Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts

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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.More from Selected Shorts »

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Long Distance

Guest host Jane Curtin presents two stories about travelling long distances. In Ray Bradbury's "Strawberry Window," a family living on a desolate Mars outpost tries to make a home. The reader is Boyd Gaines. Megan Mayhew Bergman's "Hell Diving Women" are an integrated jazz band touring the segregated South. The reader is Anika Noni Rose.

Passages

Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents four works about love and friendship. In William Goyen's "The Texas Principessa," read by Doris Roberts, a good friend leaves a stunning legacy. Jackie Hoffman reads an excerpt about a jilted lover from David Rakoff's final work, "Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish." A young couple have an idyllic day on the river in Rick Bass's "The Canoeists," read by Neil Patrick Harris. And Bill Irwin and John Lithgow read Edward Lear's classic poem "The Owl and the Pussycat."

Women in Clothes

Writer Heidi Julavits and artist Leanne Shapton host a program featuring readings from Women in Clothes, their bestselling compendium of conversations, memories, declarations, debates, prose and poetry that addresses the rich, complex relationship women have with clothes. Readers include Justin Vivian Bond, Jennifer Lim, Zosia Mamet, Sonia Manzano, and Molly Ringwald.

Strange Bedfellows

Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents two stories about strange, and strained, relationships.

Deceiving Appearances: Stories by Shirley Jackson

Guest host Jane Curtin presents three stories by the American master Shirley Jackson.

We're So Excited

Guest host Hope Davis introduces stories from the 1980s, a decade of material extremes and spare writing.

Discoveries

Guest host Jane Curtin presents works about questions and answers.

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