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Let Us Tell You a Story. Every week, great actors from stage, screen and television bring incredible stories to life. The originator of the driveway moment, Selected Shorts is the show over 300,000 people listen to every week on public radio.

April 11, 2014

Love and Cake

Novelist Michael Chabon offers a sweet tribute to his Mom’s cooking in “Art of Cake,” It’s read by David Furr. Tony-winner Robert Sean Leonard is gripped by fatal attractions in Mark Strand’s “True Loves,” and Colman Domingo reads a rite-of-passage story by Justin Torres—“Trash Kites.” We also visit a pie shop.

April 11, 2014

Romantic Disasters

Five stories of romantic confusion. Patricia Marx tracks a difficult courtship in “Starting from Happy,” read by Kirsten Vangsness; she also takes us on an “Audio Tour,” conducted by a condo owner’s ex-girlfriend (as read by Anna Chlumsky). Simon Rich re-imagines the “Occupy” movement as a love triangle—Wyatt Cenac reads. Coaching a “Swim Team” is a cure for a broken heart in Miranda July’s story, read by Parker Posey, and a man is confounded by a confident woman in Aimee Bender’s “The Meeting,” read by Kate Burton.

April 4, 2014

Parents and Children

On this program, two stories in which adult children try to make sense of their parents’ lives. Leonard Nimoy reads the Delmore Schwartz classic “In Dreams Begin Responsibilities,” and Kate Burton reads Tess Gallagher’s “The Lover of Horses.”

March 28, 2014

Complicated Relationships

On this program, marriage and other complicated relationships. A woman confesses and a husband and wife renegotiate in two stories by Sherman Alexie, “Scenes from a Life” and “The Vow,” read by Cynthia Nixon and Amber Tamblyn; people become clouds in a story by Joe Meno, read by Kirsten Vangsness, and guest host Jane Curtin reads “The Storm,” by Kate Chopin.

March 21, 2014

Pushing the Limits

Guest host John Lithgow raises the curtain on five funnies, beginning with Dorothy Parker’s hangover from hell in “You Were Perfectly Fine.” Then comic Wyatt Cenac offers up a quirky life story by Simon Rich, “Unprotected,” who also imagines what God would have done on the seven days of Creation if his girl friend had complained, in “Center of the Universe.” More spiritual highjinks from Ron Carlson—could there be a tablecloth of Turin? And Alec Baldwin gives a zesty read of a James Thurber classic, “The Day the Dam Broke.”