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Podcast Selected Shorts
Podcast Selected Shorts

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  • Jokes and Poems with Mike Birbiglia and J. Hope Stein
    We reprise a recent favorite this week:  Guest host Jane Curtin presents a cornucopia of jokes, poems, and stories from a live program with comedian Mike Birbiglia and poet J. Hope Stein. The couple shares material from their book, The New One, about the birth of their daughter, as well as works from some of their favorite writers. Among the featured works are stories and poetry by Joy Harjo, Paige Lewis, Ada Limón, Simon Rich, David Sedaris, Maggie Smith, and Zadie Smith. With performances by Mike Birbiglia, Jane Kaczmarek, Carmen Lynch, Andrea Martin, Kaneza Schaal, and J. Hope Stein
  • Objects of Love
    Host Meg Wolitzer presents two stories about objects of love, and feelings that can't be returned, for very different reasons. In “A Love Letter,” by Greg Ames, a boy falls head over heels in a crosswalk.  Actor and YA author Maulik Pancholy really captures teen ardor and angst in his reading. And in Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s “Sugar Babies,” another teenager learns about adult responsibility from an everyday pantry staple.   The reader is Sonia Manzano, best known for her role on Sesame Street. 
  • When Push Comes to Shove: Stories by George Saunders
    On this Selected Shorts we turn the show over to universally beloved author George Saunders.  Saunders somehow finds the good, or at any rate the imperfectly human, in his characters. The result is a catalog as funny as it is moving, as devastating as it is hopeful.  On this program, two stories that perfectly illustrate this.  “Love Letter” is from Saunders’ latest collection Liberation Day.  In it, an anxious grandfather who is ambivalent about the state of the world counsels an older grandchild.  “Love Letter” is read by Stephen Colbert.  And a favorite from our archives, “The Falls,” shows us two flawed men given a chance to do the right thing.  Rene Auberjonois reads. Meg Wolitzer interviews Saunders at the end of the show.
  • Meg Wolitzer Talks with George Saunders
    In this bonus conversation, host Meg Wolitzer talks to friend and Booker Prize-winning author George Saunders about crafting short stories, where ideas come from, and how his work has evolved over the years. 
  • Too Hot For Radio: Kim Fu "Pre-Simulation Consultation XF007867"
    Our new Too Hot episode features a story about memory, fantasy, and a realm somewhere between the two—a place to which we might escape, for a price (calling all Black Mirror and Westworld fans).  It's dark, thoughtful, and surprisingly funny. It was written by author Kim Fu, and is part of her 2022 debut story collection, Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century, which among other honors was picked as a TIME Top 10 Fiction Book of 2022. Performed by actors  Kirsten Vangsness, beloved for her long-running role on Criminal Minds, and Justin Kirk, known for series including Weeds, You’re the Worst, and Modern Family. The episode is hosted by Aparna Nancherla.

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