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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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Show #116 on November 22, 2016…In which Mr. Bear welcomes back author Sarah Sweeney to the studio to discuss her debut essay collection with Barrelhouse, "Tell Me If You're Lying." Hear about prank calls, nostalgia, stalking Adrian Grenier, and more. Pour yourself a cold one, grab the popcorn, and settle in for some entertainment, Sweeney-style.

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Take this blood song

Show #115 on November 15, 2016…In which Mr. Bear reads the searingly beautiful poetry of Michael Schmeltzer and pays a musical tribute to the late, great Leonard Cohen.

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Show #114 on November 1, 2016…In which Mr. Bear raises ghosts with beautiful work by Brittany Hailer that weaves family history, legends, memories, and the power of storytelling. Turn off the lights and turn up the volume on your heart.

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Show #113 on October 25, 2016…In which Mr. Bear talks to author Kelly Luce about her new novel, hula hoops, manatees, child killers, tooth trauma, early memories, the chicken-having movement, and more. Bonus feature: This episode will provide you with bad jokes galore!

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