300 episodes

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.

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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.

    The Writer's Almanac - Wednesday, September 30, 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 min
    The Writer's Almanac - Tuesday, September 29, 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 min
    The Writer's Almanac - Monday, September 28, 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 min
    The Writer's Almanac - Sunday, September 27, 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 min
    The Writer's Almanac - Saturday, September 26, 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 min
    The Writer's Almanac - Friday, September 25, 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 min

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Enjoyable start to the day

I’ve been reading The Writer’s Almanac for years and am very happy to find it in podcast form. A little poetry, a little history...perfect.

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