Selected Shorts 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 Symphony Space.
Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts

From Radiotopia

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 Symphony Space.

Most Recent Episodes

Outcasts in Love with Maulik Pancholy

Two stories in which social outliers strive for love. "Tandolfo the Great," by Richard Bausch, is read by Michael Ian Black. And Lance Reddick reads "A Tree, A Rock, a Cloud" by American master Carson McCullers. Join and give!: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/symphonyspacenyc?code=Splashpage See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

An Evening with LeVar Burton

Guest host LeVar Burton presents two of his favorite stories. In Lucia Berlin's "Friends," the characters have different ideas about who benefits from their weekly lunches. The reader is Lydia Gaston. Next, Burton himself reads Jocelyn Nicole Johnson's powerful "Control Negro," in which an academic and father tries a real-world experiment to prove a theory about racism. Join and give!: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/symphonyspacenyc?code=Splashpage See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

What's Left Behind

Guest host Meg Wolitzer presents three diverse stories that look at what gets left behind when life changes, gradually or suddenly. Restless retirees try on the ultimate next step in Greg Ames' funny "Funeral Platter," performed by Michael McKean and Annette O'Toole. The family in Julia Alvarez's "Liberty" are on their way to a new life in America, but it's difficult leaving the old one behind. The reader is Laura Gomez. And a trainer of guide dogs for the blind learns how to let go, in Amy Hempel's "The Dog of the Marriage," performed by Joan Allen. Join and give!: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/symphonyspacenyc?code=Splashpage See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Riverhead at 25

Guest host Maulik Pancholy presents works that reflect on the diversity and excellence of Riverhead Books, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018. The program features "Flower Hunters," by Lauren Groff, performed by Maria Dizzia, and "Buck Boy," by James McBride, performed by Teagle Bougere, as well as special commissions from Aja Gabel ("Alarm") and R.O. Kwon ("Tempo") both performed by Hettienne Park. Join and give!: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/symphonyspacenyc?code=Splashpage See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Personal Politics

Guest host Baron Vaughn presents three works where the personal and the political collide. In "Parent Night at Confidence Academy," by Kiley Reid, a teacher lets parents know what she really sees in their kids. The reader is Juliana Canfield. Two kingdoms have created ideal societies, as long as you don't mind a little restraint, in this playful fable by Berlin Alexanderplatz author Alfred Doblin, read by Kate Burton. And local politics gets ugly (even the dog is involved) in Peter Orner's "Shouting Wenkie," performed by Liev Schreiber. Join and give!: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/symphonyspacenyc?code=Splashpage See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Out of Control

Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents three works about losing control. In Dmitry Biriukov's "Hello?" a crowded city bus inspires one passenger to create a romantic scenario. The reader is Mike Doyle. Jenny Allen offers up a disastrous crafts project in "How to Tie-Dye," reader by Jane Curtin. And Anton Chekhov gives us a clueless young man beset by determined women in "From the Diary of a Hot-Tempered Man," read by Sam Underwood. Join and give!: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/symphonyspacenyc?code=Splashpage See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Punching In

Guest host Maulik Pancholy presents three stories about workers and the workplace—and "the daily grind." In a John Cheever classic, "Bayonne," a busy waitress defends her territory. The reader is Mary Kay Place. The always succinct Lydia Davis gives us "Alvin the Typesetter," in which a bohemian artist battles job conformity. The late David Rakoff performs. And in "OBF, Inc." by Bernice L. McFadden, an interviewee at a hip start-up learns about a secret organization that sells cultural capital. It's performed by Teagle F. Bougere. Join and give!: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/symphonyspacenyc?code=Splashpage See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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

Writer and character actor Stephen Tobolowsky reads his own story about a Thanksgiving dinner that takes a most unexpected turn. Later he talks to host Aparna Nancherla about his work in TV, movies, and his podcast, The Tobolowsky Files. Join and give!: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/symphonyspacenyc?code=Splashpage See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Words Without Borders

Guest host Kate Burton presents three stories in translation selected with the international literary organization Words Without Borders. A wealthy woman winds up on the other side of the poverty line in Évelyne Trouillot's "Detour," performed by Rita Wolf and Arian Moayed. A civil servant becomes a soccer star in Réka Mán-Várhegyi's "Woman Striker Has Killer Left Foot," performed by Adina Verson. And two teenage misfits visit a chimp in "Muzaffer and Bananas" by Yalçın Tosun, performed by Arian Moayed. Join and give!: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/symphonyspacenyc?code=Splashpage See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

It Takes Two

Guest host Meg Wolitzer presents three stories about profound and unexpected connections between people—territory she herself covers a lot as a writer. Old enemies meet in Lauren Groff's "Once," performed by Cynthia Nixon. Old friends come together and wonder what might have been in Rachel Khong's "Slow and Steady," performed by Hettienne Park. And an artistic collaboration takes a bizarre turn in Elizabeth Crane's "Something Shiny," performed by Kate Walsh. Join and give!: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/symphonyspacenyc?code=Splashpage See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.