Selected Shorts : About

Airs Sundays at 1pm on AM 820, Sundays at 10pm and Thursdays at 9pm on 93.9 FM

Selected Shorts features some of the finest artists of the American theater reading contemporary and classic short fiction-the most distinguished works of the early masters such as Chekhov, Maupassant, Malamud, and Singer, and the fresh, vivid, diverse works of a new generation of remarkable literary talents, such as Pulitzer Prize-winning Jhumpa LaHiri and literary catalyst Jonathan Franzen. In between: the words of Alice Munro, John Updike, Ethan Canin, John Edgar Wideman, Dorothy Parker, Grace Paley, William Trevor, Alice Walker, and dozens of others.

Guest hosted by some of your favorite actors and writers including John Lithgow, Neil Gaiman, David Sedaris, Jane Curtin, Parker Posey and others.

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  • James Briggs III - Engineer, Selected Shorts

    Jim Briggs has been the Selected Shorts mix engineer since 2011.  His work has also been heard on WNYC’s Radiolab, Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin, and Soundcheck.  He mixed WNYC’s hour-long documentary special Living 9/11, and was a team recipient of the Dart Award for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma in 2012.  He has also mixed and edited sound for films and television shows including many episodes of PBS’ American Experience, the miniseries We Shall Remain, and The Supreme Court, with premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival, Cinesonika Festival, and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.  

  • Sarah Montague - Senior Producer, Selected Shorts

    Sarah Montague is in her seventeenth year as producer of the fiction series Selected Shorts for WNYC, and also produces features, dramas, and documentaries.

  • Miles Smith

    Miles Smith is a freelance audio engineer based in the Boston area, and is currently on staff at WGBH Radio in Boston. He has recorded every SELECTED SHORTS live performance at Symphony Space since its second season in 1986. He is also Chief Engineer for the Spanish Beisbol Network, and works with “This American Life” as a consultant, and as location engineer for the program’s live shows.

  • Hannah Tinti

    Hannah Tinti is an author, editor, and literary commentator of Selected Shorts.  Her short story collection, Animal Crackers, has sold in sixteen countries and was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway award. Her best-selling novel, The Good Thief, is a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, recipient of the American Library Association’s Alex Award, winner of the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, and winner of the Quality Paperback Book Club’s New Voices Award. Hannah is also co-founder and editor-in-chief of One Story magazine, and received the PEN/Nora Magid award for excellence in editing. She teaches at Columbia University’s MFA program in Creative Writing.