Selected Shorts

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Christine W
 Sep 4, 2018


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

Episode Date
A Child’s-Eye View: Stories by John Irving
Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents excerpts from works by novelist John Irving.&nbsp; Orphans are cared for by a tough guy and a tough dog in "The Broken Side-view Mirror," read by Yul Vazquez.&nbsp; A teenager is smitten by a librarian in an excerpt from In One Person, read by Michael C. Hall.&nbsp; And a philandering children's book author entertains "Unhappy Mothers," in a reading by Heather Burns from A Widow for One Year.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href=""></a>
Dec 13, 2018
Rites of Passage: Stories from The Paris Review
Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents stories from the legendary literary magazine The Paris Review.&nbsp; Umberto Eco has a really big fish in “How to Travel with a Salmon,” read by Jin Ha.&nbsp; A mother mourns her son with his difficult friends in “Marabou,” by Joy Williams, read by Michael Emerson.&nbsp; In George Fox’s “The Twenty-Sixth Second” a WWII veteran has a secret.&nbsp; It’s read by Linda Lavin.&nbsp; And host Leonard finishes up with a story set on the day of the Nazi occupation of Paris, “The Hat,” by Patrick Modiano.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href=""></a>
Dec 06, 2018
Guilty Consciences
Guest host David Sedaris presents two stories about people who have guilty consciences—or ought to.&nbsp; In “Juniper Tree,” by Lorrie Moore, a trio of old friends visits a fourth friend—who’s just died.&nbsp; It’s read by Jill Eikenberry.&nbsp; And there’s a poison pen at work in a picturesque town, in Shirley Jackson’s “The Possibility of Evil,” read by Dana Ivey.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href=""></a>
Nov 29, 2018
Truth and Consequences with A.M. Homes and T.C. Boyle
Guest host Jane Curtin presents provocative stories by T.C. Boyle and A.M. Homes. In Boyle’s“Top of the Food Chain,” a government program wreaks havoc with Mother Nature.&nbsp; It’s performed by Zach Grenier.&nbsp; In “A Prize for Every Player,” Homes locates a charming family fantasy in a big box store.&nbsp; Jane Curtin is the reader.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href=""></a>
Nov 22, 2018
Parents and Children
Guest host Kate Burton presents two stories about parents and children.&nbsp; A mother and daughter remember the past differently in Tessa Hadley's "Matrilineal," performed by Patricia Kalember.&nbsp; And a surprising offer divides two families in "In the Country," by Guy de Maupassant, performed by Thomas Gibson. &nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href=""></a>
Nov 15, 2018
Only Human: Anton Chekhov
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.&nbsp; We’ll hear “A Drama,” performed by Cynthia Nixon—an ambitious writer overwhelms her idol; “Rapture,” performed by Robin Miles, Sam Underwood, Rainn Wilson, and Di Zhu—a young man enjoys his 15 minutes of fame; “Which is Better?,” performed by Rainn Wilson—Chekhov debates the merits of schools vs. pubs; and “Verotchka,” performed by Rainn Wilson—a studious young man confronts romance.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href=""></a>
Nov 08, 2018
Politics is Local
Guest host Kate Burton presents three stories about politics and voting, at home and abroad.&nbsp; In Chinau Achebe's "The Voter," a wily Nigerian campaign worker has a dilemma.&nbsp; Arthur French reads.&nbsp; Humorist Simon Rich turns a world-famous protest into a doomed courtship, in "Occupy Jen's Street," read by Wyatt Cenac.&nbsp; And a feisty voter gets the last word in“Taking Ms. Kezee to the Polls,” by David Haynes, read by Michael Genét.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href=""></a>
Nov 01, 2018
Welcome to Night Vale
Hosts of the hit podcast offer up some of their favorite weird stories by Will Eno, Yoko Ogawa, Shirley Jackson, Patricia Lockwood, and Daniel Mallory Ortberg, performed by Cecil Baldwin, Marin Ireland, Dylan Marron, and Mara Wilson.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href=""></a>
Oct 25, 2018
Too Hot For Radio Greg Ames "Benefactor"
A story from Greg Ames, the author of a novel, <em>Buffalo Lockjaw, </em>and a collection of stories entitled <em>Funeral Platter. </em>His work has appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading, Southern Review, McSweeney’s, North American Review, Catapult, and The Sun, among others. “Benefactor,” is something of a cautionary tale for all would-be patrons of the arts; please don’t let it stop you from sending us your tax-deductible donations. We recorded this story earlier in 2018 as a part of our live show in San Francisco during Sketchfest 2018. It's read by actor Lance Reddick, a multi-talented actor who has been in <em>The Wire</em>, <em>Fringe</em>, <em>Bosch</em> and the new Comedy Central series <em>Corporate.</em><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href=""></a>
Jul 14, 2018
Too Hot For Radio Richard Bausch "Billboard"
Today we’re going to hear a story from Richard Bausch. This lifelong writer has produced novels and short story collections including <em>Before During After, Peace, In the Night Season</em> and the 2017 title <em>Living in the Weather of the World. </em>The actor performing it is David Strathairn, who is known for John Sayles films, <em>Good Night and Good Luck, Lincoln, Alphas</em> and so much more. Strathairn brings a lovely restraint to his performances, and as you’ll hear, that quality lends a new dimension to Bausch’s impulsive and vengeful narrator, a brother done wrong. We recorded this story during a live show in San Francisco as part of Sketchfest.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href=""></a>
Jun 05, 2018
Too Hot For Radio Kevin Canty "God’s Work"
On this episode, a tale that involves a teenage evangelist coping with teenage lust. “God’s Work,” by Kevin Canty, was read during the annual Selected Shorts celebration of the <em>Best American Short Stories</em> series. The editor of the 2017 volume—novelist Meg Wolitzer - talks to host Aparna Nancherla after the reading describing Canty's keen insights about his characters which make them easily relatable, and there’s some lovely lyricism to his writing, as you’ll hear in today’s story.&nbsp; The actor reading our story today is Jim True-Frost. Those of you who binge highbrow TV series will know him as “Prez” from <em>The Wire,</em> while others of us, well, we may never stop seeing him as the elevator operator who says “Buddy!” approximately 8,000 times in the “The Hudsucker Proxy.”&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href=""></a>
Apr 30, 2018
Too Hot For Radio Brit Bennett "Ain’t That Good News"
A story by the up-and-coming writer Brit Bennett. Bennett is the real friggin’ deal: Her debut novel “The Mothers” made a splash in 2016 (soon to be a movie starring Kerry Washington), the same year she was named one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35.” She has written essays for <em>The Paris Review, The New York Times</em> and<em> The New Yorker,</em> but remains focused on fiction. While her stories deal with seemingly ordinary people in insular communities, they’re like a rocket full of fortune cookies, propulsive and full of canny observations. "Ain't That Good News" is no exception - it's tender, sad, and packs a wallop. Our actor Karen Pittman absolutely nails this reading. Pittman has been in series including <em>The Americans</em> and <em>Luke Cage,</em> and has appeared on Broadway in plays such as <em>Disgraced</em> and <em>Good People.</em><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href=""></a>
Feb 28, 2018