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Show #185 on October 28, 2018…In which Mr. Bear reads from Chaya Bhuvaneswar's powerful collection of short stories, "White Dancing Elephants." Whatever the subject — a miscarriage, child labor, the taming of orphans — these pieces shine a searing light on the violence, despair, and hope of our human lives.

Homeward bound

Show #184 on October 21, 2018…In which Mr. Bear finishes reading the final chapters of L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." Dorothy and her friends travel south to find the Good Witch Glinda. Can she help Dorothy get back to Kansas?

Ding-dong, now what?

Show #183 on October 14, 2018…In which Mr. Bear reads the next few chapters of L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." Dorothy melts the Wicked Witch of the West and she and her friends return to the Emerald City only to discover that Oz is not who he says he is. He can manufacture brains, and a heart, and courage, but can he get Dorothy back to Kansas?

Show #182 on October 7, 2018…In which Mr. Bear continues reading "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum. In this episode, Dorothy and her friends finally meet with Oz only to learn that he refuses to help them unless they kill the Wicked Witch of the West. Dorothy's not a killer…or is she?

Show #181 on September 23, 2018…In which Mr. Bear reads the next installment of L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." Will Dorothy and friends make it through the deadly sleep-inducing poppy fields? Will they find their way to the Emerald City?

Show #180 on September 16, 2018…In which Mr. Bear continues reading L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." Dorothy, Toto, and the Scarecrow pick up the Tin Man and Cowardly Lion and narrowly escape the Kalidahs as they make their way along the Yellow Brick Road.

Cyclones and witches

Show #179 on September 9, 2018…In which Mr. Bear begins to read L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." Join Dorothy and Toto as they meet the Witch of the North, Munchkins, and the Scarecrow and begin their journey to the Emerald City.

Show #178 on September 2, 2018…In which Mr. Bear reads Jean Cocteau's classic play, "The Human Voice," a story of one woman on the telephone for the last time with her lover.

Deep cuts

Show #177 on August 12, 2018…In which Mr. Bear reads selections from Nicole Rivas' luminous "A Bright and Pleading Dagger," winner of the 12th Annual Rose Metal Press Short Short Chapbook Contest. A butcher walks the city feeding feral cats, Gretel asserts free will against the tyranny of once upon a time, a Polly Pocket serves up memories and medicine, a woman denies her thirst…these stories are quick stabs to your heart that will linger long after the first incision.

Out of the shadows

Show #176 on July 29, 2018…In which Mr. Bear reads the third and final installment of Franz Kafka's "Metamorphosis." What becomes of Gregor Samsa and his family?

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