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.



  • Saturday, April 18, 2015 1:01am
    Carrie and I were hanging our wash on the roof of the hostel in Riomaggiore—all we had carried in our packs while remaining half-dressed—when the Italian couple came up to shower. They shared a stall, not caring about us and our sodden rainbow of underwear on the line. From the roof we could see the... Read more »
  • Friday, April 17, 2015 1:01am
    I am struck by the otherness of things rather than their same- ness. The way a tiny pile of snow perches in the crook of a branch in the tall pine, away by itself, high enough not to be noticed by people, out of reach of stray dogs. It leans against the scaly pine bark,... Read more »
  • Thursday, April 16, 2015 1:01am
    Oh, they can be forgiven such innocent indulgence, the couple whose car we saw in the darkened parking garage today— the white spray paint filling the rear window, “Just Married,” and the date, now more than two weeks old. Let them enjoy this extended moment as long as they can, let them feel this way... Read more »
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2015 1:01am
    I was feeling pretty religious standing on the bridge in my winter coat looking down at the gray water: the sharp little waves dusted with snow, fish in their tin armor. That’s what I like about disappointment: the way it slows you down, when the querulous insistent chatter of desire goes dead calm and the... Read more »
  • Tuesday, April 14, 2015 1:01am
    Doing without           is an interesting custom, involving such in-           visible items as the food that’s not on the table, the clothes           that are not on the back the radio whose only music           is silence. Doing without is a great protector of reputations           since all places one cannot go are fabulous, and only the rare and... Read more »