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, September 17, 2014 8:14amGuest host Robert Sean Leonard presents two stories with too much information. Raymond Carver’s “Feathers,” about an odd couple, is read by Leonard, and in Donald Barthelme’s “The School” class projects suffer from blight. It’s read by Laura Esterman.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 7:41amGuest host Robert Sean Leonard presents three stories about food, family, and friendship. Secrets are revealed at a Christmas party in Ann Beattie’s “Where You’ll Find Me,” read by Jane Kaczmarek; the narrator of Haruki Murakami’s “The Year of Spaghetti” is using pasta to keep the world away. Michael Imperioli reads. In Marina Keegan’s “Reading Aloud” an elderly volunteer forms a bond with her blind client; Rita Wolf is the reader.
Thursday, September 4, 2014 10:01amA long marriage and the Tweedledum and Tweedledee of the nuclear age in stories hosted by Wyatt Cenac. Sherman Alexie offers a portrait of the courtship and long marriage of two Native Americans in “Do You Know Where I Am?” read by Keir Dullea. In Donald Barthelme’s “Game,” two paranoid men are sequestered with the atom bomb. David Strathairn reads.
Thursday, August 28, 2014 10:38amGuest host Jane Curtin talks with Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich of Radiolab about stories they curated for SELECTED SHORTS—Jenny Hollowell’s whirlwind “The History of Everything Including You,” performed by Kyra Sedgwick, and Paul Broks’ “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” in which a man leaves his own life. Jane Curtin reads. And a young boy tries to stop time in “Getting Closer,” by Steven Millhauser, performed by Isaiah Sheffer.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 5:33amShame, longing, and passion lie beneath the surface lives of the characters in these three stories. Guest Colm Toibin talks about respectability betrayed in his story “A Priest in the Family,” read by Lois Smith. In James Salter’s “Dusk,” read by Amy Ryan, a middle-aged woman faces a loveless future with grace, and two couples meet and part over “The Bureau,” in a J. Robert Lennon short read by Kirsten Vangsness.