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Broadcast Schedule

Below is the schedule for upcoming and previous Selected Shorts episodes.

Our most recently released shows are available for audio streaming HERE.

  • 12/29/2000

    What’s In a Name?
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Bill Boston,” by Charles Dickinson, performed by Alec Baldwin
    “The Visit to the Museum,” by Vladimir Nabokov, performed by Fitz Weaver

  • 12/22/2000

    Domestic Disputes
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Dog,” by Richard Russo, performed by Stephen Lang
    “Language, Truth and Lockjaw,” by Bernard MacLaverty, performed by James Naughton

  • 12/15/2000

    The Things They Carried
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Things They Carried,” by Tim O’Brien, performed by Dylan Baker

  • 12/08/2000

    Taken By Surprise
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Infinite Passion of Expectation,” by Gina Berriault, performed by Cherry Jones
    “And Never Come Up,” by John Biguenet, performed by Jack Davidson

  • 12/01/2000

    Haves and Have-Nots
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “He,” by Katherine Anne Porter, performed by Mary Beth Hurt
    “Little Dog,” by Langston Hughes, performed by Barbara Feldon

  • 11/24/2000

    The Songs of Reba Love Jackson
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Songs of Reba Love Jackson,” by John Edgar Wideman, performed by Leslie Uggams

  • 11/17/2000

    Strong Women
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Women Like Us,” by Edwidge Danticat, performed by Lynne Thigpen
    “Nijinsky,” by Maura Stanton, performed by Lillo Way

  • 11/10/2000

    Hunted
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “A Whale’s Throat,” by Josip Novakovich, performed by Jerry Orbach
    “The Most Dangerous Game,” by Richard Connell, performed by Charles Keating

  • 11/03/2000

    Miscommunication
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Wild Plums,” by Grace Stone Coates, performed by Mia Dillon
    “Here We Are,” by Dorothy Parker, performed by Jane Alexander

  • 10/27/2000

    Unexplained Phenomena
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Secret of the Old Music,” by Auguste Villiers de l’Isle-Adam, performed by Phillipe de Montebello
    “The Rocking-Horse Winner,” by D. H. Lawrence, performed by John Shea

  • 10/20/2000

    Broken Homes
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Broken Homes,” by William Trevor, performed by Meryl Streep

  • 10/13/2000

    Lost and Found
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Sound of Waves,” by William Maxwell, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “Towel Season,” by Ron Carlson, performed by William Hurt

  • 10/06/2000

    Finding Your Way
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “I Did Not Learn Their Names,” by Ralph Ellison, performed by Joshua Wolf Coleman
    “The Lipstick Tree,” by Kiana Davenport, performed by Andrea Marcovicci

  • 09/29/2000

    Speak Your Mind
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “From an Abandoned Work,” by Samuel Beckett, performed by Mary Beth Hurt
    “In the Garden of the North American Martyrs,” by Tobias Wolff, performed by Jane Curtin

  • 09/22/2000

    Marriage Plots
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Magic Barrel,” by Bernard Malamud, performed by Joseph Wiseman
    “Boa Constrictor and Rabbit,” by Anton Chekhov, performed by David Margulies

  • 09/15/2000

    Unknown Terrain
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “A Run of Bad Luck,” by Annie Proulx, performed by Cherry Jones
    “Snow,” by Ann Beattie, performed by Lee Grant
    “This Morning,” by Raymond Carver, performed by Lois Smith
    “The Fields,” by Raymond Carver, performed by Cherry Jones
    “Happiness,” by Raymond Carver, performed by Lois Smith
    “The Road Not Taken,” by Robert Frost, performed by Lois Smith
    “On the Sale of My Farm,” by Robert Frost, performed by Lois Smith
    “A Patch of Old Snow,” by Robert Frost, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 09/08/2000

    Here and Gone
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Road There,” by Isaac Babel, performed by Michael Wager
    “American Dreams,” by Peter Carey, performed by David Strathairn

  • 09/01/2000

    Getting It Off Your Chest
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Whole Truth,” by Stephen McCauley, performed by Christina Pickles
    “Red Dress—1946,” by Alice Munro, performed by Jane Curtin

