Selected Shorts

By Selected Shorts

Listen to a podcast, please open Podcast Republic app. Available on Google Play Store.

Category: Performing Arts

Open in Apple Podcasts

Open RSS feed

Open Website

Rate for this podcast

Subscribers: 1968
Reviews: 2

 Apr 5, 2019

Christine W
 Sep 4, 2018


Our greatest actors transport us through the magic of fiction, one short story at a time. Sometimes funny. Always moving. Selected Shorts connects you to the world with a rich diversity of voices from literature, film, theater, and comedy. New episodes every Thursday. Produced and distributed by Symphony Space.

Episode Date
Modern Fables
Guest host Kirsten Vangsness presents two contemporary fables. First, Michael Cunningham reimagines the Hans Christian Andersen class “A Wild Swan,” in a reading by Valorie Curry. Next, an excerpt from George Saunders’ touching and hilarious novella, Fox 8, read by John Cameron Mitchell.   Join and give!: See for privacy information.
Nov 26, 2020
Extended Families
Guest host Jane Curtin presents two stories featuring unconventional families.    A young girl is raised by a group of warm-hearted “mamas” in Shay Youngblood’s touching coming-of-age story, “They Tell Me, Now I Know,” read by Viola Davis.   In Jai Chakrabarti’s “A Small Sacrifice for An Enormous Happiness,” a forbidden love affair and a marriage of convenience promise two different futures.  The reader is Bhavesh Patel.    Join and give!: See for privacy information.
Nov 19, 2020
Look Again
Guest host Maulik Pancholy presents two stories in which young protagonists have their lives altered by acts of perception.  A ten-year old girl takes a care-free walk in the woods in Alice Walker’s  “The Flowers,” but the blossoms she finds conceal something darker.  The reader is Crystal Dickinson.  Ethan Canin’s “Star Food,” read by David Strathairn, is a coming-of-age story involving a boy at the edge of manhood, his parents, the family store--and the cosmos.  Join and give!: See for privacy information.
Nov 12, 2020
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.  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.  Join and give!: See for privacy information.
Nov 05, 2020
It's a Sign
Guest host Maulik Pancholy presents two stories in which unexpected encounters and visitations result in new love.  In Ana Menéndez’s “Story of a Parrot,” a colorful bird revives a grey marriage.  The reader is Jacqueline Kim.  Russian Nobel Laureate Ivan Bunin penned a delicate story of an unexpected romance between a man with a wound in his soul and a waitress.  “In Paris” is read by the late Rene Auberjonois. Join and give!: See for privacy information.
Oct 29, 2020
Guest host David Sedaris presents three stories about recollection and redemption.  In “Sibyl,” by Carys Davies, read by Jane Kaczmarek, two lonely vacationers are brought together.  Andre Braugher performs an excerpt from Toni Morrison’s master work,  Beloved.  And a daughter returns home to help her aging father in an excerpt from Rachel Khong’s bittersweet novel Goodbye, Vitamin, performed by Jennifer Ikeda. Join and give!: See for privacy information.
Oct 22, 2020
Improbable Dreams
Guest host Hope Davis presents three improbable stories: in “The Orange,” by Benjamin Rosenbaum, a citrus fruit rules the world.  The read is John Cameron Mitchell.  In “The Man, The Restaurant, and the Eiffel Tower,” by Ben Loory, performed by Stana Katic, a father’s children conspire to make him happy.  In “I, Gentile,” by David Gordon, performed by Michael Urie, a reluctant Jew falls in love with the wrong girl.  Join and give!: See for privacy information.
Oct 15, 2020
Too Hot For Radio: Simon Rich "Guy Walks into a Bar"
Humor writer Simon Rich reimagines a classic joke for The New Yorker. After the reading by actor Michael Urie, Rich talks to host Aparna Nancherla about how this hilarious, and somewhat dirty piece, made it to print and went viral. Join and give!: See for privacy information.
Sep 29, 2020
Too Hot For Radio: Judy Grahn : "The Psychoanalysis of Edward the Dyke"
Becca Blackwell reads “The Psychoanalysis of Edward the Dyke,” by Judy Grahn. Hosted by Michael Ian Black.  Join and give!: See for privacy information.
Aug 24, 2020
Too Hot For Radio: Mona Simpson "Wrong Object"
Mona Simpson is the author of six books including Anywhere But Here, My Hollywood and Casebook. Her Too Hot For Radio story features a therapist, a patient, and one uniquely inappropriate relationship.This story was originally published in Harper’s and selected by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All The Light You Cannot See, Anthony Doerr, for The Best American Short Stories 2019 for which he served as the guest editor. Read by the incomparable Cynthia Nixon, the story can be described as moving, unsettling, disturbing, but above all else, captivating.  Please note, as with all Too Hot for Radio episodes, this show contains strong language and mature subject matter. Join and give!: See for privacy information.
Jun 29, 2020