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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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The Kids Aren’t All Right

Author: Selected Shorts / Panoply
Thu, Mar 30, 2017


Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents two stories in which children are at risk.  In Elizabeth Spencer’s eerie “On the Hill,” read by Leonard, a strange couple may have a secret.  Teju Cole talks about the power of rumor and prejudice at an exclusive Nigerian girls’ school in “Modern Girls.”  The read is Zainab Jah.   

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Dangerously Funny: George Saunders & Carrie Brownstein

Author: Selected Shorts / Panoply
Thu, Mar 23, 2017


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.

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Episode 16 Jess Walter “Helpless Little Things”

Author: Selected Shorts / Panoply
Mon, Mar 20, 2017


From the best-selling author Beautiful Ruins, a story about a drug dealing Portland con artist voiced by actor Denis O'Hare who seems to have the perfect scam going, until it all goes wrong.  Jess Walter talks to Aparna about where he gets his inspiration from, reading his reviews, and how he handles the dreaded writer's block.

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Three Boys and a Girl

Author: Selected Shorts / Panoply
Thu, Mar 16, 2017


Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents four stories in which boys—and one girl—encounter adventures.   David Hyde Pierce reads an excerpt from E.B. White’s classic about intrepid mouse Stuart Little; Malachy McCourt reads James Joyce’s tale of thwarted young love, “Araby;” in Andrew Lam’s “The Palmist” a teenager hears his future; the reader is James Naughton.  And a father and daughter glide out of an airplane in “Flying” by Stephen Dixon, read by Thomas Gibson.   

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Growing Pains

Author: Selected Shorts / Panoply
Thu, Mar 09, 2017


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.




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Episode 15 Justin Taylor “A Talking Cure"

Author: Selected Shorts / Panoply
Mon, Mar 06, 2017


From the the author of Flings, The Gospel of Anarchy, and Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever comes a story about a couple questioning the inevitability of their relationship.  Read by Criminal Minds actress Kirsten Vangsness, it's a story that our friends at Electric Literature described as “a veritable potpourri of intellectual, neurotic, literary delights." After the story, Aparna chats with the Executive Director of Electric Literature, Halimah Marcus, about what it all means as well as literature in pop culture.

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Twice Told: Stories Inspired by Books

Author: Selected Shorts / Panoply
Thu, Mar 02, 2017


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. 

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More Women in Clothes

Author: Selected Shorts / Panoply
Thu, Feb 23, 2017


Writer Heidi Julavits and artist Leanne Shapton host a show featuring readings from Women in Clothes, their bestselling compendium that addresses the rich, complex relationship women have with clothes. Sonia Manzano and Justin Vivian Bond read the selections. Also, a woman is comically parted from her hat in a small-town classic by Max Steele.  Paul Hecht reads “The Hat of My Mother.”   

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Episode 14 Denis Johnson "Emergency" with Guest Host Josh Radnor

Author: Selected Shorts / Panoply
Mon, Feb 20, 2017


A story by the widely respected American author Denis Johnson.  Johnson is many things: a poet, playwright, novelist and the writer of the incredible linked short story collection, Jesus’ Son, where we found "Emergency." Published in 1992, the collection is considered one of the best works of fiction in recent years.  










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Queens and Babies

Author: Selected Shorts / Panoply
Thu, Feb 16, 2017


Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents two stories about extreme love.  In “Magic and Dread,” an excerpt from Jenny Offill’s novel Dept. of Speculation, a new mother is exhausted and exhilarated.  The reader is Kaneza Schaal.  Broadway star BD Wong reads the story of the doomed love affair between a Trojan warrior and Dido, the Queen of Carthage, from Virgil’s Aeneid.

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Overcome: A Valentine’s Day Special

Author: Selected Shorts / Panoply
Thu, Feb 09, 2017


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.

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Episode 13 Aimee Bender "Quiet Please" with Guest Host Josh Radnor

Author: Selected Shorts / Panoply
Mon, Feb 06, 2017


Josh Radnor steps into the hosting chair to introduce a story by a frequent Shorts' contributor, Aimee Bender, but one that never had a chance to make the radio show.  "Quiet Please" has been described as a "racy modern fairy tale," and we think you'll agree after hearing actress Valorie Curry bring it to life.  After the story, Josh and Aimee talk about writing, reading, and dinner parties.  

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Art and Artists

Author: Selected Shorts / Panoply
Thu, Feb 02, 2017


On this program, guest host Jane Curtin presents four stories involving art and artists.  Love is the enemy of art in Stacey Richter’s “The Minimalist,” read by Parker Posey; a lonely boy and an aging painter are friends in William Boyd’s “Varengeville,” read by Dan Stevens; and Dolan Morgan and Helen Phillips offer two surreal stories about home life and parenting, inspired by a mural artist Ed Ruscha’s created for New York City's High Line. The readers are Rita Wolf and Heather Burns.

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Coming and Going: Best American Short Stories

Author: Selected Shorts / Panoply
Thu, Jan 26, 2017


Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents three works from The Best American Short Stories 2016, selected by Junot Diaz.  An American student meets her Ethiopian relatives in "The Suitcase," by Meron Hadero, read by Ren?e Elise Goldsberry .  A young boy sees something unbelievable in Daniel O'Malley's "The Bridge," read by Joan Allen.   And an endangered parrot pleads for compassion in "The Great Silence," by Ted Chiang, read by Elizabeth Rodriguez. 

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Episode 12 Benjamin Nugent "God"

Author: Selected Shorts / Panoply
Mon, Jan 23, 2017


Today's story isn't about the eternal being who created and preserves all things, but another kind of god, a god that manages to take down a frat house. The idea for Benjamin Nugent's story “God" came from one of his students.  He explains: “One of my best creative writing students, Megan Kidder, a well mannered girl from rural Maine with dyed black hair, a silver nose ring, and a studded belt dropped by my office and informed me,  ‘I wrote a poem about how this one guy prematurely ejaculated…'” "God" was published in The Paris Review  and host Aparna Nancherla talks to the editor of that magazine, Lorin Stein, in this program.  The story is read by actor Justin Kirk, best known for his roles in the screen adaptation of Angels in America and his years on the TV show Weeds.

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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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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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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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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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