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The Truth
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Movies for your ears.
 
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Selected Shorts
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Spellbinding short stories by established and emerging writers take on a new life when they are performed by stars of the stage and screen.
 
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The Classic Tales Podcast
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Every week, join award-winning narrator B.J. Harrison as he narrates the greatest stories the world has ever known. From the jungles of South America to the Mississippi Delta, from Victorian England to the Gothic castles of Eastern Europe, join us on a fantastic journey through the words of the world's greatest authors. Critically-acclaimed and highly recommended for anyone who loves a good story with plenty of substance.
 
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Dead Pilots Society
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In Dead Pilots Society, scripts that were developed by studios and networks but were never produced are given the table reads they deserve. Starring actors you know and love from television and film, a live audience, and a good time in which no one gets notes, no one is fired, and everyone laughs. Presented by Andrew Reich (Friends; Worst Week) and Ben Blacker (The Writers Panel podcast; co-creator, Thrilling Adventure Hour).
 
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The New Yorker: The Writer's Voice - New Fiction from The New Yorker
 
New Yorker fiction writers read their stories.
 
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Selected Shorts: Too Hot For Radio
 
Over the years, Selected Shorts has had to say no to some amazing stories that, due to language issues or content advisories were, well, too hot for radio. But no more!
 
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Morning Short
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Enjoy a new, curated short story every episode. We hand-pick 15-25 minute short stories from a pool of award-winning fiction writers. Then we turn them into to mini audiobooks that improve any commute, workout, or walk in the park. Read by professional narrators.Every day is a different story. One morning we might bring you a sci-fi thriller by the legendary Ray Bradbury, and the next morning might be a Sherlock Holmes detective story by Arthur Conan Doyle. Romance? We’ve got it. Narrative p ...
 
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The Casket - New Short Stories
 
Fictional delights from Joanna Sterling
 
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AudioFile Magazine
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Podcast by AudioFile Magazine
 
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No Extra Words: the flash fiction podcast
 
A flash fiction podcast featuring short stories less than 2,000 words long.
 
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Lo-Fi Story Time
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Lo-Fi Story Time is now the MAULPOD TODDCAST with Lo-Fi Story Time... SOLO RPG ACTUAL PLAY podcast, with a Lo-Fi Story Time included each episode! Lo-Fi Story Time remains a microstory micropodcast that offers unusual and always original fiction stories (and some music) now wrapped inside a blanket of maximum geekery of SOLO RPG ACTUAL Play (and some music)
 
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Tapes and Tales - Stories for Headphones
 
Tapes and Tales is a collaboration between writers and sound designers, each episode brings you a selection of loosely themed stories with incredible sound design.
 
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Playing On Air
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​Playing on Air records entertaining​ and ​smart​ ​stage short​ ​plays​ ​by ​Tony and ​Pulitzer ​Prize ​winners a​s well as emerging playwrights​.​​ ​Jesse Eisenberg, ​​Audra McDonald, ​​Bobby Cannavale,​ Chris Cooper, ​​Adam Driver,​ ​​​Rosie Perez, John Leguizamo, Amy Ryan, Ed Asner, ​Margo Martindale,​ M​erritt Wever, M​ichael Stulbarg, Bill Irwin, Julie White, Carol Kane​ are some of the theater artists we feature. ​Each short play delivers a beginning, middle and knock-out punch in ten ...
 
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The Easy Chair with Laura Hurwitz
 
Author Laura Hurwitz reads you a story, continued week to week.
 
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Bound Off Short Story Podcast
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Bound Off is a monthly literary audio magazine, broadcasting literary short fiction with the new podcasting technology. We aspire to showcase work that is compelling and driven by narrative, with a force that keeps the listener listening. We are dedicated to publishing stories by both the established and emerging writer. Visit our website at boundoff.com for information about our broadcasts and how to submit your stories.
 
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American Stories - Voice of America
 
Classic short stories that introduce American literature to intermediate English learners.
 
