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The Writer's Almanac

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 - Saturday, June 29, 2019

It was on this day in 1956 that President Eisenhower signed the Federal Highway Act, which established the Interstate Highway System. It cost more than $100 billion, about three times the initial budget.

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29 Jun 2019

Rank #1

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The Writer's Almanac - Thursday, April 4, 2019

On this day in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated, the day after delivering his famous “mountaintop” speech.

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4 Apr 2019

Rank #2

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The Writer's Almanac - Tuesday, April 9, 2019

On this day in 1865, General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to the General of the United States Armies, Ulysses S. Grant, effectively ending the Civil War.

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9 Apr 2019

Rank #3

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The Writer's Almanac - Tuesday, April 2, 2019

It's the birthday of fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen (1805), who originally wanted to be an actor, but he began writing when a colleague called him a poet.

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2 Apr 2019

Rank #4

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The Writer's Almanac - Sunday, December 15, 2019

Today is the birthday of Irish author Edna O'Brien (1930). Six of her novels were banned in Catholic Ireland for content about the sex lives and subjugation of women.

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15 Dec 2019

Rank #5

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The Writer's Almanac - Friday, June 28, 2019

It was on this date in 1928 that a 26-year-old Louis Armstrong and his band, the Hot Five, recorded "West End Blues." One night, an audience was so enraptured by the song that they carried Armstrong off the stage.

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28 Jun 2019

Rank #6

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The Writer's Almanac - Monday, December 23, 2019

Today is the birthday of Norman Maclean (1902), a fisherman, firefighter, scholar, and teacher, and author of the novel A River Runs Through It.

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23 Dec 2019

Rank #7

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The Writer's Almanac - Sunday, January 12, 2020

Today is the birthday of Walter Mosley (1952), author of the Easy Rawlins detective stories, the first of which is “Devil in a Blue Dress.”

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12 Jan 2020

Rank #8

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The Writer's Almanac - Thursday, December 19, 2019

On this day in 1843 "A Christmas Carol" was published by Charles Dickens, introducing the world to the characters of Scrooge and Tiny Tim.

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19 Dec 2019

Rank #9

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The Writer's Almanac - Saturday, January 11, 2020

Elizabeth I held England’s first recorded state lottery on this date in 1569 in order to raise funds for public projects including rebuilding some harbors.

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11 Jan 2020

Rank #10

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The Writer's Almanac - Monday, January 13, 2020

Today is the birthday of Michael Bond (1926), author of “Paddington Bear,” who wrote, “One of the nice things about writing for children is their total acceptance of the fantastic.”

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13 Jan 2020

Rank #11

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The Writer's Almanac - Monday, December 9, 2019

On this date in 1979, the smallpox virus was declared eradicated. It remains the only disease eliminated by science.

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9 Dec 2019

Rank #12

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The Writer's Almanac - Wednesday, April 3, 2019

On this day in 1948, President Harry Truman signed the European Recovery Program (also known as the Marshall Plan) into law in the wake of World War II.

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3 Apr 2019

Rank #13

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The Writer's Almanac - Friday, December 6, 2019

Today is the feast day of St. Nicholas. In many parts of the world, children put out their shoes last night to receive chocolates and gifts from St. Nick.

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6 Dec 2019

Rank #14