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The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

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Each day, The Writer's Almanac features Garrison Keillor recounting the highlights of this day in history and reading a short poem or two. The Writer's Almanac is produced by Prairie Home Productions and presented by American Public Media.

Each day, The Writer's Almanac features Garrison Keillor recounting the highlights of this day in history and reading a short poem or two. The Writer's Almanac is produced by Prairie Home Productions and presented by American Public Media.
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Saint Paul, MN

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Each day, The Writer's Almanac features Garrison Keillor recounting the highlights of this day in history and reading a short poem or two. The Writer's Almanac is produced by Prairie Home Productions and presented by American Public Media.

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English

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Episodes

The Day We Visited New Orleans by Robert Bly | Friday, October 20, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

10/20/2017
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So much time has gone by! Napoleon’s house— He never came—still stands in the Quarter. Time ends all the good living that Louis the Sixteenth, after the trouble, never Experienced, all the sights Andrew Jackson never saw in Pirate’s Alley. Ask the alligators about heat and history. Out in the bayous we met a small... Read more »

Duration: 00:04:59


Course of Treatment by Linda Pastan | Sunday, October 15, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

10/15/2017
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After forty visits, after forty invisible rays transformed your body into something as incandescent as a flashbulb, they release you into the world, where it hardly rained those forty days, those nights, where your ark was an old SUV shuttling you back and forth along meandering highways, taking their daily toll. Now you embrace the... Read more »

Duration: 00:05:13


Primitive by Sharon Olds | Saturday, October 14, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

10/14/2017
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I have heard about the civilized, the marriages run on talk, elegant and honest, rational. But you and I are savages. You come in with a bag, hold it out to me in silence. I know Moo Shu Pork when I smell it and understand the message: I have pleased you greatly last night. We... Read more »

Duration: 00:05:13


Summer of Lemons by Marjorie Thomsen | Friday, October 13, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

10/13/2017
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It was the summer of lemons being replaced by oranges. Lemons, they said, had lost something that lemons sometimes lose. Painters piled Navels and Valencias, mixed red into yellow for Still Life with Oranges; the wooden bowl beautiful with lonely cracks, organic with time and handling. Evening, men and women squeezed wedges from the larger... Read more »

Duration: 00:04:59


A Little Tooth by Thomas Lux | Thursday, October 12, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

10/12/2017
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Your baby grows a tooth, then two, and four, and five, then she wants some meat directly from the bone. It’s all over: she’ll learn some words, she’ll fall in love with cretins, dolts, a sweet talker on his way to jail. And you, your wife, get old, flyblown, and rue nothing. You did, you... Read more »

Duration: 00:05:13


The Book of Usable Minutes by Sally Van Doren | Wednesday, October 11, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

10/11/2017
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I heard the mother in the row behind me explain the safety instructions to her small noisy children. I began to calculate how much time I have spent listening to an automated voice tell me how to identify the best exit routes, how to use the seat as a flotation device, how to place the... Read more »

Duration: 00:04:59


Sorrow by Shara McCallum | Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

10/10/2017
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There are too many poems on the subject of sorrow. Why pile one more on this dung heap of sorrow? Once upon a time always promises wonder. We remember, too late, the breadcrumb-less woods of sorrow. You fall asleep nightly rehearsing a lie: Tomorrow I’ll end it, my love affair with sorrow. A woman is... Read more »

Duration: 00:04:59


Six Inches by Jeff Coomer | Monday, October 09, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

10/9/2017
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One minute I’m meandering down a country road on a magnificent fall day, lost in thought, radio playing, and the next minute I feel my wheels on the loose gravel of the shoulder, there’s a deafening bang and I’m climbing out of what’s left of my car. The cop who came to investigate was pretty... Read more »

Duration: 00:04:59


Just Now by W. S. Merwin | Sunday, October 08, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

10/8/2017
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In the morning as the storm begins to blow away the clear sky appears for a moment and it seems to me that there has been something simpler than I could ever believe simpler than I could have begun to find words for not patient not even waiting no more hidden than the air itself... Read more »

Duration: 00:04:59


Elegy by Linda Pastan | Saturday, October 07, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

10/7/2017
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Our final dogwood leans over the forest floor offering berries to the birds, the squirrels. It’s a relic of the days when dogwoods flourished—creamy lace in April, spilled milk in May— their beauty delicate but commonplace. When I took for granted that the world would remain as it was, and I would remain with it.

Duration: 00:05:13