Today's story isn't about the eternal being who created and preserves all things, but another kind of god, a god that manages to take down a frat house. The idea for Benjamin Nugent's story “God" came from one of his students. He explains: “One of my best creative writing students, Megan Kidder, a well mannered girl from rural Maine with dyed black hair, a silver nose ring, and a studded belt dropped by my office and informed me, ‘I wrote a poem about how this one guy prematurely ejaculated…'” "God" was published in The Paris Review and host Aparna Nancherla talks to the editor of that magazine, Lorin Stein, in this program. The story is read by actor Justin Kirk, best known for his roles in the screen adaptation of Angels in America and his years on the TV show Weeds.
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson are joined by Ta-Nahisi Coates to discuss the situation in Baltimore following the death of a black man while in police custody. They also talk about recent Supreme Court arguments over marriage equality and