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the boom
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Audio stories, some factual and opinionated; and some completely made up for your entertainment. What you'll find won't be thematically consistent, I think that can get boring, and I want to keep making things that don't bore any of us. It will feature a range of high quality fictional audio content from Chicago's under-appreciated and supremely talented artists, as well as journalistic stories that dive into topics and experiences I'm interested in.
 
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Be Particular Out There | Podcast
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Our podcast brings you readings and conversations from storytellers around the world. Hosted by Dustin M. Thomas.
 
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Fred Frees Favorites, an Audio Book Sampler
 
An audio book sampler. Produced by Waterlogg Productions and Joseph Bevilacqua, Hosted by Fred Frees. More info at: http://waterlogg.com
 
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Griddlecakes Radio
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Griddlecakes Radio...exploring the lost art of audio storytelling.
 
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2 Pages Of Mystery Podcast
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It's about great mystery stories, aspiring authors and the fun you can have putting the two together. The purpose here is to collect short mystery stories (see the "Rules/Submit" section of the website - 2pagesofmystery.com) and then we will turn them into published stories on the site AND create an audiobook / old-time radio program for release in the 2 Pages Of Mystery podcast.
 
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BMF Podcast
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Brick Moon Fiction is dedicated to imagining the future through speculative fiction from diverse voices.
 
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Truyện đêm muộn
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Podcast mang tên "truyện đêm muộn", khởi đầu với chương trình "đọc truyện đêm khuya" của kênh VOV2, đài tiếng nói Việt Nam.Chúng tôi chỉ để 5 podcast gần đây nhất.Note: The language of this podcast is Vietnamese, not English.We only keep 5 latest episodes available. Be sure to tune in before it's too late!–This is, currently, a syndication to the "Doc truyen dem khuya" program, bi-weekly broadcasted by VOV2. We are not endorsed by them however. Link to their program's website is here: http:/ ...
 
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Jorjeana Marie expresses all the longing of 12-year-old Crow discovered as an infant by Osh and Miss Maggie on an isolated Massachusetts island. Marie beautifully melds conflict and tenderness when Crow's questions about her original family can't be stilled. Osh and Miss Maggie help her piece together her fragmented past.Read the full audiofile ...…
 
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No Extra Words: the flash fiction podcast
 
Not what you think. This is what happens to the living that the dead don't have to deal with. "The Adequate News Report" gives us just the facts, and just the end. As in all good microfiction, you get to come up with the beginning. By Dan Seiters, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Dan's bio. Paul and Emma have had "A Death in the Famil ...…
 
Lions, tigers, and pirates abound on the Neverland. It’s almost impossible NOT to have an adventure! J. M. Barrie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. What do you get with The Classic Tales Podcast? Literary drama with Pride and Prejudice, Mystery with Sherlock Holmes, Science Ficti ...…
 
Through linked stories, Strout revisits the small-town she introduced in MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON. Kimberly Farr successfully delivers each flawed character - a mother and daughter, reunited after years apart, a fragile Vietnam War vet on the brink of a PTSD flashback, and the guilt a man feels over his father's long-ago sins. Read the full audio ...…
 
Continuing this month's theme Tyranny of History, writer Sam French delivers yet another fiendish, intelligent, and out-of-the box story - this one about a not-too-distant future classroom where every whim of kindergarten children must be indulged by powerless teachers in order to follow the blind faith motto "There is certainty in trust." What ...…
 
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Selected Shorts
 
Guest host Sonia Manzano presents love the modern way in two stories and a selection of posts to OK Cupid. These are read by Giullian Yao Gioiello and Colby Minifie. Then Jill Eikenberry reads "Ad," by Elizabeth Crane--a stream of consciousness exercise for the Personals column, and love overwhelms the characters in Andrea Barrett's "The Littor ...…
 
Anna Acton and Finlay Robertson deliver alternate chapters recounting the lives of Tess and Gus as they periodically intersect over 16 years. Robertson portrays Gus, who feels he's living in the shadow of his late brother, who was killed in a skiing accident. Events in both lives are dramatized skillfully with gusto and emotion.Read the full au ...…
 
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The Casket - New Short Stories
 
New Short Story presented by The Casket of Fictional Delights – ‘The Pool Man’ by Alyson Faye a regular guest author read by Rachael Beresford. A disturbing urban tale. The post Short Story – The Pool Man appeared first on The Casket of Fictional Delights.
 
