Radio Archive by Contributor

David Sedaris

David's the author of many bestselling books. Many stories from the early ones appeared first on the radio, before showing up in print.
  • Now We Are Five.

    517: Day At The Beach 01.31.2014

    David Sedaris comes from a big family, who for many years growing up, took annual vacations to ...DeathFamily

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  • Turn Around Bright Eyes.

    464: Invisible Made Visible 05.18.2012

    Ira Glass's sister once met David Sedaris, and commented that he was much nicer than she thought ...FunnyLive Performance

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  • Cry Me a Liver.

    415: Crybabies 09.24.2010

    A fable about being a crybaby, from David Sedaris' new book of animal fables, Squirrel Seeks ...FictionFunny

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  • Graveyard Shift.

    319: And the Call Was Coming from the Basement 10.27.2006

    One Halloween, David Sedaris decided to skip all the fake monsters and ghosts and zombies and ...DeathFunnyLive Performance

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  • Combo Platter.

    315: The Parrot and the Potbellied Pig 07.21.2006

    David Sedaris reads a new story that explores the age-old question: Can a parrot and a ...AnimalsFictionFunny

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  • Hello Kitty.

    309: Cat and Mouse 02.24.2006

    A story by David Sedaris about what happens when natural enemies meet, in an Alcoholics ...AlcoholAnimalsFiction

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  • So A Squirrel And A Chipmunk Walk Into A Bar.

    308: Star-Crossed Love 02.10.2006

    David Sedaris reads his new fable about a squirrel, a chipmunk, and a love that could never be. ...AnimalsFictionFunny

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  • An Animal Farm Christmas.

    305: The This American Life Holiday Spectacular 12.23.2005

    The great Christmas classics are all like fables. David Sedaris contributes his own, about ...AnimalsFictionFunny

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  • Adventures At Poo Corner.

    303: David and Goliath 12.02.2005

    Contributor David Sedaris uncovers a disturbing and hidden trend that's taking place where ...FunnyRetail/Commerce

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  • Cat Got Your Tongue.

    288: Not What I Meant 05.06.2005

    A fable about gossip and the service industry involving a cat and a baboon, by David Sedaris. ...AnimalsLive PerformanceRetail/Commerce

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  • Repeat After Me.

    277: Apology 11.05.2004

    A story by regular contributor David Sedaris involving his sister Lisa, a secret, and her very ...AnimalsLive Performancesiblings

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  • A Can Of Worms.

    257: What I Should've Said 01.16.2004

    David Sedaris wishes he could take back a wish. He's the author of Me Talk Pretty One Day and ...Food/Drinks/CookingLive PerformanceWriting

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  • Etiquette Lesson.

    241: 20 Acts in 60 Minutes 07.11.2003

    Author David Sedaris on cell phone usage in restrooms.

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  • It's Not Just The Aces That Are Wild.

    240: I'm In Charge Now 06.20.2003

    David Sedaris tells a story about how, as a teenager, he was scared of certain people...until he ...Live PerformanceSexualityTeenagers

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  • Act Three.

    235: The Balloon Goes Up 03.21.2003

    What's French for French Fries? David Sedaris has been following the diplomatic fiascoes of the ...Food/Drinks/CookingPolitics

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  • Act Five.

    225: Home Movies 11.08.2002

    David Sedaris tells a story about his mother who hated home movies, and how his brothers and ...FamilyFilm/Film Making

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  • The Lie That Binds.

    221: Fake I.D. 09.20.2002

    A story from David Sedaris about how the movie The End of the Affair almost ended his ...Film/Film MakingLiteratureRomance

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  • Conservation Of Energy And Matter.

    214: Family Physics 05.31.2002

    David Sedaris outlines an experiment he conducted with fluids and a tube and a bag. The result: ...FunnyLiteratureLive Performance

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  • Don't They Know It's Christmas After All.

    201: Them 12.07.2001

    David Sedaris reads a new story about what "they" do at Christmas. And by "they" of course, we ...FunnyHolidaysLive Performance

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  • To Make A Friend, Be A Friend.

    198: How to Win Friends and Influence People 11.02.2001

    David Sedaris has this instructive tale of how, as a boy, with the help of his dad, he tried to ...ChildhoodFriendshipFunny

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  • Far From Home.

    194: Before and After 09.21.2001

    David Sedaris talks about American and French reaction to the recent news in Paris, where he ...9/11CityTerrorism

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  • Ashes.

    193: Stories of Loss 09.14.2001

    How writer (and frequent This American Life contributor) David Sedaris and his family reacted ...CancerFamilyHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Accidental Deception.

    173: Three Kinds of Deception 12.15.2000

    David Sedaris tells the story of a subway ride he took in Paris. Two American tourists mistake ...FunnyLive PerformanceTravel

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  • Bubble Five.

    161: Million Bubbles 06.02.2000

    David Sedaris, author of Me Talk Pretty One Day, explains how the most important moments of your ...AutomobilesFathersParents

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  • The Youth In Asia.

