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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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All in the family

Show #134 on June 13, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads work by Kristen Arnett that will pluck at your heartstrings with tales of siblings, chicken wings, dead baby possums, the legacy of armchairs, and more. These stories peel back the layers of family dynamics, letting you peek inside private yet universal worlds of disappointment and hope and answering the question: what does it mean to be human?

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Show #133 on May 30, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads the heart-crushing work of Lori Sambol Brody. Painful and hopeful, these stories shine an almost unbearable light on the fickle nature of middle school friendships, growing pains, family secrets, private sorrows, and more.

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Show #132 on May 23, 2017…In which Mr. Bear continues reading Kenneth Grahame's classic "The Wind in the Willows." In this installment, Ratty helps Mole enjoy a festive winter's night in his former home and the two join forces with the Badger during the summer to try and reform Toad's motor car obsession…with disastrous results.

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