By Selected Shorts / Panoply
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Spellbinding short stories by established and emerging writers take on a new life when they are performed by stars of the stage and screen.
||CleanAgainst All Odds||Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents two stories about people who beat the odds.||1/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 11 Roxane Gay "How"||Read by Amber Tamblyn||1/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew Beginnings||Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents two stories about new beginnings and missed connections.||1/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWorst Case Scenarios||Guest host Hope Davis presents funny four tales about things going wrong.||12/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 10 Casper Kelly "Frequently Asked Questions"||Read by Peter Sagal||12/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNot How I Imagined It: Holiday Special||Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents four holiday tales--two merry, and two a little melancholy.||12/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIn an Instant||Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents two stories about big moments in small lives.||12/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFamily Ties||David Sedaris presents the three unconventional stories about family ties.||12/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Child’s-Eye View: Stories by John Irving||Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents excerpts from works by novelist John Irving. Orphans are cared for by a tough guy and a tough dog in "The Broken Side-view Mirror," read by Yul Vazquez. A teenager is smitten by a librarian in an excerpt from In One Person, read by Michael C. Hall. And a philandering children's book author entertains "Unhappy Mothers," in a reading by Heather Burns.||12/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 9 Elliott Holt "Fem Care"||Read by Amy Ryan||11/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTiny, But Mighty: Stories by Lydia Davis||Guest host Jane Curtin presents four stories by Lydia Davis, a master of short-form fiction.||11/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 8 Laura Lippman "The Crack Cocaine Diet"||Read by Elna Baker||11/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 7 Hilary Mantel "The Long QT"||Read by Joanne Whalley||10/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWelcome to Selected Shorts: Too Hot For Radio||A Quick Introduction To Our New Show||8/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
It's about time!!!!!
I'm a dork---whatever, I love this program. Famous actors reading short stories by famous authors. The storytellers paint portraits with acrylic words penned by the writer. Like sitting in a comfortable chair listening to an eloquent and wise relative recount a tale of happiness, desire, loss of innocence, joy, tragedy and truth. Afterwards, you walk away feeling like you've somehow come to understand your own life and experiences a little better and now you are at peace with yourself. Bring more episodes to podcast...please. We need them!
I have been chained to my radio at the socially crippling 8PM Saturday night for years because of this incomparable program. Finally, I can resocialize! Thank you!
A Worthwhile Podcast
An hour of worthwhile short stories read by actors worthy of reading them. For a short-story enthusiast, this podcast isn't far from nirvana. Thank you, NPR. I look forward to more downloads like this one.