    154: In Dog We Trust 03.10.2000

    When a pet dies, to what degree can it be replaced by another? And to what degree can pets ...AnimalsDeathFunny

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  • Santa Claus Vs. The Easter Bunny.

    148: The Angels Wanna Wear My Red Suit 12.24.1999

    Students in a French language class in Paris try to explain holiday customs to a woman from ...EducationFunnyHolidays

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  • More Powerful Than A Locomotive.

    141: Invisible Worlds 10.01.1999

    One of the most powerful forces in a room can be the thing that is unspoken between people. Five ...ChildrenFamilyFathers

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  • The Family That Reads Together.

    137: The Book That Changed Your Life 08.20.1999

    The story of a book that changed a family's life, but only temporarily and not for the better. ...ChildhoodLiteratureSexuality

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  • The Game.

    136: You Are Here 08.06.1999

    It can be frightening to get lost, but what if you could adapt the thrill of being lost, the ...Travel

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  • Papa Was Not A Rolling Stone.

    104: Music Lessons 06.05.1998

    A case study of how children are asked to live the unlived lives of their parents. Author David ...ChildhoodFathersFunny

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  • Fatty Suit.

    99: I Enjoy Being A Girl, Sort Of 04.10.1998

    David Sedaris with a parable of the pressures on modern women, and how one woman — his sister — ...FamilyFatherssiblings

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  • Negative.

    97: Death to Wacky 03.20.1998

    David Sedaris tells true stories of photographers who try to take pictures of him which will ...ArtBusinessLiterature

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  • Front Row Center With Thaddeus Bristol.

    87: A Very Special Sedaris Christmas 12.19.1997

    David Sedaris reads this story. A high-powered theater critic applies his critical skills to the ...ChildrenFunnyHolidays

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  • Based On A True Story.

    87: A Very Special Sedaris Christmas 12.19.1997

    A Hollywood TV producer tries to convince a church of evangelical Christians to sell out a ...FunnyHolidaysLiterature

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  • Ashes.

    82: Haunted 10.31.1997

    David Sedaris, on his mother's lung cancer. (11 minutes)CancerFamilyHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Still Life.

    73: Blame It on Art 08.22.1997

    David Sedaris recounts his shameful career as a performance artist. Recorded before a live ...FunnyJobs/EmploymentLive Performance

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  • Smuggler.

    60: Business of Death 04.18.1997

    Writer David Sedaris on an unwelcome surprise in a toilet — a turd. (14 minutes)FunnyLive Performance

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  • World Premiere.

    57: Delivery 03.14.1997

    David Sedaris play, with Toby Wherry and Penelope Boyer. (13 minutes)FunnyRadioTheater

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  • Plague Of Tics.

    52: Edge of Sanity 01.31.1997

    David Sedaris tells a story from his boyhood, when a voice inside his head commanded him to lick ...ChildhoodEducationFamily

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  • More Animals Eating Other Animals.

    49: Animals 01.10.1997

    An original radio drama called "Kathleen on the Carpet," in which animals talk and hold their ...AnimalsFunnyLegal System

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  • Santaland Diaries.

    47: Christmas and Commerce 12.20.1996

    The diaries are about David's two Christmas seasons working as an elf in Macy's department store ...FunnyHolidaysJobs/Employment

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  • Act Three.

    44: Poultry Slam 1996 11.29.1996

    Writer David Sedaris tells of the giddiness he felt when he purchased a taxidermy's turkey head— ...Animals

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  • In the Nude.

    35: Fall Clearance Sale 09.06.1996

    David Sedaris reads from his story "Naked." (21 minutes)FunnyTravel

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  • Act One.

    28: Detectives 07.12.1996

    Writer David Sedaris remembers the days his mother and sister played armchair detective, and the ...ChildhoodCrimeFamily

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  • I Like Guys.

    27: The Cruelty of Children 06.21.1996

    David Sedaris reads one of his funniest and most affecting stories from his book Naked before a ...ChildhoodFriendshipFunny

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  • Act One.

    23: Drama Bug 05.10.1996

    David Sedaris reads his story of getting the drama bug. (14 minutes)Theater

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  • Continuation of Act One. More drama.

    23: Drama Bug 05.10.1996

    David Sedaris continues his story. (10 minutes)Theater

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  • More Animals Eating Other Animals.

    12: Animals 01.31.1996

    An original radio drama called "Kathleen on the Carpet," in which animals talk and hold their ...AnimalsChildrenTheater

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  • Another Dave.

    11: Enemies 01.24.1996

    Sarah Thyre reads author David Sedaris' "The Last Time You'll Ever Hear from Me," a story of the ...DeathFictionFriendship

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  • Prologue.

    6: Christmas 12.22.1995

    A Christmas radio play by David Sedaris and the Pinetree Gang (28 minutes).HolidaysMusicTheater

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  • Act Two.

    4: Vacations 12.08.1995

    Contributor David Sedaris tells a story about discovering the possibilities—and pitfalls—of ...ChildhoodFamilyFilm/Film Making

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