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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.

  • 12/29/2006

    Food, Glorious Food
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Long Way Home,” by Jhumpa Lahiri, performed by Shohreh Aghdashloo
    “Indigestion,” by Anton Chekhov, performed by Bradley Whitford
    “A Piece of Pie,” by Damon Runyon,performed by John Shea

  • 12/22/2006

    Loving Libraries
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “A General in the Library,” by Italo Calvino, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “Exchange,” by Ray Bradbury, performed by Rochelle Oliver
    “A Backward Glance: Henry James,” by Edith Wharton, performed by Brenda Wehle

  • 12/15/2006

    Stop Making Sense
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Mudder Tongue,” by Brian Evenson, performed by David Strathairn
    “Mr. Badger,” by Kenneth Grahame, performed by Samantha Eggar

  • 12/08/2006

    Lessons in Parenting
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Learn a Trade,” by John Updike, performed by Paul Hecht
    “Extra,” by Yiyun Li, performed by Lois Smith

  • 12/01/2006

    A Talking Horse and a Boat Race
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Ed Has His Mind Improved,” by Walter R. Brooks, performed by Tony Roberts
    “Palais de Justice,” by Mark Helprin, performed by Keir Dullea

  • 11/24/2006

    War Wounds
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “War Wounds,” by Tom Bissell, performed by Oskar Eustis

  • 11/17/2006

    Odd Couples
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Meeting,” by Aimee Bender, performed by Paul Hecht
    “Mrs. Farrokhlaqa Sadraldivan Golchehreh,” by Shahrnush Parsipur, performed by Frances Sternhagen
    “Pride and Joy,” by Etgar Keret, performed by Robert Sean Leonard

  • 11/10/2006

    Rural Outcast
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Second Hand,” by Chris Offutt, performed by Mary Beth Hurt
    “The Letter Writer,” by M.T. Sharif, performed by Joe Morton

  • 11/03/2006

    Small Town
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Eight Pieces for the Left Hand,” by J. Robert Lennon, performed by Stephen Lang
    “The Wood Duck,” by James Thurber, performed by Malachy McCourt

  • 10/27/2006

    Extreme Writing
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “De Smot Billy-Gut,” by Milt Gross, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “Letter #16 To William Hunt, the Franklin Hotel, Rochester, Minnesota-Los Angeles, California, December 9, 1958,” by Dalton Trumbo, performed by James Naughton
    “Dreamtigers,” by Jorge Luis Borges, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 10/20/2006

    Creatures Like Us
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Old Woman in the Wood,” by The Brothers Grimm, performed by Stockard Channing
    “An Aborigine Among the Skyscrapers,” by Saudin bin Labutau, performed by Michael Keck
    “Beyond Lies the Wub,” by Philip K. Dick, performed by Denis O’Hare
    “My Flamboyant Grandson,” by George Saunders, performed by Harris Yulin

  • 10/13/2006

    The Lives of Women in Fiction and Fact
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Enough,” by Alice McDermott, performed by Kathleen Chalfant
    “On Golden Pond,” by Jane Fonda, performed by Jane Fonda

  • 10/06/2006

    Hullabaloos
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Night the Ghost Got In,” by James Thurber, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “On the U.S.S. Fortitude,” by Ron Carlson, performed by Laura Esterman
    “Things in the Wrong Hands,” by Roy Blount Jr., performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “The Open Window,” by Saki, performed by Tandy Cronyn

  • 09/29/2006

    Women With Attitude
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Can’t We Cry a Little?” by Dawn Powell, performed by Ivy Austin
    “Stop That Girl,” by Elizabeth McKenzie, performed by Mary Beth Hurt

  • 09/22/2006

    Women's Friendships
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Amazon,” by Sylvia Brownrigg, performed by Joanna Gleason
    “In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried,” by Amy Hempel, performed by Mary Beth Hurt

  • 09/15/2006

    Transformations
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Why the Sky Turns Red When the Sun Goes Down,” by Ryan Harty, performed by George Bartenieff
    “The Story of an Hour,” by Kate Chopin, performed by Christina Pickles

  • 09/08/2006

    Dead
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Chac-Mool,” by Carlos Fuentes, performed by Simon Jones
    “The Living Dead,” by David Sedaris, performed by David Sedaris

