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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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    • 4.4 • 2.1K 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.

    Test the Waters

    Test the Waters

    Guest host Hope Davis presents two coming-of-age stories that mingle memory, rebirth, and water.  Davis herself reads Elizabeth McCracken’s “It’s Not You,” in which a young woman checks into a grand hotel to cure a broken heart.   And from Isaac Babel, the Russian-Jewish author who wrote beguiling tales about the seamy side of early 20th century Odessa, comes "In the Basement.”  It has a familiar premise—the unlikely friendship between a poor boy and a rich one.  But Babel’s lush descriptions and comic energy make it remarkable.  The reader is Richard Masur.

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    • 56 min
    Afterlife

    Afterlife

    Guest host John Darnielle presents favorite works that reflect on life, death and what comes next.   He reads Robert Browning’s chilling poem “My Last Duchess;” Molly Ringwald performs “No More Loves,” by Javier Marias, in which a ghost learns to read.  Kirsten Vangsness performs Neil Gaiman’s “When We Went to See the End of the World by Dawnie Morningside, Age 11 ¼.  The heroine of Robert Aickman’s “Le Miroir,” is mesmerized by an antique looking glass.  The reader is Kathryn Erbe.  

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    • 57 min
    Gravitational Forces

    Gravitational Forces

    Guest host Hope Davis presents three stories involving irresistible impulses and twists of fate.  In Shirley Jackson’s “What a Thought” an awful idea threatens a happy marriage.  It’s read by Andrea Martin.  A science teacher has a crush in Jess Walter’s “Magnificent Desolation,” read by Bobby Cannavale.  And “Draft Day” affects the lives of childhood friends from different backgrounds in Rattawut Lapcharoensap’s story, read by BD Wong.

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    • 57 min
    No Place Like Home: Best American Short Stories

    No Place Like Home: Best American Short Stories

    Guest host Maulik Pancholy presents two selections from the 2018 Best American Short Stories anthology, with comments by guest editor, Roxane Gay.  In “Suburbia,” by Amy Silverberg, a young girl leaves home for the first time, and both she, and it, are transformed.   The reader is Martha Plimpton.   “Everything is Far from Here,” by Cristina Henriquez, goes to the heart of the country’s immigration crisis with an affecting portrait of a migrant mother and her son.  It’s performed by Zabryna Guevara.

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    • 57 min
    Little Rebellions

    Little Rebellions

    Guest host Roxane Gay presents three stories about resisting the inevitable, and testing the status quo.  The title tells all in Haruki Murakami’s “On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning,” read by Randall Park. A girl is tutored in fly tying by her father in Elizabeth Winthrop’s “The Golden Darters,” read by Ann Dowd, and a boy disappoints his wizard parents in “The Accountant,” by Robert Sheckley, read by Nate Corddry.

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    • 1 hr
    Too Hot For Radio: Kirsty Gunn "Dangerous Dog"

    Too Hot For Radio: Kirsty Gunn "Dangerous Dog"

    Read by actress Kirsten Vangsness, this Jane Eyre fan fiction imagines Mr. Rochester as a pit bull. After the story, host Aparna Nancherla talks to Jane Eyre expert, author Patricia Park, about the enduring allure of Charlotte Brontë's novel.

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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
2.1K Ratings

2.1K Ratings

DieHardMontana ,

Recycled Stories

I love hearing good stories again, but I’d prefer if there was access to older episodes and new stories on new episodes! I get all excited for a new episode, and then it’s a story I’ve already listened to multiple times. Still love the stories!

madam ripstitch ,

Read to me!

I like to listen to these readings as I’m falling asleep. Well-curated literary selections are performed by actors with a minimum of ego. Just the stories.

honolululistenet ,

Sound quality.

How can you be in radio and have such poor sound quality? Unlistenable.

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