Rafe, has been ‘out’ since he was 14. To escape labeling, he leaves Colorado for a private boy's school in New England. Pete Cross describes Rafe's uncomfortable inner feelings, and records how Rafe wrestles with honesty, hides truths in a romantic relationship, and finally faces the painful path to becoming his real self.Read the full audiofil ...…
 
Solo RPG Actual Play! Todd takes on a solo adventure printed in the 1984 Players Handbook of PARANOIA by West End Games! Will Todd survive Friend Computer? Also he attempts to unite the audiences of both TMPTC and Lo-Fi Story Time into one, including a story as a regular feature (at the 14:30-ish minute mark)! It's maximum geeky entertainment e ...…
 
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The Easy Chair with Laura Hurwitz
 
This week on The Easy Chair: “P.R. Story” by Deborah Zervas. Yes, P.R. may be the acronym for Public Relations, but in this case the initials are for the island of Deborah’s grandparents’ birth, Puerto Rico. Steph Spaulding and I first heard Deborah read this at a coffee house in New Haven and were absolutely blown away. Deborah has woven a pro ...…
 
In this rich and rewarding novel, full of sex and violence, Tully Truegood is in prison, accused of murder. There she writes a memoir of how she became a courtesan. Tully's story is more complex than the trope of the fallen woman, and Rachel Atkins’s performance brings all the squalor and beauty eighteenth-century London to life.Read the full a ...…
 
Gerard Doyle is the voice of Sean Duffy in the 6th book in this series set in Northern Ireland. Duffy, a cop in the Royal Ulster Constabulary, is on full alert, checking under his car for bombs and other dangers. When terror bursts into his home, threatening his family's safety, Duffy seriously reconsiders his career choice.Read the full audiof ...…
 
Karla Souza’s pitch-perfect Cammi, is an ultra-privileged teen whose life is transformed.Cammi's Mexican telenovela superstar mom moves the family to the US, and the kids at Polestar Academy assume Cammi's a scholarship kid. Playing along, Cammi explores the immigrant experience as "cultural undercover crusader.”Read the full audiofile review a ...…
 
Susannah Jones's high-speed pacing conveys Maeve's jangly thoughts and obsession with every potential scary outcome of her life—complete with anxiety-feeding facts. Maeve has reason for concern – she’s moving in with her father and his family for six months, while her mother and her new lover, are off working in Haiti.Read the full audiofile re ...…
 
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No Extra Words: the flash fiction podcast
 
One minute, one hundred words, one story. Click here to see the photo that inspired this story and here to learn how to submit your own work via Instagram.
 
Shadows can have a life of their own, you know. Especially when you come from the Neverland. J. M. Barrie, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. What do you get with The Classic Tales Podcast? Literary drama with Pride and Prejudice, Mystery with Sherlock Holmes, Science Fiction with ...…
 
BEARTOWN is, at heart, a hockey story, but it’s also a multifaceted study of humanity, integrity, and loyalty. Marin Ireland’s chameleon voice is devoted to developing character. She's captures the tired Beartown adults are waiting for a win in the finals to revitalize their town and the teenagers, filled with angst and bravado.Read the full au ...…
 
Guest host Jane Curtin presents readings from the blog Letters of Note, including letters by Elvis Presley, Katharine Hepburn, Jack the Ripper, and Queen Elizabeth II, among others. Readers include Jane Curtin, Kate Mulgrew, Phylicia Rashad, Jeremy Shamos, and Sam Underwood. Also, “Hearing from Wayne,” by Bill Franzen read by Jeremy Shamos and ...…
 
We love when this happens, it's what makes Brick Moon Fiction so exciting. This month's prompt was Tyranny of History - our writers were to riff on the notion that we are beholden to the tenants of history and not always in a good way. SEMantics is what one of our favorite writers Brandon Easton came up with. It is a few moments into the future ...…
 
