Listen

 

1. John Lithgow, with a dramatic reading of the Manhattan White Pages (03:14)

 

2. Garrison Keillor, reading a  list of reasons for admission to a 19th-century insane asylum (02:10)

 

3. Alec Baldwin, reading the reported side effects of Ambien (02:01)

 

4. Dick Cavett, reading a list of newspaper corrections (03:18)

 

5. Barbara Rosenblat, reading a list of Roman Catholic patron saints (03:16)

 

6. Alec Baldwin, reading a list of Irish Heroes and Heroines, from James Joyce’s Ulysses (02:25)

 

7. John Lithgow, reading Royal Etiquette, or How to Behave When Presented to the Queen (03:19)

 

8. Garrison Keillor, reading a list of Sections in a Bookstore, from Italo Calvino’s If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler (01:54)

 

9. Alec Baldwin, reading from the Motion Picture Production Code of 1930, the “Hays Code” (04:24)

 

10. Renée Fleming, reading a list of characters from Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen (04:17)

 

11. F. Murray Abraham, with a dramatic reading of the Manhattan White Pages (03:53)

 

12. Garrison Keillor, reading a list of Biblical Begats from the Testament of Matthew, King James edition (02:14)

 

13. John Lithgow, reading a list of Shakespearean Insults (03:09)

 

14. F. Murray Abraham, reading a list of Collective Nouns from the Animal Kingdom (02:18)

 

15. John Lithgow, reading a list of Royal Epithets (03:10)

 

16. Dick Cavett, reading a list of Strange Medical Syndromes (02:52)

 

17. Garrison Keillor, reading the Menu of a Homecoming Feast, from Mark Twain’s A Tramp Abroad  (03:11)

 

18. F. Murray Abraham, reading a list of Phobias (02:33)

 

NOTE: These version are posted without intro and outros. The full broadcast versions can be heard at PRX: https://www.prx.org/series/35653-the-phone-book

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