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PRI: Selected Shorts Podcast

PRI: Selected Shorts Podcast

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It's story time for adults with NPR's award-winning series of short fiction read by the stars of stage and screen. Recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in NYC and on tour. A co-production of Symphony Space and WNYC, New York Public Radio.


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PRI Selected Sorts
Reviewer charisme
 May 13, 2009
Wow! I don't know how I had missed this! I am an avid audio book, listener... I love to listen!
These were so interesting, funny and entertaining... I loved each story! They are not too long, not too short. Very enjoyable!

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

Author: Symphony Space
Thu, Dec 01, 2016



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.




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Episode 9 Elliott Holt "Fem Care"

Author: Symphony Space
Tue, Nov 29, 2016


Annie is a market researcher for the feminine hygiene division of a health & beauty company. While the cool people work on marketing skin creams and cosmetics, she finds out how women feel about menstruation. It's a story complete with humor and humanity, differences and common bonds, and a recognition that sometimes it’s who you run into in the ladies’ room that matters. After the story, Aparna Nancherla talks to fellow writer and comedian Emily Heller about the differences between men and women and how they could both relate to Annie.

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Tiny, But Mighty: Stories by Lydia Davis

Author: Symphony Space
Thu, Nov 24, 2016


Guest host Jane Curtin presents four stories by Lydia Davis, a master of short-form fiction in which real-life situations are subtly altered to produce the funny and strange.  We hear “Can’t and Won’t,” “If at the Wedding (at the Zoo),” “The Party,” and “The Two Davises and the Rug,” read by Davis, Kaneza Schaal, Cristin Milioti, and Dylan Baker.  The final story, “The Egg Race,” is by John Updike.  In it, a high school reunion triggers memories and regrets.  It’s read by Alec Baldwin.

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Fateful Encounters

Author: Symphony Space
Thu, Nov 17, 2016


Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents three stories about fateful encounters.  Henry Slesar's "The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross" was a classic “Twilight Zone” episode about over-ambition, read by Leonard.  Leonard also reads Eric Schlich's "Head Over Knees," in which a teen's envy turns to empathy.  And Helen Oyeyemi dresses an old fairy tale in new clothes in “Dornicka and the St. Martin's Day Goose," read by Colby Minifie.

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Episode 8 Laura Lippman "The Crack Cocaine Diet"

Author: Symphony Space
Wed, Nov 16, 2016


From the New York Times bestselling mystery author of acclaimed stand-alones  and the award-winning Tess Monaghan series comes a darkly humorous story filled with delightfully unanticipated twists. The reader, This American Life regular Elna Baker, coincidentally brought a very personal angle to the story which she explains in an interview to host Aparna Nancherla. 

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Destiny

Author: Symphony Space
Thu, Nov 10, 2016


Guest host Kate Burton presents two stories about destiny.  A flaky wanna-be actor gets in over his head in Steve Almond's "God Bless America," read by Michael Urie.  And Heather O'Neill re-imagines a horror classic in a lighter vein in "The Isles of Dr. Moreau," read by Valorie Curry.

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Politics is Local

Author: Symphony Space
Thu, Nov 03, 2016


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.

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Episode 7 Hilary Mantel "The Long QT"

Author: Symphony Space
Mon, Oct 31, 2016


A story from the author of the best-sellers Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies and her most recent, the controversial and often wicked short story collection The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, in which we found the story you are about to hear. “The Long QT” features a standard, modern-day dilemma that delivers an entirely unexpected sort of fright at the end. Host Aparna Nancherla chats with champion open water swimmer, Lynne Cox, a real life survivor of the disorder Mantel's story is based upon. 

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Entering the Twilight Zone

Author: Symphony Space
Thu, Oct 27, 2016


Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents a tribute to the classic TV series, “The Twilight Zone,” including two stories that were featured on the show: Price Day’s “Four O’Clock,” read by Zachary Quinto, in which a man with awesome powers knows just how to improve the world.  And “Perchance to Dream,” by Charles Beaumont, in which the lines between sleeping and waking blur.  It’s read by Zach Grenier.  Roald Dahl’s “The Landlady,” is the perfect hostess, thinks the young man who comes to her door.  It’s read by Sam Underwood.

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You Might As Well Live: A Dorothy Parker Celebration

Author: Symphony Space
Thu, Oct 20, 2016


Guest host Jane Curtin presents sassy stories about sassy women from the legendary Dorothy Parker, including “The Sexes,” read by Parker Posey and “The Standard of Living” (two secretaries on a fantasy shopping spree), read by Hope Davis.  A cranky coffee shop employee with amazing luck keeps them company in Robert Coover’s “Waitress,” read by Sonia Manzano.   

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Episode 6 William Giraldi "Wonder Woman Was My Lover"

Author: Symphony Space
Mon, Oct 17, 2016


"My one and only female was an acrobat on the mattress, and the truth is, I miss her still." So begins our featured story.  Read by RISK! podcast host, Kevin Allison, this story takes us on a wild romp when Wonder Woman lands in the yard of a gay man. It's a story full of humor, sex, and sweetness,.  Writer William Giraldi is author of the novels Busy Monsters and Hold the Darkand the memoir The Hero's Body.

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Parents and Children

Author: Symphony Space
Thu, Oct 13, 2016


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.  

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Episode 5 Nathan Englander “What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank”

Author: Symphony Space
Mon, Oct 03, 2016


The critically acclaimed writer's story was recently selected as one of the Best American Stories of the past hundred years.  And just like all the stories here on Selected Short: Too Hot For Radio there are some adult moments - this story has grown people smoking dope, taking shots of vodka and keeping it real.  Actor Dylan Baker gives a tour de force reading that will keep you laughing and on the edge of your seat.  Also in this episode, Nathan chats by phone to host Aparna Nancherla from his temporary home in Malawi.

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Welcome to Selected Shorts: Too Hot For Radio

Author: Symphony Space
Mon, Aug 01, 2016


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 their thoughts?  Welcome to Selected Shorts: Too Hot For Radio!

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