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The Writer's Almanac

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The Writer's Almanac

The Writer's Almanac

Prairie Home Productions

61
Followers
1.7K
Plays
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The Writer's Almanac is a daily podcast of poetry and historical interest pieces, usually of literary significance. Each day's offering is five minutes long and contains "on this day in history" information as well as an accessible poem.

Latest Episodes

The Writer's Almanac - Thursday, October 1, 2020

It's the birthday of Jimmy Carter (1924), who said, “A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful, and restrained."

5 min4 h ago
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The Writer's Almanac - Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Writer's Almanac - Wednesday, September 30, 2020

It's the birthday of W.S. Merwin (1927-2019), who asked that his Pulitzer Prize money be given to a painter who was blinded by police in a 1969 Berkeley protest.

5 min1 d ago
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The Writer's Almanac - Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Writer's Almanac - Tuesday, September 29, 2020

It's the birthday of novelist Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865), who said, "I do not see why the public have any more to do with me than buy or reject the ware I supply to them.”

5 min2 d ago
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The Writer's Almanac - Tuesday, September 29, 2020

The Writer's Almanac - Monday, September 28, 2020

On this date in 1918, a parade to sell war bonds resulted in an epidemic of the "Spanish flu" that caused mass death in Philadelphia.

5 min3 d ago
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The Writer's Almanac - Monday, September 28, 2020

The Writer's Almanac - Sunday, September 27, 2020

It's the 75th birthday of Kay Ryan (1945), who said, "Poems should leave you feeling freer and not more burdened."

5 min4 d ago
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The Writer's Almanac - Sunday, September 27, 2020

The Writer's Almanac - Saturday, September 26, 2020

It's the birthday of composer George Gershwin (1898-1937), whose piece “An American in Paris” featured accompaniment written for taxi horns.

5 min5 d ago
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The Writer's Almanac - Saturday, September 26, 2020

The Writer's Almanac - Friday, September 25, 2020

On this day in 1981, Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in as the first female Supreme Court justice, appointed by President Reagan.

5 min6 d ago
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The Writer's Almanac - Friday, September 25, 2020

The Writer's Almanac - Thursday, September 24, 2020

It's the birthday of Irish poet Eavan Boland (1944-2020). She said, "Poetry is one of the most fugitive arts...therefore the most likely to survive colonization."

5 min1 w ago
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The Writer's Almanac - Thursday, September 24, 2020

The Writer's Almanac - Wednesday, September 23, 2020

It's the birthday of Victoria Claflin Woodhull (1838-1927), who ran for president in 1872 on a platform including women’s suffrage and nationalization of railroads.

5 min1 w ago
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The Writer's Almanac - Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The Writer's Almanac - Tuesday, September 22, 2020

On this day in 1862, President Lincoln signed his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, stating any slave in the Confederacy would be free January 1st.

5 min1 w ago
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The Writer's Almanac - Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Latest Episodes

The Writer's Almanac - Thursday, October 1, 2020

It's the birthday of Jimmy Carter (1924), who said, “A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful, and restrained."

5 min4 h ago
Comments
The Writer's Almanac - Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Writer's Almanac - Wednesday, September 30, 2020

It's the birthday of W.S. Merwin (1927-2019), who asked that his Pulitzer Prize money be given to a painter who was blinded by police in a 1969 Berkeley protest.

5 min1 d ago
Comments
The Writer's Almanac - Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Writer's Almanac - Tuesday, September 29, 2020

It's the birthday of novelist Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865), who said, "I do not see why the public have any more to do with me than buy or reject the ware I supply to them.”

5 min2 d ago
Comments
The Writer's Almanac - Tuesday, September 29, 2020

The Writer's Almanac - Monday, September 28, 2020

On this date in 1918, a parade to sell war bonds resulted in an epidemic of the "Spanish flu" that caused mass death in Philadelphia.

5 min3 d ago
Comments
The Writer's Almanac - Monday, September 28, 2020

The Writer's Almanac - Sunday, September 27, 2020

It's the 75th birthday of Kay Ryan (1945), who said, "Poems should leave you feeling freer and not more burdened."

5 min4 d ago
Comments
The Writer's Almanac - Sunday, September 27, 2020

The Writer's Almanac - Saturday, September 26, 2020

It's the birthday of composer George Gershwin (1898-1937), whose piece “An American in Paris” featured accompaniment written for taxi horns.

5 min5 d ago
Comments
The Writer's Almanac - Saturday, September 26, 2020

The Writer's Almanac - Friday, September 25, 2020

On this day in 1981, Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in as the first female Supreme Court justice, appointed by President Reagan.

5 min6 d ago
Comments
The Writer's Almanac - Friday, September 25, 2020

The Writer's Almanac - Thursday, September 24, 2020

It's the birthday of Irish poet Eavan Boland (1944-2020). She said, "Poetry is one of the most fugitive arts...therefore the most likely to survive colonization."

5 min1 w ago
Comments
The Writer's Almanac - Thursday, September 24, 2020

The Writer's Almanac - Wednesday, September 23, 2020

It's the birthday of Victoria Claflin Woodhull (1838-1927), who ran for president in 1872 on a platform including women’s suffrage and nationalization of railroads.

5 min1 w ago
Comments
The Writer's Almanac - Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The Writer's Almanac - Tuesday, September 22, 2020

On this day in 1862, President Lincoln signed his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, stating any slave in the Confederacy would be free January 1st.

5 min1 w ago
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The Writer's Almanac - Tuesday, September 22, 2020

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