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 - Friday, August 7, 2020

    The Writer's Almanac - Friday, August 7, 2020

    Today’s episode features a poem by Galway Kinnell, called “Wait,” promising that “Personal events will become interesting again.”

    • 5 min
    The Writer's Almanac - Thursday, August 6, 2020

    The Writer's Almanac - Thursday, August 6, 2020

    75 years ago today, in 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing 80,000 people on impact.

    • 5 min
    The Writer's Almanac - Wednesday, August 5, 2020

    The Writer's Almanac - Wednesday, August 5, 2020

    The comic strip "Little Orphan Annie" on this day in 1924. Creator Harold Gray was staunchly anti-FDR, but the musical version intentionally subverted his politics.

    • 5 min
    The Writer's Almanac - Tuesday, August 4, 2020

    The Writer's Almanac - Tuesday, August 4, 2020

    It’s the birthday of pioneering jazz musician Louis Armstrong (1901-1971), who said, “Seems to me it ain’t the world that’s so bad but what we’re doing to it.”

    • 5 min
    The Writer's Almanac - Monday, August 3, 2020

    The Writer's Almanac - Monday, August 3, 2020

    It’s the birthday of British crime novelist P.D. James (1920-2014), who had a seat in the House of Lords and also worked as a local magistrate.

    • 5 min
    The Writer's Almanac - Sunday, August 2, 2020

    The Writer's Almanac - Sunday, August 2, 2020

    It's the 78th birthday of Isabel Allende (1942), who once got fired for translating romance novels too liberally, adding depth and independence to the women characters.

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
595 Ratings

595 Ratings

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Beauty and Knowledge

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Mind Food For The Masses

Started listening to PHC as a mere child in the early 80’s without prompting from any adults(Chicago public school teachers were on strike and WBEZ was broadcasting some educational programming to help out)
I discovered the show when the radio on one Sunday morning and fell in love with it right away.
Don’t know when I found The Writers Almanac but I know that when it would air at 9:00 am on the classical station at the butcher shop I worked at all activity would stop and everyone would listen attentively and get much enjoyment and edification out of it before going back to whatever Hard Rock we may have been playing.

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Politically Divisive Ads

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