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On this SELECTED SHORTS, host Meg Wolitzer presents two stories from our recently published anthology, Small Odysseys, which features 35 commissioned stories from some of the series’ favorite writers.  This week, parents try to help with their daught... Details
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12 days ago
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On this SELECTED SHORTS host Meg Wolitzer presents two stories featuring mothers and children, and entertains a special guest—her own mother, Hilma Wolitzer.  In Annette Sanford’s “Trip in a Summer Dress,” a young woman is setting out to get married,... Details
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15 days ago
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A story by the Columbian-born author, set in the turbulent 70’s as a group of would-be radicals devises a plan that quickly goes awry (the narrator might be the most pathetic revolutionary ever). The story is read by Peter Jay Fernandez, translated b... Details
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19 days ago
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Host Meg Wolitzer presents three stories about social masks and what might lie beneath.  Truman Capote’s “A Lamp in a Window” introduces an eccentric character with a secret.  It’s performed by Arian Moayed. In Molly Giles’ “What Do You Say?” a mothe... Details
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26 days ago
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Host Meg Wolitzer presents two works by the dazzling writer Joan Didion, whose essays, novels, and memoirs have been beloved by generations of readers.  This sophisticated, knowing artist placed herself squarely in her reportage, telling her own stor... Details
1:07:00
4/14/2022
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A bonus interview between our host and best-selling author, Meg Wolitzer, and the host of WNYC’s All of It, Alison Stewart. Wolitzer reveals some of the secrets to great writing and the two women share their own reading habits and thoughts about the ... Details
09:12
4/14/2022
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We partnered with WNYC’s Alison Stewart on this program featuring tales of love and haunting by new and established writers who have been featured on her show All of It.  In Hilary Leichter’s “Doggy-Dog World” family life takes an unexpected turn. It... Details
58:30
4/07/2022
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It's all about the Slaughterhouse Five author who somehow managed to make a bleak dystopia funny, and a high school band teacher a hero. With host Meg Wolitzer we celebrate 100 years of Vonnegut with stories that explore the darkly absurd side he’s k... Details
1:01:08
3/31/2022
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Host Meg Wolitzer presents three provocative works about rituals that reshape and define their characters. In “oh she gotta head fulla hair,” by Ntozake Shange, a woman’s attention to her hair consumes her life. The reader is Tamara Tunie. In “Half a... Details
1:01:12
3/28/2022
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A haunting story from one of the major figures in modern speculative fiction, short story- and novel-writer N.K. Jemisin.The New York Times called her  “The Most Celebrated Science Fiction And Fantasy Writer of Her Generation," with good reason. Beau... Details
41:23
3/24/2022
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Host Meg Wolitzer presents two stories about love, or the next best thing.  In Pam Houston’s “How to Talk to a Hunter” a smart woman can’t get enough of what her man can’t offer.  The reader is Mia Dillon.  And a widowed mother and a lonely man make ... Details
59:29
3/17/2022
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SELECTED SHORTS host Meg Wolitzer presents two gripping stories about people in flight.  In Rebecca Makkai’s “The Briefcase,” performed by Victor Garber, an escaped prisoner assumes another man’s identity.  In “Paradise,” by Yxta Maya Murray, a young... Details
1:00:00
3/10/2022
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SELECTED SHORTS host Meg Wolitzer presents a show about the theater, and those who love it.  Rachel Klein’s “Audience Instructions for Our Immersive/Experimental Theatre Production In An Abandoned Middle School In Bushwick,” read by Santino Fontana, ... Details
1:02:21
2/17/2022
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Guest host Tayari Jones presents stories about rites of passage between childhood and adulthood.  In Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector’s lyrical “The First Kiss,” a young boy has his first brush with the sensual.  Pepe Nufrio is the reader.  A fiery... Details
58:28
1/31/2022
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On this episode, a story about sexual encounters between the seventy-year-old narrator, voiced by Kathleen Chalfant, and her thirty-two-year-old neighbor Richard. Plus host Aparna Nancherla chats with the author about her inspiration for this story, ... Details
38:54
11/22/2021
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From the author of novels including The Ice Storm and Purple America, a storyabout love, longing, and most importantly, putting your lips on somebody. Performed by Jin Ha (Devs).   Join and give!: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/symphonyspacen... Details
35:23
8/09/2021
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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 gi... Details
31:36
11/05/2020
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Guest host Jane Curtin presents works by Anton Chekhov that were part of a celebration sponsored by Columbia University and hosted by Chekhov scholar Laura Strausfeld.  We’ll hear “A Drama,” performed by Cynthia Nixon—an ambitious writer overwhelms h... Details
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