Secret Lives of Chefs 1

May 28, 2015

Private Lives with Guest Host David Sedaris

Guest host David Sedaris presents two stories about important relationships, and one playful spoof about the lives of celebrity chefs.

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Erupting Volcano

May 21, 2015

Too Late

Drastic solutions and last chances. When is it too late?

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Nimoy, Leonard

May 14, 2015

An Alien and a Gentleman: Celebrating Leonard Nimoy

The actor Leonard Nimoy may be best known for creating the role of Mr. Spock in the television series Star Trek and subsequent films, but to SELECTED SHORTS fans, he was a consummate reader.  Nimoy’s performances of short fiction, over a period of more than twenty years, ranged from James Thurber’s manic caper “The Catbird Seat” to […]

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May 7, 2015

Art and Artists with Guest Host Jane Curtin

Funny, passionate, and surprising tales about art and those who make it.

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April 30, 2015

Alternative Endings with Guest Host Jane Curtin

On this program, two stories about powerful maternal instincts, and choices with very different outcomes. Amy Hempel describes her story “Beg, SI Tog, Inc, Cont, Rep” as “the story of a friendship surviving very different choices.” As the narrator draws us into her many knitting projects (crafters will recognize the title as instructions for a […]

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Secret Life Blog

April 23, 2015

Expect the Unexpected with Guest Host Neil Gaiman

Author Neil Gaiman introduces four stories about the unexpected, including a Shorts’ fav, the James Thurber classic, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”

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funny love

April 16, 2015

Love Is Funny with Guest Host Cynthia Nixon

Four tales about the lighter side of love, from rib-tickling to rueful.

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April 9, 2015

More Women in Clothes

Because one episode wasn’t enough, writer Heidi Julavits and artist Leanne Shapton return for another show featuring readings from Women in Clothes, their bestselling compendium

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Rapunzel's Tower

April 2, 2015

Wondrous Women with Guest Host John Lithgow

Guest host John Lithgow introduces two stories with strong women. We know women are strong, and sometimes they show their strength in unexpected ways, and in unusual settings. Our first story, “Melisande” is by E. Nesbit, the pen name for the prolific English writer Edith Nesbit, who was born in England in 1858 and published […]

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March 26, 2015

True Selves/Hidden Selves with Guest Host BD Wong

Guest host BD Wong introduces three stories about identity. First, Karen Russell’s “Reeling for the Empire,” an eerie take on the issue of exploited workers. It is set during the Meiji era in Japan, when the country began to absorb Western industrial practices. It is a tale of transmogrification, but also of self-discovery. In an […]

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