Leonard Nimoy and David Rakoff read stories by Raymond Carver and Bernard Malamud introduced by guest host David Sedaris. More


Guest host David Strathairn presents three works that ‘fess up. More


Christmas is a time of joy, but also of reckoning and reflection. More


This episode: love, friendship, and passages through life. More


"Writers' writer" Joy Williams is the focus of this episode. More


Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents four stories about parties--birthday parties, dinner parties, office parties—and what can go right and wrong. More


Guest host David Sedaris presents a program celebrating the late writer and actor David Rakoff. More


Guest host David Sedaris presents a program celebrating the late writer and actor David Rakoff. Rakoff read often for SELECTED SHORTS, and in this special tribute show, featuring two of his performances, we hear his exceptional ability to pull emotion and meaning out of a text, without getting in its way. David Sedaris, who was […] More


We reprise a popular show from last season. Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents readings of three stories whose characters hope for love. In Rick Bass’s “Fires” a rural recluse is ignited by a long-distance runner. “Fires” is set in a remote part of Northern Montana, and literary commentator Hannah Tinti notes that Bass is an […] More


“Something familiar, something peculiar, something for everyone…” in this case, a celebration of the great American humorist James Thurber by guest host comedian Wyatt Cenac. “If you met one of his characters at a bus station, or an airport, you’d get a long with them,” says Wyatt Cenac of the creations of one of his […] More