  • 09/01/2006

    Outsiders
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Mr. Woo,” by James McBride, performed by Michael Genet
    “D.P.” by Kurt Vonnegut, performed by Lawrence Clayton

  • 08/25/2006

    Crazy Couples
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Third of July,” by Elizabeth Cox, performed by Joan Allen
    “Seventh House,” by R.K. Narayan, performed by Fionnula Flanagan

  • 08/18/2006

    Imaginings
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Appropriation of Cultures,” by Percival Everett, performed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson
    “MS. Found in a Bottle,” by Edgar Allan Poe, performed by George Bartenieff

  • 08/11/2006

    Uncharted
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Burn Your Maps,” by Robyn Joy Leff, performed by Leslie Hendrix

  • 08/04/2006

    Tipping Points
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Seeing the World,” by Lewis Robinson, performed by Thomas Gibson
    “The American Embassy,” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, performed by Sarita Choudhury

  • 07/28/2006

    Considering Love
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Love,” by Zora Neale Hurston, performed by Karen Kandel
    “Along the Frontage Road,” by Michael Chabon, performed by Jay O. Sanders
    “Eulogy to a Shoelace,” by Isaac Bashevis Singer, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “The Bird,” by Isaac Bashevis Singer, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 07/21/2006

    One Thing After Another In Two Fantasies
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Good Intentions,” by Etgar Keret, performed by Leonard Nimoy
    “The Ceiling,” by Kevin Brockmeier, performed by Paul Hecht

  • 07/14/2006

    Mysterious Beings
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Mlle. Dias de Corta,” by Mavis Gallant, performed by Kathleen Chalfant
    “Peter and the Wolf,” by Angela Carter, performed by Joe Morton

  • 07/07/2006

    Twist!
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Game,” by Donald Barthelme, performed by David Strathairn
    “I Dated Jane Austen,” by T.C. Boyle, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “Romance with Double-Bass,” by Anton Chekhov, performed by Richard Schiff
    “Fatso,” by Etgar Keret, performed by John Guare

  • 06/30/2006

    Bound To Go
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Documentary Artist,” by Jaime Manrique, performed by BD Wong
    “The Trickle-Down Effect,” by Annie Proulx, performed by James Naughton

  • 06/23/2006

    Serious and Passionate Death
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Fullness of Life,” by Edith Wharton, performed by Jane Curtin
    “The Daughter,” by Courtney Angela Brkic, performed by Patricia Kalember

  • 06/16/2006

    Willful Women
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Petrified Man,” by Eudora Welty, performed by Cynthia Nixon
    “My Singular Irene,” by José Alcántara Almánzar, performed by Leonard Nimoy

  • 06/09/2006

    Surprise!
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Veldt,” by Ray Bradbury, performed by Stephen Colbert
    “The Ambitious Guest,” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, performed by Paul Hecht

  • 06/02/2006

    Escapes and Cityscapes
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Getaway,” by Dorothy Thomas, performed by Mia Dillon
    “New York’s Bicycle Speedway,” by Stephen Crane, performed by Joe Grifasi
    Swallow Canyon (excerpt), by Meghan Daum, performed by Jane Curtin

  • 05/26/2006

    It Had Wings
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “It Had Wings,” by Allan Gurganus, performed by Marian Seldes
    “Devotion,” by Adam Haslett, performed by John Shea

  • 05/19/2006

    Lonely
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Travis, B.” by Maile Meloy, performed by William Hurt
    “A Soldier for the Crown,” by Charles Johnson, performed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson

  • 05/12/2006

    Glimpses
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Mrs. Manstey’s View,” by Edith Wharton, performed by Kathleen Chalfant
    “An Orange Line Train to Ballston,” by Edward P. Jones, performed by Sonia Manzano

  • 05/05/2006

    Personal Odyssey
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “What You Pawn I Will Redeem,” by Sherman Alexie, performed by Keir Dullea
    “Lemonade,” by Raymond Carver, performed by Leonard Nimoy

  • 04/28/2006

    Great Men, Small Lives
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “A Warm Welcome to the President, Insh’Allah!” by Meera Nair, performed by Aasif Mandvi
    “A Vectorial History of Leroy Pippin,” by Patrick Keppel, performed by Eli Wallach

