A how-to by Junot Diaz, from his book Drown.
Richard Bausch reads his story Letter to the Lady of the House.
Writer Donald Antrim's The Hundred Brothers, and the question: What happens when we grow up? (24 minutes)
A man tries to calculate what love costs. From Lydia Davis's book Break It Down, read by actor Matt Malloy.
This episode originally included a story by reporter Stephen Glass (no relation to Ira) about an internship at George Washington's former plantation, which we have removed because of questions about its truthfulness.
There can be consequences for reading other people's mail.
Ron Carlson's short story.
We begin to hear a story by Scott Carrier.
Actor Michael Stumm reads from fireman and fiction writer Larry Brown's book On Fire.
"Edison, New Jersey," a story about delivering pool tables from Junot Diaz's book Drown.
Short fiction by George Saunders.
Fiction writer George Saunders reads his story "Offloading for Mrs Schwartz," from his book CivilWarLand in Bad Decline. It's the story of someone who can't get over the death of his ex-wife.
Even the most innocent office job can take over your life. A story by fiction writer Daniel Orozco about one such job.
Scott Carrier's Haiku stories. Scott is the author of Running After Antelope.
Original fiction by Ira Sher about a group of children who find a man trapped in a well but decide not to get him any help.
Audio artist Gregory Whitehead weaves a story of sexual discovery. And This American Life producer Nancy Updike makes an odd discovery about condom use ... or the lack thereof.
Sarah Thyre reads author David Sedaris' "The Last Time You'll Ever Hear from Me," a story of the ultimate Machiavellian scheming.
A story about quitting by Sandra Tsing Loh.
Lisa Buscani reads a two-part story about not being able to quit something or someone. The piece was written for This American Life.
A story about Christmas at Juvenile Court by Chicago novelist/editor Reginald Gibbons.