Edoardo Ballerini skillfully delivers the fifth in the Lincoln Rhyme series. Rhyme and friends are off to Italy in pursuit of a serial killer called The Composer. Ballerini captures the impatient, brilliant wheel-chair bound Rhyme, the imperious Italian prosecutor, the earnest forest inspector, and the insane murderer. Read the full audiofile r ...…
 
Robin Miles delivers this intimate look at the rise of Chicago's electric blues and the Chess Record label in the late 1940s and 1950s. Miles produces myriad character voices and accents and the easy warmth and pulsating sense of discovery found in the book. A big-hearted story that can only be told with the rhythm of the blues.Read the full au ...…
 
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The New Yorker: The Writer's Voice - New Fiction from The New Yorker
 
Andrew Sean Greer reads his story from the June 19, 2017, issue of the magazine. Greer is the author of five books of fiction, including the novels, “The Confessions of Max Tivoli” and “The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells.” A new novel, “Less,” from which this story was adapted, will come out in July.…
 
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The Easy Chair with Laura Hurwitz
 
This week: Mightier Than the Sword is back! Stephanie Spaulding and I discuss our post-teaching summer plans, which for me includes following my agent’s directive and revising two manuscripts. I admit I am daunted, but itching to get started. Stephanie is eager to begin the process of self-publishing her collection of short stories. It’s the pe ...…
 
Back by popular demand, actor Stephen Lang reads, “Batman and Robin Have an Altercation”, a -shall we say- intense story about family, love, and dying by Stephen King (yes, THAT Stephen King). Host Aparna Nancherla talks to Stu Tinker, a Stephen King superfan from King’s hometown of Bangor, Maine (get ready for that accent!). For nearly 20 year ...…
 
Back by popular demand, actor Stephen Lang reads, “Batman and Robin Have an Altercation”, a -shall we say- intense story about family, love, and dying by Stephen King (yes, THAT Stephen King). Host Aparna Nancherla talks to Stu Tinker, a Stephen King superfan from King’s hometown of Bangor, Maine (get ready for that accent!). For nearly 20 year ...…
 
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Lo-Fi Story Time
 
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Peter Berkrot's stern tone is well suited to this puzzling mystery packed with plot twists and well-crafted complex characters. Mick McFarland, a top-shelf attorney, is defending his law school friend David who has lots of secrets—some surprising even Mick. Nothing is as it seems—even the murder could have been an accident. Read the full audiof ...…
 
In A Man of His Time by Kate T. Billingsley, a descendant of Supreme Court Chief Justice Taney (who handed down the disastrous 1857 Dred Scott decision) invites a descendant of Dred Scott to meet him at a highway diner halfway between Virginia and Vermont. Scott shows up. It stars Sam Waterston (The Killing Fields, “Law and Order,” “The Newsroo ...…
 
Cassandra Campbell's remarkable acting skills and lovely voice are perfect for this engrossing gothic mystery. Clare and Jess leave New York City for upstate New York, hoping to jumpstart their languishing writing careers. Campbell navigates the serpentine plot—including ghost sightings, suicides, murder, and madness.Read the full audiofile rev ...…
 
Join us on an adventure to Neverland with Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Wendy, Michael and John. J. M. Barrie , today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The Classic Tales Podcast, plea ...…
 
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No Extra Words: the flash fiction podcast
 
Up late wondering if they know what they are doing to memories of "My Last Husband." By Mary J. Breen, copyright 2013, used with permission. "My Last Husband" first appeared in The Waterhouse Review in January 2013. Read Mary's bio. Today's episode features a silly campfire story by Kris Baker Dersch. The three guardians of this podcast are Sub ...…
 
Gathered from primary sources and reasoned conjecture, the difficult formative years of Isaac Newton are chronicled. Steven Crossley is professorial, enthusiastic for his subject, and humorous as he reads preposterous period medicinal concoctions and Newton's list of his own boyhood sins—such as making pies on Sunday. Read the full audiofile re ...…
 
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Selected Shorts
 
Guest host David Sedaris presents two ruefully funny stories. Dorothy Parker skewers a boozy, possessive mother in "I Live on Your Visits," read by Celeste Holm. Then, a country wedding becomes a comedy of errors in Arthur Bradford's "Snakebite," read by John Benjamin Hickey.
 