  • 04/21/2006

    Movies and Memories
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Skyshot,” by Manuel Muñoz, performed by Héctor Elizondo
    “Knowledge,” by Gail Jones, performed by Christina Pickles

  • 04/14/2006

    Unlikely Meetings
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Mother in the Trenches,” by Robert Olen Butler, performed by Kathleen Chalfant
    “Time Between Trains,” by Anthony Bukowski, performed by Liev Schreiber

  • 04/07/2006

    Fair, Folk, and Fierce
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “A Pair of Silk Stockings,” by Kate Chopin, performed by Susanna Thompson
    “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” by Mark Twain, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “Puddocky," a traditional fairy tale, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    Selections from Too Brief a Treat: The Letters of Truman Capote, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “Soul Murder,” by David Mamet, performed by Paul Hecht

  • 03/31/2006

    Hits and Misses
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “My Grandmother Goes to Comiskey Park,” by James T. Farrell, performed by John Shea
    Portnoy’s Complaint (excerpt), by Philip Roth, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “Polo Grounds,” by Rolfe Humphries, performed by David Strathairn
    “Glory,” by Yusef Komunyakaa, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “The Thrill of the Grass,” by W.P. Kinsella, performed by John Shea
    “The Green Fields of the Mind,” by A. Bartlett Giamatti, performed by A. Bartlett Giamatti

  • 03/24/2006

    Three American Women
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “What Is Poetry?” by Debra Weinstein, performed by Laura Esterman
    “The City,” by Linda Pastan, performed by Blair Brown
    “The Reckoning,” by Edith Wharton, performed by Brenda Wehle

  • 03/17/2006

    Perilous Memories
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Liberty Hall,” by Ring Lardner, performed by Christina Pickles
    “The Namesake,” by Willa Cather, performed by John Shea

  • 03/10/2006

    Lost and Found
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Walk with Elizanne,” by John Updike, performed by Fritz Weaver
    “Loser,” by Aimee Bender, performed by Linda Emond

  • 03/03/2006

    Living Between Two Worlds
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Toba Tek Singh,” by Saadat Hasan Manto, translated from the Urdu by Richard McGill Murphy, performed by Aasif Mandvi
    “Simple Exercises for the Beginning Student,” by Alix Ohlin, performed by Judith Ivey

  • 02/24/2006

    Men: Baffled, Real, and Ideal
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “How To Relax While Broadcasting,” by James Thurber, performed by Eli Wallach
    “The Ideal Man,” by John O’Hara, performed by Daniel Gerroll
    “Safety Man,” by Dan Chaon, performed by Hope Davis

  • 02/17/2006

    The Limits of Love
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Jubilation, Florida,” by N.M. Kelby, performed by Patricia Kalember
    “Bulldog,” by Arthur Miller, performed by Denis O’Hare

  • 02/10/2006

    Moments of Reckoning
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Driveway,” by Pia Z. Ehrhardt, performed by Hope Davis
    “Roman Fever,” by Edith Wharton, performed by Maria Tucci

  • 02/03/2006

    Whimsies and Fairy Tales
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Topaz Cufflinks Mystery,” by James Thurber, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “Tritill, Litill and the Birds,” a traditional fairy tale, performed by Daniel Gerroll
    “Melisande,” by Edith Nesbit, performed by Christina Pickles

  • 01/27/2006

    Difficult Moments
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Ovrashki’s Trains,” by Lara Vapnyar, performed by Heather Raffo
    “Eagles,” by Kader Abdolah, performed by Arian Moayed

  • 01/20/2006

    It Takes a Village
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “1919,” by Julie Otsuka, performed by Dawn Akemi Saito
    “Milford Junction, 1939: A Brief Encounter,” by Robert Coover, performed by Cynthia Nixon

  • 01/13/2006

    Perfect Love...Almost
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Happy Hour,” by Antonya Nelson, performed by Mia Dillon
    “Xingu,” by Edith Wharton, performed by Christina Pickles

  • 01/06/2006

    Surreal Quartet
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “My Father’s Life,” by Leonard Michaels, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “The Rejection,” by Woody Allen, performed by John Guare
    “The Spray,” by Jonathan Lethem, performed by Robert Sean Leonard
    “Fatso,” by Etgar Keret, performed by William H. Macy