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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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Illusions: The Stories of Joy Williams

Author: Symphony Space
Wed, Apr 27, 2016

Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents stories by Joy Williams. In "Charity," a good deed turns into a worst-case scenario. The reader is Patricia Kalember. The late David Rakoff performs Williams' “Baba Iaga and the Pelican Child,” a cautionary tale. And Williams herself reads an excerpt from her story "Escapes," in which a child learns what is magic, and what is not.

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It's A City of Strangers

Author: Symphony Space
Mon, Apr 18, 2016

Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents works about living, and not living, in New York City. A passenger and a taxi driver connect in John McNulty's "The Television Helps, But Not Very Much," read by Jason Biggs. Mia Dillon reads Joan Didion's essay about leaving New York City, "Goodbye to All That." And we hear from some Humans of New York in selections from Brandon Stanton's popular book and blog.

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Author: Symphony Space
Tue, Apr 12, 2016

Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents three stories about acting purposefully. In Tobias Wolff’s “In the Garden of the North American Martyrs,” a meek academic goes off the rails. The young boy in Doris Lessing’s “Through the Tunnel” dares himself to make a dangerous swim, and the confident young woman in “Barbara Stanwyck, It's Your Time to Shine" by Bianca Galvez isn’t taking nonsense from anyone.

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Curiouser and Curiouser: A Celebration of Alice in Wonderland

Author: Symphony Space
Wed, Apr 06, 2016

Guest host Cynthia Nixon introduces readings from three chapters of Alice in Wonderland. The children’s classic celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2015. Ari Graynor reads “The Pool of Tears;” Sonia Manzano reads “The Mock Turtle’s Story;” and Dan Stevens reads “Humpty Dumpty.”

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The Sun and the Moon

Author: Symphony Space
Wed, Mar 30, 2016

Guest host BD Wong introduces two interplanetary fantasies. First, Italo Calvino offers a fable about love on and off the moon. “The Distance of the Moon” is read by Broadway and television star Liev Schreiber. And sci-fi master Ray Bradbury imagines life on a sunless Venus, where it has rained for seven years. Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris reads “All Summer in a Day.”

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