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Broadcast Schedule

Below is the schedule for upcoming and previous Selected Shorts episodes.

Our most recently released shows are available for audio streaming HERE.

  • 12/29/2016

    Worst Case Scenarios
    GUEST HOST: HOPE DAVIS

    “Lars Farf, Excessively Fearful Father and Husband,” by George Saunders, performed by James Naughton
    “Charles,” by Shirley Jackson, performed by Lois Smith
    “Game,” by Donald Barthelme, performed by David Strathairn
    “Lamentations of the Father,” by Ian Frazier, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 12/22/2016

    Not How I Imagined It
    GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “Christmas Freud,” by David Rakoff, performed by Jon Glaser
    “Violets,” by Edna O’Brien, performed by Fionnula Flanagan
    “Homecoming,” by William Maxwell, performed by Keir Dullea
    “Christmas in Qatar,” by Calvin Trillin, performed by Trillin

  • 12/15/2016

    In an Instant
    GUEST HOST: JANE KACZMAREK

    “Small Fates,” by Teju Cole, performed by Blythe Danner and Jeffrey Wright
    “In the South,” by Salman Rushdie, performed by Michael Stuhlbarg

  • 12/08/2016

    Family Ties
    GUEST HOST: DAVID SEDARIS

    “The Dog of the Marriage,” by Amy Hempel, performed by Joan Allen
    “Partners,” by Veronica Geng, performed by Michael Cerveris, Patricia Kalember, and Isaiah Sheffer
    “Nightingale,” by Tobias Wolff, performed by William Hurt

  • 12/01/2016

    A Child's-Eye View: Stories by John Irving
    GUEST HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “The Broken Side-view Mirror” from Avenue of Mysteries, by John Irving, performed by Yul Vazquez
    In One Person
    (excerpt), by John Irving, performed by Michael C. Hall
    “Unhappy Mothers” from A Widow for One Year, by John Irving, performed by Heather Burns

  • 11/24/2016

    Tiny, But Mighty: Stories by Lydia Davis
    GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “Can't and Won't,” by Lydia Davis, performed by Lydia Davis
    “If At the Wedding (At the Zoo),” by Lydia Davis, performed by Kaneza Schaal
    “The Party,” by Lydia Davis, performed by Cristin Milioti
    “The Two Davises and the Rug,” by Lydia Davis, performed by Dylan Baker
    “The Egg Race,” by John Updike, performed by Alec Baldwin

  • 11/17/2016

    Fateful Encounters
    HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross,” by Henry Slesar, performed by Robert Sean Leonard
    “Head Over Knees,” by Eric Schlich, performed by Robert Sean Leonard
    “Dornicka and the St. Martin's Day Goose,” by Helen Oyeyemi, performed by Colby Minifie

  • 11/10/2016

    Destiny
    GUEST HOST: KATE BURTON

    “God Bless America,” by Steve Almond, performed by Michael Urie
    “The Isles of Dr. Moreau,” by Heather O'Neill, performed by Valorie Curry

  • 11/03/2016

    Politics is Local
    GUEST HOST: KATE BURTON

    “The Voter,” by Chinua Achebe, performed by Arthur French
    “Occupy Jen's Street,” by Simon Rich, performed by Wyatt Cenac
    “Taking Ms. Kezee to the Polls,” by David Haynes, performed by Michael Genet

  • 10/27/2016

    The Twilight Zone
    GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “The Landlady,” by Roald Dahl, performed by Sam Underwood
    “Four O’Clock,” by Price Day, performed by Zachary Quinto
    “Perchance to Dream,” by Charles Beaumont, performed by Zach Grenier

  • 10/20/2016

    You Might As Well Live: A Dorothy Parker Celebration
    GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “The Sexes,” by Dorothy Parker, performed by Parker Posey
    “Bohemia (poem),” by Dorothy Parker, performed by Heather Burns
    “In the Throes,” by Dorothy Parker, performed by Heather Burns
    “The Standard of Living,” by Dorothy Parker, performed by Hope Davis
    “Waitress,” by Robert Coover, performed by Sonia Manzano

  • 10/13/2016

    Parents and Children
    GUEST HOST: KATE BURTON

    “Matrilineal,” by Tessa Hadley, performed by Patricia Kalember
    “In the Country,” by Guy de Maupassant, performed by Thomas Gibson

