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.
Columnist and novelist Sean Dietrich delivers homespun stories that might make you smile or cry. Tales of common people, rural places, small towns, and life in the American South. Based on the popular "Sean of the South" blog.
Comedian Larry Miller tells uplifting stories from his own life, in the tradition of great radio raconteurs like Jean Shepherd and Prarie Home Companion. Tune in to the fireside chat for the 21st century. It's time well spent! Larry Miller is best known for roles in Waiting For Guffman, Best in Show and 10 Things I Hate About You, as well as his standup comedy. Now he brings his sharp wit and genteel manner to his very own podcast. And it's the only podcast recorded from inside an extinct vo ...
Comedian best friends open a book they've never read and start reading at page 69 and goof on it.
Be part of the phenomena! 'The Paranormalists' is the first comedy drama podcast from the UK. Follow the team of supernatural investigators in the English West Country as they encounter UFO abductions, Elvis, and a beast on Bodmin Moor. "DOWNLOAD THIS." The Independent. "REALLY BLOODY GOOD..." Guardian Unlimited. ElectricNews.net wrote "..TALENT HAS A NEW MEANS OF EXPRESSION SO GO CHECK THEM OUT." BBC Radio 5 Live said "...A FANTASTIC LISTEN..." This professional production features a host o ...
Barret, Cody, Judd, and Jessica riff on the entertainment biz, video games, and whatever else they find funny or interesting. Featuring Blender Roulette at the top of every show, a bunch of show in the middle of every show, and the Garrison Keillor Award, the Paula Deen Merit Scholarship for Racism, and the Richard Pryor Champion of Comedians Championship Title Belt at the end of every show!
Writer/entertainer Garrison Keillor (A Prairie Home Companion) on “The Innocents Abroad”: “…one of the best selling travel books of all time.” (The Writer’s Almanac, June 8, 2012) When you dive into Mark Twain’s (Samuel Clemens’) The Innocents Abroad, you have to be ready to learn more about the unadorned, ungilded reality of 19th century “touring” than you might think you want to learn. This is a tough, literary journey. It was tough for Twain and his fellow “pilgrims”, both religious and o ...
This is Monica the Podcast, a 12 part deep dive into a private joke taken way too far, when two old friends -- Dan and Tracie -- wrote a musical based on the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal, conned Dan's composer brother into writing the score, got their Broadway level friends to perform it over and over in New York in the early 2000s, and accidentally ended up working on it for 5 years.
Welcome to a podcast hosted by unemployable fourth-rate advertising suit Steve Cooke and eminently-employable award-winning advertising creative and TV commercial director Tony Williams (no not that one - the other one). Each week, in an attempt to transport ourselves back to a world where there was no global plague, we all had expense accounts and white dogshit was still a thing, we review a classic TV ad and try to work out whether or not it was any good. We're already attracting some grea ...
No spoilers but this is a banger
It was on this day in 1972 that Jean Heller of the Associated Press broke the news that the federal government had let hundreds of Black men in rural Alabama go untreated for syphilis for 40 years in the now infamous Tuskegee study.By Prairie Home Productions
Poet Robert Graves was born on this day in 1895. He is well known as well for his historical novels, but always preferred poetry.By Prairie Home Productions
“Each one of you can change the world, for you are made of star stuff, and you are connected to the universe.” – Vera Rubin, American Astronomer. Born 1928.By Prairie Home Productions
Author of “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues” and “Jitterbug Perfume,” Tom Robbins celebrates his 89th birthday today.By Prairie Home Productions
"Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know” - Ernest Hemingway, born 1899.By Prairie Home Productions
The first Special Olympics were held in Chicago on this day in 1968. Organized by Eunice Kennedy Shriver and inspired by her love for her sister Rosemary, who was intellectually disabled.By Prairie Home Productions
On this date in 1799 French soldiers discovered the Rosetta Stone. Containing the same message in Ancient Greek, demotic, and hieroglyphics, it enabled deciphering ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs.By Prairie Home Productions
Nadia Comaneci, the first gymnast to be given a “Perfect 10,” was born on this day in Romaina, 1976. She is the author of a memoir, “Letters to a Young Gymnast.”By Prairie Home Productions
Comedian and actress Phyllis Diller was born on this day in 1917. She donated her jokes to the Smithsonian, more than 50,000 of them.By Prairie Home Productions
This day in 1862, Ida B Wells was born into slavery in Mississippi. She became a journalist and activist supporting women’s sufferage and exposing the lynchings of African Americans.By Prairie Home Productions
I mean, of course
The first U.S. citizen to become a saint, Frances Xavier Cabrini, was born on this day in 1850 in Italy. She and her fellow Sisters aided the Italian immigrants of New York City.By Prairie Home Productions
“Anyone who uses more than two chords is just showing off.” – Woody Guthrie. Guthrie, an American troubadour, was born this day 1912.By Prairie Home Productions
Today we remember the birth in 1793 of the English Poet John Clare. A success in his own time, success could not save him from a life of madness.By Prairie Home Productions
