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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

August 23, 2016

Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents two stories featuring man's best friend. In "Pie Dance," by Molly Giles, a complicated family menage includes a dancing dog. Nixon is the reader. And in Maile Meloy's touching "Madame Lazarus," read by Rene Auberjonois, an aging man bonds with his small terrier.

August 16, 2016

Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents three stories about strange encounters. A woman's laundry is full of surprises in Diane Cook's "Flotsam," read by Melora Hardin. An ordinary businessman has an extraordinary day in Shirley Jackson's "Paranoia," read by Thomas Gibson. And a young newsie meets a philosophical drifter, in Carson McCullers "A Tree, A Rock, A Cloud," read by Lance Reddick.

August 10, 2016

Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents three stories about people pursuing the good life. A young boy longs for the perfect pair of sneakers in Ray Bradbury’s “The Sound of Summer Running,” read by Sean Astin. Aging hippies hope for happiness in “I Dream of Zenia with the Bright Red Teeth,” by Margaret Atwood, read by Kirsten Vangsness, and Dave Hill reads Susan Orlean’s comic rant about babies, “Shiftless Little Loafers.”

November 30, 1999

In our first episode, actor Stephen Lang reads, “Batman and Robin Have an Altercation”, a -shall we say- intense story about family, love, and dying by Stephen King (yes, THAT Stephen King, need we say more?). Host Aparna Nancherla talks to Stu Tinker, a Stephen King superfan from King’s hometown of Bangor, Maine (get ready for that accent!). For nearly 20 years he’s been giving tours to spots that have inspired so many of author’s stories.

November 30, 1999

Definitely NSFW, our second episode features a wealthy woman who purchases a high-tech sex toy in the shape of a man and isn't shy about sharing the details. But even if you aren't a frequent shopper at Babeland, know that this is also a story about a struggle for finding intimacy in the world. Host Aparna Nancherla talks to reader Colby Minifie about how she managed to give X rated content such a touching and relatable spin.