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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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PRI

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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

Twice Told: Stories Inspired by Books

3/14/2019
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Guest host Michael Cerveris presents four stories inspired by other books and authors. Immigrants collide at Wal-Mart in Juan Martinez's “Best Worst American,” read by Cristin Milioti. An old friendship is strained in Namwali Serpell 's "Double Men," read by Nikki M. James. Seth Fried re-imagines Kafka's "Metamorphosis"; the reader is Jennifer Mudge. And Dino Buzzati visits "Kafka's Houses" on trip to Prague. The reader is Tony Roberts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:59:50

Rituals

3/7/2019
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Guest host Hope Davis presents two stories about rituals. A young author takes a glamorous older woman to lunch and all does not go well in “The Luncheon” by Jeffrey Archer, performed by Jefferson Mays. And host Davis performs Amy Bloom’s touching story “Love is Not a Pie,” in which family secrets, and family bonds, are shared after a funeral. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:59:41

Longings and Secrets

2/28/2019
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Guest host David Strathairn presents two stories about longing. In Peter Carey’s “American Dreams,” a small Australian community is transformed into a tourist destination by a bizarre bequest. Strathairn is the reader. And writer and actor Lisa Fugard performs her own beautiful “Night Calls,” about a lonely widower, his young daughter, and an endangered bird. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:00:03

Against All Odds

2/21/2019
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Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents two stories about people who beat the odds. In Lauren Groff’s “At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners,” read by Amy Ryan, a sensitive boy grows up in a house full of snakes. Then, writer Kiese Laymon recalls coming of age in racist Jackson, Mississippi in his memoir “How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America,” read by Brandon J. Dirden. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:59:08

Not Quite Human with John Darnielle

2/14/2019
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Guest host John Darnielle presents two of his favorite weird stories. In Amparo Davila’s “Moses and Gaspar,” a grieving man has inherited two—creatures—from his dead brother. But what in the world are they? Peter Jay Fernandez reads. A slick salesman has a little something extra up his sleeve in Dennis Etchison’s “The Pitch,” read by Michael Shannon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:59:05

Overcome: A Valentine’s Day Special

2/7/2019
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Guest host Michael Cerveris presents three unusual love stories. A goofy guy meets the girl of his dreams in a really strange way in "Chainsaw Apple," by Arthur Bradford, read by Josh Radnor. Russian novelist Vladimir Nabokov recalls a ten-year-olds' "First Love," read by Edward Herrmann. And a desperate housewife's plans for adventure are foiled in Dorothy Thomas's "The Getaway," read by Mia Dillon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:59:14

No Place Like Home: Best American Short Stories 2018

1/31/2019
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Guest host Maulik Pancholy presents two selections from this year’s Best American Short Stories anthology, with comments by this year’s guest editor, Roxane Gay. In “Suburbia,” by Amy Silverberg, a young girl leaves home for the first time, and both she, and it, are transformed. The reader is Martha Plimpton. “Everything is Far from Here,” by Cristina Henriquez, goes to the heart of the country’s immigration crisis with an affecting portrait of a migrant mother and her son. It’s performed by...

Duration:01:01:14

Growing Pains

1/24/2019
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Guest host David Sedaris presents three stories about growing up and rites of passage. A young woman is drawn into a social charade in Joyce Carol Oates' "Nairobi," read by Alison Pill. Best friends re-examine their relationship in Amy Hempel's "The Most Girl Part of You," read by Kate Burton. And Rick Moody follows two brothers from childhood to maturity in "Boys," read by BD Wong. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:59:12

Dangerously Funny: George Saunders & Carrie Brownstein

1/17/2019
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Guest host Josh Radnor presents works by Carrie Brownstein and George Saunders. Brownstein reads from her memoir “Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl.” BD Wong performs Saunders’ “My Chivalric Fiasco,” about a goofy knight errant at a Renaissance Fair, and Anthony Rapp performs Saunders’ “Sticks”, a brief portrait of an eccentric dad. We also hear Brownstein and Saunders in conversation with Radnor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:58:56

Moving On

1/10/2019
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Guest host Jane Curtin presents three stories about emotional transitions—what happens after divorce, or the death of a loved one? In our first, prankish story by Ron Carlson, lunch with an ex becomes an Olympic sport. The reader is Sean Astin. Tom Barbash’s thoughtful story “The Women” explores the very different ways a father and son cope with the loss of a wife and mother. Michael Imperioli is the reader. And we finish with an elegant classic by the French writer Colette, read by Barbara...

