Short story: A Fable by Mark Twain, listened to on the Voice Before the Void podcast. Highly Recommened.
Poem: Cradle the Seed by Robin Eames, from Strange Horizons, May 2017. Highly Recommended.
Essay: The Refugee Crisis is a Test of our Character by David Miliband, listened to on the TEDTalks podcast, from June 2017. Highly Recommended.