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Ghostly spaces

Show #224 on November 3, 2019…In which Mr. Bear reads two ghost stories: “The Empty House” by Algernon Blackwood and E. Nesbit’s “The Mystery of the Semi-Detached.” They’re just houses—nothing to fear…right?

Show #223 on October 20, 2019…In which Mr. Bear presents a sampling of episodes over the years, including fragments from the very first broadcasts of The Secret Lives of Stuffed Animals (February 2011) and Mr. Bear’s Violet Hour Saloon (February 2014). Support Community Media Week and donate to Somerville Media Center/Boston Free Radio at somervillemedia.org!

Show #222 on October 13, 2019…In which Mr. Bear finishes reading Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” What happens to Ichabod Crane on his fearful night ride through the woods? Does he win the gal’s heart? Does he tangle with the ghostly horseman? Is there a moral to this tale?

Some witching power

Show #221 on October 6, 2019…In which Mr. Bear begins to read Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Meet schoolteacher Ichabod Crane and hear about his attempts at wooing, his rival in love (perhaps lust or greed are better words?), and the tale of the Headless Horseman. The stage is set. …

The kids are alright

Show #220 on September 22, 2019…In which Mr. Bear reads work by talented young writers ages 4-16. Listen and be inspired by poems and prose on wild kittens, insurmountable walls, space, plastic food, family relations, saving the Earth, and much more!

Show #219 on September 15, 2019…In which Mr. Bear reads from Sheila O’Connor’s riveting Rose Metal Press book “Evidence of V,” a novel in fragments, facts, and fictions. A 15-year-old girl in 1930s Minneapolis dreams of being a star. Decades later her descendant explores an overlapping web of family history, the injustice of laws against “immoral” girls in the early twentieth century, and the trauma that travels through generations.

Show #218 on September 1, 2019…In which Mr. Bear kicks off September with work by Melissa Ragsly to infiltrate your heart. Missing sisters, imaginary brothers, the secrets that seeds hold and keep—these stories tenderly expose the relentless change and vulnerability in our lives.

Surf’s up

Show #217 on August 25, 2019…In which Mr. Bear continues reading an old favorite, James Marshall’s chapter book mystery “A Summer in the South.” What are the baboon ladies of the Traveling String Quartet hiding? Is Miss Chicken as serene as she seems? Will the curse of King Kluk come true or can the vacationing detective Eleanor Owl crack the case in time? Part two of two.


Show #216 on August 18, 2019…In which Mr. Bear begins to read a childhood favorite, James Marshall’s “A Summer in the South,” a chapter book mystery featuring the detective Eleanor Owl, who is vacationing at a beachside hotel when suspicious things start happening. Part one of two.

Show #215 on August 4, 2019…In which Mr. Bear reads from The Norwegian Fairy Book. Listen to tales of princesses, evil stepmothers, magic forests, trolls, runaway pancakes, clever pigs, giant goose eggs, and more!

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