What unites this program's two rather different stories is that both are tales of deepening insight, stories whose main characters undergo profound and life-altering experiences. The program begins with "The Seventh Man," by Japanese writer Haruki Murakami, and it starts with an old fashioned device: On a dark and stormy night, a group of men sit around a circle and tell their stories. The reader is John Shea. In our second tale, Aimee Bender's "The Rememberer," the heroine's lover undergoes a remarkable transformation that changes both their lives forever. The reader is Tony Award-winner Marian Seldes. A brief interview with Seldes follows the reading.
On this program, two stories about powerful maternal instincts, and hard choices. In Amy Hempel’s “Beg, SI Tog, Inc, Cont, Rep” two women make very different choices about childbearing. The reader is Anika Noni Rose. Guest host Jane Curtin reads Galina Vroman’s “Sarah’s Story,” a provocative retelling of the Old Testament narrative of Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac.
On this program, Jay McInerney’s scathing look at bright lights in the big city. His story “It’s Six A.M., Do You Know Where You Are?” is read by Jeremy Shamos. Maile Meloy depicts a breach of trust in a father/daughter relationship in “Red from Green”. Patricia Kalember reads. Parker Posey is the guest host.
Guest host David Sedaris presents two stories about convergence. In Flannery O’Connor’s classic “Everything that Rises Must Converge” two cultures collide, and so do a mother and son. The reader is Estelle Parsons. And the heroine of Amy Hempel’s “Jesus is Waiting” is looking for the off ramp to life. Mary Stuart Masterson reads.
Four stories about sitting down to a meal, or a drink, with surprising results. Henry Miller tells us about the dinner party from Hell in “Soiree in Hollywood;” Joshua Malina reads. Catherine O’Hara is the sweet housewife with a big secret in Roald Dahl’s “Lamb to the Slaughter,” while Josh Radnor talks to his lunch in Etgar Keret’s “Halibut.” And life is just one brew after another in Robert Coover’s surreal “Going for a Beer,” read by Isaiah Sheffer. Robert Sean Leonard hosts.
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.