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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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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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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