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Your favorite actors bringing great stories to life.

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    • 4.4 • 2K Ratings

Your favorite actors bringing great stories to life.

    Love & Prohibition

    Love & Prohibition

    Guest host David Sedaris presents three stories about love and constraints.  Jamaica Kincaid’s “Girl” conjures up a tough but loving mother in a humorous laundry list of dos and don’ts.  She’s brought to life by Hattie Winston.  George Saunders’ story title says it all:  “Lars Farf, Excessively Fearful Husband and Father” takes protectiveness to hilarious extremes.  The reader is James Naughton.  And in Carson McCullers’ “A Domestic Dilemma,” read by Joanna Gleason, a Southern family has a secret.

     

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    • 57 min
    Outsiders

    Outsiders

    Guest host Denis O’Hare introduces two stories about outsiders.  A tutor finds her privileged teenage client mystifying in Kyle McCarthy’s “Ancient Rome,” read by Tavi Gevinson.  In Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “The Thing Around Your Neck,” a young Nigerian woman comes to America for the first time, and it’s not what she imagined.   The story is read by Condola Rashad.

     

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    • 59 min
    Try This On: Stories from an Evening with New York Magazine’s The Cut

    Try This On: Stories from an Evening with New York Magazine’s The Cut

    Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents stories from New York Magazine’s online portal “The Cut,” which combines art, journalism, and the kind of fresh contemporary fiction that speaks to us.  On this show, a woman tries on different identities, as well as clothes, in a dress shop fitting room, in “Fully Zipped” by Shelly Oria, performed by Katja Blichfeld.   A new mother can’t seem to get the hang of breastfeeding in Curtis Sittenfeld’s “Bad Latch,” performed by Justine Lupe.  And Parker Posey tackles mail order—and time travel—in Xuan Juliana Wang’s “Future Cat.”

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    • 59 min
    Coming of Age

    Coming of Age

    Guest host Tayari Jones presents stories about rites of passage between childhood and adulthood.  In Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector’s lyrical “The First Kiss,” a young boy has his first brush with the sensual.  Pepe Nufrio is the reader.  A fiery country girl shows a cool city boy the ropes—and a gator—in “Hellion,” written by Julia Elliott, and read by Donna Lynne Champlin.

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    • 58 min
    Ways of Seeing

    Ways of Seeing

    Guest host Maulik Pancholy presents two works about how we look at things.  An independent woman, an IRS auditor, and a dog share a moment—and a poem--in “Yancey,” by Ann Beattie, read by Mia Dillon.  In “The Mappist,” by Barry Lopez, a geographer is on the trail of a mysterious map maker.  Joe Spano reads.

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    • 57 min
    Too Hot For Radio: Judy Grahn : "The Psychoanalysis of Edward the Dyke"

    Too Hot For Radio: Judy Grahn : "The Psychoanalysis of Edward the Dyke"

    Funny and true, this satire first published in 1971 was a bold, early critique of the treatment of LGBT people in the psychiatric profession.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
2K Ratings

2K Ratings

MizzleD123 ,

My favorite podcast

This podcast is driving in the car on a sunny afternoon with a good friend, prepping for dinner in a warm kitchen, The stories are so freaking good and the readers, for the most part, are really well paired to the story and really good performers. Sometimes funny, sometimes devastating, always human. Love.

DYMOND.W ,

I just

I just love it. I love it and I look forward to it. Thank you guys.

yunfeii ,

Amazing show

Impeccably delivered, witty and multi faceted.

This is a must have for any modern cultural elite.

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