July 30, 2015

Obsessive/Compulsive with Guest Host Robert Sean Leonard

The characters on this program are all a little obsessed—or a lot obsessed.

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July 23, 2015

‘Cannolis and Carroll’ with guest host Robert Sean Leonard

For a food-themed series of programs, performed live at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, SELECTED SHORTS presented a wide range of funny, provocative, and touching works in which food, and the eating of food, plays a big role.

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July 16, 2015

Peas, Pancakes & Pretensions with Guest Host Robert Sean Leonard

Robert Sean Leonard presents three food themed stories from Nora Ephron, Lydia Davis and an excerpt from Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary.

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Chance Encounter

July 9, 2015

Chance Encounters with Guest Host Jane Curtin

Guest host Jane Curtin presents three stories about chance meetings at night.  Many stories are about close relationships—husbands and wives, parents and children, close friends.  But the three stories on this program explore chance encounters between and among strangers whose lives intersect just long enough to reveal something new. In Steven Millhauser’s “Claire de Lune” […]

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Kid Sneakers

July 2, 2015

Enviable Characters with Guest Host Robert Sean Leonard

Ahh, the good life. Stories by Ray Bradbury, Margaret Atwood and Susan Orlean about people in pursuit of something better.

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June 25, 2015

Finding Your Way in the Dark with Guest Host Robert Sean Leonard

Alice Leung has discovered the secrets of bats: how they see without seeing, how they own darkness, as we own light. —Jess Row, “The Secrets of Bats.” Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents two pieces about living in the dark.  In “I Go Adventuring” Helen Keller describes her visits New York, a city she could […]

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June 18, 2015

The Sun and the Moon

A moon voyage with Radiolab, and a trip to Venus with Ray Bradbury, are what we offer on this fantastical program, hosted by B.D. Wong. We invited Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich from the story-telling science show Radiolab to curate an evening of stories with us, and we knew their choices would be strange and […]

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Stuart Little

June 11, 2015

Three Boys and a Girl with Guest Host Jane Kaczmarek

Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents four stories in which boys—and one girl—encounter adventures.

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Letters of Note book cover blog

June 4, 2015

Nothing Good Gets Away: Readings from Letters of Note with Guest Host Jane Curtin

From a heart-rending letter from a 16th-century Korean widow to her dead husband, to a recipe for scones from Queen Elizabeth, to Elvis Presley’s petition to President Nixon to make him “a federal agent at large.” In between, Eudora Welty applies for a job, Jack the Ripper taunts his public, Virginia Woolf says goodbye, and Dorothy Parker describes her hospital nurse (“I Have Not Shot Her Yet”).

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June 1, 2015

Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize: We Have a Winner!

The 2015 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize was awarded to Karen Smyte for her story “Anya.” This year’s contest was judged by Karen Russell.

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