Show #129 on April 25, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads the creepily delicious work of Cathy Ulrich: tiny stories cram-jammed with sugar people, giraffe stepfathers, swan-girls, suicidal yo-yo champions, serial killers, and other disturbingly beautiful characters who will touch your heart with their pain and longing and hope.
Show #128 on April 11, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads chapter two of Kenneth Grahame's "The Wind in the Willows," along with poems by Henry Lawson and Amy Lowell. Pack your bags and come along for the ride — the open road awaits!
Show #127 on April 4, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads the haunting work of Ingrid Jendrzejewski, Jan Stinchcomb, Jolene McIlwain, Marilyn Horn-Fahey, Jennifer Marie Donahue, and T.L.Sherwood. How do their gardens grow? With memories, babies, souls, ghosts, loss, and great imagination. These lovely pieces will take root in your heart.
Show #126 on March 21, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads the first chapter of Kenneth Grahame's "The Wind in the Willows," Hortense Flexner's short play "Voices," and Beatrix Potter's "The Tale of Peter Rabbit." What says spring more than moles and water rats on the river, Joan of Arc, and mischievous bunnies?
Show #125 on March 7, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads the marvelously unsettling and sexy work of Julia Dixon Evans. Featuring six mothers, 10 husbands, one woman in a wall, and other mathematical fascinations, these pieces will disturb you in all the right ways.
Show #124 on February 28, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads from Kathleen Rooney's delightful novel "Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk." Come wander the streets of New York City over several decades, enjoying 1930s advertising, poetry, independent women, sparkling wit and conversation, and more.
Show #123 on February 14, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads Amanda Pauley's eerie story "The Pastoral View," tells bovine jokes, and plays moo-ving music. No cows were harmed in the making of this episode.
Show #122 on January 31, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads the second half of "The Dust Cloud," N.D. Rambeau's mesmerizing story at Waxwing. (See last week's episode if you missed the first installment.) Does our hero find her mother? make it out of the Whereabout? Live or die? Tune in for the exciting conclusion.
Show #121 on January 24, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads the first half of N.D. Rambeau's beautiful story at Waxwing, "The Dust Cloud." This entrancing journey will sweep you up in dirt, death, sorcery, loss, ghosts, and the search for a mother's love. To be continued…
Show #120 on January 17, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads the work of Jen Palmares Meadows — beautiful meditations on the messiness, joy, and struggles of the body, periods, breastfeeding, motherhood, religion, identity, and more. This podcast pairs well with a shot of bourbon and a march for women's rights.