Selected Shorts

7 EpisodesProduced by Selected Shorts / Panoply

Spellbinding short stories by established and emerging writers take on a new life when they are performed by stars of the stage and screen.

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Riverhead at 25

March 21st, 2019

Guest host Maulik Pancholy presents works that reflect on the diversity and excellence of Riverhead Books, celebrating a quarter century.  The …

Twice Told: Stories Inspired by Books

March 14th, 2019

Guest host Michael Cerveris presents four stories inspired by other books and authors.  Immigrants collide at Wal-Mart in Juan Martinez's “Best Worst …


March 7th, 2019

Guest host Hope Davis presents two stories about rituals.  A young author takes a glamorous older woman to lunch and all does not go well in “The …

Longings and Secrets

February 28th, 2019

Guest host David Strathairn presents two stories about longing.  In Peter Carey’s “American Dreams,” a small Australian community is transformed into a tourist destination by a bizarre bequest.  Strathairn is the …

Against All Odds

February 21st, 2019

Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents two stories about people who beat the odds.  In Lauren Groff’s “At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners,” read by …

Not Quite Human with John Darnielle

February 14th, 2019

Guest host John Darnielle presents two of his favorite weird stories.  In Amparo Davila’s “Moses and Gaspar,” a grieving man has inherited two—creatures—from his dead brother.  But what in the world are they?  Peter Jay …

Overcome: A Valentine’s Day Special

February 7th, 2019

Guest host Michael Cerveris presents three unusual love stories.  A goofy guy meets the girl of his dreams in a really strange way in "Chainsaw Apple," by Arthur Bradford, read by Josh Radnor.  Russian novelist Vladimir …
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