Selected Shorts: Episode 1: “Selected Shorts Gift Set: Three Boys and a Girl”

Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents four stories in which boys—and one girl— encounter adventures. David Hyde Pierce reads an excerpt from E.B. White’s classic about intrepid mouse Stuart Little. In this episode, Stuart helms a toy boat in Central Park, and proves himself seaworthy. Our second story is James Joyce’s tale of thwarted young love, “Araby,” from his collection Dubliners, which depicts the lives of ordinary people in turn-of-the-century Dublin. It’s read by Malachy McCourt. Our third story is Andrew Lam’s “The Palmist,” in which a teenager is approached by a strange old man on a bus, and hears his future. The reader is James Naughton. A surreal family tale finishes the hour: a father and daughter glide out of an airplane in “Flying” by Stephen Dixon, read by Thomas Gibson.

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