Guest host Jane Curtin presents two stories about growing up by authors Junot Díaz and John O’Hara. More

Because families bind us, define us, love us, and sometimes drive us crazy. More

A meek academic, a young boy, and a feisty working girl all have defining, character- testing moments in the three works on this program, hosted by Jane Kaczmarek. More

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