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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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Reader, I Married Him

Author: Symphony Space
Thu, Sep 22, 2016


Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents a celebration of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, with a reading from the classic (by Joanna Gleason) and contemporary stories it inspired: Salley Vickers' "Reader, She Married Me," read by Chris Sarandon, and Audrey Niffenegger's "The Orphan Exchange," read by Tovah Feldshuh.

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Episode 4 Chuck Palahniuk "Zombies"

Author: Symphony Space
Mon, Sep 19, 2016


From the dark mind of cult author Chuck Palahniuk (writer of such classic novels like Fight Club and Choke), "Zombies" is a tale of what happens when teens at a high school figure out a way to disengage with the pressure of life.  It's a story anyone in modern life can relate to, and the powerful ending packs a wallop.  Host Aparna Nancherla talks to Chuck about what inspired the story as well as books he loves.

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Lost and Found

Author: Symphony Space
Sat, Sep 17, 2016


An abduction, a rejection, and a reconciliation in three stories presented by David Sedaris.   A flirtatious girl is in peril in Joyce Carol Oates’ “Where are You Going, Where Have You Been?”, read by Christine Baranski.  A tender-hearted librarian parts company with her feral cats in Belle Boggs’ “Havahart,” read by Merritt Wever.  In George Saunders’ “Sticks,” read by Anthony Rapp, a dysfunctional father reaches out to his family in a strange way.

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Animal Magnetism

Author: Symphony Space
Thu, Sep 08, 2016


Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents three stories with animal connections.  Old lovers take stock in Grace Paley’s “The Pale Pink Roast,” read by Linda Lavin.  A boy loves his piggy bank, in Etgar Keret’s “Breaking the Pig,” read by Campbell Scott.  And it’s man against dog in "Jerry and Molly and Sam," by Raymond Carver, read by Ana Gasteyer. 

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Episode 3 Simon Rich “Guy Walks Into A Bar”

Author: Symphony Space
Mon, Sep 05, 2016


Author, former SNL writer, and creator of the FXX show Man Seeking Woman Simon Rich wrote a humor piece in The New Yorker that’s a dark yet sweetly hilarious take on the classic joke and just like that, it was all over social media. Just in case you need some extra encouragement, Conan O’Brien tweeted it and called it “the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time.” Host Aparna Nancherla calls Simon Rich to discuss his story.

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Untying Family Ties

Author: Symphony Space
Thu, Sep 01, 2016


Guest host Hope Davis introduces Alice Munro’s “The Moons of Jupiter,” in which a woman caring for her ailing father reflects on her own life and his.  The reader is Oscar winner Holly Hunter.  In Ursula K. Le Guin’s “She Unnames Them,” read by Joanna Gleason, Eve makes some changes in Paradise.    

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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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