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Sunday, May 09, 2010

A musical prodigy electrifies a local radio station; and in the not too distant future, America is housed under a gigantic dome, in two intriguing fantasies.
”…”Things in the world now appear smaller, more toylike. An object that once towered above us—a tall pine, a steep hill, a snowcapped mountain—is itself dwarfed by the Dome, which by the ever-present fact of its vastness miniaturizes what it encloses.
--Steven Millhauser, “The Dome”

A musical prodigy electrifies a local radio station; and in the not too distant future, America is housed under a gigantic dome, in two intriguing fantasies.

“Stump Louie” by Lisa Halliday, read by Isaiah Sheffer “The Dome” by Steven Millhauser, read by Alec Baldwin The musical interlude is Irving Berlin’s “I Say It’s Spinach,” from the album “Face the Music.” The SELECTED SHORTS theme is Roger Kellaway’s “Come to the Meadow.”

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Listener’s choice! On June 9th, 2010, SELECTED SHORTS at Symphony Space in New York will feature stories selected by our nationwide audience. Go to to submit your suggestions for a published story you think we should read. Then in the spring, you’ll vote for your favorite from among the final contenders.

Comments [4]

Vic from !

Dear WNYC,
It's now a fact of life that much is simple expected under the regime of THE DOME.
Thank you for sorting out this, "technical glitch".
You know, it's a pleasure to listen to great readings of great stories over and over again.
And I was in The Greene Space audience last night for the performance of, The Rat Race...
great actors, and a great reading.
When will this event be streamed ?
Will there be a limited time frame on it's availability?
And what of any plans for the next radio production in The Greene Space?
WNYC might consider doing Archibald MacLeish's second verse play, AIR RAID.
Or, for something completely different, how about, The Firesign Theatre's,
Oh, Yeah...WNYC, you gotta check it out.
What a goof, What a groove.
Welcome to the Future - It's Happening Now.
The Firesign Theatre's great works deserve recognition, and should be performed.
"See ya on The Fun Way..."

May. 22 2010 01:40 AM
Josh from Washington Heights

Will it be possible to listen to archived selected shorts? Or only the most recently broadcasted show?

I really like this program and hope it continues.

Dear Josh:

Thank you for your interest. Unfortunately, copyright restrictions prevent us from archiving these programs, but they are available for a limited time as podcasts on iTunes,; and at

May. 11 2010 11:17 AM

I have attended these selected shorts in L.A. at the Getty Center. Love this format. Baldwin is great over the radio. Thanks!

May. 10 2010 10:42 AM
Vic from !

So glad to see & hear WNYC is streaming SELECTED SHORTS on their web-site > "Listen to the whole show" >
I'm a big fan of Isaiah Sheffer, as well as, Alec Baldwin... but I was disappointed this afternoon to find that Alec Baldwin's reading of, Steven Millhauser's - THE DOME - was not included in your "Listen to the whole show" link.
I ended up chasing down this program on, "radiotime" ~
finding multiple broadcasts all across the nation....
Anyway, WNYC might consider when there are copyright / contractual issue$ preventing the station from actually streaming the entire program to indicate that it's an edited broadcast stream...

And was Alec Baldwin really found hanging around the halls at WNYC, & escorted from the building A 2nd time...?
Think about it... that's probably why he's not cutting the station any slack on his copyright - royalty fee$.
Give the Man his own radio show, & be done with it.
People will be lined up & around the block to get tickets for one of his shows at The Greene Space.
Seasonal or bi-annual productions...

I don't know, but I kind of think, Alec Baldwin, deep down, is a radio dude.
He's got it.

Dear Vic:

Thank you for your enthusiastic comments and recommendations; the absence of The Dome from our web streaming was just a techinical glitch, but thank you for being a diligent listener!

May. 09 2010 06:18 PM

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