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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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Guilty Consciences

Author: Selected Shorts / Panoply
Thu, Jan 19, 2017


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.

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Against All Odds

Author: Selected Shorts / Panoply
Thu, Jan 12, 2017


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.

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Episode 11 Roxane Gay "How"

Author: Selected Shorts / Panoply
Mon, Jan 09, 2017


From award-winning American feminist writer, Roxane Gay, we feature a powerful story about feeling trapped and wanting to run away. "How" is from Gay's new story collection Difficult Women which explores women's lives and issues of race, class and sex.  Yes, it's a dark story, but hopeful, too.  Reader Amber Tamblyn, a friend of Gay's, is known for her work on The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Joan of Arcadia and Two and A Half Men.

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New Beginnings

Author: Selected Shorts / Panoply
Thu, Jan 05, 2017


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 ?migr? eagerly awaits the New York City of his dreams in Lara Vapnyar’s “Waiting for the Miracle,” read by David Costabile.

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Worst Case Scenarios

Author: Selected Shorts / Panoply
Thu, Dec 29, 2016


Guest host Hope Davis presents funny four tales about things going wrong.  George Saunders imagines “Lars Farf, Excessively Fearful Father and Husband,” as read by James Naughton.  A kindergartener has a secret in “Charles,” by Shirley Jackson, read by Lois Smith.  The big bang is coming, in “Game,” by Donald Barthelme, read by David Strathairn.  And Isaiah Sheffer offers up “Lamentations of the Father,” by Ian Frazier.

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Episode 10 Casper Kelly "Frequently Asked Questions"

Author: Selected Shorts / Panoply
Mon, Dec 26, 2016


The well known comedic writer, Casper Kelly, brings a hilarious story that starts with a simple premise that quickly goes off the rails. Kelly is well known to Adult Swim fans as the writer and director of the viral video hit, "Too Many Cooks," as well as the shows Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell, and Stroker and Hoop.  "Frequently Asked Questions" is from his short story collection, More Stories About Spaceships and Cancer.  Today's reader, Peter Sagal, is well known to NPR fans from his hosting duties from the popular quiz show, Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me.

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Not How I Imagined It: Holiday Special

Author: Selected Shorts / Panoply
Thu, Dec 22, 2016


Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents four holiday tales--two merry, and two a little melancholy.  First, David Rakoff's account of playing the father of psychoanalysis in a department store window.  His "Christmas Freud" is read by Jon Glaser.  Next, a middle-aged woman awaits a new love, in Edna O'Brien's "Violets," read by Fionnula Flanagan.  A young man returns in William Maxwell's "Homecoming," read by Keir Dullea.  And Calvin Trillin wants to get out of town in his ditty "Christmas in Qatar," which he reads himself.  

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In an Instant

Author: Selected Shorts / Panoply
Thu, Dec 15, 2016


Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents two stories about big moments in small lives.  Teju 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.

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Family Ties

Author: Selected Shorts / Panoply
Thu, Dec 08, 2016


David Sedaris presents the three unconventional stories about family ties.  In Amy Hempel’s “The Dog of the Marriage,” a discarded wife finds abiding love among seeing- eye dogs.  The reader is Joan Allen.  Veronica Geng makes fun of traditional wedding announcements in “Partners”, read by Michael Cerveris, Patricia Kalember, and Isaiah Sheffer.  And William Hurt reads Tobias Wolff’s moving father-son story “Nightingale.” 

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

Author: Selected Shorts / Panoply
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: Selected Shorts / Panoply
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: Selected Shorts / Panoply
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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Episode 8 Laura Lippman "The Crack Cocaine Diet"

Author: Selected Shorts / Panoply
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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Episode 7 Hilary Mantel "The Long QT"

Author: Selected Shorts / Panoply
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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Welcome to Selected Shorts: Too Hot For Radio

Author: Selected Shorts / Panoply
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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