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Isaiah ShefferOn Selected Shorts great actors from stage, screen and television bring short stories to life in a one-hour program featuring readings of classic and new short fiction, recorded live at New York's Symphony Space. The program's longtime host, Isaiah Sheffer, passed away in 2012. The program has not yet selected a permanent host.

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Aug 20, 2014 - Shame, longing, and passion lie beneath the surface lives of the characters in these three stories. Guest Colm Toibin talks about respectability betrayed in his story “A Priest in the Family,” read by Lois Smith. In James Salter’s “Dusk,” read by Amy Ryan, a middle-aged woman faces a loveless future with grace, and two couples meet and part over “The Bureau,” in a J. Robert Lennon short read by Kirsten Vangsness.
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Aug 14, 2014 - 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.
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Aug 06, 2014 - On this program, Jay McInerney’s scathing look at bright lights in the big city. His story “It’s Six A.M., Do You Know Where You Are?” is read by Jeremy Shamos. Maile Meloy depicts a breach of trust in a father/daughter relationship in “Red from Green”. Patricia Kalember reads. Parker Posey is the guest host.
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Jul 30, 2014 - Guest host David Sedaris presents two stories about convergence. In Flannery O’Connor’s classic “Everything that Rises Must Converge” two cultures collide, and so do a mother and son. The reader is Estelle Parsons. And the heroine of Amy Hempel’s “Jesus is Waiting” is looking for the off ramp to life. Mary Stuart Masterson reads.
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Jul 23, 2014 - Four stories about sitting down to a meal, or a drink, with surprising results. Henry Miller tells us about the dinner party from Hell in “Soiree in Hollywood;” Joshua Malina reads. Catherine O’Hara is the sweet housewife with a big secret in Roald Dahl’s “Lamb to the Slaughter,” while Josh Radnor talks to his lunch in Etgar Keret’s “Halibut.” And life is just one brew after another in Robert Coover’s surreal “Going for a Beer,” read by Isaiah Sheffer. Robert Sean Leonard hosts.
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Jun 11, 2014 - Guest host Guest host Neil Gaiman two tales of illusion. In “Miracle Polish,” by Steven Millhauser, the protagonist buys a gimmicky product from a door-to-door salesman that changes his life—or does it? The reader is Paul Hecht. In the classic by English writer “Saki,” a teenager turns “The Open Window,” into her own personal horror story. The reader is Tandy Cronyn.
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