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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.

  • 12/28/2007

    Postcards From the Edge
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “What Was Mine,” by Ann Beattie, performed by John Shea
    “A Conversation with My Dogs,” by Merrill Markoe, performed by Patricia Kalember
    “The Occasional Garden,” by Saki, performed by Daniel Gerroll

  • 12/21/2007

    Hints of Madness
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Sermon in the Guava Tree,” by Kiran Desai, performed by Tazewell Thompson
    “Crazy Glue,” by Etgar Keret, performed by Chris Sarandon
    “Buses and Subways,” by Y. Camacho, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “The Cell of Silence,” by S. Sharma, performed by Sonia Manzano
    “Untitled,” by W. Santalis, performed by Sydia Cedeño
    “Hardworking Mother Haiku,” by Maria Lakatosz, performed by Michael Keck

  • 12/14/2007

    Appetites for Life
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Storytelling,” by Mary Gordon, performed by Lindsay Crouse
    “Just a Little More,” by V.S. Pritchett, performed by René Auberjonois

  • 12/07/2007

    A Gallant Writer Celebrated
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Grippes and Poche,” by Mavis Gallant, performed by Mavis Gallant

  • 11/30/2007

    Down To The Sea in Ships
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Initiation,” by Joseph Conrad, performed by Tony Roberts
    “Country Miles,” by Robert King, performed by Marian Seldes

  • 11/23/2007

    Proof of Love
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “An Enigmatic Nature,” by Anton Chekhov, performed by Fionnula Flanagan
    “Brother,” by Edna O’Brien, performed by Fionnula Flanagan
    “Awaiting Orders,” by Tobias Wolff, performed by Michael Cerveris

  • 11/16/2007

    Shattered Peace
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Woman from Hamburg,” by Hanna Krall, performed by Hope Davis
    “The First Sense,” by Nadine Gordimer, performed by Joanna Gleason
    “Vivian, Fort Barnwell,” by Ethan Canin, performed by Steven Gilborn

  • 11/09/2007

    Playwright's Delight
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place,” by Ernest Hemingway, performed by Ron Cephas Jones
    “The Little Green Monster,” by Haruki Murakami, performed by Dana Ivey
    “After the Storm,” by Ernest Hemingway, performed by John Turturro

  • 11/02/2007

    Food Fantasies
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Country Cooking from Central France: Roast Boned Rolled Stuffed Shoulder of Lamb (Farce Double),” by Harry Mathews, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant,” by Laurie Colwin, performed by Kelli O’Hara

  • 10/26/2007

    Indian Country
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Indian Country,” by Sherman Alexie, performed by John Lithgow

  • 10/19/2007

    Strange Families
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Why I Live at the P.O.,” by Eudora Welty, performed by Stockard Channing
    “Other Persons,” by Juan José Millás, performed by James Naughton
    “Ma, A Memoir,” by Lynn Freed, performed by Marian Seldes
    “The Bird Woman,” by Melodie Edwards, performed by Kelli O’Hara

  • 10/12/2007

    A Baseball Celebration!
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    A selection of baseball haiku, performed by Alec Baldwin and Isaiah Sheffer
    “The Hector Quesadilla Story,” by T.C. Boyle, performed by Jerry Zaks
    The Glory of Their Times
    (excerpt), by Lawrence S. Ritter, performed by Jonathan Rubinstein
    “Polo Grounds,” by Rolfe Humphries, performed by Fritz Weaver

  • 10/05/2007

    Tales: Short, Long, Folk, Fairy, 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

  • 09/28/2007

    Hits and Misses in Baseball and Life
    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

  • 09/21/2007

    Turning Points
    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

  • 09/14/2007

    Perilous Memories
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

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

  • 09/07/2007

    Finding What Was Lost
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

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

  • 08/31/2007

    Living Between Two Worlds
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Toba Tek Singh,” by Saadat Hasan Manto, performed by Aasif Mandvi
    “Simple Exercises for the Beginning Student,” by Alix Ohlin, performed by Judith Ivey

