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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Podcasts

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 9:26am
    Five stories of romantic confusion. Patricia Marx tracks a difficult courtship in “Starting from Happy,” read by Kirsten Vangsness; she also takes us on an “Audio Tour,” conducted by a condo owner’s ex-girlfriend (as read by Anna Chlumsky). Simon Rich re-imagines the “Occupy” movement as a love triangle—Wyatt Cenac reads. Coaching a “Swim Team” is a cure for a broken heart in Miranda July’s story, read by Parker Posey, and a man is confounded by a confident woman in Aimee Bender’s “The Meeting,” read by Kate Burton.
  • Thursday, April 10, 2014 8:18am
    Novelist Michael Chabon offers a sweet tribute to his Mom’s cooking in “Art of Cake,” It’s read by David Furr. Tony-winner Robert Sean Leonard is gripped by fatal attractions in Mark Strand’s “True Loves,” and Colman Domingo reads a rite-of-passage story by Justin Torres—“Trash Kites.” We also visit a pie shop.
  • Thursday, April 3, 2014 7:35am
    On this program, two stories in which adult children try to make sense of their parents’ lives. Leonard Nimoy reads the Delmore Schwartz classic “In Dreams Begin Responsibilities,” and Kate Burton reads Tess Gallagher’s “The Lover of Horses.”
  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 10:33am
    On this program, marriage and other complicated relationships. A woman confesses and a husband and wife renegotiate in two stories by Sherman Alexie, “Scenes from a Life” and “The Vow,” read by Cynthia Nixon and Amber Tamblyn; people become clouds in a story by Joe Meno, read by Kirsten Vangsness, and guest host Jane Curtin reads “The Storm,” by Kate Chopin.

3:00pm

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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8:00pm

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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