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Show #144 on September 19, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads Frances Hodgson Burnett's "Racketty-Packetty House," a delightful tale about two doll families. There's romance, danger, dancing and somersaults, a not-very-nice little girl, a nicer little girl, and, of course, Queen Crosspatch and her fairies. What do dolls do when you're not looking?

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Show #143 on September 12, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads a storm of good writing by Chris Galvin Nguyen, Jennifer Martelli, Jenn Stroud Rossmann, Sandy Longhorn, Christopher Lowe, and Jessica Plante from Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Cheap Pop, WhiskeyPaper, and SmokeLong Quarterly. Grab your galoshes and tune in!

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Step on a crack

Show #142 on September 5, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads the beautiful and unflinching work of Hillary Leftwich. Her fiction, poetry, and essays dive into the darkness and vulnerability of humanity, shining spotlights of empathy on all her characters — from mean girls on the playground to cleaning women to rooftop shooters to dysfunctional families.

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Homecomings

Show #141 on August 29, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads the conclusion to Kenneth Grahame's "The Wind in the Willows." Does Toad learn any lessons? Is order restored to Toad Hall? Will Ratty and Mole and Badger and all the animals find a happy ending? Find out now!

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Show #140 on August 8, 2017…In which Mr. Bear catches up on the adventures of Toad in Kenneth Grahame's "The Wind in the Willows." Will Toad ever learn humility? Or make it home?

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Like sun on snow

Show #139 on August 1, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads from Jennifer Tseng's contest-winning chapbook with Rose Metal Press. These short pieces will leave you blinded even after you've looked away from their sharp, glittering light.

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Show #138 on July 25, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads the yearning-rich collaboration of Jill Talbot and Justin Lawrence Daugherty on wanderlust, missing, memory, secrets, ghosts, strangers, and the maps of our lives.

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Wayfarers all

Show #137 on July 11, 2017…In which Mr. Bear returns to "The Wind in the Willows," where Ratty is entranced by a traveling stranger's stories of adventures and the call of the south and the sea. Will he abandon Mole and his home for a life on the road?

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Show #136 on June 27, 2017…In which Mr. Bear jumps back into Kenneth Grahame's "The Wind in the Willows," where Mole and Ratty have a dreamy, near-religious encounter while searching for Otter's little lost one and Toad plots and attempts his escape from jail. Does he get away? Tune in and find out!

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Show #135 on June 20, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads about dear old dad — fathers crying or skinning a deer, fathers dead or absent, fathers present in memories or photographs or songs, fathers watching their sleeping babies or watching baseball with their daughters — in a range of fiction and nonfiction by Kristin Ito, Jeff Toth, Ira Sukrungruang, Rabih Alameddine, Tavia Stewart, Jill Talbot, Denise Howard Long, and Matthew Barrett.

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