SELECTED SHORTS celebrates its late host and creator Isaiah Sheffer in this special program hosted by Colum McCann.
Paris in the 1920s and 1930s saw an explosion of painting, sculpture, music, and literature, and helped create a Bohemian lifestyle on the Left Bank. This program features some of the literary figures who helped define the era, and more.
SHORTS collaborated with the public radio show Planet Money to bring you two stories about spending and earning, and one about compulsory consumerism.
An old-fashioned waitress, and a poet at high tide, in stories by an American master and a contemporary Irish writer.
“I have missed my turnings on strange mountain roads in the early hours of the morning because I was too carried away by listening to someone…reading Poe stories.”
Israeli author Etgar Keret joins literary commentator Hannah Tinti for a look at three stories about strange encounters and new beginnings.
SELECTED SHORTS celebrates One Story Magazine’s tenth anniversary with three works by favorite authors.
The new season of SELECTED SHORTS continues with a program bringing a touch of magic in two stories from contemporary authors.
The new season of SELECTED SHORTS begins with a program focusing on the mystery and allure of objects. In Steven Millhauser’s “In the Reign of Harad IV” a court miniaturist longs to create smaller and smaller worlds. Millhauser has commented on the fact that he moved from novels to short fiction—a reverse of the usual trend for authors—saying, “it’s as if the novel were a kind of preparation for the rigorous pleasures of the shorter form. For me, the shortness of a great story is part of its greatness.”
Praying to God, playing God, and mysterious ways in four tales comic and strange
This program explores finding paradise and fixing the world in stories by promising young writers and established humorists.
A contemporary writer’s two worlds are tenderly revealed, in this program that features works by the prodigiously talented Haitian-American writer, Edwidge Danticat.
A comedian tells all in a rib-tickling memoir, and a directionless young man fishes for a life, in this edition of SELECTED SHORTS featuring two tales about young men seeking their fortunes.
Failing a moral test, and the cost of love and loss in stories by American and Irish contemporary writers.
Ultimate acts in stories selected by Colum McCann, and a sharp-edged fantasy by Molly Giles).
David Rakoff, who died on August 9th, was a much-beloved member of the SELECTED SHORTS company and family. We wanted to do something to honor him this week. This preview of his reading of Dave Eggers’ “Your Mother and I,” which will be featured in a forthcoming broadcast, shows his great sweetness and humor. We miss him terribly.
A look at the sometimes dark world of the Chilean poet and novelist Roberto Bolano (2666).
Fractured fairy tales and brotherly love are featured on this program’s trio of stories.
Family is our focus on this edition of SELECTED SHORTS. Our first story, Peter Taylor’s “Porte Cochere,” is about an angry father, and his children and his house, and our second, Alice McDermott’s “Enough,” portrays a mother seeking to get the most out of life.