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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.

  • 12/26/2003

    Coming To Terms
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Job’s Jobs,” by Aimee Bender, performed by Anjelica Huston
    The Day of the Locust (excerpt), by Nathanael West, performed by Joanna Gleason
    On the Road (excerpt), by Jack Kerouac, performed by Alec Baldwin
    “New York is a Girl,” by Robert Sand, performed by Joe Grifasi

  • 12/19/2003

    Dark American Landscape
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    The Barbarous Coast (excerpt), by Ross McDonald, performed by Chris Sarandon
    “The Pedestrian,” by Ray Bradbury, performed by James Sheridan
    “A Table at Ciro’s,” by Budd Schulberg, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 12/12/2003

    A Winter Tale
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Silent Snow, Secret Snow,” by Conrad Aiken, performed by Leonard Nimoy

  • 12/05/2003

    Growing Pains
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Pinhead, Moonhead,” by Chelsey Johnson, performed by Cynthia Nixon
    “The Drama Bug,” by David Sedaris, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 11/28/2003

    Loss of Innocence
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “What Was It?” by Fitz-James O’Brien, performed by Paul Hecht
    “Boys,” by Rick Moody, performed by B.D. Wong

  • 11/21/2003

    Lost and Found
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “U.F.O. in Kushiro,” by Haruki Murakami, performed by Ken Leung
    “Lost and Found,” by Colson Whitehead, performed by Alec Baldwin

  • 11/14/2003

    Changes of Heart
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Shining Houses,” by Alice Munro, performed by Maria Tucci
    “Story of a Parrot,” by Ana Menéndez, performed by Jacqueline Kim

  • 11/07/2003

    Realizations
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Red,” by Maile Meloy, performed by Keith Szarabajka
    “Just Married,” by Tony Earley, performed by David Strathairn
    “Like Dove Wings,” by Christine Lincoln, performed by Vinnie Burrows and Laurine Towler

  • 10/31/2003

    Secrets and Lies
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Here’s Your Hat What’s Your Hurry,” by Elizabeth McCracken, performed by Dana Ivey

  • 10/24/2003

    Family Matters
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Undeclared Major,” by Will Weaver, performed by Stephen Lang
    “Sarah’s Story,” by Galina Vromen, performed by Jane Curtin

  • 10/17/2003

    Small Symbols
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Coins,” by Mona Simpson, performed by Rachel Ticotin
    “Bit-O-Honey,” by Bernard Cooper, performed by John O’Callaghan

  • 10/10/2003

    Two Worlds
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Appropriation of Cultures,” by Percival Everett, performed by Wren T. Brown
    “The Way Love Works,” by Mary Yukari Waters, performed by Jacqueline Kim

  • 10/03/2003

    New York Then and Now
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Here Is New York,” by E.B. White, performed by James Naughton
    “In the City: A Photograph, Evidence and a Proverb,” by Shay Youngblood, performed by Sydia Cedeño

  • 09/26/2003

    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

  • 09/26/2003

    Communist
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

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

  • 09/19/2003

    Mother Love
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

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

  • 09/12/2003

    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

  • 09/05/2003

    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

  • 08/29/2003

    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

  • 08/22/2003

    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

  • 08/15/2003

    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

  • 08/08/2003

    Big Bend
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

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

  • 08/01/2003

    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

  • 07/25/2003

    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

  • 07/18/2003

    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

  • 07/11/2003

    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

  • 07/04/2003

    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

  • 06/27/2003

    Magical Realism
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

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

  • 06/20/2003

    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

  • 06/13/2003

    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

  • 06/06/2003

    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

  • 05/30/2003

    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

  • 05/23/2003

    Astonishments
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

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

  • 05/16/2003

    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

  • 05/09/2003

    Hard Tales
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

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

  • 05/02/2003

    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

  • 04/25/2003

    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

  • 04/18/2003

    Valor
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

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

  • 04/11/2003

    Deferred Lives
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

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

  • 04/04/2003

    A Quartet of Serio-Comic Tales
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Verger,” by W. Somerset Maugham, performed by Schuyler G. Chapin
    “Partners,” by Veronica Geng, performed by Vinie Burrows
    “True Love,” by Don Shea, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “The Breaking Up of the Winships,” by James Thurber, performed by Henderson Forsythe

  • 03/28/2003

    Family Ties
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Watch the Animals,” by Alice Elliott Dark, performed by Deborah Rush
    “One Holy Night,” by Sandra Cisneros, performed by Jacqueline Kim

  • 03/21/2003

    Mysteries of Marriage
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Drover's Wife,” by Murray Bail, performed by René Auberjonois
    “Jamaica,” by David Schickler, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 03/14/2003

    What If?
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Sharing,” by John Edgar Wideman, performed by Susanna Thompson
    “The Night in Question,” by Tobias Wolff, performed by Lou Antonio
    Featuring an interview with John Edgar Wideman

  • 03/07/2003

    Connections
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “214 Minutes,” by Adam Langer, performed by Teri Garr
    “The Good Doctor,” by Adam Haslett, performed by Billy Campbell

  • 02/28/2003

    War is Hell
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “There Will Be Peace in Korea,” by Larry McMurtry, performed by Tim Guinee
    When the Emperor Was Divine (excerpt), by Julie Otsuka, performed by Gedde Watanabe

  • 02/21/2003

    Inside Out
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Smokers,” by Elizabeth Haas, performed by Teri Garr
    “Devotion,” by Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski, performed by John Shea
    “Public Defenders and Other Fossils,” by George Singleton, performed by James Cromwell

  • 02/14/2003

    Coming and Going
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Sorrow Comes in the Night,” by Dan Chaon, performed by Thomas Gibson
    “End of the Line,” by Jonathan Franzen, performed by Jane Kaczmarek

  • 02/07/2003

    Exiles
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER
    “Blind Jozef Pronek,” by Aleksandar Hemon, performed by William Hurt
  • 01/31/2003

    The End
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “House Raising,” by Chris Offutt, performed by Peter Gerety
    “Keep Talking,” by Pam Durban, performed by Barbara Barrie

  • 01/24/2003

    All in the Family
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Weight,” by John Edgar Wideman, performed by Terrell Tilford
    “Mister Brother,” by Michael Cunningham, performed by Daniel Alexander Jones

  • 01/17/2003

    Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Trip Back,” by Robert Olen Butler, performed by Alvin Epstein
    “Four More Years,” by Myra Alperson, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 01/10/2003

    Things Unknown
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Unknown Soldier,” by Luc Sante, performed by Jack Davidson
    “Surtsey,” by Elizabeth Graver, performed by Maria Tucci

  • 01/03/2003

    Fragrant Stories
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    Selections from The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros, performed by Virginia Rambal
    “My Lucy Friend Who Smells Like Corn,” by Sandra Cisneros, performed by Carmen Zapata
    “Dating Your Mom,” by Ian Frazier, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “The School,” by Donald Barthelme, performed by Laura Esterman
    “Charles,” by Shirley Jackson, performed by Lois Smith