  • 08/24/2007

    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

  • 08/17/2007

    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

  • 08/10/2007

    Moments of Reckoning
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

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

  • 08/03/2007

    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

  • 07/27/2007

    Lost Families
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

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

  • 07/20/2007

    Glimpses in Time
    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

  • 07/13/2007

    Women at Bay
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

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

  • 07/06/2007

    Odd Families
    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

  • 06/29/2007

    Afterglow: More Christmas Memories
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “One Christmas,” by Truman Capote, performed by John Shea
    “Occurrence on the Six-Seventeen,” by George Shephard, performed by Tony Roberts
    “Homecoming,” by William Maxwell, performed by Keir Dullea

  • 06/22/2007

    Christmas in June!
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Mark Twain: A Mini Drama,” by John Duffy, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “Christmas Morning,” by Frank O’Connor, performed by Malachy McCourt
    “A Visit from Saint Nicholas,” by James Thurber, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “Icicles,” by Robert Pinsky, performed by Malachy McCourt
    “Christmas in Qatar,” by Calvin Trillin, performed by Calvin Trillin

  • 06/15/2007

    American Icons Remember
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    The Spirit of St. Louis (excerpt), by Charles Lindbergh, performed by Keir Dullea
    A Moveable Feast
    (excerpt), by Ernest Hemingway, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    My Life
    (excerpt), by Isadora Duncan, performed by Mia Dillon

  • 06/08/2007

    Love and Regrets
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Paring Knife,” by Michael Oppenheimer, performed by Steven Gilborn
    “The Fine Art of Sighing,” by Bernard Cooper, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “The Lone Pilgrim,” by Laurie Colwin, performed by Susanna Thompson
    “Death of the Right Fielder,” by Stuart Dybek, performed by Stephen Lang

  • 06/01/2007

    Classic Fairy Tales
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Gifts of the Magician,” a traditional fairy tale, performed by Patricia Kalember
    “The Story of the Sham Prince, or the Ambitious Tailor,” a traditional fairy tale, performed by John Shea
    “The Story of Hok Lee and the Dwarves,” a traditional fairy tale, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 05/25/2007

    Good Advice, and Epiphany
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “My Father Addresses Me on the Facts of Old Age,” by Grace Paley, performed by Rochelle Oliver
    “The Book of Miracles,” by Edwidge Danticat, performed by Sonia Manzano

  • 05/18/2007

    Instructions You Could Do Without
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “How to Become a Writer,” by Lorrie Moore, performed by Patricia Kalember
    “Docent,” by R.T. Smith, performed by Dana Ivey

  • 05/11/2007

    Looking at Love
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Purity,” by Billy Collins, performed by Billy Collins
    “Monday Morning,” by Billy Collins, performed by Billy Collins
    “Mother’s Son,” by Tessa Hadley, performed by Shohreh Aghdashloo
    “Forgetfulness,” by Billy Collins, performed by Billy Collins

  • 05/04/2007

    Cycles of Life
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Circus People,” by Cathy Day, performed by Kate Burton
    “The Ultimate Safari,” by Nadine Gordimer, performed by Myra Lucretia Taylor

  • 04/27/2007

    War Stories
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Draft Day,” by Rattawut Lapcharoensap, performed by BD Wong
    “The Ramada Inn at Shiloh,” by Allan Gurganus, performed by Ted Marcoux

  • 04/20/2007

    What Do Women Want?
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Red Fox Fur Coat,” by Teolinda Gersão, performed by Kathleen Chalfant
    “Wife-Wooing,” by John Updike, performed by Alec Baldwin
    “The Woman at the Store,” by Katherine Mansfield, performed by Peter Gerety

  • 04/13/2007

    Unlikely Visions
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Night Bookmobile,” by Audrey Niffenegger, performed by Christina Pickles
    “Radio Love Poem,” by Alison Townsend, performed by Ivy Austin
    “A Serious Question,” by V.S. Pritchett, performed by James Naughton

