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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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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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Jul 17, 2014 - In Ann Hood’s “The Occasional Pignoli Tart” a mother and daughter dream of life beyond the bakery where they work. Amber Tamblyn reads. And Christopher Lloyd plays all the parts in Lewis Carroll’s “A Mad Tea Party.” Robert Sean Leonard hosts.
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Jul 09, 2014 - Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents food-related fictions, including his own reading of Lydia Davis’s “Letter to a Frozen Peas Manufacturer,” Nora Ephron’s “Serial Monogamy: A Memoir,” read by Mary Kay Place, and an excerpt from Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert read by Christina Pickles.
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Jul 01, 2014 - On this program, John Lithgow reads Lydia Millet’s charming “Sir Henry,” about a dignified dachshund, his aloof dog walker, and his celebrity owner (think Baywatch). And Rick Moody accomplishes the nearly impossible—a love story told in tweets. Aya Cash and Mike Birbiglia read “Some Contemporary Characters”, and Parker Posey is our guest host.
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Jun 25, 2014 - Guest host David Sedaris presents a program celebrating the late David Rakoff, and praising him as a great reader and lover of language. Rakoff reads Leonard Michaels’ “Cryptology” in which a neurotic mathematician has a strange encounter, and Roberto Bolano’ s “Gomez Palacio,” which is a dead-end town where a young man’s life nevertheless takes a turn for the better.
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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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