Short story: The Library by Ray Bradbury, from A Pleasure to Burn (2010). Highly Recommended.
Poem: Sitting Outside at the End of Autumn by Charles Wright, listened to on Poem of the Day podcast, from December 2016. Recommended.
Essay: We Need Nuclear Power to Solve Climate Change by Joe Lassiter, listened to on the TEDTalks podcast, from November 2016. Highly Recommended.