  • 10/06/2016

    Between Meals
    GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “Where You'll Find Me,” by Ann Beattie, performed by Jane Kaczmarek
    “The Year of Spaghetti,” by Haruki Murakami, performed by Michael Imperioli
    “Reading Aloud,” by Marina Keegan, performed by Rita Wolf

  • 09/29/2016

    Dogs & Cats
    GUEST HOST: KATE BURTON

    “Dog,” by Richard Russo, performed by Stephen Lang
    “Tobermory,” by Saki, performed by René Auberjonois
    “Take It from Cats,” by Helen Ellis, performed by Maria Dizzia
    “Roslyn’s Dog,” by Arthur Bradford, performed by John Benjamin Hickey

  • Reader I Married Him

    09/22/2016

    Reader, I Married Him
    GUEST HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    Jane Eyre (excerpt), by Charlotte Brontë, performed by Joanna Gleason
    “Reader, She Married Me,” by Sally Vickers, performed by Chris Sarandon
    “The Orphan Exchange,” by Audrey Niffenegger, performed by Tovah Feldshuh

  • 09/15/2016

    Lost and Found
    GUEST HOST: DAVID SEDARIS

    “Where are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates, performed by Christine Baranski
    “Havahart,” by Belle Boggs, performed by Merritt Wever
    “Sticks,” by George Saunders, performed by Anthony Rapp

  • 09/01/2016

    Untying Family Ties
    GUEST HOST: HOPE DAVIS

    “The Moons of Jupiter,” by Alice Munro, performed by Holly Hunter
    “She Unnames Them,” by Ursula LeGuin, performed by Joanna Gleason

  • 08/25/2016

    Best Friends
    GUEST HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “Pie Dance,” by Molly Giles, performed by Cynthia Nixon
    “Madame Lazarus,” by Maile Meloy, performed by René Auberjunois

  • 08/18/2016

    What Is Real?
    GUEST HOST: JANE KACZMAREK

    “Flotsam,” by Diane Cook, performed by Melora Hardin
    “Paranoia,” by Shirley Jackson, performed by Thomas Gibson
    “A Tree, A Rock, a Cloud,” by Carson McCullers, performed by Lance Reddick

  • 08/11/2016

    Enviable Characters
    GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “The Sound of Summer Running,” by Ray Bradbury, performed by Sean Astin
    “I Dream of Zenia with the Bright Red Teeth,” by Margaret Atwood, performed by Kirsten Vangsness
    “Shiftless Little Loafers,” by Susan Orlean, performed by Dave Hill

  • 08/04/2016

    End of the Line
    GUEST HOST: JANE KACZMAREK

    “Apocalypse,” by Jack Handey, performed by Jane Kaczmarek
    “Encounters with Unexpected Animals,” by Bret Anthony Johnston, performed by Kirsten Vangsness
    “The Wish,” by Roald Dahl, performed by Pablo Schreiber
    “Indianapolis (Highway 74),” by Sam Shepard, performed by Bryan Cranston

  • 07/28/2016

    Heroes and Villains
    GUEST HOST: HOPE DAVIS

    “ReBoot Me,” by Larry Doyle, performed by Chip Kidd
    The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
    (excerpt), by Michael Chabon, performed by Aya Cash
    “I am Not a Jew,” by John Biguenet, performed by David Strathairn

  • 07/21/2016

    Long Distance
    GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “The Strawberry Window,” by Ray Bradbury, performed by Boyd Gaines
    “Hell Diving Women” by Megan Mayhew Bergman, performed by Anika Noni Rose

  • 07/14/2016

    Passages
    GUEST HOST: JANE KACZMAREK

    “The Texas Principessa,” by William Goyen, performed by Doris Roberts
    “Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish,” by David Rakoff, performed by Jackie Hoffman
    “The Canoeists,” by Rick Bass, performed by Neil Patrick Harris

  • 07/07/2016

    Women in Clothes (PART 1)
    GUEST HOSTS: HEIDI JULAVITS & LEANNE SHAPTON

    Selections from Women in Clothes, a fascinating collection of pieces by and about women and their relationships to clothes, from all over the globe, performed by Justin Vivian Bond, Jennifer Lim, Zosia Mamet, Sonia Manzano, and Molly Ringwald.

