,” a teenage boy with insomnia wanders into an all-girl pickup game. It’s read by James Naughton. Comic Wyatt Cenac reads Sherman...
Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents three stories about people pursuing the good life. A young boy longs for the perfect pair of sneakers in Ray Bradbury’s “The Sound of Summer Running,” read by Sean Astin. Aging hippies hope for happiness in “I...
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