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Selected Shorts

Broadcast Schedule

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

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

  • 12/28/2001

    Magical Realism
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Piano Tuner,” by Tim Gautreaux, performed by Robert Sean Leonard

  • 12/21/2001

    From Mutton Island and Swan Song
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “From Mutton Island,” by Beth Lordan, performed by Fionnula Flanagan
    “Swan Song,” by Steve Stern, performed by Joe Grifasi

  • 12/14/2001

    Defining Moments
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Twenty Minutes,” by James Salter, performed by Keir Dullea
    “The Joy and Melancholy Baseball Trivia Quiz,” by Ken Kalfus, performed by Jack Davidson

  • 12/07/2001

    Fantasy
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Your Story,” by Rick DeMarinis, performed by Joe Morton
    “Christ in the House of Martha and Mary,” by A. S. Byatt, performed by Leslie Uggams

  • 11/30/2001

    Moment of Truth
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Like All Other Men,” by John McGahern, performed by John Shea
    “The Skater,” by Joy Williams, performed by Mary Beth Hurt

  • 11/23/2001

    Astonishments
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Shot,” by Elizabeth Hardwick, performed by Elaine Bromka
    “Notes from a Bottle,” by James Stevenson, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 11/16/2001

    Days Gone By
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “How Was It, Really?” by John Updike, performed by Harold Gould
    “The Littoral Zone,” by Andrea Barrett, performed by Blair Brown

  • 11/09/2001

    Hard Tales
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Speaking of Courage,” by Tim O'Brien, performed by Alec Baldwin
    “Africans,” by Sheila Kohler, performed by Lisa Fugard

  • 11/02/2001

    Metaphysics and Irony
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Man Who Could See Radiance,” by John Jay Clayton, performed by Paul Hecht
    “The Toys of Peace,” by Saki, performed by Dana Ivey

  • 10/26/2001

    Children in Peril
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Children of Grupp,” by Penelope Lively, performed by Claire Bloom
    “Fun With a Stranger,” by Richard Yates, performed by Marian Seldes

  • 10/19/2001

    Valor
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Valor,” by Richard Bausch, performed by William Hurt

  • 10/12/2001

    Deferred Lives
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Genevieve Thayer,” by Thomas McMahon, performed by Cynthia Nixon
    “The Lone Pilgrim,” by Laurie Colwin, performed by Hope Davis

  • 10/05/2001

    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

  • 09/28/2001

    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

  • 09/21/2001

    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

  • 09/14/2001

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

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

  • 09/07/2001

    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

  • 08/31/2001

    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

  • 08/24/2001

    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

  • 08/17/2001

    Love & Death
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

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

  • 08/10/2001

    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

  • 08/03/2001

    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

  • 07/27/2001

    Sexy
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

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

  • 07/20/2001

    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

  • 07/13/2001

    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

  • 07/06/2001

    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

  • 06/29/2001

    Lovers and Strangers
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Rembrandt’s Hat,” by Bernard Malamud, performed by Marian Seldes
    “A Recollection,” by Mavis Gallant, performed by Theodore Bikel

  • 06/22/2001

    Falling in Love
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Psychoanalysis Changed My Life,” by Amy Bloom, performed by Cherry Jones
    “How to Give the Wrong Impression,” by Katherine Heiny, performed by Lillo Way

  • 06/15/2001

    Separations
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “A Box of Rocks,” by Tess Gallagher, performed by Mary Beth Hurt
    “A Constellation of Events,” by John Updike, performed by Barbara Feldon

  • 06/08/2001

    Mysteries and Miracles
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Man Who Was the God of Love,” by Ruth Rendell, performed by Cynthia Harris
    “The Green Hills of Earth,” by Robert A. Heinlein, performed by Kathleen Chalfant

  • 06/01/2001

    Politics Made Personal
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Saboteur,” by Ha Jin, performed by Joel Gray
    “Two Words,” by Isabel Allende, performed by Lisa Fugard

  • 05/25/2001

    Strange Solutions
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “A Gentleman's C,” by Padgett Powell, performed by Stephen Lee
    “Tea Leaves,” by Janet Burroway, performed by Barbara Feldon
    “Wallet,” by Allen Woodman, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “Gold Coast,” by James Alan McPherson, performed by James McDaniel