  • 06/30/2016

    Strange Bedfellows
    GUEST HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “Last Night,” by James Salter, performed by Amy Ryan
    “Joplin and Dickens,” by Padgett Powell, performed by John Cameron Mitchell

  • 06/26/2016

    Deceiving Appearances: Stories by Shirley Jackson
    GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “The Smoking Room,” by Shirley Jackson, performed by Cristin Milioti
    “Company for Dinner,” by Shirley Jackson, performed by Stephen Kunken
    “The Bus,” by Shirley Jackson, performed by Paul Giamatti

  • 06/16/2016

    We’re So Excited
    GUEST HOST: HOPE DAVIS

    “Chablis,” by Donald Barthelme, performed by Bobby Cannavale
    “The Slaves of New York,” by Tama Janowitz, performed by Anna Chlumsky
    “After the Denim,” by Raymond Carver, performed by Michael Cerveris
    “Snow,” by Ann Beattie, performed by Mary Stuart Masterson

  • 06/09/2016

    Discoveries
    GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “The Boy Detective,” by Roger Rosenblatt, performed by Michael Tucker
    “Notes from a Lady at a Dinner Party,” by Bernard Malamud, performed by David Margulies
    Poems by Billy Collins, performed by Billy Collins

  • 06/02/2016

    Finding Yourself
    GUEST HOST: JANE KACZMAREK

    “The Lone Pilgrim,” by Laurie Colwin, performed by Hope Davis
    “The Night Bookmobile,” by Audrey Niffenegger, performed by Christina Pickles

  • 05/26/2016

    Children Will Listen
    GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “Fiesta, 1980,” by Junot Díaz, performed by Felix Solis
    “How Old, How Young,” by John O’Hara, performed by Alec Baldwin

  • 05/19/2016

    Best American Short Stories at 100
    GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “Brothers,” by Sherwood Anderson, performed by Jane Kaczmarek
    “Diem Perdidi,” by Julie Otsuka, performed by Jayne Atkinson

  • 05/12/2016

    Out of the Kitchen with Lucky Peach
    GUEST HOST: HOPE DAVIS

    Tales from the quarterly journal Lucky Peach, founded by Momofuku owner and chef David Chang. Food fictions and commentary by Rosie Schaap, Peter Meehan, Kevin West, Jase Grimm, Nelly Reifler, and Marc Maron, performed by Gaby Hoffman, Peter Meehan, David Cross, and Sarah Steele.

  • 05/05/2016

    Family Matters
    GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    A Story Lately Told (excerpt), by Anjelica Huston, performed by Anjelica Huston
    Says
    (excerpt), by Linor Goralik, translated by Anya Ulinich, performed by Nina Arianda
    “Indulgence,” by Susan Perabo, performed by Hope Davis

  • 04/28/2016

    Illusions: The Stories of Joy Williams
    GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “Charity,” by Joy Williams, performed by Patricia Kalember
    “Baba Iaga and the Pelican Child,” by Joy Williams, performed by David Rakoff
    “Escapes,” by Joy Williams, performed by Joy Williams

  • 04/21/2016

    It’s a City of Strangers
    GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “The Television Helps, But Not Very Much,” by John McNulty, performed by Jason Biggs
    “Goodbye to All That,” by Joan Didion, performed by Mia Dillon
    Selections from Humans of New York, by Brandon Stanton, performed by Vanessa Aspillaga, Jason Biggs, Tracee Chimo, Lynn Cohen, Brandon J. Dirden, and Peter Francis James

  • 04/14/2016

    Determination
    GUEST HOST: JANE KACZMAREK

    “In the Garden of the North American Martyrs,” by Tobias Wolff, performed by Jane Curtin
    “Through the Tunnel,” by Doris Lessing, performed by James Naughton
    “Barbara Stanwyck, It’s Your Time to Shine,” by Bianca Galvez, performed by Condola Rashad

  • 04/07/2016

    Curiouser and Curiouser: A Celebration of Alice in Wonderland
    GUEST HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “The Pool of Tears,” by Lewis Carroll, performed by Ari Graynor
    “The Mock Turtle’s Story,” by Lewis Carroll, performed by Sonia Manzano
    “Humpty Dumpty,” by Lewis Carroll, performed by Dan Stevens

