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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.

  • 12/27/2002

    Difficult Children
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Two Kinds,” by Amy Tan, performed by Lia Chang
    “Ramone,” by Judy Troy, performed by Angelina Phillips

  • 12/20/2002

    Confession
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Personal Testimony,” by Lynna Williams, performed by Cherry Jones
    “The Wonder Spot,” by Melissa Bank, performed by Keira Naughton

  • 12/13/2002

    Love and Family
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Call If You Need Me,” by Raymond Carver, performed by Harris Yulin
    “Anxious Objects,” by Zsuzsi Gartner, performed by Cynthia Nixon
    “A Woman Without Prejudices,” by Anton Chekhov, performed by David Margulies

  • 12/06/2002

    Revelation
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Revelation,” by Flannery O’Connor, performed by Estelle Parsons

  • 11/29/2002

    Tender Twists
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “He’s at the Office,” by Allan Gurganus, performed by Philip Bosco
    “Happy Endings,” by Margaret Atwood, performed by Linda Lavin

  • 11/22/2002

    At Home and Abroad
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Arbitrage,” by André Aciman, performed by André Aciman
    “The Moor,” by Russell Banks, performed by Jay O. Sanders

  • 11/15/2002

    The Smoker
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Smoker,” by David Schickler, performed by Robert Sean Leonard

  • 11/08/2002

    Rites of Passage
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “I Am Not a Jew,” by John Biguenet, performed by David Strathairn
    “They Tell Me, Now I Know,” by Shay Youngblood, performed by Viola Davis
    “Visit,” by Barry Yourgrau, performed by James Naughton

  • 11/01/2002

    The Human Drama
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Stuart,” by Zadie Smith, performed by Paul Hecht
    “Enough,” by Alice McDermott, performed by Kathleen Chalfant

  • 10/25/2002

    Not of This World
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Fix,” by Percival Everett, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “Men on the Moon,” by Simon J. Ortiz, performed by John Shea

  • 10/18/2002

    Exile
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Third and Final Continent,” by Jhumpa Lahiri, performed by Aasif Mandvi

  • 10/11/2002

    If Truth Be Told...
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Nettles,” by Alice Munro, performed by Kate Burton
    “Lies I’ve Told,” by Sue Allison, performed by Barbara Barrie and David Strathairn

  • 10/04/2002

    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

  • 09/27/2002

    Troubled Minds
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

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

  • 09/20/2002

    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

  • 09/13/2002

    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

  • 09/06/2002

    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

  • 08/30/2002

    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

  • 08/23/2002

    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

  • 08/16/2002

    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

  • 08/06/2002

    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

  • 08/02/2002

    Hideouts & Getaways
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

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

  • 07/26/2002

    Paper Son
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

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

  • 07/19/2002

    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

  • 07/12/2002

    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

  • 07/05/2002

    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

  • 06/28/2002

    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

  • 06/21/2002

    Domestic Disputes
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

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

  • 06/14/2002

    The Things They Carried
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

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

  • 06/07/2002

    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

  • 05/31/2002

    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

  • 05/24/2002

    The Songs of Reba Love Jackson
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

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

  • 05/17/2002

    Strong Women
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

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

  • 05/10/2002

    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

  • 05/03/2002

    Miscommunication
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

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

  • 04/26/2002

    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

  • 04/19/2002

    Broken Homes
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

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

  • 04/12/2002

    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

  • 04/05/2002

    Baseball and Perelman
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Game Six,” by Roger Angell, performed by Roger Angell
    “The Green Fields of the Mind,” by A. Bartlett Giamatti, performed by A. Bartlett Giamatti
    The Glory of Their Times (excerpt), by Lawrence S. Ritter, performed by John Rubinstein
    “Farewell, My Lovely Appetizer,” by S. J. Perelman, performed by James Naughton

  • 03/29/2002

    Communist
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Communist,” by Richard Ford, performed by William Hurt

  • 03/22/2002

    Part of the Story
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Part of the Story,” by Stephen Dobyns, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 03/15/2002

    The Social Masks Slip
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Baby-Sitter,” by Jane Yolen, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “Notes from a Lady at a Dinner Party,” by Bernard Malamud, performed by David Margulies
    “Recognition,” by William Maxwell, performed by Héctor Elizondo
    “Neighbors,” by Julia Alvarez, performed by Lili Taylor

  • 03/08/2002

    Looking Forward, Looking Back
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Vivian, Fort Barnwell,” by Ethan Canin, performed by Steven Gilborn
    “Mother Savage,” by Guy de Maupassant, performed by Alan Rosenberg
    “The Fourth Prussian Dynasty,” by Karen Bender, performed by Frances Sternhagen

  • 03/01/2002

    Alice Walker and Mary Robison
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Nineteen Fifty-Five,” by Alice Walker, performed by Viola Davis
    “Seizing Control,” by Mary Robison, performed by Mia Dillon

  • 02/22/2002

    Fables Old and New
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “In the Country,” by Guy de Maupassant, performed by Thomas Gibson
    “But It Got Better,” by Abigail Thomas, performed by Joanna Gleason
    “The Cooking Poet,” by Samrat Upadhyay, performed by Leonard Nimoy

  • 02/15/2002

    Two Classics
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Awakening,” by Isaac Babel, performed by Joseph Wiseman
    “Like Mother Used to Make,” by Shirley Jackson, performed by Don Stephenson

  • 02/08/2002

    Big Bend
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Big Bend,” by Bill Roorbach, performed by James Cromwell

  • 02/01/2002

    Lost in Time
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “War Doll Hotel,” by Kiana Davenport, performed by Maria Tucci
    “The 5:22,” by George Harrar, performed by Arliss Howard

  • 01/25/2002

    Life Lessons
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Six Sillies,” by Andrew Lang, performed by Edie McClurg
    “Moving Pictures,” by Charles Johnson, performed by Rocky Carroll
    “The Big Hunger,” by John Fante, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 01/18/2002

    Contemplation
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Unfound Pig,” by Max Steele, performed by Steven Gilborn
    “Music for Airports,” by Charles Baxter, performed by Héctor Elizondo
    “What I Saw From Where I Stood,” by Marisa Silver, performed by Billy Campbell

  • 01/11/2002

    Fairy Tales
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Fortunes of Madame Organza,” by Natalie Babbitt, performed by Janel Moloney
    “In the Spring,” by Guy de Maupassant, performed by Marg Helgenberger
    “Melisande,” by Edith Nesbit, performed by Jane Curtin

  • 01/04/2002

    Other Lives
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Dog Life,” by Mark Strand, performed by Andre Gregory
    “A Look at Organized Crime,” by Woody Allen, performed by Jane Curtin
    “A Conversation with My Father,” by Grace Paley, performed by Anne Pitoniak
    “Only the Dead Know Brooklyn,” by Thomas Wolfe, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “What I Have Been Doing Lately,” by Jamaica Kincaid, performed by Erica Gimpel