Guest host Kate Burton presents three works in which women are subjects, objects, or catalysts. The Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood has excellent street cred as a feminist, with books like The Edible Woman and The Handmaid’s Tale. So she’s allowed to poke a little fun at political correctness, which she does in “There Was Once.” It's performed by Jane Kaczmarek, Rene Auberjonois, and Zach Grenier.
An actress is offered an unsympathetic part in "A Leading Role," by Tove Jansson, also read by Jane Kaczmarek. In Smith Henderson's "Treasure State," a young girl hitches a ride with runaway brothers. The reader is Michael Shannon.