  • 03/31/2016

    The Sun and the Moon
    GUEST HOST: BD WONG

    “The Distance of the Moon,” by Italo Calvino, performed by Liev Schreiber
    “All Summer in a Day,” by Ray Bradbury, performed by Michael Cerveris
    With commentary by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich of Radiolab

  • 03/24/2016

    Death, Sex, and Money
    GUEST HOST: ANNA SALE

    “Grammar Questions,” by Lydia Davis, performed by David Costabile
    “Until the Girl Died,” by Anne Enright, performed by Kathleen Chalfant
    “Animal Hospital,” by Joe Meno, performed by Becky Ann Baker
    “The Silk Handkerchief,” by Sait Faik Abasiyanik, performed by Amir Arison

  • 03/17/2016

    City People
    GUEST HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “A Sunday Kind of Love,” by Tom Wolfe, performed by Tracee Chimo
    “Malta Sheffer,” by Nelson Eubanks, performed by Brandon J. Dirden
    Selections from Humans of New York, by Brandon Stanton, performed by Vanessa Aspillaga, Jason Biggs, Tracee Chimo, Lynn Cohen, Brandon J. Dirden, and Peter Francis James

  • 03/10/2016

    Growing Up
    GUEST HOST: CYNTHIA NIXON

    “Resistance,” by Stephan Enter, performed by Michael Cerveris
    “Gorilla My Love,” by Toni Cade Bambara, performed by Hattie Winston

  • 03/03/2016

    Strange Places
    GUEST HOST: ROBERT SEAN LEONARD

    “The Portal,” by J. Robert Lennon, performed by Robert Sean Leonard
    “A Curtain of Green,” by Eudora Welty, performed by Frances Sternhagen

  • 02/25/2016

    An Alien and a Gentleman: Celebrating Leonard Nimoy
    GUEST HOST: JANE CURTIN

    “Good Intentions,” by Etgar Keret, performed by Leonard Nimoy
    “The Man Who Liked Dickens,” by Evelyn Waugh, performed by Leonard Nimoy

  • 02/18/2016

    Hard Times
    GUEST HOST: DAVID STRATHAIRN

    “República y Grau,” by Daniel Alarcón, performed by David Strathairn
    “The Letter Writer,” by M.T. Sharif, performed by Joe Morton

  • 02/11/2016

    Young Love
    GUEST HOST: HOPE DAVIS

    “How I Met My Husband,” by Alice Munro, performed by Amy Ryan
    “The Meeting,” by Aimee Bender, performed by Paul Hecht

  • 02/04/2016

    Eccentrics
    GUEST HOST: STEPHEN COLBERT

    “At the Anarchists Convention,” by John Sayles, performed by Jerry Stiller
    “The Falls,” by George Saunders, performed by René Auberjonois

  • 01/28/2016

    Social Studies
    GUEST HOST: DAVID STRATHAIRN

    “Dissed Fish,” written and performed by Calvin Trillin
    “Best American Term Paper Assignment,” by Kurt Vonnegut, performed by BD Wong
    “The Breakup Ceremony,” by Toure, performed by Maulik Pancholy
    “The Frenchman,” by Seth Fried, performed by Tate Donovan

  • 01/21/2016

    Needy People
    GUEST HOST: JOSH RADNOR

    “You Can Find Love Now,” by Ramona Ausubel, performed by Martin Short and Amy Ryan
    “The Alaska of Giants and Gods,” by Dave Eggers, performed by Kate Burton
    “Loser,” by Aimee Bender, performed by Linda Emond

  • 01/14/2016

    Parallel Lives
    GUEST HOST: RUBEN SANTIAGO-HUDSON

    “Appropriation of Cultures,” by Percival Everett, performed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson
    “We Was Twins,” by Fiona Maazel, performed by Cory Michael Smith
    “The Epiphany Branch,” by Mary Gordon performed by Mary Cleere Haran

  • 01/07/2016

    Family Values
    GUEST HOST: DAVID SEDARIS

    “Where the Door is Always Open and the Welcome Mat is Out,” by Patricia Highsmith, performed by Tandy Cronyn
    “Powder,” by Tobias Wolff, performed by Isaiah Sheffer