Selected Shorts

Sunday 5PM-6PM

Hosted by Isaiah Sheffer,Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story presents some of the finest artists in American theater and screen reading short fiction by classic, contemporary and bold new writers. 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.

Let Us Tell You a Story. Every week, great actors from stage, screen and television bring incredible stories to life. 

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Podcasts

  • Wednesday, September 10, 2014 8:41am
    Guest 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 11:01am
    A 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 11:38am
    Guest 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 6:33am
    Shame, 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.
  • Thursday, August 14, 2014 7:12am
    On this program, two stories about powerful maternal instincts, and hard choices. In Amy Hempel’s “Beg, SI Tog, Inc, Cont, Rep” two women make very different choices about childbearing. The reader is Anika Noni Rose. Guest host Jane Curtin reads Galina Vroman’s “Sarah’s Story,” a provocative retelling of the Old Testament narrative of Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac.