Short Lists


Listen to some of our Short Lists at

A Short List is made from your experience or research or daily life. You read it out loud for about 60 seconds and then tell us at the end what the list WAS. It’s a story, with the title at the end. It might be funny, poetic, political… you decide. The grace of these bits is in the mystery.

Some years back we initiated the Short List project with WCAI and NPR’s Day-to-Day (now defunct). We asked people to send in contributions. Radio producers made elegant produced pieces with nice clear sound. Regular people just called the WCAI listener line and started talking when they heard the beep.

For examples, you can listen to our collection of Short Lists on Transom.