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Selected Shorts

Sundays at 8pm
Isaiah Sheffer

Let Us Tell You a Story. Every week, great actors from stage, screen and television bring incredible stories to life. 


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  • Wednesday, April 29, 2015 2:14pm
    On this program, two stories about powerful maternal instincts, and hard choices. In Amy Hempel’s “Beg, SI Tog, Inc, Cont, Rep” two women make very different choices about childbearing. The reader is Anika Noni Rose. Guest host Jane Curtin reads Galina Vroman’s “Sarah’s Story,” a provocative retelling of the Old Testament narrative of Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac.
  • Wednesday, April 22, 2015 8:43am
    Guest host Neil Gaiman presents tales with surprises. Jane Yolen’s “The Babysitter” is a contemporary Gothic with a twist; James Thurber’s classic “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” introduces a milquetoast with attitude; Ray Bradbury’s “The Pedestrian” anticipated our media-driven existence; and Thurber’s “The Wood Duck” seems to have nine lives. The readers are Isaiah Sheffer, Dick Cavett, Jamey Sheridan, and Malachy McCourt.
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2015 12:55pm
    Four tales about the lighter side of love, from rib-tickling to rueful. Comic master Dorothy Parker is stuck with a dull dinner date in “But the One on the Right,” read by Christina Pickles; comic Wyatt Cenac spins Simon Rich’s remix of the Occupy Movement as a tale unrequited love in “Occupy Jen’s Street;” and Kirsten Vangsness gives us rocky romance in “Starting from Happy,” by Patricia Marx, and a married couple with an unusual issue in “People are Becoming Clouds,” by Joe Meno.
  • Wednesday, April 8, 2015 3:06pm
    Writer Heidi Julavits and artist Leanne Shapton return for another show featuring readings from Women in Clothes, their bestselling compendium that addresses the rich, complex relationship women have with clothes. Sonia Manzano and Justin Vivian Bond read the selections. Also, a woman is comically parted from her hat in a small-town classic by Max Steele. Paul Hecht reads “The Hat of My Mother.”
  • Wednesday, April 1, 2015 10:40am
    Guest host John Lithgow introduces two stories about strong women. The English writer E. Nesbit puts a satirical spin on the Rapunzel story in “Melisande.” The reader is Jane Curtin. In Barbara Kingsolver’s “Fault Lines,” the narrator has lost her husband to an industrial accident, and can’t come to terms with his death until her brilliant son, and an earthquake, realign her with the universe. Jill Eikenberry reads.


Mon November 12, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Isaiah Sheffer, 1935-2012

We wanted to share details with you regarding the news of the death of Symphony Space Founding Artistic Director and Selected Shorts program host Isaiah Sheffer.   Symphony Space shared this obituary.

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Sun September 30, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Selected Shorts: The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

Airs Sunday, September 30 at 8:00 p.m. Tim O’Brien’s stirring and poignant tale of foot soldiers in the Vietnam War shapes this entire program.  “The Things They Carried” is a powerful fictional depiction of the reality of America’s doomed enterprise in Vietnam. It is the title story of a book in which O’Brien follows one platoon of “grunts”, and its fantastic literary conceit is that their experience can best be conveyed by detailed listings of the actual things that the men carried in their backpacks and pockets, and on their shoulders and necks.

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