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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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    • Performing Arts
    • 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.

    Extended Families

    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. 

     

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    • 58 min
    Look Again

    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. 

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    • 58 min
    Only Human: Anton Chekhov

    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. 

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    • 58 min
    It's a Sign

    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.

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    • 58 min
    Redemption

    Redemption

    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.

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    • 58 min
    Improbable Dreams

    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. 

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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
2.1K Ratings

2.1K Ratings

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Note to Michael Ian Black

I am 64. Still love sex and drugs. Interest has not diminished. To be fair, my drugs are medical marijuana exclusively and my sex is with myself. Don’t assume us old guys have no interest. After all, we were around in the 60s. That doesn’t fade.

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