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.
October 6, 2015
Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents two stories about finding happiness in unexpected places. In Michel Faber’s “Vanilla Bright Like Eminem” a single moment illuminates the life of a family. The reader is Daniel Gerroll. In Roxanne Gay’s “North Country,” an academic is a fish out of water in a backwoods community, until love finds her. Adepero Oduye reads.
September 29, 2015
Guest host Hope Davis presents three tales that involved road trips. Simon Rich takes three brides-to-be to weird places in “Amazing Proposal Stories,” read by Tracee Chimo. A rural jaunt turns eerie in Elizabeth Spencer’s “The Weekend Travelers,” read by Campbell Scott. It’s a lifetime of bad motels for two lounge singers with a rocky marriage in Louise Erdrich’s “Best Western,” read by Patricia Kalember.
September 20, 2015
Scenes from Three Marriages
Guest host Josh Radnor presents two stories in which marriages fall apart and come together. Radnor reads Paul La Farge’s “Another Life,” in which a restless husband strays; the husband in “The Big Cat,” by Louise Erdrich, still has feelings for his first wife. The reader is Keir Dullea.
September 15, 2015
Worst Case Scenarios
Guest host Hope Davis presents funny four tales about things going wrong. George Saunders imagines “Lars Farf, Excessively Fearful Father and Husband,” as read by James Naughton. A kindergartener has a secret in “Charles,” by Shirley Jackson, read by Lois Smith. The big bang is coming, in “Game,” by Donald Barthelme, read by David Strathairn. And Isaiah Sheffer offers up “Lamentations of the Father,” by Ian Frazier.
September 9, 2015
The Kids Aren’t All Right
Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents two stories in which children are at risk. In Elizabeth Spencer’s eerie “On the Hill,” read by Leonard, a strange couple may have a secret. Teju Cole talks about the power of rumor and prejudice at an exclusive Nigerian girls’ school in “Modern Girls.” The read is Zainab Jah.