Selected Shorts has a new host. The public radio and podcast series, created by Symphony Space, tapped author Meg Wolitzer to become the show’s first permanent host since the death of Symphony Space founder Isaiah Sheffer in 2012. After a decade of writers and artists serving as host of events on the show, those duties will fall to Wolitzer, whose own stories have been interpreted on the show. She has written bestsellers including “The Wife”, “The Interestings” and “The Female Persuasion”.
“We are thrilled to welcome Meg as the new host of Shorts selectedsaid Kathy Landau, executive director of Symphony Space in the announcement. “She brings deep connections to the show and the world she celebrates, explores and unpacks. Meg’s intelligence, passion and warmth will infuse our radio show and podcast with a new spirit and serve as an invitation open to our listeners to join us and to the conversation sparked by the powerful combination of short stories and extraordinary actors.
Selected Shorts offers a range of content from literature, film, theater and comedy. Episodes hosted by Wolitzer will begin in March. New podcast episodes are released every Thursday.
Wolitzer says she has long been an avid Selected Shorts listener and has had her own stories performed for the series by actors Blythe Danner and Jill Eikenberry.
“I think stories are like a stock cube of life, it’s a little concentrate of what’s going on in the world. And by listening to stories and reading them, you understand the world better. I don’t know what I would do without this kind of work,” Wolitzer said. “[Selected Shorts] unlike anything else I’ve heard before. The idea of talking to actors and writers and listening to those stories and being a part of them excites me. The actors bring something to it that you can’t necessarily hear when you say it in your head, and this marriage of actors and writers was made in heaven for me.
In addition to a new host, a book called “Small Odysseys: Selected Shorts Presents 35 New Stories” will also be released next month. The news was commissioned by Symphony Space and will be featured in a free live event scheduled for March 26 in New York City.
Selected Shorts was born in Symphony Space in 1985 and launched the performance literature genre, soon spawning the weekly radio show, heard on public radio stations nationwide and on the podcast.