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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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True Selves/Hidden Selves

Author: Selected Shorts
Wed, Mar 25, 2015

Guest host BD Wong presents tales in which identity is questioned, and true selves are revealed. Karen Russell’s “Reeling for the Empire,” is an eerie take on the idea of exploited workers. It’s read by Kaneza Schall. Ben Loory’s “The Dodo” finds that appearances are deceiving; it’s read by Andre Holland. In “The Secretary,” an executive is strangely drawn to his glamorous but elusive assistant. The reader is Arian Moayed

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In an Instant

Author: Selected Shorts
Thu, Mar 19, 2015

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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Party Animals

Author: Selected Shorts
Wed, Mar 11, 2015

Four stories about parties--birthday parties, dinner parties, office parties—and what can go right and wrong. A small boy charms three old ladies in Lynda Sexson’s “Turning,” read by Christine Lahti. A generous father hides a secret at his daughter’s party, in Etgar Keret’s “Goody Bags,” read by Amber Tamblyn. A fireman gets pulled into a dangerous flirtation at a dinner party in Sherman Alexie’s “Faith,” read by Michael Cerveris, and an exploited secretary gets her groove back in an excerpt from David Rakoff’s Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish, performed by Anika Noni Rose.

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Women in Clothes

Author: Selected Shorts
Wed, Mar 04, 2015

Writer Heidi Julavits and artist Leanne Shapton host a program featuring readings from Women in Clothes, their bestselling compendium of conversations, memories, declarations, debates, prose and poetry that addresses the rich, complex relationship women have with clothes. Readers include Justin Vivian Bond, Jennifer Lim, Zosia Mamet, Sonia Manzano, and Molly Ringwald.

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Against All Odds

Author: Selected Shorts
Wed, Feb 25, 2015

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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A Tribute to David Rakoff

Author: Selected Shorts
Wed, Jan 28, 2015

Guest host David Sedaris presents a program celebrating the late David Rakoff, and praising him as a great reader and lover of language. Rakoff reads Leonard Michaels’ “Cryptology” in which a neurotic mathematician has a strange encounter, and Roberto Bolano’ s “Gomez Palacio,” which is a dead-end town where a young man’s life nevertheless takes a turn for the better.

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