The Chronicles of Now

The Chronicles of Now

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Short fiction torn from today’s headlines. Each week, our favorite authors write an original story inspired by the news. Featuring Curtis Sittenfeld, Roxane Gay, Colum McCann, Carmen Maria Machado and more. Because in a world gone haywire, sometimes art is the only thing to make sense of it all. Hosted by Ashley C. Ford.


Tommy Orange: Reopening
Sep 2 • 20 min
As schools reopen across the country, parents are facing another round of pandemic fear and uncertainty: How safe will their kids be and for how long? And can life—and work—finally take on some semblance of normalcy? Tommy Orange, the bestselling author…
Dantiel W. Moniz: What You Make It
Aug 26 • 17 min
As protests erupted across the nation this summer, heavily armed militias stood off against Black Lives Matter supporters in some cities. In July, a Florida sheriff even threatened to deputize all civilian gun owners to protect Jacksonville from…
Laura van den Berg: 3D
Aug 19 • 18 min
Now that Joe Biden has selected a female VP and finally claimed the nomination, can we talk about his long, weird, handsy history with women? Laura van den Berg, the author of the new story collection I Hold a Wolf by the Ears, explores why some women…
Curtis Sittenfeld: Breeze Point
Aug 12 • 18 min
The most uplifting news of the past six months? Two giant pandas in Hong Kong finally mate after ten years, when their zoo is closed to visitors due to Covid. But what if there was another reason it took so long for them to get into the mood? An alternate…
Hannah Lillith Assadi: The People of Music
Aug 5 • 23 min
The New York Times recently revealed a top-secret Pentagon unit tasked with investigating encounters between UFOs and military pilots. Which got Hannah Lillith Assadi, the author of Sonora, wondering: If aliens touch down on earth in the near future, what…
John Wray: Status Report
Jul 29 • 13 min
In late June, President Trump visited Yuma, Arizona to celebrate 200 new miles of border wall declaring, “It stopped COVID, it stopped everything.” John Wray, the acclaimed author of five novels, including most recently Godsend, imagines what the border…
J. Courtney Sullivan: Proof
Jul 22 • 17 min
Three billion birds have gone missing in North America over the past 50 years. Or is that fake news? J. Courtney Sullivan, the New York Times bestselling author of five novels, including her most recent, Friends and Strangers, tells the stories of two…
Ben Fountain: Rules of Special Measures
Jul 13 • 18 min
What if instead of dropping off our stereos, cocktail sets and coffee tables, all those sleek white vans that sneak through our streets took our possessions away? You might call them “Recovery Operations,” imagines Ben Fountain, the award-winning author…
Manuel Gonzales: The Extinction Show
Jul 8 • 12 min
Who knew extinction could be the hottest ticket in town? Manuel Gonzales, the author of The Regional Office Is Under Attack! and The Miniature Wife, imagines a time when people pay to attend Extinction Witnessing Events. It’s a dark, far-fetched idea. And…
Roxane Gay: String Theory
Jul 8 • 19 min
Covid-19 has made us all prisoners of our homes. And at times, our families. If the pandemic goes well into 2021, what will an extended quarantine do to our relationships, our country, our daily lives? Roxane Gay, the best selling author of Bad Feminist…
Jess Walter: The Ponz
May 27 • 18 min
Michael Cohen, Trump’s infamous fixer, was just released from prison to home confinement. Jess Walter, author of the international bestseller Beautiful Ruins, imagines Cohen’s life in the slammer: betterment, celebrity, and the cellmate down the hall—The…