Guest host Stephen Colbert presents stories in which objects change lives. In Jack Finney's "Where the Cluetts Are," a wealthy couple builds an authentic Victorian house, and they're caught up its mood. The reader is Philip Casnoff. In "Lederhosen," by Haruki Murakami, a pair of shorts is a marital game-changer. Aasif Mandvi reads.
Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents two sweet tales of happily ever after. In Maile Meloy's "The Proxy Marriage," the shy hero marries the love of his life over and over. The reader is Patricia Kalember. And Anne Meara performs "The Worm in the Apple," John Cheever's tale of a marriage so perfect no one can believe it.
The American master John Updike uncovered the extraordinary in the ordinary in stories written over 50 years. In "Unstuck" a minor mishap strengthens a young couple's marriage. Guest host Jane Kaczmarek is the reader. Two-time Oscar winner Sally Field reads Updike's "Playing with Dynamite," in which an aging man looks back on his life and loves.
Hosts of the hit podcast offer up some of their favorite weird stories by Will Eno, Yoko Ogawa, Shirley Jackson, Patricia Lockwood, and Mallory Ortberg, performed by Cecil Baldwin, Marin Ireland, Dylan Marron, and Mara Wilson.
Fantasy writer Neil Gaiman presents four eerie tales. Disaster looms for a busy dentist in Charles Baxter’s “Through the Safety Net,” read by Becky Ann Baker. Mark Richard’s “Strays” refers to dogs and two woeful kids. Gaiman reads his own chilling “Click-Clack, The Rattlebag,” and John Cameron Mitchell reads Gaiman’s “October Tale.”