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Selected Shorts
Our greatest actors transport us through the magic of fiction, one short story at a time. Sometimes funny. Always moving. Selected Shorts connects you to the world with a rich diversity of voices from literature, film, theater, and comedy. New episodes every Thursday. Produced and distributed by Symphony Space.
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Ratings & Reviews
4.4 stars from 2,537 ratings
The performances are incredible but why do older episodes disappear? Such a shame that they don’t remain accessible to listeners.
DXHZ via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/12/21
Always great
Also Hope Davis’ performance in Your Honor is absolutely perfect (and gorgeous). Thank you!
hopedavisfan via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/01/21
I sure love Zadie Smith’s work! However, I can’t stomach David Sedaris’ voice since reading his hateful, bigoted, ignorant 2013 essay about his sister, who had committed suicide earlier that year. I used to think he was funny; now I just hear him as snide and cruel.
The Bob Loblaw Law Blog via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/15/20
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