About the Program

Guest host Kate Burton presents some unusual chillers perfect for Halloween.

Edgar Allan Poe is haunted by a childhood memory in Russell Banks’ “The Caul,” performed by Richard Masur.

Poe’s eerie “The Raven” is performed by Rene Auberjonois, Fionnula Flanagan, Isaiah Sheffer, and Harris Yulin.

A dying emperor tries to communicate in “An Imperial Message,” by Franz Kafka, performed by Kaneza Schaal.

And Agatha Christie tells a ghost story in “The Lamp,” performed by Rita Wolf.

This program originally aired in 2019

SELECTED SHORTS is one of public media’s longest-running cultural shows, offering short fiction in performance by distinguished actors from stage, screen, television and audio


One hour

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Preview audio available: September 17, 2020
Promo spot available: September 24, 2020
Program rundown available: September 24, 2020
Date content will be uploaded:September 24, 2020


Broadcast Window

October 1, 2020 - November 6, 2020 with multiple airings permitted

Broadcast Rights

Affiliate stations may carry this program multiple times before November 7, 2020. The program must be carried in its entirety. No excerpting is permitted. Prior to carrying this program, stations must contact their American Public Media Station Relations Representative or Marge Ostroushko.

Kate Burton

Kate Burton

Kate Burton was nominated for Tony Awards for her work in Hedda Gabler, The Elephant Man, and The Constant Wife. Additional Broadway credits include Spring Awakening, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Jake’s Women, Company, Some Americans Abroad, and most recently, Present Laughter. Her film credits include Big Trouble in Little China; The Ice Storm; Unfaithful; 2 Days in New York; Liberal Arts; 127 Hours; Where'd You Go, Bernadette; and Before/During/After. On television, she has appeared in multiple Law & Orders, Empire Falls, Rescue Me, Veep, Grimm, Modern Family, Supergirl, The Gifted, Strange Angel, Scandal, Perfect Harmony, Homeland, Charmed, 13 Reasons Why, and Grey's Anatomy, for which she has received numerous Emmy nominations. Burton has directed at the LA Philharmonic and is a professor at the University of Southern California.

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