1,000 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 for Sunday, January 16, 2022

    The Writer's Almanac for Sunday, January 16, 2022

    Today is the birthday of three very different modern writers: food writer Ruth Reichl (1948), poet Mary Karr (1955), and activist Susan Sontag (1933).

    • 5 min
    The Writer's Almanac for Saturday, January 15, 2022

    The Writer's Almanac for Saturday, January 15, 2022

    Today is the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. (1929). He said, "If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live."

    • 5 min
    The Writer's Almanac for Friday, January 14, 2022

    The Writer's Almanac for Friday, January 14, 2022

    Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd celebrates her 70th birthday today. She said, "The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for."

    • 5 min
    The Writer's Almanac for Thursday, January 13, 2022

    The Writer's Almanac for Thursday, January 13, 2022

    On this day in 1968 country musician, Johnny Cash recorded a live concert at Folsom Prison in California.

    • 5 min
    The Writer's Almanac for Wednesday, January 12, 2022

    The Writer's Almanac for Wednesday, January 12, 2022

    Myself, I'm a very realistic person. [...]But when I write, I write weird." --novelist Haruki Murakami, born on this day in Kyoto, Japan,1949.

    • 5 min
    The Writer's Almanac for Tuesday, January 11, 2022

    The Writer's Almanac for Tuesday, January 11, 2022

    "The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook" — psychologist and philosopher William James, born on this day 1842.

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

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825 Ratings

Amtrak207 ,

Congratulations on your thousandth podcast episode

Also, thank you for what has been a morning tradition for decades. Whether it is an anecdote to refresh my connection with the human condition, recounting significant historical events, or just giving me an excuse to sit back and listen on a daily basis. While apparently insignificant, this break-from-the-routine routine is a helpful way to re-focus and make it through the rest of the morning. BW,DGW&KIT.

Older and working on wiser ,

Just discovered you are back!

So happy to again hear your insight and fresh perspective on literature, life and laughter. The introduction of authors, poets and other literary works enriches my life. I missed your mellifluous voice and life perspective. I had been listening to your program since my sophomore year in college (a long, long time ago.

Looking forward t catching up via previous podcasts.

a certain age ,

A Mark Twain for our time

Never stop making us think/laugh.

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