Selected Shorts

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  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

One-hour weekly program featuring readings of short fiction by classic and emerging writers read by top Broadway and Hollywood actors (ongoing)

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These programs are available for stations to air in lieu of another program at any time.

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Fundraising Materials for Selected Shorts

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One-hour weekly program featuring readings of short fiction by classic and emerging writers read by top Broadway and Hollywood actors (ongoing). NOTE: This program is available to PRI affiliates. For more information please email memberships@prx.org.

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Holiday specials for Selected Shorts. Available to PRI affiliates only.

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This SELECTED SHORTS four-program holiday sampler includes some shivery stories for Halloween; traditional, and not so traditional, Christmas tales; some food fights; and some strong characters finding their way. HAUNTINGS FOR HALLOWEEN GUEST HOST: KATE BURTON “The Caul,” by Russell Banks, performed by Richard Masur “The Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe “The Lamp,” by Agatha Christie, performed by Rita Wolf “An Imperial Message,” by Franz Kafka, performed by Kaneza Schaal TOUGH LOVE FOR THE HOLIDAYS GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD “Interview with God,” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, performed by James Naughton and Jayne Atkinson “The Fir Tree,” by Hans Christian Andersen, performed by James Naughton “A Present for Big Saint Nick,” by Kurt Vonnegut, performed by Tate Donovan FOOD FIGHTS WITH FOOD52 GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD “Breadman,” by J. Robert Lennon, performed by Kyle MacLachlan Heartburn by Nora Ephron, (excerpt) performed by Joan Allen I DID IT MY WAY GUEST HOST: KIRSTEN VANGSNESS My Way of Life by Joan Crawford, (excerpt) performed by Cole Escola “Crazy They Call Me,” by Zadie Smith, performed by Karen Pittman “Interview,” by Will Eno, performed by Will Eno “I Am Narcissus,” by Elizabeth Olmstead, performed by Bebe Neuwirth


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Guest host David Sedaris presents two stories about the consequences of bad choices. "Mortals,” by Tobias Wolff, is performed by Isaiah Sheffer an...

  • Added: May 22, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Guest host Kate Burton presents four works about soldiers, their families, and the experience of war. “Dear Boys,” by Chris Cohoes, performed by M...

  • Added: May 22, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents four dance-themed works: “My Mother Explains the Ballet to Me,” by Jesse Eisenberg, performed by Patricia Kalemb...

  • Added: May 15, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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Guest host Kirsten Vangsness presents four works about celebrity, fame, show biz and how to survive it all. Cole Escola performs an excerpt from J...

  • Added: May 08, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Guest host Sonia Manzano presents three stories about moving beyond boundaries: "The Different One,” by John Updike, performed by Michael Emerson; ...

  • Added: May 01, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Guest host Kirsten Vangsness presents two modern fables by two modern masters. Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Cunningham reimagines the classic sto...

  • Added: Apr 24, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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Guest host Kate Burton presents selections from the anthology The Best of Harvard Lampoon, including works by Jonathan Adler, Patricia Marx, and B....

  • Added: Apr 10, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Guest host Jane Curtin presents three unusual stories about courtship and romance: “Prince Amilec,” by Tanith Lee, performed by Gildart Jackson; “...

  • Added: Apr 10, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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Guest host Michael Cerveris presents two stories about disappointments in love. Kathyrn Erbe performs "La Sainte-Vierge," by Daphne du Maurier, an...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Guest host John Darnielle presents four works about life, death, and what comes after: "My Last Duchess," by Robert Browning, performed by John Da...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2019
  • Length: 58:59