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Last update: 2013-06-30

Parents and Children

2013-06-30
Length: 59s

On this program, two stories in which adult children try to make sense of their parents’ lives. Leonard Nimoy reads the Delmore Schwartz classic “In Dreams Begin Responsibilities,” and Kate Burton reads Tess Gallagher’s “The Lover of Horses.”

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Alternative Endings

2013-06-23
Length: 59s

On this program, two stories about powerful maternal instincts, and hard choices. In Amy Hempel’s “Beg, SI Tog, Inc, Cont, Rep” two women make very different choices about childbearing. The reader is Anika Noni Rose. Guest host Jane Curtin reads Galina Vroman’s “Sarah’s Story,” a provocative retelling of the Old Testament narrative of Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac.

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Complicated Relationships

2013-06-16
Length: 59s

On this program, marriage and other complicated relationships. A woman confesses and a husband and wife renegotiate in two stories by Sherman Alexie, “Scenes from a Life” and “The Vow,” read by Cynthia Nixon and Amber Tamblyn; people become clouds in a story by Joe Meno, read by Kirsten Vangsness, and guest host Jane Curtin reads “The Storm,” by Kate Chopin.

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Rites of Passage

2013-06-09
Length: 59s

Guest host Jane Curtin presents two stories about rites of passage—first kisses, in the case of Rick Moody’s whirlwind “The Grid,” read by Josh Radnor, and first poker games in Martha McPhee’s “Anaconda”, read by Lindsay Crouse.

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About Time

2013-06-02
Length: 59s

Guest host Jane Curtin talks with Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich of Radiolab about stories they curated for SELECTED SHORTS—Jenny Hollowell’s whirlwind “The History of Everything Including You,” performed by Kyra Sedgwick, and Paul Broks’ “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” in which a man leaves his own life. Jane Curtin reads. And a young boy tries to stop time in “Getting Closer,” by Steven Millhauser, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

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Convergence

2013-05-26
Length: 59s

Guest host David Sedaris presents two stories about convergence. In Flannery O’Connor’s classic “Everything that Rises Must Converge” two cultures collide, and so do mother and son. The reader is Estelle Parsons. And the heroine of Amy Hempel’s “Jesus is Waiting” is looking for the off ramp to life. Mary Stuart Masterson reads.

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Family Values

2013-05-19
Length: 59s

Guest host David Sedaris presents two stories about family pressures. Patricia Highsmith is best known as a thriller writer but “The Door is Always Open and the Welcome Mat is Out” is a wonderful character study of a working woman nervously entertaining a judgmental sister. Tandy Croyn reads. In Tobias Wolff’s “Powder,” it’s a father and son, taking an exhilarating drive in a snow storm. SHORTS late host Isaiah Sheffer was the reader.

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Displaced Persons

2011-07-10
Length: 59m 11s

“Who Am I?” is the question that unites these two stories.  First, Victor Garber reads Rebecca Makkai’s “The Briefcase,&#…

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Displaced Persons

2011-07-03
Length: 59m 11s

This program features two eccentric women in stories linking the Old World to the New.  First, SHORTS host Isaiah Sheffer reads Joseph Epstein…

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A Touch of Magic

2011-06-26
Length: 59m 11s

Tony-winner James Naughton reads Andrew Lam’s “The Palmist,” in which a teenage boy learn…

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CHRISTMAS IN JULY, ALMOST

2011-06-20
Length: 59m 11s

This summertime look back at Christmas begins with Ron Carlson’s “The H Street Sledding Record,…

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Confused Couples

2011-06-12
Length: 59m 11s

Nathan Englander’s “For the Relief of Unbearable Urges” chronicles the misadventures of a…

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ASKING FOR DIRECTIONS

2011-06-05
Length: 59m 11s

In the first of two stories about mapping and seeking, Barry Lopez' "The Mappist," a master map maker shows the way to a younger man in search of meaning in his life. The reader is Joe Spano. In Walter Kirn's "Devil of a Curve" a treacherous bit of road …

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HOLLYWOOD IN THE SERENGETI

2011-01-16
Length: 59m 38s

This program features a single story, "Safari," in which a successful Hollywood record producer takes his young son and daughter along on an African safari, accompanied by his new young girlfriend and an assortment of other vivid characters. In the cour…

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WHO AM I?

2011-01-12
Length: 59m 11s

In each of the two stories that make up this program, a traveler encounters someone completely unlike herself or himself, learns something about that person, and perhaps, learns more about themselves. Julia Alvarez' brief tale "Neighbors," is read by Joa…

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TWICE UPON A TIME

2011-01-12
Length: 59m 10s

This program offers retellings of classic fairy tales by contemporary fiction writers: Jonathan Keats kindles the Russian Snow Maiden in "Ardour," read by Lili Taylor; Ilya Kaminsky's "Little Pot, " read by Sonia Manzano, is drawn from Hans Christian And…

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Mysteries and Wonders

2010-12-26
Length: 59m 0s

On this program, three tales with a little something unexpected. In Saki's "The Scharz-Metterklume Method," a mischievous aristocrat masquerades as a governess. The reader is Marian Seldes. In "Berkeley or Marina of the Universe," by Liliana Hecker tw…

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WHAT THE BLIND CAN SEE

2010-12-19
Length: 59m 11s

This program features two stories in which houses figure, and represent more than just a domicile. In Yasunari Kawabata's "Household," a husband takes his blind wife to "see", so to speak, a possible house where they might live. The reader is Fionnula F…

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Selected Shorts

It's story time for adults with PRI'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.

Selected Shorts


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