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Show #180 on September 16, 2018…In which Mr. Bear continues reading L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." Dorothy, Toto, and the Scarecrow pick up the Tin Man and Cowardly Lion and narrowly escape the Kalidahs as they make their way along the Yellow Brick Road.

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Cyclones and witches

Show #179 on September 9, 2018…In which Mr. Bear begins to read L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." Join Dorothy and Toto as they meet the Witch of the North, Munchkins, and the Scarecrow and begin their journey to the Emerald City.

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Show #178 on September 2, 2018…In which Mr. Bear reads Jean Cocteau's classic play, "The Human Voice," a story of one woman on the telephone for the last time with her lover.

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Deep cuts

Show #177 on August 12, 2018…In which Mr. Bear reads selections from Nicole Rivas' luminous "A Bright and Pleading Dagger," winner of the 12th Annual Rose Metal Press Short Short Chapbook Contest. A butcher walks the city feeding feral cats, Gretel asserts free will against the tyranny of once upon a time, a Polly Pocket serves up memories and medicine, a woman denies her thirst…these stories are quick stabs to your heart that will linger long after the first incision.

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Out of the shadows

Show #176 on July 29, 2018…In which Mr. Bear reads the third and final installment of Franz Kafka's "Metamorphosis." What becomes of Gregor Samsa and his family?

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A weary existence

Show #175 on July 22, 2018…In which Mr. Bear reads the second installment of Franz Kafka's "Metamorphosis." Things continue to go downhill for Gregor Samsa in his new form of existence.

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A stranger to myself

Show #174 on July 15, 2018…In which Mr. Bear begins to read Franz Kafka's "Metamorphosis." What's it like to wake up as a giant insect? Gregor Samsa and his family are about to find out.

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Wild is the heart

Show #173 on June 17, 2018…In which Mr. Bear reads the riveting work of Annie Frazier and Jad Josey. Horses, fruit trees, mapping the things that count, naming the creatures you love — these stories are rooted in the beauty of the earthly and ephemeral, in the vulnerability and power of caring.

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Interstate music

Show #172 on June 3, 2018…In which Mr. Bear reads from "Actual Miles," Jim Warner's book of poetry with Sundress Publications. These poems are beautiful tapestries of words, a weaving of time, identity, family histories and relationships, broken hearts and damaged hearts, roads of asphalt and of memory.

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Show #171 on May 20, 2018…In which Mr. Bear reads the darkly compelling work of Yael van der Wouden in Déraciné Magazine: small towns, dead girls, fevers, curses, stories told and retold over generations, memories carried by scent. Does anything truly change?

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