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Selected Shorts producers match Oscar and Tony award-winning actors with short stories by acclaimed contemporary and classic authors.
Friday, December 6, 2013 9:00am
We reprise a popular show from last season. Guest host Neil Gaiman presents two ironic stories about wish fulfillment. In D.H. Lawrence’s classic, “The Rocking Horse Winner,” a young boy tries to help a family obsessed by money. Fionnula Flanagan reads. And Ben Loory’s provocative story “The Book” imagines an unusual bestseller. The reader is Jane Kaczmarek.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 9:00am
Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents four works about writing. An independent young woman counsels clueless male novelists in “The Writers Model” by Molly Giles. The reader is Kaneza Schaal. A wife and husband try “Creative Writing” in a story by Etgar Keret read by Girls star Alex Karpovsky. Joan Didion gives away her trade secrets in “On Keeping a Notebook,” read by Parker Posey. And T.C. Boyle dates Jane Austen. Isaiah Sheffer reads.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 5:42am
The American master John Updike uncovered the extraordinary in the ordinary in stories written over 50 years. In “Unstuck” a minor mishap strengthens a young couple’s marriage. Guest host Jane Kaczmarek is the reader. Two-time Oscar winner Sally Field reads Updike’s “Playing with Dynamite,” in which an aging man looks back on his life and loves.
Friday, November 15, 2013 9:00am
A character playing hooky from work gets trapped by “The Lie,” in this story by T.C. Boyle read by Stephen Colbert. Thomas Meehan has a great party in “Yma Dream,” until it turns into a nightmare. Christine Baranski reads. Guest host Wyatt Cenac finishes up with “Pride and Prejudice.” In twenty tweets. Really.
Friday, November 8, 2013 9:00am
Sherman Alexie offers a portrait of the courtship and long marriage of two Native Americans in “Do You Know Where I Am?” read by Keir Dullea. In Donald Barthelme’s “Game,” two paranoid men are sequestered with the atom bomb. David Strathairn reads.