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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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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.

    Dance in America

    Dance in America

    Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents works celebrating dance. 

    A domineering mother uses an evening at the ballet to find fault in "My Mother Explains the Ballet to Me,” by Jesse Eisenberg, performed by Patricia Kalember. A pioneering African-American dancer remembers an audition in “Léonide Massine,” by Janet Collins, performed by Carmen de Lavallade. A magical garment transforms its owner in “The Cape,” by Ben Loory, performed by Tony Yazbeck. And the “Tango” undermines a stuffy WASP community in this funny story by Kurt Vonnegut, performed by Tony Shalhoub.

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    • 57 min
    There's More to the Story

    There's More to the Story

    Guest host Maulik Pancholy presents four tales with unexpected twists and turns.  We begin with his reading of “Riding Solo,” Simon Rich’s re-telling of the Paul Revere legend.  An Italian holiday offers revelations to a group of tourists in Laura van den Berg’s “The Cult of Mary,” performed by Colby Minifie; Philip K. Dick’s “The Eyes Have It,” has a joke at the expense of a literal-minded reader; Paul Giamatti performs.  And two masters meet in Carmen de Lavallade’s reading of Alice Walker’s mother-daughter(s) story “Everyday Use.”

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    Courtship and What Comes After

    Courtship and What Comes After

    Guest host Jane Curtin offers up tales of courtship and its consequences. In “Prince Amilec,” by Tanith Lee, a handsome prince pursues a beautiful princess, but it’s not the same old, same old fairy tale.  Gildart Jackson performs. A couple explores their relationship in a humorous piece by A.M. Homes. “Be Mine” is performed by Sanjit De Silva and Adina Verson. And in “The Idea of Marcel,” by Marie-Helene Bertino, a breakup leads ex lovers to reboot each other. It’s performed by Jenna Ushkowitz. 

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    • 57 min
    Unexpected Endings

    Unexpected Endings

    Guest host Kevin Kwan presents two stories with unexpected twists.  In Italo Calvino’s satirical fantasy, “A General in the Library” a military tribunal investigates seditious books.  Selected Shorts’ late host and founder Isaiah Sheffer is the reader.  Old friends reunite—and revisit their shared past—in Edith Wharton’s “Roman Fever,” performed by Bebe Neuwirth.

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    • 59 min
    Not Quite Human

    Not Quite Human

    Guest host John Darnielle presents two of his favorite weird stories.  In Amparo Davila’s “Moses and Gaspar,” a grieving man has inherited two—creatures—from his dead brother.  But what in the world are they?  Peter Jay Fernandez reads.  A slick salesman has a little something extra up his sleeve in Dennis Etchison’s “The Pitch,” read by Michael Shannon.

     

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    • 56 min
    Too Hot for Radio: Tony Tulathimutte "Saint Pantaleone"

    Too Hot for Radio: Tony Tulathimutte "Saint Pantaleone"

    Our story today addresses, or should I say undresses - why snacking on your underwear might not be all that’s promised on the box. In this hilarious story written by Tony Tulathimutte, the narrator, played by actor Maulik Pancholy, is taking on the edible underpants industry. Later host Aparna Nancherla talks to the author about the inspiration for his story.

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