Selected Shorts

12 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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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 …

No Place Like Home: Best American Short Stories 2018

January 31st, 2019

Guest host Maulik Pancholy presents two selections from this year’s Best American Short Stories anthology, with comments by this year’s guest editor, …

Growing Pains

January 24th, 2019

Guest host David Sedaris presents three stories about growing up and rites of passage.  A young woman is drawn into a social charade in Joyce Carol …

Dangerously Funny: George Saunders & Carrie Brownstein

January 17th, 2019

Guest host Josh Radnor presents works by Carrie Brownstein and George Saunders.  Brownstein reads from her memoir “Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl.”  BD Wong performs Saunders’ “My Chivalric Fiasco,” about a goofy knight …

Moving On

January 10th, 2019

Guest host Jane Curtin presents three stories about emotional transitions—what happens after divorce, or the death of a loved one?  In our first, prankish story by Ron Carlson, lunch with an ex becomes an Olympic …

Morality Tales

January 3rd, 2019

Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents four stories with lessons for us.  In T.C. Boyle’s “The Five-Pound Burrito,” a chef goes over the top.  Santino Fontana reads.   A lonely millennial learns that you can’t hurry …

New Beginnings

December 27th, 2018

Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents two stories about new beginnings and missed connections.  Philip K. Dick’s classic sci-fi story “Beyond Lies the Wub” asks what it is to be human.  The reader is Denis O’Hare.   And a …

Too Hot For Radio Greg Ames "Benefactor"

July 14th, 2018

A story from Greg Ames, the author of a novel, Buffalo Lockjaw, and a collection of stories entitled Funeral Platter. His work has appeared in Best …

Too Hot For Radio Richard Bausch "Billboard"

June 5th, 2018

Today we’re going to hear a story from Richard Bausch. This lifelong writer has produced novels and short story collections including Before During …

Too Hot For Radio Kevin Canty "God’s Work"

April 30th, 2018

On this episode, a tale that involves a teenage evangelist coping with teenage lust. “God’s Work,” by Kevin Canty, was read during the annual …

Too Hot For Radio Brit Bennett "Ain’t That Good News"

February 28th, 2018

A story by the up-and-coming writer Brit Bennett. Bennett is the real friggin’ deal: Her debut novel “The Mothers” made a splash in 2016 (soon to be a movie starring Kerry Washington), the same year she was named one of …
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