Selected Shorts

Sundays at 5pm

A celebration of the short story, read by professional actors from stage and screen. From Symphony Space in


Upcoming broadcasts:

February 9 ~ Modern Fables 

“St George,” by Gail Godwin, read by Jane Curtin 
“The Trickle-Down Effect,” by Annie Proulx, read by James Naughton  

February 16 ~ Finding Yourself  

“The Lone Pilgrim,” by Laurie Colwin, read by Hope Davis
“The Night Bookmobile,” by Audrey Niffenegger, read by Christina Pickles

February 23 ~ Determination 

 “In the Garden of the North American Martyrs,” by Tobias Wolff,  read by Jane Curtin
“Through the Tunnel,” by Doris Lessing,” read by James Naughton
“Barbara Stanwyck, It's Your Time to Shine," by Bianca Galvez, read by Condola Rashad. 

March 2 ~ How to Be a Man
Readings from the essay collection, "The Book of Men."  Essays and stories by writers such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Adam Haslet, Colum McCann, Ian McEwan, and Tea Obreht are read by Gabriel Byrne, Stockard Channing, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Corey Stoll, and BD Wong.

March 9 ~ Out of the Kitchen with Lucky Peach
Tales by Nelly Reifler, Rosie Schaap and others from the quarterly journal of food and writing, Lucky Peach.  Readings and commentary by chef David Chang, writer Peter Meehan, David Corss, Mario Batali, Greta Gerwig and Gaby Hoffmann.

March 16 ~ Rites of Passage 

GUEST HOST JANE CURTIN  (repeat broadcast)
“The Grid,” by Rick Moody, read by Josh Radnor; “Anaconda,” by Martha McPhee, read by Lindsay Crouse

March 23 ~ Pushing the Limits 

GUEST HOST:  JOHN LITHGOW  (repeat broadcast)
 “You Were Perfectly Fine,” by Dorothy Parker, read by Aya Cash and David Furr

“Unprotected,” by Simon Rich, read by Wyatt Cenac
“The Day the Dam Broke,” by James Thurber, read by Alec Baldwin
“Center of the Universe,” by Simon Rich, read by Isaiah Sheffer
“The Tablecloth of Turin,” by Ron Carlson, read by Edi Gathegi

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Sat November 24, 2012
Selected Shorts ~ 11/25 at 5pm

Remembering Isaiah Sheffer

A celebration including readings by Selected Shorts founder Isaiah Sheffer, with special guest host Colum McCann.  Selections will include “Heart of a Champion” by T.C. Boyle, “It Had Wings” by Allan Gurganus, and “Dating Your Mom” by Ian Frazier.  Sunday at 5pm.

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Thu May 31, 2012
Berkeley Symphony 6/3

Sunday: Berkeley Symphony Broadcast

KALW continues its exclusive broadcast partnership with the Berkeley Symphony for a broadcast of their concert entitled "The Shadows of Time" (recorded in Zellerbach Hall on 1/26/12).  Music Director Joana Carneiro leads the orchestra in Debussy's Prélude à l'après midi d'un faune, Dutilleux's The Shadows of Time, and Shostakovich's Symphony No.

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Fri March 16, 2012
Arts & Culture

Stories from Haruki Murakami on this week's Selected Shorts

Couples and Mysteries from Haruki Murakami: "Airplane" read by Parker Posey; "The Mirror" read by Campbell Scott, and "The Little Green Monster" read by Dana Ivey.  On this week's Selected Shorts, Sunday at 5pm.  On this week's Selected Shorts


Sat February 18, 2012
selected shorts

Murakami and more on Selected Shorts

On  this week's Selected Shorts, hear a selection from 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, performed by Miriam Silverman and “The Night Bookmobile” by Audrey Niffenegger, performed by Christina Pickles.  Sunday at 5pm.