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On Being's Krista Tippett hosts SELECTED SHORTS this week. She notes that on her show, "we often find ourselves talking to poets and writers about meaning and mystery and how intertwined these things are with both art and faith," and the works on this program reflect this.

In Aimee Bender’s story "The Doctor and The Rabbi" the two characters argue about the efficacy of prayer. The reader is Ellen Burstyn.

Next, thriller writer Elmore Leonard has some lighted-hearted fun with the tradition of the "Hail Mary" football pass in "Spirituality, with or Without a Prayer" read by Julie White.

And the title says it all in Jenny Hollowell's "The History of Everything Including You," a lyrical musing read by Kyra Sedgwick.

The program concludes with U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith reading two favorite poems of Krista Tippett's. The first is Carl Dennis's "The God Who Loves You," which Tippett says "has been hanging on the wall in my office for years." The second is Pablo Neruda’s "Poetry." Tippett thinks of it as a talisman--something to carry around with you.

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