Henry David Thoreau was born on this day in 1817. His classic work “Walden” was written while living on property owned by Ralph Waldo Emerson.By Prairie Home Productions
The author of “Stuart Little” and “Charlotte's Web”, E.B. White, was born on this day 1899. He was also a prolific essayist and contributor to the New Yorker magazine.By Prairie Home Productions
It’s the 90th birthday of Alice Munro, a Canadian short-story writer who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2013.By Prairie Home Productions
Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks was born on this day in 1933. He wrote about complicated medical mysteries of the brain to appeal beyond academia.By Prairie Home Productions
Today is the birthday of the columnist and best-selling novelist Anna Quindlen (1953), author of “How Reading Changed My Life” and “A Short Guide to a Happy Life.”By Prairie Home Productions
Today is the birthday of American genetics pioneer Nettie Stevens (1861) who discovered that the combinations XX and XY in chromosomes determined the sex of an organism.By Prairie Home Productions
Louis Pasteur successfully tested his rabies vaccine on this day in 1885 on a nine-year-old boy named Joseph Meister who was bitten by a rabid dog.By Prairie Home Productions
“Listen carefully to first criticisms made of your work… then cultivate it. That’s the only part of your work that’s individual and worth keeping.” -- Jean Cocteau, born 1889.By Prairie Home Productions
It’s the birthday of Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1804. Author of “The Scarlett Letter” one of the first mass-produced books in America.By Prairie Home Productions
It’s the birthday of Franz Kafka (1883), author of “The Metamorphosis” which reads “Calm —indeed the calmest— reflection might be better than the most confused decisions.”By Prairie Home Productions
It was on this day in 1937 that pilot Amelia Earhart was last heard from, somewhere over the Pacific. Her last transmission was,"We are running north and south."By Prairie Home Productions
The billionaires learn more about the cowboy book by the romance guy
It’s the birthday of the “father of gospel music,” Thomas A. Dorsey, born in Villa Rica, Georgia, in 1899.By Prairie Home Productions
Nobel Prize winning poet Czeslaw Milosz was born on this day in Lithuania, 1911. He once said, “Language is the only homeland.”By Prairie Home Productions
Today in the year 1900 French writer and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was born in France (1900). A pilot turned writer of the children’s novella, “Le Petit Prince.”By Prairie Home Productions
Nicholas Sparks cowboy novel. Absolutely sick episode, folks. Really great stuff. Just listen.
In the early hours of this day in 1969 the Stonewall riots broke out in New York City, marking the beginning of the gay rights movement.By Prairie Home Productions
On this day in 1787 English historian Edward Gibbon completed the final volume of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.By Prairie Home Productions
It's the birthday of writer Pearl S. Buck (1892), Nobel Prize-winning author of “The Good Earth,” published 90 years ago.By Prairie Home Productions
Today would have been the 92nd birthday of Eric Carle, author of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and many other children’s books. He died May 23, 2021.By Prairie Home Productions
Ronald Wilson Reagan. Spies. Tom Clancy. Wikipedia. Get into it.
“I just went on writing it (English) because I always wanted to belong to this world of books."-- Anita Desai, novelist, born this day in 1937.By Prairie Home Productions
It's the birthday of the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, 1889. Came to fame for the poems of her love affair, and later, after her son’s imprisonment, wrote a 10-poem cycle "Requiem."By Prairie Home Productions
Erich Maria Remarque , author of the anti-war novel “All Quiet on the Western Front “ was born this day in 1898.By Prairie Home Productions
This one is a great one. No spoilers. Just listen
“Money may not buy happiness, but I'd rather cry in a Jaguar than on a bus.” -- French novelist and playwright Françoise Sagan, born this day in 1958.By Prairie Home Productions
On this day in 1893, Lizzie Borden was acquitted of the hatchet murders of her father and stepmother at their home in Fall River, Massachusetts, about 50 miles south of Boston.By Prairie Home Productions
Today is Juneteenth, also known as "Freedom Day" or "Emancipation Day." It's a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.By Prairie Home Productions
On this day in 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte met his final defeat at the Battle of Waterloo, in Belgium.By Prairie Home Productions
We learn about Bill Clinton's life. And you'll be shocked at what we discover if you weren't born in the 90s.
“99 percent of every beautiful thing you ever knew escaped and went back out into the world where you vaguely remembered it.”― Ron Padgett, born this day in 1942.By Prairie Home Productions
Today is "Bloomsday," the annual celebration of that 1904 day featured in James Joyce's novel Ulysses. Named after protagonist Leopold Bloom, the book follows him during an ordinary day in Dublin.By Prairie Home Productions
It’s the birthday of one of the masters of the Japanese form of poetry called haiku, Japanese poet Kobayashi Issa (1736).By Prairie Home Productions
Ben and CJ read Bill Clinton's long ass autobiography! Simple country lawyers, yawn with us!, buckets of beers, old men in the locker room, red Slimer, and the Olympics
It’s the birthday of Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811), abolitionist author of “Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly.”By Prairie Home Productions