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, Hemmingway and Updike to Alice Walker and Pulitzer Prize-winner Jhumpa Lahira. Produced by Symphony Space.

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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...
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.
Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents food-related fictions, including his own reading of Lydia Davis’s “Letter to a Frozen Peas Manufacturer,” Nora Ephron’s “Serial Monogamy: A Memoir,” read by Mary Kay Place, and an excerpt from Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert read by Christina Pickles.

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Are we actually pushing Russia further away by shining such an intense spotlight on its questionable practices?

The Winter Olympics in Sochi have put a spotlight on Russian practices that don't comport with the rights and freedoms generally accepted in the west. But a Russian-born educator, who spent a long time living and working in the US after being forced out by the Soviet government, says we're not really helping move Russia forward.

Warren Olney

He is the only person to have been twice named Broadcast Journalist of the Year — for his work in both radio and television — by the Society of Professional Journalists, Los Angeles. He is the recipient of Emmy Awards for reporting and anchoring, and Golden Mikes for investigative reporting. Olney was a television news reporter and anchor from 1966 to 1991, working in Washington, D.C., Sacramento and Los Angeles.