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 Maulik Pancholy presents works by Riverhead Books authors from a program celebrating the 25th anniversary of this distinguished Penguin ...

  • Added: Mar 19, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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Guest host Michael Cerveris presents four pieces based on other works of literature: “Best Worst American,” by Juan Martinez, performed by Cristin ...

  • Added: Mar 13, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Guest host Hope Davis presents two stories about social rituals and unexpected consequences. Jefferson Mays performs "The Luncheon," by Jeffrey Arc...

  • Added: Mar 06, 2019
  • Length: 58:58
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Guest host David Strathairn presents two stories featuring dreams, ambition, and longing. Strathairn reads Peter Carey's "American Dreams," and Li...

  • Added: Feb 27, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Guest host Maulik Pancholy presents four pieces about identity: “Pride and Joy,” by Etgar Keret, performed by Robert Sean Leonard; “The Tell-Tale...

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  • Added: Feb 20, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1

  • Added: Feb 13, 2019
  • Length: 43:34
  • Purchases: 6
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Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents works with characters surviving peril. “At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners,” by Lauren Groff, performed by Am...

  • Added: Feb 12, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Guest host John Darnielle introduces his favorite creepy stories. "Moses and Gaspar," by Amparo Davila, performed by Peter Jay Fernandez, and "The...

  • Added: Feb 06, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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Guest host Michael Cerveris presents three unusual love stories. Josh Radnor performs "Chainsaw Apple," by Arthur Bradford; Edward Herrmann perfor...

  • Added: Feb 06, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Guest host Maulik Pancholy presents two stories from the Roxane-Gay edited BASS 2018. Each is about leaving home and what we become when we do: "S...

  • Added: Jan 30, 2019
  • Length: 58:59