Duration:00:59:15

Morality Tales

1/3/2019
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Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents four stories with lessons for us. In T.C. Boyle’s “The Five-Pound Burrito,” a chef goes over the top. Santino Fontana reads. A lonely millennial learns that you can’t hurry puppy love in “Love (or Live Cargo)” by Nancy Jooyoun Kim, read by Valorie Curry. Military acronyms can’t disguise the emotional toll of war in Phil Klay’s “OIF,” read by Brandon J. Dirden; and The Last Supper may be depicted in “The Tablecloth of Turin,” by Ron Carlson, read by Edi...

Duration:00:58:28

New Beginnings

12/27/2018
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Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents two stories about new beginnings and missed connections. Philip K. Dick’s classic sci-fi story “Beyond Lies the Wub” asks what it is to be human. The reader is Denis O’Hare. And a Russian émigré eagerly awaits the New York City of his dreams in Lara Vapnyar’s “Waiting for the Miracle,” read by David Costabile. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:59:54

Tough Love for the Holidays

12/20/2018
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Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents three provocative holiday stories. An ambitious tree learns a life lesson in “The Fir Tree,” by Hans Christian Andersen, performed by James Naughton; God lets her hair down in “Interview with God,” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, performed by James Naughton and Jayne Atkinson; and a gangster is not so jolly in Kurt Vonnegut’s hilarious “A Present for Big Saint Nick,” performed by Tate Donovan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:59:20

A Child’s-Eye View: Stories by John Irving

12/13/2018
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Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents excerpts from works by novelist John Irving. Orphans are cared for by a tough guy and a tough dog in "The Broken Side-view Mirror," read by Yul Vazquez. A teenager is smitten by a librarian in an excerpt from In One Person, read by Michael C. Hall. And a philandering children's book author entertains "Unhappy Mothers," in a reading by Heather Burns from A Widow for One Year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:59:11

Rites of Passage: Stories from The Paris Review

12/6/2018
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Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents stories from the legendary literary magazine The Paris Review. Umberto Eco has a really big fish in “How to Travel with a Salmon,” read by Jin Ha. A mother mourns her son with his difficult friends in “Marabou,” by Joy Williams, read by Michael Emerson. In George Fox’s “The Twenty-Sixth Second” a WWII veteran has a secret. It’s read by Linda Lavin. And host Leonard finishes up with a story set on the day of the Nazi occupation of Paris, “The Hat,” by...

Duration:01:01:00

Guilty Consciences

11/29/2018
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Guest host David Sedaris presents two stories about people who have guilty consciences—or ought to. In “Juniper Tree,” by Lorrie Moore, a trio of old friends visits a fourth friend—who’s just died. It’s read by Jill Eikenberry. And there’s a poison pen at work in a picturesque town, in Shirley Jackson’s “The Possibility of Evil,” read by Dana Ivey. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:59:20

Truth and Consequences with A.M. Homes and T.C. Boyle

11/22/2018
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Guest host Jane Curtin presents provocative stories by T.C. Boyle and A.M. Homes. In Boyle’s“Top of the Food Chain,” a government program wreaks havoc with Mother Nature. It’s performed by Zach Grenier. In “A Prize for Every Player,” Homes locates a charming family fantasy in a big box store. Jane Curtin is the reader. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:00:14

Parents and Children

11/15/2018
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Guest host Kate Burton presents two stories about parents and children. A mother and daughter remember the past differently in Tessa Hadley's "Matrilineal," performed by Patricia Kalember. And a surprising offer divides two families in "In the Country," by Guy de Maupassant, performed by Thomas Gibson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:58:30

Only Human: Anton Chekhov

11/8/2018
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Guest host Jane Curtin presents works by Anton Chekhov that were part of a celebration sponsored by Columbia University and hosted by Chekhov scholar Laura Strausfeld. We’ll hear “A Drama,” performed by Cynthia Nixon—an ambitious writer overwhelms her idol; “Rapture,” performed by Robin Miles, Sam Underwood, Rainn Wilson, and Di Zhu—a young man enjoys his 15 minutes of fame; “Which is Better?,” performed by Rainn Wilson—Chekhov debates the merits of schools vs. pubs; and “Verotchka,”...

Duration:01:02:28

Politics is Local

11/1/2018
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Guest host Kate Burton presents three stories about politics and voting, at home and abroad. In Chinau Achebe's "The Voter," a wily Nigerian campaign worker has a dilemma. Arthur French reads. Humorist Simon Rich turns a world-famous protest into a doomed courtship, in "Occupy Jen's Street," read by Wyatt Cenac. And a feisty voter gets the last word in“Taking Ms. Kezee to the Polls,” by David Haynes, read by Michael Genét. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:00:21