Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts

Spellbinding short stories by established and emerging writers take on a new life when they are performed by stars of the stage and screen.

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Rites of Passage: Stories from The Paris Review

Selected Shorts

Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents stories from the legendary literary magazine The Paris Review.

59 Min

Dec 6, 2018

Guilty Consciences

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Guest host David Sedaris presents two stories about people who have guilty consciences—or ought to.

58 Min

Nov 29, 2018

Truth and Consequences with A.M. Homes and T.C. Boyle

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Guest host Jane Curtin presents provocative stories by T.C. Boyle and A.M. Homes.

58 Min

Nov 22, 2018

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58 min
Nov 15, 2018
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Guest host Kate Burton presents two stories about parents and children.

60 min
Nov 8, 2018
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Guest host Jane Curtin presents works by Anton Chekhov that were part of a celebration sponsored by Columbia University and hosted by Chekhov scholar Laura Strausfeld.

59 min
Nov 1, 2018
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Guest host Kate Burton presents three stories about politics and voting, at home and abroad.

58 min
Oct 18, 2018
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Guest host Hope Davis presents three improbable stories.

58 min
Oct 11, 2018
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Guest host Maulik Pancholy presents two works about how we look at things.

59 min
Oct 4, 2018
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Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents two works curated with the online food and cooking community Food52.

58 min
Sep 27, 2018
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Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents three works from The Best American Short Stories 2016.

58 min
Sep 20, 2018
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Guest host Hope Davis presents three works curated with the online food and cooking community Food52.

60 min
Sep 6, 2018
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Guest host Kate Burton presents four works about cats and dogs.

59 min
Aug 30, 2018
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Guest hosts Susan Orlean and Sarah Thyre, the hosts of the podcast “Crybabies,” offer up some tearjerkers and share their love of crying.

58 min
Aug 23, 2018
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Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents a celebration of Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre."

58 min
Aug 16, 2018
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Guest host Jane Curtin presents two stories about travelling long distances.

58 min
Aug 9, 2018
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Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents three stories with surprising twists and turns.

59 min
Aug 2, 2018
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Guest host David Strathairn presents three stories about families.

58 min
Jul 26, 2018
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Guest host Kate Burton presents two stories about destiny.

49 min
Jul 24, 2018
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"Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience TM" by Rebecca Roanhorse

58 min
Jul 19, 2018
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Guest host Andy Borowitz intros four hilarious pieces featured in his anthology "The 50 Funniest American Writers."

58 min
Jul 12, 2018
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Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents two stories based on fairy tales.

59 min
Jul 5, 2018
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Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents three stories about strange encounters.

58 min
Jun 21, 2018
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Guest host Andy Borowitz shares some of his favorite comic writing.

58 min
Jun 14, 2018
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Guest host Maulik Pancholy presents a show about the past, the future, and how time flies.

58 min
Jun 7, 2018
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Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents two stories featuring man's best friend.

34 min
Jun 5, 2018
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Read by David Strathairn

58 min
May 31, 2018
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Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents three stories with animal connections.

58 min
May 24, 2018
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Guest host Jane Curtin introduces stories from an evening hosted by Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist.

58 min
May 17, 2018
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Guest host David Strathairn introduces two tales by master of mystery Agatha Christie.

58 min
May 10, 2018
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Guest host Jane Kaczmarek introduces three tales about taking things to extremes.

59 min
May 3, 2018
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Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents a tribute to the classic TV series, “The Twilight Zone.

46 min
Apr 30, 2018
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Read by Jim True-Frost

59 min
Apr 26, 2018
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Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents three stories that are both sweet and sour.

58 min
Apr 24, 2018
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Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents two stories about strange, and strained, relationships.

58 min
Apr 12, 2018
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Guest host Andy Borowitz relishes transgression and presents three stories featuring people going off the rails.

59 min
Apr 5, 2018
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Guest host Jane Curtin presents three stories by the American master Shirley Jackson.

59 min
Mar 29, 2018
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Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents three unlikely stories for some April foolery.

59 min
Mar 22, 2018
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Guest host Denis O’Hare introduces two stories about outsiders.

59 min
Mar 15, 2018
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Guest host Robert Sean Leonard introduces two works celebrating the 100th anniversary of the anthology The Best American Short Stories.

60 min
Mar 8, 2018
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Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents four works about love and friendship,

59 min
Mar 1, 2018
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Guest host Dennis O’Hare presents two unorthodox love stories.

59 min
Feb 22, 2018
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Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents stories by Joy Williams.

59 min
Feb 15, 2018
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Just in time for President’s Day we offer two stories about big shots, presented by guest host Jane Curtin.

59 min
Feb 8, 2018
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Guest host David Sedaris presents two stories about important relationships, and one playful spoof about the lives of celebrity chefs.

