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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.

  • 12/29/2011

    James Joyce for New Year’s
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Dead,” by James Joyce, performed by René Auberjonois, Fionnula Flanagan, and Isaiah Sheffer

  • 12/22/2011

    Ghosts and Angels
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Night the Ghost Got In,” by James Thurber, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “Examining the Evidence,” by Alice Hoffman, performed by Joanna Gleason
    “It Had Wings,” by Allan Gurganus, performed by Marian Seldes
    “Second-Hand Man,” by Rita Dove, performed by Audra McDonald

  • 12/15/2011

    The Magical Imagination of Neil Gaiman
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Troll Bridge,” by Neil Gaiman, performed by Neil Gaiman
    “The Circular Ruins,” by Jorge Luis Borges, performed by Boyd Gaines
    “Tender,” by Carly Sachs, performed by Mary Brienza

  • 12/08/2011

    Danger at Dinner
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “But the One on the Right,” by Dorothy Parker, performed by Christina Pickles
    “A Bunch of Broccoli on the Third Shelf,” by Lara Vapnyar, performed by Heather Goldenhersh

  • 12/01/2011

    Dad Tales
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “More Life,” by Mark Strand, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “Creeping,” by Maxine Swann, performed by Christine Ebersole

  • 11/24/2011

    Man Walks into a Bar
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Bayonne,” by John Cheever, performed by Mary Kay Place
    “Fjord of Killary,” by Kevin Barry, performed by James Naughton

  • 11/17/2011

    Wacky Families
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Jamaica,” by David Schickler, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “On the U.S.S. Fortitude,” by Ron Carlson, performed by Laura Esterman

  • 11/10/2011

    Wildwood
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Wildwood,” by Junot Díaz, performed by Sonia Manzano

  • 11/03/2011

    Do You Know Where You Are?
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “It’s Six A.M. Do You Know Where You Are?” by Jay McInerney, performed by Jeremy Shamos
    “Red from Green,” by Maile Meloy, performed by Patricia Kalember

  • 10/27/2011

    Dogs and Dates
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Sir Henry,” by Lydia Millet, performed by John Lithgow
    “Some Contemporary Characters,” by Rick Moody, performed by Mike Birbiglia and Aya Cash

  • 10/20/2011

    Saints and Sinners
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Sinners,” by Edna O’Brien, performed by Cynthia Nixon
    “Black Flower,” by Edna O’Brien, performed by Colum McCann
    “Going for a Beer,” by Robert Coover, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 10/13/2011

    Love in Real Life
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “A Life in Fictions,” by Kat Howard, performed by Marin Ireland
    “The Thing About Cassandra,” by Neil Gaiman, performed by Josh Hamilton

  • 10/06/2011

    Literary Music and a Minotaur
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Customer Service at the Karaoke Don Quixote,” by Juan Martinez, performed by Nate Corddry
    “Ziggurat,” by Stephen O’Connor, performed by Tim Curry

  • 09/29/2011

    The World of Etgar Keret
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Suddenly, a Knock on the Door,” by Etgar Keret, performed by Josh Radnor
    “Lieland,” by Etgar Keret, performed by BD Wong
    “Halibut,” by Etgar Keret, performed by Josh Radnor
    “Fatso,” by Etgar Keret, performed by John Guare

  • 09/28/2011

    Loss and Recovery
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Good Intentions,” by Etgar Keret, performed by Leonard Nimoy
    “Lost and Found,” by Colson Whitehead, performed by Alec Baldwin
    “My Mother,” by Jamaica Kincaid, performed by Laurine Towler
    “A Soldier for the Crown,” by Charles Johnson, performed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson

  • 09/21/2011

    A Celebration of The Things They Carried
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    The Things They Carried (excerpt), by Tim O’Brien, performed by Dylan Baker

  • 09/14/2011

    Creatures of the Night
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Popsy,” by Stephen King, performed by Michael Imperioli
    “Night Calls,” by Lisa Fugard, performed by the author

  • 09/07/2011

    Mysterious Circumstances
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Double Check,” by Thomas Walsh, performed by James Naughton
    “False Alarm,” by Dave Barry, performed by Larry Keith

  • 08/31/2011

    An Hour with Sherman Alexie
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Breaking and Entering,” by Sherman Alexie, performed by B.D. Wong

  • 08/24/2011

    Forbidden Fruit
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Yurt,” by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, performed by Joanna Gleason
    “Wild Plums,” by Grace Stone Coates, performed by Mia Dillon

  • 08/17/2011

    Tales of Terror
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Dracula’s Guest,” by Bram Stoker, performed by Aasif Mandvi
    “The Masque of the Red Death,” by Edgar Allan Poe, performed by Fionnula Flanagan

