"It's been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, my hometown..." Garrison Keillor first did his monologue in 1974 to an audience of 20 in a St. Paul theater. Today, more than 2.2 million people tune in each week to hear the tall tales and sweet stories about the citizens of this small Minnesota town. It's a town where "the women are strong, the men are good-looking, and all of the children are above average."
Diane's new neighbors across the way never shut their curtains, and that was the beginning of an intimate, but very one-sided relationship. Diane Weipert is a writer and filmmaker. Produced by Briana Breen. Love + Radio is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.
Police officer John Edwards was patrolling a quiet neighborhood in Bellaire, Texas when he saw an SUV driven by two young African-American men. It was just before 2am on December 31, 2008. Edwards followed the SUV and ran the license plate number. When his computer indicated that the SUV was stolen, Edwards drew his gun and told the two men to get down on the ground. It wasn't until later that he realized he'd typed the wrong license plate number into his computer. He was off by one digit. By the time he realized his mistake, one of the men had already been shot in the chest at close range.
Julia Sweeney says she was a "happy Catholic girl" when, one day, she walked into church and signed up for a Bible-study course. "What an eye opener that was!" she says. Equally comedic and insightful, Letting Go of God is Sweeney's brilliant one-woman show about her struggle with her faith.
"A Brilliant Personal Journey of Discovery"
LIVE recordings of new, previously unreleased David Sedaris stories!
"I Wish There Was More"
"It's been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, my hometown..." Garrison Keillor first did his monologue in 1974 to an audience of 20 in a St. Paul theater. Today, more than 2.2 million people tune in each week to hear the tall tales and sweet stories about the citizens of this small Minnesota town. Get the latest issue or subscribe!
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"It's been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, my hometown..." Garrison Keillor first did his monologue in 1974 to an audience of 20 in a St. Paul theater. Today, more than 2.2 million people tune in each week to hear the tall tales and sweet stories about the citizens of this small Minnesota town. It's a town where "the women are strong, the men are good-looking, and all of the children are above average." Keillor's monologues capture the nuances of country life and of growing up American with eloquence and subtle humor.
The fascinating life of storyteller and humorist Mark Twain is revealed in this one-man performance based on Twain's writings. The early years of Samuel Clemens, the Mississippi River experiences, and his move to the silver mining area of Nevada are portrayed by exuberant actor McAvoy Layne; some of the most famous tales, from "The Blue Jay Yarn" to "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" are woven into the history of this most colorful author.
"Performed like stand up comedy! Excellent!"
In one year Julia Sweeney got a divorce (amicable), bought a small bungalow in Hollywood, and looked forward to a life that said, "Here dwells a happily single young woman!" But then the axe fell. Her younger brother, Mike, was diagnosed with terminal cancer and moved in with her. Her parents came to be with Mike and moved in with her, too. Julia was now on seriously intimate terms with the people she had spent half a lifetime growing up away from.
"Resonated Big Time"
For 16 years, Donald Davis has performed during the Christmas season at Fearrington Village, a unique destination community near Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Hundreds of people fill the seats in this historic barn, now converted for use as an events venue. Recorded live at Davis's December 15, 2007, performance, this audio captures the familiar and special relationship between a skilled and beloved storyteller and the audience that has sustained him year after year.
Selected Shorts is a weekly public radio show broadcast on over 130 stations to about 300,000 listeners. It is produced by Symphony Space and WNYC Radio and distributed by Public Radio International. The radio show is recorded live at the popular New York City stage show which began in 1985 and still enjoys sell-out audiences today at the Peter Sharp Theater at Symphony Space on Broadway and 95th Street in New York City. Selected Shorts is one of the premiere reading series in New York City.
"Excellent Audio Work"
New American Stories presents diverse stories of contemporary American life and dreams lost and found, by four of the best young contemporary writers - Jhumpa Lahiri, Sherman Alexie, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Aleksandar Hemon - as performed by terrific stage and screen actors. All four writers have a unique perspective on the American experience, which is reflected in their work.
Rejection has never been so hilarious! This special collection contains two L.A. Theatre Works productions: Fired: Tales of Jobs Gone Bad and Fired Again. The creations of actress Annabelle Gurwitch (TBS' Dinner and a Movie), Fired and Fired Again feature a cast of show-biz veterans sharing their stories about life, work - and getting canned.
By turns funny, moving, romantic and surreal, and filled with unexpected twists and turns, each of the tales on this lineup has a magical element.
Selected Shorts is an award-winning, one-hour program featuring readings of classic and new short fiction, recorded live at New York's Symphony Space. One of the most popular series on the airwaves, this unique show is hosted by Isaiah Sheffer and produced for radio by Symphony Space and WNYC Radio.
"This is My Kinda Fiction Buster..."
A compilation of classic tales by great American writers performed by terrific actors, with a lineup including Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award winners, and PEN Award winners.
The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 130,000 book lovers each year.
Alexandra Fuller (Scribbling the Cat and Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight) and first-time author Wendy Kann (Casting with a Fragile Thread) discuss growing up in colonial Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. They tell many amusing and thoughtful anecdotes and reflect on their childhoods, revisiting a changed Africa as adults, the ties they have to the families and community that raised them in Africa, and the transition to living in the U.S.
"Authors trying to be comedians"
Cyrano is a brash, strong-willed man of many talents whose whimsical aptitude for the spoken word is overshadowed by an attribute that is iconic, outrageous, and gigantic - his nose. How can the curiously-snouted Cyrano ever hope to win the affections of the beautiful Roxane?
At the age of 18, Iceberg Slim was initiated into "the life". Predominately in Chicago, he was incarcerated several times for pimpng, along with several other crimes. During his last stretch in prison he wrote "Pimp" which sold over 6 million copies. In 1976 Slim made this recording, "Reflections", the poignant and memorable recounting of many of his true life experiences. The stories told are not easily forgotten and leave their indelible mark on the listener.
All major religions tell truth through stories, says storyteller Dr. Megan McKenna. Her spellbinding stories help us understand the significance of the gospel parables and present universal truths that tell us what it is to be human, give us our communal identity, and instill hopes and dreams for the future. "All stories are true. Some of them actually happened," says Dr. McKenna. The stories of Jesus, God's Storyteller inspire us to know Jesus more deeply, and through him, the Father.