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Vernal delights

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?

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Solve for xxx

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.

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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.

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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.

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Of dirt and ghosts

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.

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Conjuring a mother

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…

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I am woman

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.

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Personal politics

Show #119 on January 10, 2017…In which Mr. Bear kicks off the new year with the stirring work of Idra Novey, which looks beneath the surface of our lives. Relationships, politics, family dynamics, poetry, protests, witches, revenge, and more are beautifully illuminated in her prose and poetry.

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Heart’s uprising

Show #118 on December 13, 2016…In which Mr. Bear reads from Rion Amilcar Scott's compelling short story collection "Insurrections." Let the residents of Cross River tell you their stories of floods, brothers, loss, fathers, sons, boxing, and more. Crack open your heart and let them in.

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Show #117 on December 6, 2016…In which Mr. Bear reads the gorgeous work of Megan Giddings, dreamy, poetic prose that will wrap you in tender, quirky humor one minute and stick an ice pick through your heart the next. Like lullabies, these stories sing of dark things but in the prettiest of voices.

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