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Show #228 on December 8, 2019…In which Mr. Bear reads K.C. Mead-Brewer’s gripping “Horse Girl” at Joyland Magazine, a perfect snow globe of a story glittering with the emotions of being thirteen and dealing with divorced parents, new homes, new school, new friends, new feelings, and a strange, new world of horses and knocks and loneliness and longing.

Show #227 on November 24, 2019…In which Mr. Bear reads powerful work by Marisa Crane. Whether a letter to an unborn child or commentary on the life cycle of a birthday cake or what it means to be an ally, these pieces cross genres of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction to examine identity, queerness, vulnerability, safety, desire, self-acceptance, and more. Sometimes humorous, sometimes sad—always moving—these are beautiful words by a beautiful writer that will leave you hungry for more.

Eyes got the glimmer

Show #226 on November 17, 2019…In which Mr. Bear reads Kathryn Scanlan’s gorgeous “Aug 9—Fog,” the diary of a stranger distilled to its purest essence. Under Scanlan’s skillful arranging, the ordinary bits of daily living noted in these pages shine with the intensity of sun on snow and will resonate long after in your heart.

Show #225 on November 10, 2019…In which Mr. Bear reads about elder (Sambucus nigra) in fairy tales and old herbals: history, medicine, folklore, and more!

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.

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