  • 04/06/2007

    Life Goes On
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Palmist,” by Andrew Lam, performed by David Strathairn
    “Football,” by Elizabeth Crane, performed by Martha Lavey
    “Blue Waltz with Coyotes,” by Jeanne Dixon, performed by Mia Dillon
    “Water Names,” by Lan Samantha Chang, performed by Dawn Akemi Saito

  • 03/30/2007

    Spirits of Place
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Killing Time,” by Stuart Dybek, performed by Jim True-Frost
    “Insomnia,” by Stuart Dybek, performed by Jim True-Frost
    “He Couldn’t Boogie-Woogie Worth a Damn,” by Nelson Algren, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 03/23/2007

    Food Fight!
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Sorry Fugu,” by T.C. Boyle, performed by Tony Roberts

  • 03/16/2007

    Refresh, Refresh
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Refresh, Refresh” by Benjamin Percy, performed by Ted Marcoux
    “Buzz Saw,” by Billie Hill-Hunt, performed by Joan Allen
    “Ashbah,” by Sergeant Brian Turner, performed by Chris Chalk
    “The Baghdad Zoo,” by Sergeant Brian Turner, performed by Stephen Lang
    “3 A.M. in Bangor, Maine,” by Sergeant Michael A. Thomas, performed by Stephen Lang

  • 03/09/2007

    How Do You Measure A Marriage?
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “A Solitary Human Voice,” by Lyudmilla Ignatenko, performed by Stockard Channing
    “Do You Know Where I Am?” by Sherman Alexie, performed by Keir Dullea

  • 03/02/2007

    Straying Spouses and Brave New Words
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Trouble of Marcie Flint,” by John Cheever, performed by Fritz Weaver

  • 02/23/2007

    Lost-and-Found Love, and a Fish
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Secret Goldfish,” by David Means, performed by Charles Keating
    “The Other Woman,” by Sherwood Anderson, performed by Keir Dullea

  • 02/16/2007

    In Vino, Veritas?
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Taste,” by Roald Dahl, performed by John Lithgow
    “How to Tell a Fine Old Wine,” by James Thurber, performed by Raphael Sbarge

  • 02/09/2007

    Debts Paid and Memories Honored
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Debt,” by Edith Wharton, performed by James Naughton
    “Aqua Boulevard,” by Maile Meloy, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 02/02/2007

    Old Friends, Old Memories
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Justice Shiva Ram Murthy,” by Rishi Reddi, performed by Aasif Mandvi
    “Bullhead,” by Leigh Allison Wilson, performed by Dawn Akemi Saito

  • 01/26/2007

    Operation Homecoming
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “A Quick Look at Who Is Fighting This War,” by Captain Ryan Kelly, performed by Chris Chalk
    “Camp Muckamungus,” by Staff Sergeant Parker Gyokeres, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “Khost-Gardez,” by Specialist Ross Cohen, performed by Matthew Modine
    “Reflections,” by Captain Michael Lang, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “Brotherhood,” by Sergeant Dena Price Van den Bosch, performed by Joan Allen
    “Road Work,” by Staff Sergeant Jack Lewis, performed by Stephen Lang
    “Safekeeping,” by Commander Kathleen Toomey Jabs, performed by Joan Allen
    “Dear Boys,” by Lieutenant Colonel Chris Cohoes, performed by Matthew Modine

  • 01/19/2007

    The Eyes Have It
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Eyes,” by Edith Wharton, performed by Charles Keating

  • 01/12/2007

    Food and Fairy Tales
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Pie Dance,” by Molly Giles, performed by Kate Burton
    “Grandfather Knows Best,” by Calvin Trillin, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “Why I Love Cookbooks,” by Laurie Colwin, performed by Jane Kaczmarek

  • 01/05/2007

    In The Wrong Hands
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” by James Thurber, performed by Dick Cavett
    “Things in the Wrong Hands,” by Roy Blount Jr., performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “Renascence,” by Edna St. Vincent Millay, performed by Barbara Feldon
    “The Voter,” by Chinua Achebe, performed by Arthur French