The Writer's Almanac

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

Recent Episodes

Asphalt by Al Ortolani | Thursday, July 14, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

The road crew hired temps between semesters to stand beside the hopper shoveling. The foreman disliked college students. He never learned our names, referenced us by the tools we carried—Skip and I were Shovels, scraping the hot mix into the conveyor. Ronnie the college drop-out advanced to Rake. He followed the paver, flicking the screed... Read more »

One Summer Day on the Number One Train by Anne Whitehouse | Wednesday, July 13, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

When the doors of the express opened at 72 Street, the local was waiting. She entered with me, tall and angular as a crane, her expression alert, violin poised against her clavicle like a wing. The train was half-empty, the passengers dozing or absorbed in their smartphones. She stood at one end of the car,... Read more »

Choice by Jo McDougall | Tuesday, July 12, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

You’ve come to the oncologist’s office to talk about your options. You view the scans, forgetting to breathe. “It’s metastasized.” He frowns, pointing to where and where. He ticks off the preferred treatment, the side effects, low rates of success. “It’s your choice,” he says, closing your folder, “but we need to start tomorrow.” You... Read more »