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Selected Shorts

11 EpisodesProduced by Symphony SpaceWebsite

Our greatest actors transport us through the magic of fiction, one short story at a time. Sometimes funny. Always moving. Selected Shorts connects you to the world with a rich diversity of voices from literature, film, theater, and comedy. New episodes every Thursday. Produced and distributed by Sym… read more

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Make a Meal of It

December 2nd, 2021


Guest host Roxane Gay (no mean cook herself) presents three stories centered on food.  In “Three Great Meals” the late New Yorker humor writer Donald Barthelme tells you how to prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner from a …

Safe Distance

November 25th, 2021


Guest host LeVar Burton presents three stories in which fantasies and memories are both near and far.  In “The Elevator Dancer,” by N.K. Jemisin, a guard is obsessed by a woman who spins when no one is looking.  Laura …

Too Hot for Radio: Rick Moody "The Grid"

November 22nd, 2021


From the author of novels including The Ice Storm and Purple America, a story about love, longing, and most importantly, putting your lips on somebody. Performed by Jin Ha (Devs).


Join and give!: …

Shared Realities

November 18th, 2021


Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents two very different stories about the overlap of aspirations and dreams.  In “Fairness,” by Nigerian-born writer …

Children and Their Parents

November 11th, 2021


Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents stories about the family dynamics between children and parents. It's never too early to defy gender norms, as Ivan E. Coyote confides in "No Bikini," read by Becca Blackwell.  A woman …

Remember Me

November 4th, 2021


Guest host Hope Davis presents three stories about being perceived, and remembered, by others.  In Aimee Bender’s “The Rememberer,” wonderfully …

Quiet Revelations

October 28th, 2021


Guest host Michael Cerveris presents two stories in which a lot  happens, but subtly. The narrator of A.M. Homes’ “Yours Truly” is “hiding in the …

Survival Skills

October 21st, 2021


Guest host Roxane Gay presents two stories about making things work out, though sometimes at a cost.  In “Loose Change,” by Andrea Levy, performed by Eve Best, a well-off Londoner has a strange encounter in an art …

Too Hot For Radio: ZZ Packer "Gideon"

September 20th, 2021


"Gideon" is read by the great American actress Danielle Brooks, known for her performance as Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson on Orange Is the New Black, …

Too Hot for Radio: Stephen Tobolowsky "Listen to the Dog"

August 9th, 2021


Writer and character actor Stephen Tobolowsky reads his own story about a Thanksgiving dinner that takes a most unexpected turn. Later he talks to …

Only Human: Anton Chekhov

November 5th, 2020


Guest host Jane Curtin presents works by Anton Chekhov that were part of a celebration sponsored by Columbia University and hosted by Chekhov scholar …

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