Selected Shorts

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. 


Transportation Nation

(LISTEN) MTA Head Joe Lhota: How We Fixed the Flooded Subway

Monday, November 05, 2012

MTA chairman Joe Lhota (L) speaking with an MTA worker. (Photo by MTA via flickr)

Listen to the conversation with WNYC's Amy Eddings below.

(New York, NY) Just one week after Hurricane Sandy turned New York City's subway tunnels into something out of Waterworld, service is back up and running on almost every line. But how?

MTA chairman Joe Lhota told WNYC the credit belonged to the agency's employees. "The workers of the Transit Authority...I will tell you I've never seen a bunch of people work so hard to get the system back up and running."

And here's how they did it: "They've been cleaning [signals] by hand, literally," he said. "First you had to pump out the water, then you had to wipe down the mud that was left down there, then you had to literally wipe down the rail, and then fix each and every one of the switches by cleaning them and making sure there was no salt to prevent the electric conductivity."

Lhota said after that process, the MTA then powered up the system and ran test trains before resuming service.

"We're making progress every day," he said, adding that the rest of the lines would be operating "soon."

"That's our intent, to be able to...get the L later in the week, get the G later in the week, getting all the other trains later in the week. We want to get the #1 train eventually down to Rector Street, we'll try to do that by the middle of the week...inch by inch, rail by rail, we're going to get there," he said on WNYC radio.

Later in the conversation Lhota told WNYC's Amy Eddings -- who relies on the G train to get to work: "You'll get the G soon. Can't tell you exactly when, but you'll get the G real soon."

What probably will take a little longer: retooling New York city's infrastructure to withstand future floods. "There are some more substantive things that need to be done," said Lhota, and "not just for the subway should be a concerted effort on the part of the city and the state and taking the best minds in the architectural world and the water mitigation world and figure out what exactly can we do to prevent this from happening again?"

Any effort to prevent flooding, he said, "It's not just going to be limited to the subways. It shouldn't be."

Want to know what's running and what's not? Check our Transit Tracker.


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Selected Shorts: Warm and Cozy

Sunday, November 04, 2012

An old-fashioned waitress, and a poet at high tide, in stories by an American master and a contemporary Irish writer.


Fishko Files

Watch our 1913 Videos

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Videos with Sara Fishko and guests for "Culture Shock 1913"

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Selected Shorts: Tales of Terror from Edgar Allan Poe

Sunday, October 28, 2012

“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.”


The Brian Lehrer Show

Jad Abumrad on Making Radiolab

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Jad Abumrad, host of Radiolab and 2011 MacArthur fellow, talks about his favorite Radiolab episodes, how the show gets made, and takes your calls.

→ Bonus: Jad's Picks

1. Follow on Twitter: Vaughanbell, Andrew_zolli; brainpicker

2. BBQ you should eat: Smoke Joint, Fort Greene

3. Music you should BUY: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

4. Short Stories You Should Read: Anything by Tim Kreider

5. What You Should Drink: Kings County Kentucky Bourbon

→ Episodes, Audio, and More Discussed on the Show

The Mantis Shrimp Chorus

Zelda Quits Smoking

Finding Emile

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Selected Shorts: Great Beginnings

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Israeli author Etgar Keret joins literary commentator Hannah Tinti for a look at three stories about strange encounters and new beginnings.


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Selected Shorts: Favorites from One Story Magazine

Sunday, October 14, 2012

SELECTED SHORTS celebrates One Story Magazine’s tenth anniversary with three works by favorite authors. 


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.”


Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Wishing You the Best

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Praying to God, playing God, and mysterious ways in four tales comic and strange

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Selected Shorts: The Private Paradise

Sunday, September 16, 2012

This program explores finding paradise and fixing the world in stories by promising young writers and established humorists.



In Public: Essays from Laura Walker, President of New York Public Radio

WNYC Transmitter Park

Monday, September 10, 2012

On September 10, 2012, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Parks & Recreation Commissioner Veronica White, New York City Economic Development Corporation President Seth W. Pinsky, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Council Member Steve Levin and President & CEO of New York Public Radio Laura R. Walker took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony officially opening WNYC Transmitter Park in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.  The $12 million redevelopment of WNYC Transmitter Park includes an esplanade for passive recreation, and 1.6-acres of open space to provide residents and visitors with increased access to the Greenpoint waterfront.   Laura Walker spoke about the significance of the site during the ceremonies.  Below is a transcript of her remarks. 

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Selected Shorts: Edwidge Danticat: Haiti/New York

Sunday, September 09, 2012

A contemporary writer’s two worlds are tenderly revealed, in this program that features works by the prodigiously talented Haitian-American writer, Edwidge Danticat. 

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Selected Shorts: Young Men on the Make

Sunday, September 02, 2012

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. 


The Takeaway

We've Moved

Friday, August 31, 2012

Some of you might have questions about The Takeaway, namely “where are you?” In brief, we’ve moved.

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Selected Shorts: Holding Fast

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Failing a moral test, and the cost of love and loss in stories by American and Irish contemporary writers.


Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: An Irish Ear: Colum McCann’s Favorite Stories

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Ultimate acts in stories selected by Colum McCann, and a sharp-edged fantasy by Molly Giles).

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Selected Shorts: Saying Goodbye to David Rakoff

Friday, August 17, 2012

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. 


Selected Shorts


Sunday, August 12, 2012

A look at the sometimes dark world of the Chilean poet and novelist Roberto Bolano (2666).