  • 08/10/2011

    Inspired by the Photography of Robert Frank
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Sunflower Sutra,” by Allen Ginsberg, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “The Death of Jim Taylor,” by Elissa Hutson, performed by Boyd Gaines
    “Barbara Stanwyck, It’s Your Time to Shine,” by Bianca Galvez, performed by Condola Rashad
    “Good Living,” by Aleksandar Hemon, performed by Boyd Gaines
    “The Thing Around Your Neck,” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, performed by Condola Rashad

  • 08/03/2011

    Vantage Points
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    Let the Great World Spin (excerpt), by Colum McCann, performed by Brian Stokes Mitchell
    “Salt,” by Sherman Alexie, performed by David Strathairn

  • 07/27/2011

    Surprising Discoveries
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Disco Papa,” by Karen Russell, performed by Susanna Thompson
    “Departure,” by Andrew Porter, performed by Khris Lewin
    “Waiting for Rusty,” by William Cole, performed by Ted Marcoux

  • 07/20/2011

    Travelers: A Wallace Stegner Tribute
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Traveler,” by Wallace Stegner, performed by Jack Davidson
    “Goin’ to Town,” by Wallace Stegner, performed by Lillo Way, Isaiah Sheffer, and Jack Davidson

  • 07/13/2011

    Displaced Persons
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Briefcase,” by Rebecca Makkai, performed by Victor Garber
    “Diem Perdidi,” by Julie Otsuka, performed by Jayne Atkinson

  • 07/06/2011

    Old Worlds and New
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Beyond the Pale,” by Joseph Epstein, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “Ma, A Memoir,” by Lynn Freed, performed by Marian Seldes

  • 06/29/2011

    A Touch of Magic
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Palmist,” by Andrew Lam, performed by James Naughton
    “The Occasional Garden,” by Saki, performed by Daniel Gerroll
    “The Balloon,” by Donald Barthelme, performed by Maria Tucci
    “The Little Green Monster,” by Haruki Murakami, performed by Dana Ivey

  • 06/22/2011

    Holiday Special
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The H Street Sledding Record,” by Ron Carlson, performed by Keith Szarabajka
    “Christmas is a Sad Season for the Poor,” by John Cheever, performed by Malachy McCourt
    “A Visit from Saint Nicholas,” by James Thurber, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 06/15/2011

    Confused Couples
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “For the Relief of Unbearable Urges,” by Nathan Englander, performed by Jefferson Mays
    “A Second of Pleasure,” by Neil LaBute, performed by Andrew McCarthy and Maura Tierney
    “Lies I’ve Told,” by Sue Allison, performed by Barbara Barrie and David Strathairn

  • 06/08/2011

    Asking for Directions
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Mappist,” by Barry Lopez, performed by Joe Spano
    “Devil of a Curve,” by Walter Kirn, performed by Roscoe Lee Browne

  • 06/01/2011

    The Heart of the Matter
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Tell Tale Heart,” by Edgar Allen Poe, performed by Terrence Mann
    “Gimpel The Fool,” by Isaac Bashevis Singer, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “The Paring Knife,” by Michael Oppenheimer, performed by Steve Gilborn

  • 05/25/2011

    Adventures in London and the Wild West
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    The Road Home (excerpt), by Rose Tremain, performed by Paul Hecht
    “Cary Grant's Suit,” by Todd McEwen, performed by James Cromwell

  • 05/18/2011

    Rebel Yiddish Writers
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “My First Love,” by Moishe Nadir, performed by John Shea
    “A Quiet Garden Spot,” by Sholem Asch, performed by Laura Esterman
    “Job’s Jobs,” by Aimee Bender, performed by Anjelica Huston

  • 05/11/2011

    Stories That Surprise
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Jesus is Waiting,” by Amy Hempel, performed by Mary Stuart Masterson
    “No Other Country,” by Shaun Tan, performed by Campbell Scott
    “Swimmers,” by Daniela Maristany, performed by Mary Stuart Masterson
    “Number 10,” by Edna O'Brien, performed by Marian Seldes

  • 05/04/2011

    Tales from the Great Epics
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Death of Hector,” from The Iliad, by Homer, translated by Robert Fagles, performed by Stephen Lang
    “Cantos IV and V,” from Dante's Inferno, by Dante Aligheri, translated by Mark Strand and Daniel Halpern, performed by Phylicia Rashad
    “Captain Ahab, A Novel by the White Whale,” by Paul West, performed by Diane Venora

  • 04/27/2011

    Women on the Move
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “She Shall Not Be Moved,” by Shereen Pandit, performed by Rita Wolf
    “Loose Change,” by Andrea Levy, performed by Eve Best
    “Pie Dance,” by Molly Giles, performed by Kate Burton

