Three stories drawn from the world of fables and fairytales, but with a modern twist. More


Guest host BD Wong introduces three stories about identity. First, Karen Russell’s “Reeling for the Empire,” an eerie take on the issue of exploited workers. It is set during the Meiji era in Japan, when the country began to absorb Western industrial practices. It is a tale of transmogrification, but also of self-discovery. In an […] More


Guest host Neil Gaiman presents two ironic stories about wish fulfillment in this rebroadcast of a popular show from last season. In D.H. Lawrence’s classic, “The Rocking Horse Winner,” a young boy tries to help a family obsessed by money. In the show, SHORTS literary commentator Hannah Tinti and guest host Gaiman discuss its unusual […] More


Guest host BD Wong introduces three stories about identity. First, Karen Russell’s “Reeling for the Empire,” an eerie take on the issue of exploited workers. It is set during the Meiji era in Japan, when the country began to absorb Western industrial practices. It is a tale of transmogrification, but also of self-discovery. In an […] More


In D.H. Lawrence’s classic,”The Rocking Horse Winner,” a young boy tries to help a family obsessed by money. In the show, SHORTS literary commentator and guest host Gaiman discuss its unusual qualities. Unlike Lawrence’s well-known novels of class conflict and adult desire, like Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Women in Love, this tale has a fairy-tale […] More