Selected Shorts from PRI

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  1. Ghosts and Angels

    Fri December 27, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    A madcap family tale from comic writer James Thurber tells about “The Night the Ghost Got In,” read by SHORTS’ late host Isaiah Sheffer. A lonely woman experiences a series of bizarre domestic mishaps, which bring love to her door. Joanna Gleason reads Alice Hoffman’s “Examining the Evidence.” Another lonely woman has an angel land in her backyard in Allan Gurganus’ “It Had Wings.” The reader is Marian Seldes. And singer Audra McDonald is a strong-willed...

  2. Ho, Ho, Huh? Selected Shorts? Christmas Special

    Wed December 18, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    First, two very different family Christmases: Ron Carlson’s “The H Street Sledding Record,” read by Keith Szarabajka, and Frank O’Connor’s “Christmas Morning,” read by Malachy McCourt. Then a whimsical comedy from the 1930s, George Shepherd’s “Occurrence on the Six Seventeen,” read by Tony Roberts. And humorist Calvin Trillin is dreaming of “Christmas in Qatar.”

  3. What Would You Do?

    Fri December 13, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    We reprise a popular show from last season. Guest host David Sedaris presents three stories about choices. In Amy Hempel’s “In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried,” two old friends face death together and apart. The reader is Mary Beth Hurt. In Tobias Wolff’s “The Night in Question” a sister and brother disagree about the right thing to do. Lou Antonio reads. And Sedaris gives an hilarious performance of Frank Gannon’s “I Know What I’m Doing...

  4. Wanting More

    Fri December 6, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    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.

  5. Writers on Writing

    Wed November 27, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    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.

  6. John Updike Redux: A Celebration

    Wed November 20, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    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.

  7. All Tangled Up

    Fri November 15, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    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.

  8. Complicated Couples

    Fri November 8, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    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.

  9. So You Want to Change the World?

    Fri October 18, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents a program of stories about revolution—social and personal. In “Homegirls on St. Nicholas Avenue,” read by Marsha Stephanie Blake, the writer Sonia Sanchez remembers when Malcolm X changed her life. Henry Dumas’ “Strike and Fade,” brings back the volatile Harlem of the 1960s. It’s read by Francois Battiste. A mild-mannered teacher and his activist mother are brought to life by Nurse Jackie star Edie Falco, in Charles...

  10. Odd Couples

    Fri August 23, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents stories by two American masters that feature improbable relationships. In Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral”, a man is bemused by his wife’s blind friend, until he forges his own bond. The reader is James Naughton. And the incorrigible T.C. Boyle takes Jane Austen on a date. Isaiah Sheffer read this one—“Dating Jane Austen.”


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