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Wild Roses

11/12/2017
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"On the border between Millbrook and Pleasant Valley, just off Route 44, there’s a little patch of woods where my boyfriend hanged himself." A visitor from the other side... real or hallucination? Should you heed their message? Yes or no, it's already written in the script.

Duration: 00:22:05


Partytime

10/22/2017
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"In an idle moment, I recently punched in the power button on my television set. Something curious happened..." Is your TV a time machine? Can a wild party be entirely digital? In Woodstock, anything is possible.

Duration: 00:19:57


Seven Cries of Delight

10/9/2017
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"Three horses cantered across the plain: a grey Arabian, a Palomino and a Roan. Their riders wore spacesuits... but this was not the moon." Books and old instruments. Extinct beasts. Can there be a wealth of detail but a paucity of meaning? Where is the border between sense and nonsense?

Duration: 00:16:50


The Road to Versailles

9/24/2017
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"Giovambattista put his foot down on the accelerator as he left the crowded streets of Paris and headed southwest towards Versailles..." Why is an 18th-century doctor driving a Jaguar? A deeper question: where is that space in which we meet those who are long dead?

Duration: 00:16:37


Schräge Musik

9/8/2017
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"The model is finished and the boy regards the day’s effort with quiet, contemplative satisfaction.... He studies the span of the wings and the four mounted engines." Where is the borderline between imagination and reality? Does such a boundary even exist?

Duration: 00:37:42


Transit Authority

8/20/2017
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"Following the application of the voltage, he had found himself possessed with the ability to hear color -- the sound of color. Painting became obsession." A late train, electric hum, conductor-artist, a canvas and a girl... and finally... haiku. Am I hallucinating?

Duration: 00:15:49


Eyes on the Road

8/6/2017
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"She is offering her wings to me; isn’t that what I came down here for after all?" If you see something strange, should you just keep on driving? Or stop for whatever adventure awaits at the edge of the road?

Duration: 00:16:21


The Colour of Time

7/23/2017
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"Anyway, until the final darkness closes in I shall keep on whistling. I shall read fairy stories and muse on the intricacies of parallel worlds...." When did that cup of coffee become an orange? In a resigned but insightful monologue, an aging man reflects on the gradual onset of dementia.

Duration: 00:22:19


Electricity

7/9/2017
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"I am over one hundred years old.... And I say that what you are doing,” he paused for effect, “is wrong. It is bad for you.” Is the old man in a poncho telling the truth? What will happen if you take his weird advice?

Duration: 00:15:10


Messenger

6/25/2017
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"In the final year before the onset of Destruction, on the blessed anniversary of my birth, there will occur in the heavens an astrological Grand Cross. Yea, verily, He hath spoken!" There are many kinds of messengers in this world. Hmm... should we heed the messages, or not?

Duration: 00:17:41


Tomorrowscape

6/11/2017
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"Do you see that man over there, the one perched on that park bench fiddling with that envelope in his hand?" We can never know exactly what we will do tomorrow... how we could change everything. If we knew, could we alter fate?

Duration: 00:19:35


Memory of Birds

5/21/2017
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"A ship in a bottle washes up on a beach. It is found by a boy who jumps from rock to barnacled rock...." A boy on a beach becomes the oldest man in the world. Meanwhile, everything everywhere happens at once. But what is the actual size of the sun?

Duration: 00:22:51


Ryland's Bride

5/7/2017
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"For as long as she could remember, Nina Malory had scoured archives and pored over the yellowed manuscripts penned in a madhouse..." This wasn't merely a long-ago newlyweds' picnic gone awry. Does a weird ancient magic haunt the Catskills?

Duration: 00:17:13


Grace

4/23/2017
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"The blind man picks a five-dollar bill out of his sax case and hands it to her. What does this tell her? He has the radar, she has the presence." A 16-year old runaway in Manhattan... friends and enemies... a warrior queen. This episode challenges reality in more ways than one.

Duration: 00:23:40


Dewey and Fern

4/9/2017
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"When Dewey Bustle found the shriveled monkey finger, he just didn’t know what to think. He asked his buddy Fern...." Can love persist in the face of harsh circumstance? Maybe we are all like these, the small and the lost.

Duration: 00:18:06


Beard

3/26/2017
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"Hob died at Naseby aged 16, his breast pierced by a Roundhead pike. As he fell he cried three times 'Beard, Beard, Beard,' but such was the din of battle that no one heard him." Is this story about the unfathomable bond between boys and dogs? Or about the mysterious spiral of time? Let's just say it's our favorite kind of history lesson.

Duration: 00:21:48


After the Rides

3/5/2017
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"We took the shuttle to the entrance of the theme park. My father said, Remember our car is in Squiggly section C. The day was thrilling...." Family life in the suburbs... it can get very, very weird. Would the real "me" please stand up?

Duration: 00:19:44


Jagged Profile

2/19/2017
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"The dream was unwelcome when it came. The bottom of a stone spiral staircase. Air filled with stone dust and settled incense..." Cathedral, boneyard, locked box... is this a nightmare or something else? And why does it end with an 11-word haiku?

Duration: 00:17:10


The Tennis Court

2/5/2017
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"It was shocking to see Thundrel toss up the ball and drive it over the net with unimaginable force. Unkempt greasy hair flew back from both of his massive heads which towered above the trees behind him." From convoluted speculations about hidden realities arises a valiant hero who saves humanity from evil giants by wielding a... racket!

Duration: 00:20:55


The Dead Pig

1/22/2017
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"I brought my father’s Belgian-made Browning semi-automatic .22 caliber rifle with me to junior high school...." If you think you know the line between life and death, think again. A bullet can never point the way to wisdom... or can it?

Duration: 00:20:33

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