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Short fiction torn from today’s headlines. Each week, we feature an original short story inspired by the news—exploring what it means, why it happened, and why it matters. Because in a world gone haywire, sometimes art is the only thing to make sense of it all. Hosted by Ashley C. Ford. New episodes coming July 8!

The Chronicles of Now Pushkin Industries

    • Fiction
    • 3.9, 109 Ratings

Short fiction torn from today’s headlines. Each week, we feature an original short story inspired by the news—exploring what it means, why it happened, and why it matters. Because in a world gone haywire, sometimes art is the only thing to make sense of it all. Hosted by Ashley C. Ford. New episodes coming July 8!

    Manuel Gonzales: The Extinction Show

    Manuel Gonzales: The Extinction Show

    Who knew extinction could be the hottest ticket in town? Manuel Gonzales, the author of The Regional Office Is Under Attack! and The Miniature Wife, imagines a time when people pay to attend Extinction Witnessing Events. It’s a dark, far-fetched idea. And uncomfortably plausible. Just remember: the larger and more beautiful the animal (say, your Amur Leopards and Asian Elephants), the higher the price of admission.

    Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini. Hosted by Ashley C. Ford.

    • 12 min
    Roxane Gay: String Theory

    Roxane Gay: String Theory

    Covid-19 has made us all prisoners of our homes. And at times, our families. If the pandemic goes well into 2021, what will an extended quarantine do to our relationships, our country, our daily lives? Roxane Gay, the best selling author of Bad Feminist and Hunger, has some ideas. Sex? Yes. Vaccine? No.

    Narrated by Bahni Turpin. Hosted by Ashley C. Ford.

    • 19 min
    Jess Walter: The Ponz

    Jess Walter: The Ponz

    Michael Cohen, Trump's infamous fixer, was just released from prison to home confinement. Jess Walter, author of the international bestseller Beautiful Ruins, imagines Cohen's life in the slammer: betterment, celebrity, and the cellmate down the hall—The Sitch from Jersey Shore. And what about that tell-all memoir in progress?  
    Jess Walter is the author of six novels, including the New York Times bestseller Beautiful Ruins and Citizen Vince, which won the Edgar Allan Poe Award. His new novel, The Cold Millions, will be published in October. 
    Narrated by Oliver Wyman. Hosted by Ashley C. Ford.
    Read this story and more at chroniclesnow.com.

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
109 Ratings

109 Ratings

RoseOlson ,

5 Stars for The Ponz (Michael Cohen)

This was a fabulously-written Short Story and I felt compelled to share it amongst friends and fellow writers. Thank you.

Sheep tracks ,

Good first ep

I liked the Michael Cohen story a lot and I appreciated the author interview too.

josh10366 ,

Great podcast

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