Short story: Her Father’s Sword by Robin Hobb, from The Book of Swords, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozios.
Poem: The Leaves on the Floor by J. T. Barbarese, listened to on the Poem of the podcast, from November 2017. Recommended.
Essay: Isolation by Aleks Krotoski, listened to on the BBC’s Digital Human podcast, from April 2013. Highly Recommended.