The Writer's Almanac

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This five-minute radio gem hosted Garrison Keillor recounts the highlights of that day in history and reads a short poem or two.



  • Thursday, March 5, 2015 1:01am
    So many things you’d not have thought of until they were given. Even the simple— a cottage cheese sandwich, a heron’s contractable neck. You eat. You look. Then you look back and it’s over. This life. This flood— unbargained for as lasting love was— of lasting oddness.
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2015 1:01am
    On that day in history, history took a day off. Current events were uneventful. Breaking news never broke. Nobody of any import was born, or died. (If you were born that day, bask in the inverted glory of your unimportance.) No milestones, no disasters. The most significant thing going on was a golf tournament (the... Read more »
  • Tuesday, March 3, 2015 1:01am
    Over the back of the Florida basker, over the froth of the Firth of Forth, Up from Tahiti and Madagascar, Lo, the sun walks north. The first bright day makes sing the slackers While leaves explode like firecrackers, The duck flies forth to greet the spring And sweetly municipal pigeons sing. Where the duck quacks,... Read more »
  • Monday, March 2, 2015 1:01am
    In Istanbul, my ears three mornings heard the early call to prayer. At fuller light, heard birds then, water birds and tree birds, birds of migration. Like three knowledges, I heard them: incomprehension, sweetened distance, longing. When the body dies, where will they go, those migrant birds and prayer calls, as heat from sheets when... Read more »
  • Sunday, March 1, 2015 1:01am
    We’ve moved into a bigger house. Now our voices wander among the rooms calling, Where are you? And what we can’t forget of other houses confuses us as we answer back and forth, Over here! It’s a little like returning to the village where you were born, the sad bewilderment of discrepancies between what you... Read more »