Get lost in the moment as some of the most talented actors from the stage, screen, and television bring short stories to life. This award-winning series presents a compelling work of short fiction each week, recorded live at New York’s Symphony Space. Classic authors and bold new writers are showcased equally, from Chekhov, Hemingway, and Updike to Alice Walker and Pulitzer Prize-winner Jhumpa Lahira. Produced by Symphony Space.

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Guest host Stephen Colbert presents stories with anarchists and oddballs by John Sayles and George Saunders. Fierce old lefties fight everything from the fruit cup to the manager at a banquet in Sayles’ “At the Anarchists’ Convention,” read by Jerry Stiller, and two inadequate men are faced with a...
Guest host David Strathairn presents four works that teach us a few things: how to eat a bony South African fish, in Calvin Trillin's "Dissed Fish," which he reads himself. How to write a great term paper according to Kurt Vonnegut. His "assignment" is read by B.D. Wong. How to breakup with your...
Guest host Josh Radnor presents three stories about needy people. An online dating service promises to help a guy with really big problem in Ramona Ausubel’s “You Can Find Love Now,” read by Martin Short and Amy Ryan. Kate Burton is the impetuous mom in Dave Eggers’ road story “The Alaska of...