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 - 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.
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."
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.
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.
The Writer's Almanac - Monday, September 21, 2020
It's the birthday of H.G. Wells (1866-1946), author of science fiction books such as "The Time Machine" and "The War of the Worlds."
The Writer's Almanac - Sunday, September 20, 2020
It's the birthday of George R.R. Martin (1948), author of the series "A Song of Ice and Fire" which was turned into the HBO show "Game of Thrones."