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Flying Carpets

Friday, April 25, 2014

This reading by Billy Campbell of Steven Millhauser’s “Flying Carpets” is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “Wish Fulfillment,” hosted by Parker Posey.

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Selected Shorts: Complicated Relationships

Friday, March 28, 2014

Marriages, love affairs, and other complicated relationships in four stories by Sherman Alexie, Kate Chopin, and Joe Meno, hosted by Jane Curtin. 

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Selected Shorts

My Wife is a Cloud

Friday, March 28, 2014

This reading by Kirsten Vangsness of Joe Meno’s whimsical love story “People are Becoming Clouds” is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “Complicated Relationships,” hosted by Jane Curtin.

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Short Stories about Women Finding Themselves

Friday, February 14, 2014

Two women find what they love, in stories presented by guest host Jane Kaczmarek.

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The Truth

It's Your Funeral (part 1)

Friday, January 24, 2014

Live the death you've always wanted. Performed by Andy Moskowitz, Jackie Hoffman, Ben Jones, Damon Ketron, Phoebe Tyres, Shacottha Fields, Blanche Ames, and Rebecca Robles. Written by David Wilcox. Produced and directed by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Selected Shorts

Hear Some (Slightly) Magical Short Stories

Friday, December 27, 2013

Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents three kind-of-magical tales and one true love story, featuring works by James Thurbur, Alice Hoffman and Rita Dove.

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Classics For Kids

Musical Fantasies

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The imagination runs free this week on Classics for Kids with a look at fantasies of the musical variety.

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Selected Shorts: It's Too Late

Friday, October 04, 2013

Drastic solutions, last chances, and it’s too late, in three stories hosted by Wyatt Cenac.

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Selected Shorts: Dreams and Schemes

Friday, August 30, 2013

Guest host Neil Gaiman introduces two American classics. 

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Selected Shorts: Complicated Relationships

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Guest host Jane Curtin presents stories about love and marriage by Sherman Alexie, Joe Meno and Kate Chopin. 

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Selected Shorts: The Sun and the Moon

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Tony Award-winner Liev Schreiber reads a dazzling fantasy by Italo Calvino, introduced by Radio Lab's Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich.

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On Being

Maria Tatar — The Great Cauldron of Story: Why Fairy Tales Are for Adults Again

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Fairy tales' overt themes are threaded throughout hit TV series like Game of Thrones and True Blood, Grimm and Once Upon a Time. These stories survive by adapting across cultures and history -- helping us work through things like fear and hope.

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On Being

Maria Tatar with Krista Tippett [Unedited Interview]

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Fairy tales' overt themes are threaded throughout hit TV series like Game of Thrones and True Blood, Grimm and Once Upon a Time. These stories survive by adapting across cultures and history -- helping us work through things like fear and hope.

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Illusions

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Guest host Neil Gaiman introduces two tales of illusion.

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Selected Shorts: Dreams and Schemes

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Guest host Neil Gaiman introduces two American classics. 

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Selected Shorts: Money, Greed and Power

Saturday, November 10, 2012

SHORTS collaborated with the public radio show Planet Money to bring you two stories about spending and earning, and one about compulsory consumerism. 

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Features

Witchcraft: A Halloween Talk with Deborah Harkness

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

It’s nearly Halloween, so soon the streets will be thronged with superheroes and pirates and princesses and politicians.  And, of course, witches and vampires.

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: A Touch of Magic

Sunday, October 07, 2012

The new season of SELECTED SHORTS continues with a program bringing a touch of magic in two stories from contemporary authors.

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Selected Shorts: The Lives of Things

Sunday, September 30, 2012

 

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.”

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The Brian Lehrer Show

LARPing Along

Friday, May 25, 2012

Lizzie Stark, founder and editor of the literary journal Fringe, and the author of Leaving Mundania: Inside the Transformative World of Live Action Role-Playing Games, explains the world of Live Action Role-Playing games-- a kind of amalgam of improv, fantasy and historical reenactments.

→ EVENT: Book-signing at WORD: 126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY | May 30 at 7 PM. More info here.  

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