  • 08/25/2000

    Breaking the Status Quo
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “A Lion on the Freeway,” by Nadine Gordimer, performed by Barbara Rosenblat
    “The Boy Who Painted Christ Black,” by John Henrik Clarke, performed by Michael Keck
    “A Curtain of Green,” by Eudora Welty, performed by Frances Sternhagen

  • 08/18/2000

    Unhappiness
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Goodbye Marcus, Goodbye Rose,” by Jean Rhys, performed by Anne Jackson
    “Indian Giver,” by Max Apple, performed by Leonard Nimoy

  • 08/11/2000

    Mysteries and Revelations
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Big as Life,” by Rand Richards Cooper, performed by Paul Reiser
    “The Case of the Rare Teeth,” by Scott Zaluda, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “A Bolt from the Blue,” by Laura Covello, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “The Telephone Game,” by William Trevor, performed by Joanna Gleason

  • 08/04/2000

    James Joyce's The Dead, Part 2
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Dead,” by James Joyce, performed by René Auberjonois, Fionnula Flanagan, and Isaiah Sheffer

  • 07/28/2000

    James Joyce's The Dead, Part 1
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Dead,” by James Joyce, performed by René Auberjonois, Fionnula Flanagan, and Isaiah Sheffer

  • 07/21/2000

    On the Move
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Enchanted Bluff,” by Willa Cather, performed by Stephen Lang
    “The Sojourner,” by Carson McCullers, performed by Cynthia Harris

  • 07/14/2000

    Sleepless Nights
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Now I Lay Me,” by Ernest Hemingway, performed by Greg Naughton
    “The Nightmare,” by Roxana Robinson, performed by Blair Brown

  • 07/07/2000

    Not Quite Normal
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Killing Time,” by Stuart Dybek, performed by Philip Casnoff
    “On the U.S.S. Fortitude,” by Ron Carlson, performed by Laura Esterman
    “I Was Really Very Hungry,” by M.F.K. Fisher, performed by Tovah Feldshuh
    “The Story of an Hour,” by Kate Chopin, performed by Christina Pickles

  • 06/30/2000

    Escape from the Ordinary
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Third Level,” by Jack Finney, performed by Jack Davidson
    “A Christmas Memory,” by Truman Capote, performed by John Shea

  • 06/23/2000

    Unexpected Outcomes
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Wallet,” by Allen Woodman, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “The Wig,” by Brady Udall, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “The Whore's Child,” by Richard Russo, performed by Harold Gould

  • 06/16/2000

    New Paths
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Firelight,” by Tobias Wolff, performed by Thomas Gibson
    “How Old, How Young,” by John O'Hara, performed by Alec Baldwin

  • 06/09/2000

    Putting It All on the Line
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Lajitas and the NFL,” by Sam Shepard, performed by James McDaniel
    “Why Don't You Dance?” by Raymond Carver, performed by Mark Nelson
    “Imaginary Problems,” by Francine Prose, performed by Philip Casnoff

  • 06/02/2000

    Never Alone
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Pie Dance,” by Molly Giles, performed by Kate Burton
    “Folk Tales,” by Frederick Busch, performed by Larry Keith

  • 05/26/2000

    Love and Separation
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “My Mother,” by Jamaica Kincaid, performed by Laurine Towler
    “Loving Wanda Beaver,” by Alison Baker, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 05/19/2000

    Entangled Lives
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Sculpture I,” by Angela Patrinos, performed by Lillo Way
    “Braids,” by María Luisa Bombal, performed by Juanita Fleming

  • 05/12/2000

    Fathers and Children
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Learn a Trade,” by John Updike, performed by Paul Hecht
    “Puerto Vallarta,” by Jennifer Egan, performed by Cherry Jones

  • 05/05/2000

    Complicated Couplings
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Crimean Hotel,” by Penelope Lively, performed by Maria Tucci
    “Ocean Avenue,” by Michael Chabon, performed by Eli Wallach

  • 04/28/2000

    Fish Out of Water
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Through the Tunnel,” by Doris Lessing, performed by James Naughton
    “The Texas Principessa,” by William Goyen, performed by Doris Roberts

