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Rank #10 in Performing Arts category

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Your favorite actors bringing great stories to life.

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Your favorite actors bringing great stories to life.

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1890 Ratings
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Fantastic Podcast

By Mommabird25 - Mar 15 2020
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I believe I’m a better person for taking the time to listen to these stories. The ones chosen are wise, entertaining, soulful and well crafted. I’m wanting to write like that, but it sure isn’t easy! The narrators are varied and well rehearsed. Each reader is very different from the others. Yeah we shouldn’t bash the president. He is able to damage the decency of our constitution and demonstrate incompetence, entitlement and small-mindedness without needing any help from the great artists putting on this production. And to those who need to bring up anything negative and sully the greatness of this endeavor, I say ba-fong-guu.

Fun fun fun

By mtwtf - Apr 30 2018
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No better way to enjoy the spoken word. Love the stories.

iTunes Ratings

1890 Ratings
Average Ratings
1351
269
126
68
76

Fantastic Podcast

By Mommabird25 - Mar 15 2020
Read more
I believe I’m a better person for taking the time to listen to these stories. The ones chosen are wise, entertaining, soulful and well crafted. I’m wanting to write like that, but it sure isn’t easy! The narrators are varied and well rehearsed. Each reader is very different from the others. Yeah we shouldn’t bash the president. He is able to damage the decency of our constitution and demonstrate incompetence, entitlement and small-mindedness without needing any help from the great artists putting on this production. And to those who need to bring up anything negative and sully the greatness of this endeavor, I say ba-fong-guu.

Fun fun fun

By mtwtf - Apr 30 2018
Read more
No better way to enjoy the spoken word. Love the stories.
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Selected Shorts

Latest release on Aug 06, 2020

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Your favorite actors bringing great stories to life.

Rank #1: Too Hot For Radio: Stories by Elizabeth Crane and Michael Czyniejewski

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Our friend Michael Ian Black is back to host a twofer Too Hot For Radio episode. First up is actor K. Todd Freeman reading“Pregnant with Peanut Butter” by Michael Czyniejewski. Czyniejewski is the author of three story collections, including Our Bedroom and I Will Love You for the Rest of My Life: Breakup Stories. Performing this story is an actor known for everything from multiple appearances on Broadway to Buffy the Vampire SlayertoA Series of Unfortunate Events. 

Elizabeth Crane is the author of our second story, the unusual and funny “Colonel Sanders Has a Choice (Lives His Best Life)." Crane has written six books including the novel The History of Great Things and the story collection Turf. Our performer is the multi-hyphenate Busy Phillips, who acted in TV shows such as Freaks & Geeks and had her own late-night show Busy Tonight. 

Stay tuned at the end of the show for a great talk between Michael and Elizabeth discussing the origins of her story and her outlook on life.  

Please note, as with all Too Hot for Radio episodes, this show contains strong language and mature subject matter.

May 31 2020

26mins

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I Do, I Do

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Guest host Jane Curtin presents two stories about marriage.  A theatrical union is subtly tested in Bruce Jay Friedman’s “Any Number of Little Old Ladies,” performed by Blythe Danner and Maulik Pancholy.  And love is stretched thin, but rebounds, in Roxana Robinson’s “In Naples,” read by Betty Buckley.

Aug 06 2020

58mins

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Best Intentions

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Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents two stories in which people go overboard to demonstrate their devotion.  In Robin Hemley’s “A Printer’s Tale,” a poet’s boyfriend hijacks a national magazine for her love--and one reader isn’t pleased.  Reader Robert Sean Leonard brings an eccentric trio to life.  In “Oh Shenandoah,” by Maura Stanton, a determined young woman wants to call it quits with her overzealous fiancé.   But they’re in Venice—and there’s this toilet seat problem.  Broadway powerhouse Kelli O’Hara reads—and sings—“Oh Shenandoah.”

Jul 30 2020

59mins

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Too Hot For Radio: Brit Bennett "Ain't That Good News"

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A story by the writer Brit Bennett, "Ain't That Good News" is tender, sad, and packs a wallop. You'll be completely hooked.

Bennett's debut novel The Mothers made a splash in 2016 (soon to be a movie starring Kerry Washington), the same year she was named one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35.” Her new novel, The Vanishing Half, published in June, is already a New York Times bestseller and has garnered reviews like, "This is sure to be one of 2020’s best and boldest," Elle, and Bookpage compares her work to Toni Morrison, Anne Tyler and Elizabeth Strout. 

She has written essays for The Paris Review, The New York Times and The New Yorker, but remains focused on fiction. While her stories deal with seemingly ordinary people in insular communities, they’re like a rocket full of fortune cookies, propulsive and full of canny observations.  Our actor Karen Pittman absolutely nails this reading. Pittman has been in series including The Americans and Luke Cage, and has appeared on Broadway in plays such as Disgraced and Good People.

Jul 28 2020

36mins

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CHILD'S PLAY

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Guest host Hope Davis presents three uncanny stories featuring children.  In Simon Rich’s  hilarious “The Baby,” a novelist faces competition from his unborn son.  Jason Mantzoukas is the reader.  A children’s game takes a strange turn in Fiona McFarlane’s “Buttony,” read by Jin Ha.  And Etgar Keret offers up an unusual mother-son story—and lots of calories--in “Crumb Cake,” performed by Andy Richter.

