12 episodes

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.

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    • 4.4 • 64 Ratings

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.

    Safe Distance

    Safe Distance

    Guest host LeVar Burton presents three stories in which fantasies and memories are both near and far.  In “The Elevator Dancer,” by N.K. Jemisin, a guard is obsessed by a woman who spins when no one is looking.  Laura Gomez is the reader.  A woman remembers a transforming moment in her Depression-era childhood in “Marigolds,” by Eugenia W. Collier.  The story is performed by Sharon Washington. Ursula K. Le Guin moves and surprises us in “The Wife’s Story,” performed by Joanna Gleason.

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    • 58 min
    Too Hot for Radio: Rick Moody "The Grid"

    Too Hot for Radio: Rick Moody "The Grid"

    From the author of novels including The Ice Storm and Purple America, a storyabout love, longing, and most importantly, putting your lips on somebody. Performed by Jin Ha (Devs).

     

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    • 35 min
    Shared Realities

    Shared Realities

    Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents two very different stories about the overlap of aspirations and dreams.  In “Fairness,” by Nigerian-born writer Chinelo Okparanta, a young girl from a well-to-do household is obsessed with the idea of having lighter skin, an obsession shared by all the women in her family circle. The reader is Chinasa Ogbuagu.  In Rachel Simon’s eerie “Little Nightmares, Little Dreams,” a husband wants to share everything with his wife of fifty-four years, including their dreams.  The story is performed by Maria Tucci.

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    • 59 min
    Children and Their Parents

    Children and Their Parents

    Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents stories about the family dynamics between children and parents. It's never too early to defy gender norms, as Ivan E. Coyote confides in "No Bikini," read by Becca Blackwell.  A woman confronts her mother's aging, and her own childlessness, in Kathryn Chetkovich's tender story "The World with My Mother Still In It," read by Phillipa Soo.  And three generations are "At the Zoo," in a story by Caitlin Horrocks: a rowdy grandpa, a sensitive child, and a mother caught between the two.  The reader is Kate Walsh.

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    • 58 min
    Remember Me

    Remember Me

    Guest host Hope Davis presents three stories about being perceived, and remembered, by others.  In Aimee Bender’s “The Rememberer,” wonderfully performed by the late Marian Seldes, a woman has to reconstruct her lover from memory as he undergoes an extraordinary transformation.  In “Rumors About Me,” an ordinary man becomes a media sensation.  The unsettling story is by Yasutaka Tsutsui, translated by Andrew Driver, and performed by Kennedy Kanagawa.  And an orange rules the world in a gentle fantasy by Benjamin Rosenbaum, performed by John Cameron Mitchell.

     

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Quiet Revelations

    Quiet Revelations

    Guest host Michael Cerveris presents two stories in which a lot  happens, but subtly. The narrator of A.M. Homes’ “Yours Truly” is “hiding in the linen closet” on a journey of self-discovery.  The reader is Beth Malone. In Weike Wang’s “Omakase” a couple’s special sushi dinner proves unexpectedly revealing. The reader is Jennifer Lim.

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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
64 Ratings

64 Ratings

Anna1110 ,

Excellent!!

A really, really good set of audio stories composed perfectly, highly recommended!

Hampsterhunter ,

Good stories read brilliantly!

How to make a good story great? Get a top quality actor to perform it!
Not every story will trend on Twitter but the brilliant actors who perform these stories change the "good" to great more often than not!

If you like a story ... listen
If you don't like a story .... listen (this is what you've been missing)
If you still don't like a story ............. .......

hoo22 ,

Censorship of artistic works

This would be a great podcast if we as listeners were deemed mature enough to hear the words the writers had written. But the publishers of this podcasts cut out any word they deem too much for us to hear.
It is constantly distracting. It's patronising and infantilised broadcasting.

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