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

July 25, 2016

Guest host Hope Davis introduces three tales about heroes, heroism, and challenges. In Larry Doyle’s “Reboot Me” a superhero needs rebranding. Chip Kidd reads. In an excerpt from Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, read by Aya Cash, a mousy librarian becomes a glamorous comic-book heroine. The mood shifts with John Biguenet’s “I am Not a Jew,” in which a tourist is tormented by a neo-Nazi gang. The reader is David Strathairn.

July 18, 2016

Guest host Jane Curtin presents two stories about travelling long distances. In Ray Bradbury's "Strawberry Window," a family living on a desolate Mars outpost tries to make a home. The reader is Boyd Gaines. Megan Mayhew Bergman's "Hell Diving Women" are an integrated jazz band touring the segregated South. The reader is Anika Noni Rose.

July 11, 2016

Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents four works about love and friendship. In William Goyen's "The Texas Principessa," read by Doris Roberts, a good friend leaves a stunning legacy. Jackie Hoffman reads an excerpt about a jilted lover from David Rakoff's final work, "Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish." A young couple have an idyllic day on the river in Rick Bass's "The Canoeists," read by Neil Patrick Harris. And Bill Irwin and John Lithgow read Edward Lear’s classic poem “The Owl and the Pussycat.”

July 3, 2016

Writer Heidi Julavits and artist Leanne Shapton host a program featuring readings from Women in Clothes, their bestselling compendium of conversations, memories, declarations, debates, prose and poetry that addresses the rich, complex relationship women have with clothes. Readers include Justin Vivian Bond, Jennifer Lim, Zosia Mamet, Sonia Manzano, and Molly Ringwald.

June 27, 2016

Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents two stories about strange, and strained, relationships. In James Salter's "Last Night," a dying wife has a last supper. The reader is Amy Ryan. And Padgett Powell imagines what would happen if Janis Joplin met Charles Dickens in the third grade. John Cameron Mitchell reads "Joplin and Dickens."