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 - Monday, March 1, 2021
On this date in 1872 Yellowstone became the first national park in the world. American author Wallace Stegner wrote: "National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic."
The Writer's Almanac - Sunday, February 28, 2021
On this date in 1953, Francis Crick and James Watson discovered the structure of DNA after stealing the work of biophysicist Rosalind Franklin who had X-ray photographed the DNA molecule.
The Writer's Almanac - Saturday, February 27, 2021
It's the birthday of the writer who said, "Truth disappears with the telling of it": Lawrence Durrell (1911). He is author of “The Alexandria Quartet” four books covering the same events from different points of view.
The Writer's Almanac - Friday, February 26, 2021
The Grand Canyon was called by Teddy Roosevelt, “the one great sight which every American should see.” On this day in 1919 it was designated a National Park.
The Writer's Almanac - Thursday, February 25, 2021
Today is the birthday of Anthony Burgess (1917). A writer of a great many things, he once said: “To some of us, the wresting of beauty out of language is the only thing in the world that matters.”
The Writer's Almanac - Wednesday, February 24, 2021
“One breath taken completely; one poem, fully written, fully read — in such a moment, anything can happen.” –Jane Hirshfield, born in New York City on this day, 1953.