The Writer's Almanac

Each day, Garrison Keillor reads a poem and relates stories of significant events touching literary history.

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The Sandhill Cranes of Nebraska by Billy Collins | Wednesday, April 20, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Too bad you weren’t here six months ago, was a lament I heard on my visit to Nebraska. You could have seen the astonishing spectacle of the sandhill cranes, thousands of them feeding and even dancing on the shores of the Platte River. There was no point in pointing out the impossibility of my being... Read more »

Her Husband Away on a Business Trip, She Takes the Old Pontiac In for Repairs by Jo McDougall | Friday, April 15, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

The young service manager comes round to explain, as if someone were dying, what will have to be done. “It’s more,” he says, “than we thought.” I want to tell him it’s all right, I’ve heard worse; we’re all orphans here. Live long enough, you might as well be a spider in a corner of... Read more »