In this episode of Dead Pilots Society, Ben Blacker and Andrew Reich interview Samantha McIntyre (Married, Bored to Death) regarding her dead pilot, Rollerworld. You'll also listen to a never-before-heard live table read of Rollerworld performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors like: Jane Levy as Shane, Allison Tolman as Krista, Adam ...…
 
Zack sweats it out in Navy Seals training, hoping no one discovers his hidden preference for guys. Tyler Stevens captures Zack's agonizing dilemma, wavering between coming out and bowing to family expectations. Then, a renovation project at his off-base housing brings Pike, and a chance at happily-ever-after for Zack.Read the full audiofile rev ...…
 
Doc, Penny, and Jojo are trapped in a cell in Obscurity. How will they ever save the Songoverse from in there? Written by Jonathan Mann, Jonathan Mitchell, and Joshua Perillo, with songs by Jonathan Mann. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.
 
Simone Lewis and Vikas Adam deliver adult film and Bollywood actor Sunny Leone's collection of erotic stories with Indian characters. Both narrators provide nuanced performances. They share the sensual nature of Leone's erotica, using delicate, twisting phrasing that sings with desire, longing, and love.Read the full audiofile review at http:// ...…
 
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The New Yorker: The Writer's Voice - New Fiction from The New Yorker
 
Will Mackin reads his story from the June 5 & 12, 2017, issue of the magazine. Mackin, who retired from the Navy in 2014, will publish his first story collection, “Bring Out the Dog,” next year.
 
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The Easy Chair with Laura Hurwitz
 
This week's episode: “Sook’s Karaoke Palace” an as-told-to-me synthesis of real-life, real-person anecdotes. I’m excited to finally emerge from my post-Trump creativity slump, plus, I really love how the narrative came together. It begins when Dan and his college buddies move off campus to an apartment belonging to Sook, a woman of Korean ances ...…
 
Colby Elliott exuberantly presents this wild and crazy story, set in Mississippi and Nashville, focused on the country music industry—its stars and some instances of behind-the-scenes corruption. Elliott's spot-on character voices include music executives, the latest superstar, and a constantly inquisitive journalist.Read the full audiofile rev ...…
 
Mozhan Marno epertly narrates this tale of training for an expedition to Mars. Prime Space, a private company, has selected three astronauts to send to Mars. They must withstand a 17-month long simulation of the trip to test their psychological and physical well-being allin intense isolation but under constant observation. Read the full audiofi ...…
 
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The New Yorker: The Writer's Voice - New Fiction from The New Yorker
 
Sherman Alexie reads his story from the June 5 & 12, 2017, issue of the magazine. Alexie has published twenty-five books, including the novel “Flight” and the story collections “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven” and “War Dances.” His memoir, “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me,” comes out this month.…
 
Ramon de Ocampo and Amielynn Abellera narrate this charming story, told from four points of view. We meet shy Virgil, brave Valencia, bullying Chet, and fortune-telling Kaori, whose middle-school lives intersect one summer day. An engaging, sensitive production offering keen perceptions on courage, fate, and friendship.Read the full audiofile r ...…
 
Sherlock Holmes investigates a series of strange hieroglyphs that cause unusual tension in a Norfolk family. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. Today’s show is made possible by those of you who are Classic Tales Podcast Financial Supporters. If you enjoy The ...…
 
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No Extra Words: the flash fiction podcast
 
This mini-episode launches our Instagram challenge! Click here to see the photo of the found poem that inspired the story. To participate in the Instagram challenge, find us on Instagram @noextrawords Be sure to follow #drabbleoninstagram and on Fridays look for our #foundpoetry
 
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Selected Shorts
 
Guest host David Strathairn presents three stories in which characters confess: Harris Yulin reads David Rakoff's essay "Isn't It Romantic," about how hard it is to write; James Thurber tells the tale of a family prank in "More Alarms at Night," read by Colin Quinn; and patients spy on their therapist in Meg Wolitzer's "Aout," read by Jill Eike ...…
 
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