  • 05/18/2001

    Drawn Together
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The War of the Wall,” by Toni Cade Bambara, performed by Hattie Winston
    “The Trip to Halawa Valley,” by Lynne Sharon Schwartz, performed by Blair Brown

  • 05/11/2001

    Danger & Discoveries
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Composition,” by Antonio Skármeta, performed by Steven Gilborn
    “A Visit,” by Steven Millhauser, performed by Stephen Lang

  • 05/04/2001

    Fractured Families
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Brick,” by Katherine Min, performed by Jacqueline Kim
    “The Hammer of God,” by G. K. Chesterton, performed by Malachy McCourt

  • 04/27/2001

    Visions of Love
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “20/20,” by Linda Brewer, performed by Stephen Lee
    “Hurray for Hollywood,” by George Garrett, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “Eternal Love,” by Karen Bender, performed by Joanne Woodward

  • 04/20/2001

    Amazements
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Golem,” by Avram Davidson, performed by Leonard Nimoy
    “Naked Woman Playing Chopin,” by Louise Erdrich, performed by Anjelica Huston

  • 04/13/2001

    Getting There From Here
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Getting Into the Movies,” by Layle Silbert, performed by Barbara Feldon
    “Miami-New York,” by Martha Gellhorn, performed by Joanna Gleason

  • 04/06/2001

    Going Places
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Law,” by Robert M. Coates, performed by Cynthia Harris
    “How to Talk to a Hunter,” by Pam Houston, performed by Mia Dillon
    “Pet Milk,” by Stuart Dybek, performed by Keith Szarabajka
    “What I Have Been Doing Lately,” by Jamaica Kincaid, performed by Erica Gimpel

  • 03/30/2001

    Troubled Minds
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Turbulence,” by Joshua Henkin, performed by James Naughton
    “The Kugelmass Episode,” by Woody Allen, performed by Joe Grifasi

  • 03/23/2001

    In Good Hands
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Robbed,” by Ellen Currie, performed by Christina Pickles
    “Notes to My Biographer,” by Adam Haslett, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 03/16/2001

    Then and Now
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “In the Woods,” by Guy de Maupassant, performed by Jane Curtin
    “A Temporary Matter,” by Jhumpa Lahiri, performed by Aasif Mandvi

  • 03/09/2001

    Unexpected Encounters
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Nogales,” by Tim O'Brien, performed by Mariette Hartley
    “The Monkey’s Paw,” by W.W. Jacobs, performed by Frank McCourt

  • 03/02/2001

    Boys & Men
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Blind Neighbor,” by Mary Gordon, performed by Joe Spano
    “Scaring the Baddest Animal,” by Chris Spain, performed by Ted Marcoux

  • 02/23/2001

    Sacrifices and Saints
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Nightingale and the Rose,” by Oscar Wilde, performed by Blair Brown
    “Ax of the Apostles,” by Erin McGraw, performed by Richard Schiff

  • 02/16/2001

    Family Secrets
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “San,” by Lan Samantha Chang, performed by Ann Hu
    “Little Nightmares, Little Dreams,” by Rachel Simon, performed by Maria Tucci

  • 02/09/2001

    Before and After
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Monster,” by Bertolt Brecht, performed by Helen-Jean Arthur
    “Bush Pigs,” by Richard Dooling, performed by Mark Nelson

  • 02/02/2001

    Hideouts & Getaways
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Dusk,” by James Salter, performed by John Shea
    “Patriotic,” by Janet Kauffman, performed by Lindsay Crouse

  • 01/26/2001

    Paper Son
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Paper Son,” by Melissa Hardy, performed by Keith Szarabajka

  • 01/19/2001

    Running Into Trouble
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Stolen Horses,” by Barry Lopez, performed by Anthony Michael Hall
    “Afternoon of the Sassanoa,” by Jason Brown, performed by Bradley Whitford

  • 01/12/2001

    My Husband’s Best Friend’s Second Wife
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “My Husband’s Best Friend’s Second Wife,” by Michael Frank, performed by Cynthia Harris

  • 01/05/2001

    Hidden Depths
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Worm in the Apple,” by John Cheever, performed by Anne Meara
    “The Schartz-Metterklume Method,” by Saki, performed by Marian Seldes
    “Yma Dream,” by Thomas Meehan, performed by Christine Baranski
    “The Second Tree from the Corner,” by E.B. White, performed by Isaiah Sheffer