11 episodes

Short fiction torn from today’s headlines. Each week, our favorite authors write an original story inspired by the news. Featuring Curtis Sittenfeld, Roxane Gay, Colum McCann, Carmen Maria Machado and more. Because in a world gone haywire, sometimes art is the only thing to make sense of it all. Hosted by Ashley C. Ford.

The Chronicles of Now Pushkin Industries

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Short fiction torn from today’s headlines. Each week, our favorite authors write an original story inspired by the news. Featuring Curtis Sittenfeld, Roxane Gay, Colum McCann, Carmen Maria Machado and more. Because in a world gone haywire, sometimes art is the only thing to make sense of it all. Hosted by Ashley C. Ford.

    Tommy Orange: Reopening

    Tommy Orange: Reopening

    As schools reopen across the country, parents are facing another round of pandemic fear and uncertainty: How safe will their kids be and for how long? And can life—and work—finally take on some semblance of normalcy? Tommy Orange, the bestselling author of There There, asks a more salient and troubling question: What are the kids thinking? 
    Narrated by Forrest Goodluck. Hosted by Ashley C. Ford.
    This is the final episode of Season 1. Thanks for listening! You can keep reading stories at chronicles.fm.
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    • 20 min
    Dantiel W. Moniz: What You Make It

    Dantiel W. Moniz: What You Make It

    As protests erupted across the nation this summer, heavily armed militias stood off against Black Lives Matter supporters in some cities. In July, a Florida sheriff even threatened to deputize all civilian gun owners to protect Jacksonville from protesters. Dantiel W. Moniz, the author of the upcoming story collection Milk Blood Heat, takes this trend to its chilling conclusion: an America in which every citizen is either the hunter or hunted, and every small decision—where to walk, what to say, what mask to wear—could end your life. 
    Narrated by N’Jameh Camara. Hosted by Ashley C. Ford.

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    • 17 min
    Laura van den Berg: 3D

    Laura van den Berg: 3D

    Now that Joe Biden has selected a female VP and finally claimed the nomination, can we talk about his long, weird, handsy history with women? Laura van den Berg, the author of the new story collection I Hold a Wolf by the Ears, explores why some women risked all in coming forward with stories about Biden. And more importantly, what we can learn from them today. 

    Narrated by Cindy Katz. Hosted by Ashley C. Ford.
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    • 18 min
    Curtis Sittenfeld: Breeze Point

    Curtis Sittenfeld: Breeze Point

    The most uplifting news of the past six months? Two giant pandas in Hong Kong finally mate after ten years, when their zoo is closed to visitors due to Covid. But what if there was another reason it took so long for them to get into the mood? An alternate history of panda passion by Curtis Sittenfeld, the bestselling author of six novels, including most recently, Rodham.
    Narrated by Rachel Dratch. Hosted by Ashley C. Ford.
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    • 18 min
    Hannah Lillith Assadi: The People of Music

    Hannah Lillith Assadi: The People of Music

    The New York Times recently revealed a top-secret Pentagon unit tasked with investigating encounters between UFOs and military pilots. Which got Hannah Lillith Assadi, the author of Sonora, wondering: If aliens touch down on earth in the near future, what will they find? And more importantly, what will they do?Narrated by Soneela Nankani. Hosted by Ashley C. Ford.
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    • 23 min
    John Wray: Status Report

    John Wray: Status Report

    In late June, President Trump visited Yuma, Arizona to celebrate 200 new miles of border wall declaring, “It stopped COVID, it stopped everything.” John Wray, the acclaimed author of five novels, including most recently Godsend, imagines what the border barrier will look like long after Trump, in say, 2056—what will be standing, whom it will protect, how much it will matter. Hint: Tread carefully.
    Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini. Hosted by Ashley C. Ford.

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    • 13 min

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