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Spellbinding short stories by established and emerging writers take on a new life when they are performed by stars of the stage and screen.

Spellbinding short stories by established and emerging writers take on a new life when they are performed by stars of the stage and screen.
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New York, NY

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Spellbinding short stories by established and emerging writers take on a new life when they are performed by stars of the stage and screen.

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English

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Selected Shorts c/o Symphony Space 2537 Broadway New York, NY 10025-6990 212-864-5400


Episodes

Imaginary Worlds

1/18/2018
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Guest host Hope Davis presents two stories about imagined worlds. In “The Dreamlife of Toasters,” by Heather O’Neill, an android falls in love, and there are consequences. The reader is Yvette Nicole Brown. In Stefan Zweig’s “The Invisible Collection,” a blind man is able to “see” priceless drawings. It is performed by René Auberjonois Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration: 00:59:12


Dreaming Out Loud

1/11/2018
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Fantasy writer Neil Gaiman hosts a program featuring two of his own stories and a classic by John Collier. The title says it all in “When We Went to See the End of the World by Dawnie Morningside, Age 11¼,” read by “Criminal Minds” star Kirsten Vangness. Gaiman himself reads John Collier’s eerie “Evening Primrose,” about a secret society that inhabits a large department store. And we finish with another Gaiman, “July Tale,” in which a lovesick husband builds an igloo out of books. Gaiman...

Duration: 00:59:57


Crossing the Line

1/4/2018
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Guest host Denis O’Hare presents three stories that take things to extremes. In Simon Rich’s “Distractions,” we learn about a global conspiracy. Errin Hayes reads. The misanthrope in Douglas Lawson’s “Love in a Kitchen Garden” is cruel to his garden gnomes. Richard Kind reads. And Maulik Pancholy performs Emily Buckler’s “Brand Values,” a reality-bending tale about high-end leather. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration: 00:59:25


I Do, I Do

12/28/2017
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Guest host Jane Curtin presents two stories about marriage. In “Any Number of Little Old Ladies,” by Bruce Jay Friedman, a playwright uses his wife as a character and she’s not thrilled. Blythe Danner and Maulik Pancholy read. Another marriage is at risk in Roxanna Robinson’s “In Naples,” a trip that forces one woman to confront her feelings about her husband. Betty Buckley performs this delicate story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration: 01:01:09


Christmas Guests

12/21/2017
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Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents three stories for the holidays. In “One Christmas,” Truman Capote visits the father he hardly knew. John Shea is the reader. Grace Paley imagines what happens when a Jewish schoolgirl with “The Loudest Voice” is cast in the Christmas play; Linda Lavin reads. And Isaiah Sheffer reads James Thurber’s re-imagining of a famous poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” in the style of Ernest Hemingway. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration: 01:00:54


It’s a City of Strangers

12/14/2017
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Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents works about living, and not living, in New York City. A passenger and a taxi driver connect in John McNulty’s “The Television Helps, But Not Very Much,” read by Jason Biggs. Mia Dillon reads Joan Didion’s essay about leaving the city, “Goodbye to All That.” And we hear from some Humans of New York in selections from Brandon Stanton’s popular book and blog. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration: 00:59:36


Too Hot For Radio Anthony Tognazzini “Neighbors"

12/11/2017
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Today a story by the author Anthony Tognazzini that was part of an evening we recorded at Symphony Space with the literary journal, Electric Literature. It’s a story about being an outsider, and yet being the object of fascination at the same time. Tognazzini received a Pushcart nomination, an award from the Academy of American Poets, and fellowships to the Prague Summer Writers' Workshop and Ledig House Writer's Colony. He holds an MFA from Indiana University. The readers are well known...

Duration: 00:24:28


Discoveries

12/7/2017
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Guest host Jane Curtin presents works about questions and answers. From a program at the Southampton Writers Conference, Michael Tucker reads from Roger Rosenblatt's memoir The Boy Detective, and Billy Collins reads four of his poems. Then, a dangerous flirtation, in Bernard Malamud's “Notes from a Lady at a Dinner Party,” read by David Margulies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration: 00:58:36


Too Hot For Radio Bruce Jay Friedman “The Tax Man"

9/18/2017
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Bruce Jay Friedman has been hailed by critics as a comic genius, a writer whose vision confronts the malaise of contemporary life with a liberating deadpan humor. Friedman has published several novels, multiple collections of short stories, four plays, and several works of nonfiction. His short story “A Change of Plan” was adapted by Neil Simon and Elaine May into the movie The Heartbreak Kid. He wrote the movie scripts for Doctor Detroit, Stir Crazy, and Splash, for which he received an...

Duration: 00:31:53


Welcome to Selected Shorts: Too Hot For Radio

8/1/2016
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Over the years, Selected Shorts has recorded amazing stories that due to language issues or content advisories were, well, too hot for radio. Now we've unlocked the vault and we're bringing you all the steam, gore, and profanity that makes the FCC crazy in this new podcast. Hosted by comedian Aparna Nancherla, you’ll hear from some of our authors like Chuck Palahniuk and Simon Rich and readers like RISK podcast host Kevin Allison, and who knows who might pop into the studio to let us know...

Duration: 00:01:30