Guest host Jane Curtin presents a tribute to a long-time friend of SELECTED SHORTS, Leonard Nimoy, with two of his best readings. More


The Village is populated by amazing spirits. Energy cannot be lost, and the energy of the unique and eccentric beings of our past resonates in our streets, and people visiting and living here today can experience it too. —Penny Arcade, Greenwich Village Stories More


Guest host Jane Curtin presents three stories about chance meetings at night.  Many stories are about close relationships—husbands and wives, parents and children, close friends.  But the three stories on this program explore chance encounters between and among strangers whose lives intersect just long enough to reveal something new. In Steven Millhauser’s “Claire de Lune” […] More


On this program, two stories about powerful maternal instincts, and choices with very different outcomes. Amy Hempel describes her story “Beg, SI Tog, Inc, Cont, Rep” as “the story of a friendship surviving very different choices.” As the narrator draws us into her many knitting projects (crafters will recognize the title as instructions for a […] More


Guest host John Lithgow introduces two stories with strong women. We know women are strong, and sometimes they show their strength in unexpected ways, and in unusual settings. Our first story, “Melisande” is by E. Nesbit, the pen name for the prolific English writer Edith Nesbit, who was born in England in 1858 and published […] More


On this show, we’ve got a fire-breathing dragon, and a fire-starting guy. In Gail Godwin’s “St. George,” a lonely medieval scholar loses a boyfriend but acquires a pet dragon—really. This sweetly funny romance pokes fun at mythology, urban legends, and academics who take themselves too seriously. Reader Jane Curtin is up to this triple threat. […] More


From our sold out night at Symphony Space, three pieces from B.J. Novak's bestseller, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories. More


Guest host Jane Curtin presents a celebration of Greenwich Village—bad girls, beatniks, Bob Dylan, smart girls in small apartments, and the Village Halloween Parade are all remembered fondly. “Here we live, here we love/This is the place for self-expression.” This is how Greenwich Village was described in the 1953 Broadway musical Wonderful Town. And you […] More


Jane Curtin and Radiolab‘s Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich introduce stories about time, love and identity. The hosts of the storytelling science program Radiolab created a special program at Symphony Space featuring tales in which science and inquiry intersect with ordinary and extraordinary lives. We feature two of those stories on this program. First, Jenny […] More


Adult children untangle their pasts in two stories about fateful marriages and what comes down from parents to children. Jane Curtin hosts. Delmore Schwartz’s classic “In Dreams Begin Responsibilities” established his reputation as a new literary voice when it was published in 1937 in The Partisan Review. Written on his 21st birthday, it describes a […] More