Selected Shorts presents some of the finest artists in American theater and screen reading short fiction by classic, contemporary and bold new writers. Selected Shorts is a weekly public radio show broadcast on over 130 stations to about 300,000 listeners. It is produced by Symphony Space and WNYC Radio, and distributed by Public Radio International.
Each program is recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in Manhattan. The programs have featured works by master writers, from Chekhov to Wharton and Hemingway; stories by contemporary greats from John Updike to Alice Walker; and the fresh works of new literary talents, from Pulitzer Prize-winning Jhumpa Lahiri to promising newcomers like Rattawut Lapchararoensap and Etgar Keret.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 10:55amFour tales about the lighter side of love, from rib-tickling to rueful. Comic master Dorothy Parker is stuck with a dull dinner date in “But the One on the Right,” read by Christina Pickles; comic Wyatt Cenac spins Simon Rich’s remix of the Occupy Movement as a tale unrequited love in “Occupy Jen’s Street;” and Kirsten Vangsness gives us rocky romance in “Starting from Happy,” by Patricia Marx, and a married couple with an unusual issue in “People are Becoming Clouds,” by Joe Meno.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 1:06pmWriter Heidi Julavits and artist Leanne Shapton return for another show featuring readings from Women in Clothes, their bestselling compendium that addresses the rich, complex relationship women have with clothes. Sonia Manzano and Justin Vivian Bond read the selections. Also, a woman is comically parted from her hat in a small-town classic by Max Steele. Paul Hecht reads “The Hat of My Mother.”
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 8:40amGuest host John Lithgow introduces two stories about strong women. The English writer E. Nesbit puts a satirical spin on the Rapunzel story in “Melisande.” The reader is Jane Curtin. In Barbara Kingsolver’s “Fault Lines,” the narrator has lost her husband to an industrial accident, and can’t come to terms with his death until her brilliant son, and an earthquake, realign her with the universe. Jill Eikenberry reads.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 12:39pmGuest host BD Wong presents tales in which identity is questioned, and true selves are revealed. Karen Russell’s “Reeling for the Empire,” is an eerie take on the idea of exploited workers. It’s read by Kaneza Schall. Ben Loory’s “The Dodo” finds that appearances are deceiving; it’s read by Andre Holland. In “The Secretary,” an executive is strangely drawn to his glamorous but elusive assistant. The reader is Arian Moayed
Thursday, March 19, 2015 6:36amTeju Cole’s Twitter-based faction project “Small Fates 1912” (newspaper headlines rendered as short shorts) is performed by Blythe Danner and Jeffrey Wright. And old frenemies in Chennai are caught up in disaster in Salman Rushdie’s “In the South,” performed by Michael Stuhlbarg.