Short story: Mantis Wives by Kij Johnson, listen to on the Clarkesworld podcast, from August 2012. Recommended.
Poem: The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe, listened to through Librivox. Recommended.
Essay: Positive and Negative Freedom by Angie Hobbs, listened to on the BBC’s History of Ideas podcast, from November 2014. Highly Recommended.