It's story time for adults with PRI's award-winning series of short fiction read by the stars of stage and screen. Recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in NYC and on tour. Selected Shorts is a production of Symphony Space.  Our theme music, "That's The Deal," is by Deardorf/Peterson Group.  You can find out more about them HERE Podcast Updates: Thursdays at 12pm. Subscribe using iTunes here. Duration: approx 60 minutes

October 27, 2016

Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents a tribute to the classic TV series, “The Twilight Zone,” including two stories that were featured on the show: Price Day’s “Four O’Clock,” read by Zachary Quinto, in which a man with awesome powers knows just how to improve the world. And “Perchance to Dream,” by Charles Beaumont, in which the lines between sleeping and waking blur. It’s read by Zach Grenier. Roald Dahl’s “The Landlady,” is the perfect hostess, thinks the young man who comes to her door. It’s read by Sam Underwood.

October 19, 2016

Guest host Jane Curtin presents sassy stories about sassy women from the legendary Dorothy Parker, including “The Sexes,” read by Parker Posey and “The Standard of Living” (two secretaries on a fantasy shopping spree), read by Hope Davis. A cranky coffee shop employee with amazing luck keeps them company in Robert Coover’s “Waitress,” read by Sonia Manzano.

October 17, 2016

"My one and only female was an acrobat on the mattress, and the truth is, I miss her still." So begins our featured story. Read by RISK! podcast host, Kevin Allison, this story takes us on a wild romp when Wonder Woman lands in the yard of a gay man. It's a story full of humor, sex, and sweetness,. Writer William Giraldi is author of the novels Busy Monsters and Hold the Dark, and the memoir The Hero's Body.

October 11, 2016

Guest host Kate Burton presents two stories about parents and children. A mother and daughter remember the past differently in Tessa Hadley's "Matrilineal," performed by Patricia Kalember. And a surprising offer divides two families in "In the Country," by Guy de Maupassant, performed by Thomas Gibson.

October 3, 2016

The critically acclaimed writer's story was recently selected as one of the Best American Stories of the past hundred years. And just like all the stories here on Selected Short: Too Hot For Radio there are some adult moments - this story has grown people smoking dope, taking shots of vodka and keeping it real. Actor Dylan Baker gives a tour de force reading that will keep you laughing and on the edge of your seat. Also in this episode, Nathan chats by phone to host Aparna Nancherla from his temporary home in Malawi.