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PRI: Selected Shorts Podcast

PRI: Selected Shorts Podcast

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1 Hr.
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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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Best Friends

Author: Symphony Space
Thu, Aug 25, 2016


Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents two stories featuring man's best friend.  In "Pie Dance," by Molly Giles, a complicated family menage includes a dancing dog.  Nixon is the reader.  And in Maile Meloy's touching "Madame Lazarus," read by Rene Auberjonois, an aging man bonds with his small terrier.

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What is Real?

Author: Symphony Space
Thu, Aug 18, 2016


Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents three stories about strange encounters.  A woman's laundry is full of surprises in Diane Cook's "Flotsam," read by Melora Hardin.  An ordinary businessman has an extraordinary day in Shirley Jackson's "Paranoia," read by Thomas Gibson.  And a young newsie meets a philosophical drifter, in Carson McCullers "A Tree, A Rock, A Cloud," read by Lance Reddick.  

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Enviable Characters

Author: Symphony Space
Thu, Aug 11, 2016


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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Episode 1 Stephen King “Batman and Robin Have an Altercation”

Author: Symphony Space
Mon, Aug 08, 2016


In this episode actor Stephen Lang reads, “Batman and Robin Have an Altercation”, a -shall we say- intense story about family, love, and dying by Stephen King (yes, THAT Stephen King, need we say more?).  Host Aparna Nancherla talks to Stu Tinker, a Stephen King superfan fromKing’s hometown of Bangor, Maine (get ready for that accent!). For nearly 20 years he’s been giving tours the spots that have inspired so many of author’s stories.  

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End of the Line

Author: Symphony Space
Thu, Aug 04, 2016


Guest host Jane Kaczmarek introduces three tales about taking things to extremes.  She reads Jack Handey's comic tale of life after "Apocalypse."  In “Encounters with Unexpected Animals” by Bret Anthony Johnston, a father worries about his son's girlfriend.  Kirsten Vangsness reads.  And Pablo Schreiber brings an imaginative young boy to life in Roald Dahl's "The Wish."

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Welcome to Selected Shorts: Too Hot For Radio

Author: Symphony Space
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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Heroes and Villains

Author: Symphony Space
Thu, Jul 28, 2016


Guest host Hope Davis introduces three tales about heroes, heroism, and challenges.  In Larry Doyle’s “Reboot Me” a superhero needs rebranding.  Chip Kidd reads.  In an excerpt from Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, read by Aya Cash, a mousy librarian becomes a glamorous comic-book heroine.  The mood shifts with John Biguenet’s “I am Not a Jew,” in which a tourist is tormented by a neo-Nazi gang.  The reader is David Strathairn.

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Long Distance

Author: Symphony Space
Thu, Jul 21, 2016


Guest host Jane Curtin presents two stories about travelling long distances.   In Ray Bradbury's "Strawberry Window," a family living on a desolate Mars outpost tries to make a home.  The reader is Boyd Gaines.  Megan Mayhew Bergman's "Hell Diving Women" are an integrated jazz band touring the segregated South.  The reader is Anika Noni Rose.

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Passages

Author: Symphony Space
Thu, Jul 14, 2016


Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents four works about love and friendship.  In William Goyen's "The Texas Principessa," read by Doris Roberts, a good friend leaves a stunning legacy.  Jackie Hoffman reads an excerpt about a jilted lover from David Rakoff's final work, "Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish."  A young couple have an idyllic day on the river in Rick Bass's "The Canoeists," read by Neil Patrick Harris.  And Bill Irwin and John Lithgow read Edward Lear’s classic poem “The Owl and the Pussycat.”




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Women in Clothes

Author: Symphony Space
Thu, Jul 07, 2016


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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