We celebrate the 150th anniversary of the beloved children's classic with great readings from our favorite chapters. More


On this show, two stories about extreme love, hosted by Cynthia Nixon. More


Each year SELECTED SHORTS partners with the distinguished fiction anthology The Best American Short Stories, and asks its guest editor to select works for performance. In 2016, the editor was Junot Diaz, and he says (in remarks we share on this program) that "he lost a lot of sleep" and read each story three times to be sure not to miss the quiet stories that eventually amaze. More


On this episode, two stories about new beginnings and missed connections. More


On this program we're celebrating a giant of contemporary fiction, the novelist John Irving. More


A celebration of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre with today's writers paying homage to the classic through a modern lens. More


Two stories about man's best friend on this week's episode. More


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 with a husband and a family friend.  This delicate and moving story explores the toll death takes on love.  Salter, who died in 2015, often explored the hidden emotional lives […] More


Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents stories inspired by Brandon Stanton's blog and book Humans of New York, which we celebrated at a special event at Symphony Space mixing Stanton's blog entries with fiction stories by Tom Wolfe and Nelson Eubanks. More


Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents two stories about growing up. More