57 min
Feb 1, 2018
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Guest host Jane Curtin presents two stories featuring unconventional families.

58 min
Jan 25, 2018
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Guest host Jane Curtin presents three stories in which small things count for a lot.

59 min
Jan 18, 2018
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Guest host Hope Davis presents two stories about imagined worlds.

59 min
Jan 11, 2018
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Fantasy writer Neil Gaiman hosts a program featuring two of his own stories and a classic by John Collier.

59 min
Jan 4, 2018
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Guest host Denis O’Hare presents three stories that take things to extremes.

60 min
Dec 28, 2017
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Guest host Jane Curtin presents two stories about marriage.

59 min
Dec 21, 2017
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Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents three stories for the holidays.

58 min
Dec 14, 2017
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Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents works about living, and not living, in New York City.

21 min
Dec 11, 2017
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Read by Michael Imperioli and Cristin Milioti

58 min
Dec 7, 2017
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Guest host Jane Curtin presents works about questions and answers.

59 min
Nov 30, 2017
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Guest host Michael Cerveris presents stories in which trusting your senses is important.

59 min
Nov 23, 2017
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Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents stories inspired by Brandon Stanton's blog and book Humans of New York.

58 min
Nov 16, 2017
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Guest host Josh Radnor presents two stories about marriage and its challenges.

58 min
Nov 9, 2017
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Guest host David Strathairn presents two stories about hard times.

59 min
Nov 2, 2017
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Guest host Sonia Manzano presents two stories about identity, appearance, and longing.

59 min
Oct 26, 2017
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This special, hosted by fantasy writer and illustrator Neil Gaiman, offers four creepy stories with a hint of laughter.

59 min
Oct 19, 2017
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Guest host Hope Davis presents three works by the Southern master Carson McCullers.

59 min
Oct 12, 2017
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Guest host Josh Radnor presents three stories drawn from the world of fables and fairytales.

59 min
Oct 5, 2017
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"Death, Sex, and Money" host Anna Sale joins us for stories about all these subjects.

59 min
Sep 28, 2017
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Guest host Hope Davis presents stories about family ties.

59 min
Sep 21, 2017
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Guest host David Sedaris presents two stories about quiet times.

59 min
Sep 14, 2017
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Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents two stories about growing up.

58 min
Aug 31, 2017
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Guest host Josh Radnor presents three stories about needy people.

59 min
Aug 24, 2017
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Guest host David Strathairn presents four works that teach us a few things.

59 min
Aug 17, 2017
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Guest host Sonia Manzano presents works by the Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector.

59 min
Aug 10, 2017
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Guest host Kate Burton presents four unusual love stories.

59 min
Aug 3, 2017
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Guest host Josh Radnor presents two stories that are favorites of “The Wire” writer Richard Price, and Colson Whitehead remembers his New York.

59 min
Jul 27, 2017
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Guest host Ruben Santiago-Hudson presents three stories about parallel lives.

59 min
Jul 20, 2017
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Guest host Cynthia Nixon introduces readings from three chapters of Alice in Wonderland.

59 min
Jul 13, 2017
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Guest host Krista Tippett presents works about art, faith, and spirituality.

58 min
Jun 29, 2017
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"On Being"'s Krista Tippett hosts SELECTED SHORTS this week, presenting works that look at issues of art and faith.

0 min
Jun 26, 2017
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Read by Maulik Pancholy

59 min
Jun 15, 2017
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Guest host Jane Curtin presents readings from the blog Letters of Note.

59 min
Jun 8, 2017
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Guest host David Sedaris presents two ruefully funny stories.

59 min
Jun 1, 2017
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Guest host David Strathairn presents three stories in which characters confess something.

0 min
Jun 1, 2017
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Read by Aasif Mandvi

0 min
May 29, 2017
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Read by Aasif Mandvi

58 min
May 25, 2017
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Guest host Kate Burton presents four works reflecting on the experience of war.

59 min
May 18, 2017
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Life is fleeting in these three works presented by guest host Michael Cerveris.

0 min
May 15, 2017
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Read by Alec Baldwin

59 min
May 11, 2017
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Guest host Kate Burton presents three works in which women are subjects, objects, or catalysts.

59 min
May 4, 2017
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Guest host Sonia Manzano presents three works about entering uncharted territories.

0 min
May 1, 2017
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Read by Sam Underwood

59 min
Apr 27, 2017
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Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents two sweet tales of happily ever after.

59 min
Apr 20, 2017
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Guest host David Sedaris two stories about learning from your mistakes.

59 min
Apr 13, 2017
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Guest host Kate Burton presents a cornucopia of funny pieces from the volume The Best of The Harvard Lampoon.

59 min
Apr 6, 2017
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Guest host Michael Cerveris presents two stories about untrue love.

58 min
Mar 30, 2017
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Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents two stories in which children are at risk.

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