  • 04/20/2011

    The Private Paradise
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “My Backyard,” by Peter Lu, performed by Sonia Manzano
    “A Room of My Own,” by Alanna Okun, performed by Rita Wolf
    “Heirloom China,” by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, performed by Sonia Manzano
    “Jonathan’s,” by Teo Soares, performed by David Rakoff
    “Reading Aloud,” by Marina Keegan, performed by Rita Wolf
    “Your Mother and I,” by Dave Eggers, performed by David Rakoff
    “Visit,” by Barry Yourgrau, performed by James Naughton

  • 04/13/2011

    Edwidge Danticat: Haiti/New York
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Claire of the Sea Light,” by Edwidge Danticat, performed by Anika Noni Rose
    “New York Day Women,” by Edwidge Danticat, performed by Laurine Towler

  • 04/06/2011

    Young Men on the Make
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Deal,” by Mike Birbiglia, performed by Mike Birbiglia
    “Seeing the World,” by Louis Robinson, performed by Thomas Gibson

  • 03/30/2011

    Wishing You the Best
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “A Prayer,” by Paul Simms, performed by Chip Zien
    “Lamentations of the Father,” by Ian Frazier, performed by Isaiah Sheffer
    “The Storm,” by Jules Verne, performed by Tony Roberts
    “Robbed,” by Ellen Currie, performed by Christina Pickles

  • 03/23/2011

    Tale of Terror
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Bees,” by Dan Chaon, performed by Boyd Gaines

  • 03/16/2011

    French Fictions
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “A Parisian Affair,” by Guy de Maupassant, performed by René Auberjonois
    Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow
    (excerpt), by Faiza Guene, performed by Sonia Manzano
    “The Secret of the Old Music,” by Auguste de Villiers de l'Isle-Adam, performed by Philippe de Montebello

  • 03/09/2011

    Please Don't Explain
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Just a Little One,” by Dorothy Parker, performed by Dana Ivey
    “The Spray,” by Jonathan Lethem, performed by Robert Sean Leonard
    “The Swim Team,” by Miranda July, performed by Parker Posey
    “Jesus Shaves,” by David Sedaris, performed by Tim Blake Nelson

  • 03/02/2011

    Holding Fast
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “I Am Not a Jew,” by John Biguenet, performed by Denis O’Hare
    “Everything in this Country Must,” by Colum McCann, performed by Amy Ryan
    “Flying,” by Stephen Dixon, performed by Thomas Gibson

  • 02/23/2011

    An Irish Ear: Colum McCann’s Favorite Stories
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “(She Owns) Every Thing,” by Anne Enright, performed by Mary-Louise Parker
    “Free Fruit for Young Widows,” by Nathan Englander, performed by Michael Cerveris
    “The Writers’ Model,” by Molly Giles, performed by Blair Brown

  • 02/16/2011

    Latin Beat: Bolaño and Writers He Admired
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “The Shape of the Sword,” by Jorge Luis Borges, translated by David A. Yates, performed by Charles Keating
    “On the Honeymoon,” by Javier Marías, translated by Margaret Jull Costa, performed by Ivan Hernandez
    “William Burns,” by Roberto Bolaño, translated by Chris Andrews, performed by Michael Stuhlbarg

  • 02/09/2011

    Little Fellows
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Ever After,” by Kim Addonizio, performed by Christine Ebersole
    “Boys,” by Rick Moody, performed by BD Wong
    “The Fortunes of Madame Organza,” by Natalie Babbitt, performed by Janel Maloney

  • 02/02/2011

    Happy Families?
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Porte-Cochere,” by Peter Taylor, performed by Leonard Nimoy
    “Enough,” by Alice McDermott, performed by Fionnula Flanagan

  • 01/26/2011

    Wild Western Women
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Liliana,” by Maile Meloy, performed by James Naughton
    “Going to the Dogs,” by Richard Ford, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

  • 01/19/2011

    Hollywood in the Serengeti
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Safari,” by Jennifer Egan, performed by Hope Davis

  • 01/12/2011

    Who Am I?
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Neighbors,” by Julia Alvarez, performed by Lili Taylor
    “Flight Patterns,” by Sherman Alexie, performed by BD Wong

  • 01/05/2011

    Twice Upon a Time
    HOST: ISAIAH SHEFFER

    “Ardour,” by Jonathan Keats, performed by Lili Taylor
    “Little Pot,” by Ilya Kaminsky, performed by Sonia Manzano
    “Blue-Bearded Lover,” by Joyce Carol Oates, performed Betsey Lippitt
    “Relic,” by Robert Olen Butler, performed by Ron Nakahara
    “The Porcelain Man,” by Richard Kennedy, performed by Estelle Parsons