Selected Shorts offers a special holiday episode called, “Three Boys and a Girl” with guest host Jane Kaczmarek. You’ll hear 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. 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. 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.