Jul 23 2020

58mins

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Past and Future

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Guest host Maulik Pancholy presents a show about the past, the future, and how time flies.  A young actor recalls critical moments in her childhood in Elizabeth Strout’s “Snow Blind,” read by Melora Hardin.  Old schoolmates almost hook up in Joyce Carol Oates’ “August Evening,” read by Sonia Manzano.   In our final story, a lifetime goes by in “Half a Day,” by Naguib Mahfooz, read by Bruce Altman.

Jul 16 2020

58mins

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Journeys, Memories, and Miracles: Italian Short Stories

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Guest host Hope Davis presents a program of Italian short fiction selected by the novelist and short-story writer Jhumpa Lahiri.  The stories were drawn from The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories, which Lahiri edited.  They range from the comic to the fantastical.  In Leonardo Sciascia’s “The Long Voyage,” hopeful peasants try to make it to a mysterious place called “Trenton.” The reader is John Turturro.  A couple hopes to restore pre-World War II elegance in “Invitation to Dinner,” by Alba de Cespedes, read by Dawn Akemi Saito.  And there’s heat, sand, water, and magical realism on offer in Massimo Bontempelli’s “The Miraculous Beach, or, Prize for Modesty, read by Hugh Dancy.

Jul 09 2020

1hr 1min

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Celebrating Toni Morrison

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Guest host Tayari Jones helps us to celebrate this American master, who died in 2019.  Her novels, including Beloved, Jazz and Song of Solomon, have become an indelible part of the American canon.  Her fierce, poetic visions earned her the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  She was also an editor, advocate, teacher, and mother.  This program features her essay “A Knowing So Deep,” read by Jones; an excerpt from The Bluest Eye, read by Anika Noni Rose; an excerpt from Jazz, read by S. Epatha Merkerson;  “Sweetness,” read by Phylicia Rashad, and a tribute by Fran Lebowitz.

Jul 02 2020

1hr 13mins

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Too Hot For Radio: Mona Simpson "Wrong Object"

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Mona Simpson is the author of six books including Anywhere But Here, My Hollywood and Casebook. Her Too Hot For Radio story features a therapist, a patient, and one uniquely inappropriate relationship.This story was originally published in Harper’s and selected by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All The Light You Cannot See, Anthony Doerr, for The Best American Short Stories 2019 for which he served as the guest editor. Read by the incomparable Cynthia Nixon, the story can be described as moving, unsettling, disturbing, but above all else, captivating. 

Please note, as with all Too Hot for Radio episodes, this show contains strong language and mature subject matter.

Jun 29 2020

46mins

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Shout it Out: The Stonewall Uprising at 50

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Guest host Denis O’Hare helps us mark the landmark event that helped give birth to the modern movement for LGBTQIA+ rights in America.  We first hear eyewitness accounts of the riots, drawn from The Stonewall Reader.  Additional works include Perry Brass’s “We Did It”; poems by  Kay Ulanday Barrett; and Gary Eldon Peter’s story “Wedding.”  Readers include Ivory Aquino, Kate Bornstein, Michael Early, Beth Malone, Kay Ulanday Barrett, and John Benjamin Hickey.

Jun 25 2020

58mins

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Too Hot For Radio: Stories by Elizabeth Crane and Michael Czyniejewski

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Our friend Michael Ian Black is back to host a twofer Too Hot For Radio episode. First up is actor K. Todd Freeman reading“Pregnant with Peanut Butter” by Michael Czyniejewski. Czyniejewski is the author of three story collections, including Our Bedroom and I Will Love You for the Rest of My Life: Breakup Stories. Performing this story is an actor known for everything from multiple appearances on Broadway to Buffy the Vampire SlayertoA Series of Unfortunate Events. 

Elizabeth Crane is the author of our second story, the unusual and funny “Colonel Sanders Has a Choice (Lives His Best Life)." Crane has written six books including the novel The History of Great Things and the story collection Turf. Our performer is the multi-hyphenate Busy Phillips, who acted in TV shows such as Freaks & Geeks and had her own late-night show Busy Tonight. 

Stay tuned at the end of the show for a great talk between Michael and Elizabeth discussing the origins of her story and her outlook on life.  

Please note, as with all Too Hot for Radio episodes, this show contains strong language and mature subject matter.

May 31 2020

26mins

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iTunes Ratings

1890 Ratings
Average Ratings
1351
269
126
68
76

Fantastic Podcast

By Mommabird25 - Mar 15 2020
Read more
I believe I’m a better person for taking the time to listen to these stories. The ones chosen are wise, entertaining, soulful and well crafted. I’m wanting to write like that, but it sure isn’t easy! The narrators are varied and well rehearsed. Each reader is very different from the others. Yeah we shouldn’t bash the president. He is able to damage the decency of our constitution and demonstrate incompetence, entitlement and small-mindedness without needing any help from the great artists putting on this production. And to those who need to bring up anything negative and sully the greatness of this endeavor, I say ba-fong-guu.

Fun fun fun

By mtwtf - Apr 30 2018
Read more
No better way to enjoy the spoken word. Love the stories.