Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts / Panoply

Arts, Performing Arts

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Performing Arts 21
Arts 51

Spellbinding short stories by established and emerging writers take on a new life when they are performed by stars of the stage and screen.


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On Being

July 13th, 2017

Guest host Krista Tippett presents works about art, faith, and spirituality. A clergyman is tempted in "The Strength of God, Concerning the Reverend Curtis Hartman," by Sherwood Anderson. It's read by James Naughton. A time-travelling artist has a positive attitude in Elizabeth Crane's "You Must Be This Happy to Enter," read by Claire Danes. And...

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Someone's Listening

June 29th, 2017

"On Being"'s Krista Tippett hosts SELECTED SHORTS this week, presenting works that look at issues of art and faith. "The Doctor and The Rabbi" argue about the efficacy of prayer in Aimee Bender's story, read by Ellen Burstyn. Thriller writer Elmore Leonard has some fun with the "hail Mary" football pass in "Spirituality, with or Without a...

Our story today addresses, or should I say undresses - why snacking on your underwear might not be all that’s promised on the box. In this hilarious story written by Tony Tulathimutte, the narrator, played by actor Maulik Pancholy, is taking on the edible underpants industry. Later host Aparna Nancherla talks to the author about where he got...

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Seeking Love

June 22nd, 2017

Guest host Sonia Manzano presents love the modern way in two stories and a selection of posts to OK Cupid. These are read by Giullian Yao Gioiello and Colby Minifie. Then Jill Eikenberry reads "Ad," by Elizabeth Crane--a stream of consciousness exercise for the Personals column, and love overwhelms the characters in Andrea Barrett's "The...