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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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Enviable Characters

Author: Symphony Space
Wed, Jul 01, 2015

Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents three stories about people pursuing the good life. A young boy longs for the perfect pair of sneakers in Ray Bradbury’s “The Sound of Summer Running,” read by Sean Astin. Aging hippies hope for happiness in “I Dream of Zenia with the Bright Red Teeth,” by Margaret Atwood, read by Kirsten Vangsness, and Dave Hill reads Susan Orlean’s comic rant about babies, “Shiftless Little Loafers.”

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Finding Your Way in the Dark

Author: Symphony Space
Wed, Jun 24, 2015

Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents two pieces about living in the dark. In “I Go Adventuring” Helen Keller describes her visits New York, a city she could sense but not see. Maggie Siff is the reader. In Jess Row’s “The Secrets of Bats,” a schoolgirl teaches herself echolocation. The reader is Heather Goldenhersh.

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The Sun and the Moon

Author: Symphony Space
Wed, Jun 17, 2015

Fantasy writer Italo Calvino offers a fable about love on and off the moon. “The Distance of the Moon” is read by Broadway star Liev Schreiber. And sci-fi master Ray Bradbury imagines life on a sunless Venus, where it has rained for seven years. Michael Cerveris reads “All Summer in a Day.”

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Three Boys and a Girl

Author: Symphony Space
Wed, Jun 10, 2015

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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“Nothing Good Gets Away”: Readings from Letters of Note

Author: Symphony Space
Wed, Jun 03, 2015

Guest host Jane Curtin presents readings from the blog Letters of Note, including letters by Elvis Presley, Katharine Hepburn, Jack the Ripper, and Queen Elizabeth II, among others. Readers include Jane Curtin, Kate Mulgrew, Phylicia Rashad, Jeremy Shamos, and Sam Underwood. Also, “Hearing from Wayne,” by Bill Franzen read by Jeremy Shamos and “Yma Dream,” by Thomas Meehan, read by James Naughton.

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