  • 04/21/2000

    Incredible Journeys
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Which Is More Than I Can Say About Some People,” by Lorrie Moore, performed by Dana Ivey
    “All the Days and Nights,” by William Maxwell, performed by Tony Roberts

  • 04/14/2000

    Troubled Souls
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Customer,” by Keith Taylor, performed by Jeffrey Wright
    “Night Calls,” by Lisa Fugard, performed by Lisa Fugard
    “First Confession,” by Frank O’Connor, performed by Malachy McCourt

  • 04/07/2000

    Fabrications
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Open Window,” by Saki, performed by Tandy Cronyn
    “False Alarm,” by Dave Barry, performed by Larry Keith
    “The Nine Best Movies,” by Gregory Mcdonald, performed by Christina Pickles
    “Movie-Going,” by John Hollander, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “The Porcelain Man,” by Richard Kennedy, performed by Estelle Parsons
    “Oh She Gotta Head Fulla Hair,” by Ntozake Shange, performed by Tamara Tunie

  • 03/31/2000

    Challenging Circumstances
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Who’s Irish?” by Gish Jen, performed by Freda Foh Shen
    “Short Story Contest,” by Marcos Aguinis, performed by Jerry Zaks

  • 03/24/2000

    Too Close to Home
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Rocket Man,” by Ray Bradbury, performed by Paul Hecht
    “The Lottery,” by Shirley Jackson, performed by Marian Seldes

  • 03/17/2000

    The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing,” by Melissa Bank, performed by Roxanne Hart

  • 03/10/2000

    Pushing the Envelope
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The World of Tomorrow,” by E.B. White, performed by Judith Ivey
    “Farewell, My Lovely Appetizer,” by S.J. Perelman, performed by James Naughton
    “Carpathia,” by Jesse Lee Kercheval, performed by Barbara Feldon
    “The Poet’s Husband,” by Molly Giles, performed by Stephen Lee
    “Mamie,” by Carl Sandburg, performed by Judith Ivey
    “Population Drifts,” by Carl Sandburg, performed by Joe Morton
    “Sonnet to a Negro in Harlem,” by Helene Johnson, performed by Joe Morton

  • 03/03/2000

    Unhappy Marriages
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Forever After,” by Jim Thompson, performed by Ivy Austin
    “At the End of the Mechanical Age,” by Donald Barthelme, performed by Roscoe Lee Browne

  • 02/25/2000

    Coming of Age
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Sensible Thing,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, performed by Billy Campbell
    “Gorilla, My Love,” by Toni Cade Bambara, performed by Hattie Winston

  • 02/18/2000

    Love & Death
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Sinking House,” by T.C. Boyle, performed by Christina Pickles
    “Violets,” by Edna O’Brien, performed by Fionnula Flanagan

  • 02/11/2000

    The American Century
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “My Dead Brother Comes to America,” by Alexander Godin, performed by Joseph Wiseman
    “The Blues I’m Playing,” by Langston Hughes, performed by Joe Morton

  • 02/04/2000

    Wishes and Dreams
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “How I Came to Be Lawfully Wed,” by Anton Chekhov, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “What He Was Like,” by William Maxwell, performed by Fritz Weaver
    “The Man with the Lap Dog,” by Beth Lordan, performed by Harold Gould

  • 01/28/2000

    Sexy
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Sexy,” by Jhumpa Lahiri, performed by Samia Shoaib

  • 01/21/2000

    Modern Love
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Modern Love,” by T.C. Boyle, performed by Philip Casnoff
    “The First Seven Years,” by Bernard Malamud, performed by Linda Lavin

  • 01/14/2000

    Going For It
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Worry,” by Ron Wallace, performed by Barbara Feldon
    “The New Year,” by Pamela Painter, performed by Stephen Lee
    “Powder,” by Tobias Wolff, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “Angel Levine,” by Bernard Malamud, performed by Louis Zorich

  • 01/07/2000

    Domestic Disturbances
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Charles,” by Shirley Jackson, performed by Lois Smith
    “Things in the Wrong Hands,” by Roy Blount Jr., performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “Seattle,” by R.A. Sasaki, performed by Freda Foh Shen
    “The Liberation of Rome,” by Robin Hemley, performed by Michael Tucker