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

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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

Hitched

Host Meg Wolitzer presents three pieces about marriages that outlive the romance. In Etgar Keret's "A World without Selfie Sticks," performed by Tate Donovan, a man meets the woman of his dreams; but she's from an alternate universe. "On the Honeymoon," by Javier Marias, a husband has a strange encounter with a woman in the street. It's read by Ivan Hernandez. And in Duncan Birmingham's "The Cult In My Garage," performed by Michaela Watkins, an old college buddy turns up, and he's got a mission. Join and give!: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/symphonyspacenyc?code=Splashpage See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Too Hot for Radio Rabih Alameddine: "The Prom Terrorists"

An FBI probe into potential terrorists at a prom is the perfect setup for this high-paced satire that covers youth, sex, politics, religion, education, and the government. Written by the award-winning author of Wrong End of the Telescope, and read by Raffi Barsoumian (DC's Legends of Tomorrow and The Vampire Diaries). It was one of the pieces commissioned by Selected Shorts for its new anthology, Small Odysseys. Join and give!: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/symphonyspacenyc?code=Splashpage See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

You've Lost It

Host Meg Wolitzer presents three pieces about losing things: objects, opportunities, a primary sense, a new friendship. In "Any Other" by Jac Jemc, performed by Helen Hong, a woman rejects an offer without knowing the consequences. Namwali Serpell's "Noseless" is about a loss many experienced during the pandemic; it's performed by Kyrstina Alabado, Deborah S. Craig, Zach Grenier, and Calvin Leon Smith. And Lauren Groff's "Such Small Islands" charts the perilous course of a childhood infatuation and betrayal that ends with figurative loss and a literal disappearance. It's performed by Crystal Dickinson. In a special bonus: multi-instrumentalist Laura Gibson performs a song inspired by Groff's story. Join and give!: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/symphonyspacenyc?code=Splashpage See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Truly, Madly

Host Meg Wolitzer presents two stories about the course of true love, from two very different perspectives. Sigrid Nunez explores a roller-coaster romance in a small town in "This Is It," performed by Christina Pickles, and Simon Rich offers up Stone-Age love in a small cave in "I Love Girl." It's performed by Michael Ian Black, who also chats with Wolitzer about what he's been reading and the tricky business of being funny. Join and give!: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/symphonyspacenyc?code=Splashpage See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Host Meg Wolitzer Talks to Comedian Michael Ian Black

In this bonus conversation, host Meg Wolitzer talks to comedian and writer Michael Ian Black about what he's been reading and the tricky business of being funny. Join and give!: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/symphonyspacenyc?code=Splashpage See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

TRY THIS ON: STORIES FROM AN EVENING WITH NEW YORK MAGAZINE'S 'THE CUT'

This week we reprise a great show from our archives: guest host Cynthia Nixon presents stories from New York Magazine's online portal "The Cut," which combines art, journalism, and the kind of fresh contemporary fiction that speaks to us. On this program, a woman tries on different identities, as well as clothes, in a dress shop fitting room, in "Fully Zipped" by Shelly Oria, performed by Katja Blichfeld. A new mother can't seem to get the hang of breastfeeding in Curtis Sittenfeld's "Bad Latch," performed by Justine Lupe. And Parker Posey tackles mail order—and time travel—in Xuan Juliana Wang's "Future Cat." Join and give!: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/symphonyspacenyc?code=Splashpage See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

COMING AND GOING

Host Meg Wolitzer presents four stories about journeys, both physical and emotional. Strangers size one another up on a busy city bus in Kurt Vonnegut's "City," performed by Bhavesh Patel and Sarah Steele. An excerpt from James Baldwin's Another Country takes us on a frantic subway ride toward an ultimate moment. It is performed by Nathan Hinton. Hopeful immigrants try to reach America in a dubious boat in "The Long Voyage" by Leonardo Sciascia, performed by John Turturro. And a man in transit takes the opportunity to try to recover a bit of his past, in F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Three Hours Between Planes," performed by Stephen Colbert. Join and give!: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/symphonyspacenyc?code=Splashpage See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Who? What? Where?

Host Meg Wolitzer presents three stories that ask the big, basic questions: Who? What? Where? The characters resonate, the situations are intriguing, and each offers a fully realized world. In "What Animal Are You?," by Etgar Keret, performed by Willem Dafoe, a celebrity writer and his son play themselves for the media. In Rumaan Alam's "Nothing Can Come Between Us," performed by Nathan Hinton, a man goes into sensory overdrive. And a fierce and traditional grandmother tries to find her place in a new world and a new family in Gish Jen's "Who's Irish?" performed by Frieda Foh Shen. Join and give!: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/symphonyspacenyc?code=Splashpage See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Ferocious Figureheads

Host Meg Wolitzer presents two stories about indomitable women. A mother grieves a loss fiercely in Carribean Fragoza's "Lumberjack Mom," performed by Roberta Colindrez. And Richard Yates' classic "Fun with a Stranger" offers a portrait of an unforgettable teacher. It's performed by Marian Seldes. Join and give!: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/symphonyspacenyc?code=Splashpage See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Bonus: Meg Wolitzer and Mona Eltahawy Talk Being a Dangerous Woman

In this bonus conversation, host Meg Wolitzer talks to journalist, activist and feminist writer Mona Eltahawy about her life, literature and what it means to be a "dangerous woman." Join and give!: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/symphonyspacenyc?code=Splashpage See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.