For this episode, Krista Tippett, the host of On Being, presents short fiction and poems that also look at issues of art, faith, and spirituality. More


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


We pulled a few choice works out of the vault to celebrate one of our favorite holidays. The program begins with an hilarious mock-Gothic narrative by the Canadian author Robertson Davies. “The Cat that Went to Trinity” pays a kind of gruesome homage to Frankenstein, and pokes a little fun at academic ivory towers as […] 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


“I have missed my turnings on strange mountain roads in the early hours of the morning because I was too carried away by listening to someone…reading Poe stories. ” Best-selling fantasy writer Neil Gaiman joins SHORTS literary commentator Hannah Tinti for a celebration of the master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe. Poe was born […] More


Family is our focus on this edition of SELECTED SHORTS.  Our first story, Peter Taylor’s “Porte Cochere,” is about an angry father, his children and his house. Our second, Alice McDermott’s “Enough,” portrays a mother seeking to get the most out of life. Peter Taylor’s “Porte Cochere,” was first published in The New Yorker in […] More


This program features two stories in which houses figure and represent more than just a domicile.  In Yasunari Kawabata’s “Household,” a husband takes his blind wife to “see”, so to speak, a possible house where they might live.  “To the blind, houses are alive,” she says.  All the Kawabata stories we have presented as part […] More


Each of the three works on this program, by masters Tennessee Williams, Edna O’Brien, and Flannery O’Connor, offers us intense and provocative close-ups of its main characters. First, the ironically titled, “Life Story,” is a very short prose poem by Williams—who will be remembered in history as the playwright who created such works as “The […] More


James Joyce’s classic story, “The Dead”, takes place at a New Year’s dinner-dance in Dublin in 1904. It is filled with colorful personalities, and is a glimpse of a bygone era."The Dead" continues with part 2 this week! More