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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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Apr 10, 2014 - 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.
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Apr 03, 2014 - 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.”
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Mar 26, 2014 - 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.
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Mar 18, 2014 - Guest host John Lithgow introduces two stories about compulsion. W.W. Jacob’s classic chiller “The Monkey’s Paw” features a sinister relic with a curse. The spine-tingling read is by Lithgow himself. Next, a poor woman, who makes living by giving people the right words for every occasion, entrances a guerilla leader. Lisa Fugard reads Isabele Allende’s “Two Words.”
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Mar 18, 2014 - Guest host John Lithgow raises the curtain on five funnies, beginning with Dorothy Parker’s hangover from hell in “You Were Perfectly Fine.” Then comic Wyatt Cenac offers up a quirky life story by Simon Rich, “Unprotected,” who also imagines what God would have done on the seven days of Creation if his girl friend had complained, in “Center of the Universe.” More spiritual highjinks from Ron Carlson—could there be a tablecloth of Turin? And Alec Baldwin gives a zesty read of a James Thurber classic, “The Day the Dam Broke.”
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