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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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Strong women

Show #131 on May 9, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads from Barbara Robidoux's compelling novella "The Legacy of Lucy Little Bear," a series of linked stories taking place on and near a fictional reservation in Maine. Through Lucy Little Bear, Maggie Little Bear, Aurora, and others, we learn of frozen rivers, stories passed down over generations, shape shifting, the power of the natural world to harm and to heal, and the resilience of the human spirit. Harsh, haunting, yet full of hope, the tales of these women will not soon leave you.

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Wild are the woods

Show #130 on May 2, 2017…In which Mr. Bear continues reading from Kenneth Grahame's "The Wind in the Willows." Join Mole and Ratty on their harrowing adventures in the deep, dark woods. Will they find safety? Will Mole ever meet Mr. Badger? Will they make it home?

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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.

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Motoring on

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!

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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.

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