Isaiah Sheffer

Host, Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts has been a long-running hit for almost twenty years by now-on both the stage and on radio. The amazing thing, though, is that it always feels NEW--new stories, new authors, new readers--that it's always opening night!

Isaiah Sheffer appears in the following:

Selected Shorts: James Joyce's "The Dead," Part 2

Sunday, January 08, 2012

“The Dead,” Part 2 by James Joyce is performed by Rene Auberjonois, Fionnula Flanagan and Isaiah Sheffer.


Selected Shorts: Ghosts and Angels

Sunday, December 25, 2011

From James Thurber’s classic story of misunderstanding, “The Night the Ghost Got In,” to Alice Hoffman’s whimsical tale of bad karma turned good, “Examining the Evidence,” to Alan Gurganus's reverse Annunciation tale, “It Had Wings,” the line between the real and the numinous is both funny and fine.

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New York 'Lost and Found': A Special 9/11 Selected Shorts

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Listen This special program recognizes the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the character of New Yor...

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Selected Shorts: Mysterious Circumstances

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Look out! Mayhem! Cops and robbers in a hard-boiled classic, and a comic take on burglary make zesty listening. That's for this week's episode of SELECTED SHORTS, featuring "Double ...


Selected Shorts: Forbidden Fruit

Sunday, August 21, 2011

A restless schoolteacher flirts with scandal, and a young girl craves freedom, in two tales about wanting what you can’t have. This week's episode will feature "Yurt" by Sarah Shun-Li...


Selected Shorts: Tales of Terror

Sunday, August 14, 2011

This program is devoted to two classic tales of terror by two masters of the genre. "Dracula’s Guest" by Bram Stoker is read by Aasif Mandvi and "The Masque of the Red Death" by Edg...

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Selected Shorts: Inspired by Robert Frank

Sunday, August 07, 2011

This special edition of SELECTED SHORTS was inspired by a remarkable exhibition of photography at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. “Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans,” which was on display at the museum between September 22, 2009 and January 3, 2010, recreated Frank’s legendary book The Americans.

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Selected Shorts: Vantage Points

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Unique points of view in an award-winning novel and a serio-comic short story prompted us to call this program VANTAGE POINTS.    

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Selected Shorts: A Touch of Magic

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Four tales with a hint of fantasy -- from a fateful encounter on a bus, to a lovesick monster.

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Selected Shorts: Christmas in July, Almost

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Contemporary and classic American authors jingle their bells in this summertime look back at Christmas.

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Selected Shorts: Asking for Directions

Sunday, June 05, 2011

In two stories from contemporary American writers, people seek direction in their lives.

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Selected Shorts: The Heart of the Matter

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Listen closely and you’ll hear heartbeats throughout this program of SELECTED SHORTS, in tales ranging from a horror classic to a contemporary miniature.

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Selected Shorts: Adventures in London and The Wild West

Sunday, May 22, 2011

An émigré wanders through London, looking for home, and Cary Grant’s suit travels America, pursued by villains in “North by Northwest.”


Selected Shorts: Rebel Yiddish Writers

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Unusual stories from Yiddish writers, and a contemporary take on Job make up this program.

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Selected Shorts: Tales that Surprise

Sunday, May 08, 2011

This program features four contemporary tales with unexpected plot twists and emotional surprises.

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Happy Holidays from Selected Shorts

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Holiday cheer from three American masters--Ron Carlson, John Cheever and James Thurber--about good families, good cheer, and a visit from St. Nick.

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