The Librarian's Almanac

The Librarian's Almanac

By Elizabeth Nyman
The Librarian's Almanac is a daily podcast curated by a professional librarian that looks back into that day's history for literature, letters, and journalism to help us better understand the past in a new way.
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August 9: Will you, won't you want me to make you
On this day in 1969, Charles Manson cult members murder pregnant actress Sharon Tate and guests at her home. Listen for yourself the lyrics of Helter Skelter, which Manson credited with his murder plans, and draw your own conclusions. Today is August 9, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
03:39
August 9, 2020
August 8: First to the Pole
On this day in 1866, Matthew Alexander Henson, the first person to reach the geographic North Pole, was born in Maryland in the United States. Learn about his friendship with Arctic explorer, Robert Peary, and how ego and prejudice ruined their intimate friendship. Today is August 8, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
04:55
August 8, 2020
August 7: What Makes a Serial Killer
On this day in 1560, Elizabeth Báthory, a notorious serial killer and Hungarian aristocrat, was born. Hear a sampling of her horrific crimes and how the FBI standardizes the classification of serial killers today Today is August 7, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
06:04
August 7, 2020
August 6: Break, Break, Break
On this day in 1809, Alfred Tennyson, the famous English poet, was born in Somersby, Lincolnshire, England. Learn how his poetry could become deeply personal and simple when he wasn’t writing about diplomatic visits and used poetry to experience life. Today is August 6, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
02:41
August 6, 2020
August 5: Death by...
On this day in 1962, Marilyn Monroe is found dead at her home. Learn how her death was not easily accepted as a suicide or accidental, remaining shrouded in conspiracy to this day. Today is August 5, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
04:59
August 5, 2020
August 4: Lizzie Borden Took an Ax...
On this day in 1892,  Lizzie Borden’s father and stepmother are found hacked to death in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts. Listen to the transcript of her first questioning by police and the odd circumstances that somehow caused her to completely miss a brutal ax murder happening in her own home. Today is August 4, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
04:13
August 4, 2020
August 3: Olympic Glory Vs Nazis
On this day in 1936, Jesse Owens wins the 100 meter dash at the Berlin Olympics in Nazi Germany. Listen to the New York Times announcing the win and how the world looked at Hilter’s high hopes crushed on the sidelines. Today is August 3, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
05:36
August 3, 2020
August 2: This World is White No Longer
On this day in 1924, James Baldwin was born in New York City. Over his career, he made a reputation for himself as a writer, poet, and civil rights activist. Learn how his travels in Switzerland helped him articulate his observations of the white American experience. Today is August 2, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
05:47
August 2, 2020
August 1: Video Killed the Radio Star and Internet Killed Video
On this day in 1981, MTV aired its first video, "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles. MTV completely changed the entertainment industry. The decades following made sure it didn’t have the final word. Learn how pop culture continues to be disrupted and how that can affect the mindset of those in it from the perspective of a social media star, Bo Burnham. Today is August 1, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
03:54
August 1, 2020
July 31: Yer a Wizard!
On this day in 1990 (or 1991, depending on who you believe on HP lore), Hagrid tells Harry Potter he’s a wizard on Harry’s 11th birthday. Listen to the passage where Hagrid tells Harry in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and feel the secondhand embarrassment as an American tries to read Hagrid’s dialogue. Today is July 31, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
04:45
July 31, 2020
July 30: When Love is a Horror Story
On this day in 1818, Emily Brontë was born in the town of Thornton in the United Kingdom. Learn how her most famous work, Wuthering Heights, is less of a romance and meant to be a terrifying ghost story. Today is July 30, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
06:28
July 30, 2020
July 29: Walking Along the Cosmic Ocean
On this day in 1958, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, which created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Learn about the dreams of Carl Sagan to make understanding space science accessible to everyday Americans. Today is July 29, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
06:49
July 29, 2020
July 28: The Tale of Peter Rabbit
On this day in 1866, Beatrix Potter, is born in Kensington, a London borough. Listen to the whole of one of her most notable works, The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Today is July 28, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
08:56
July 28, 2020
July 27: The Stupidest Song Ever
On this day in 1995, the Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C. in West Potomac Park, southeast of the Lincoln Memorial. July 27 is also recognized as National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day. Learn about how the Korean War and Vietnam War influenced war commentary in pop culture including the black comedy film MASH and its soundtrack. Today is July 27, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
06:09
July 27, 2020
July 26: Barbra is the end!
On this day in 1928 Stanley Kubrick, the famed American filmmaker, is born in New York City. Learn about his everyday correspondences with his Hollywood colleagues as he made film history. Today is July 26, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
04:46
July 26, 2020
July 25: The Philosophy of Wikileaks
On this day in 2010, an organization called WikiLeaks published classified documents about the War in Afghanistan. Learn about the aftermath of one of the largest leaks in U.S. military history and how affected American involvement in the Middle East. Today is July 25, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
04:03
July 25, 2020
July 24: My Family Starts where Yours Ends
On this day in 1802, Alexandre Dumas, French novelist, was born in Villers-Cotterêts, France. Learn about Dumas’s experiences with racial prejudice through reports about his life and also his masterpiece about revenge, The Count of Monte Cristo. Today is July 24, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
04:45
July 24, 2020
July 23: A Letter to a Friend
On this day in 1829, in the United States, William Austin Burt patented the typographer, a precursor to the typewriter in the United States. Learn about how typewriters are still used by people like Tom Hanks as a way to create strong personal connections in an otherwise profoundly digital age. Today is July 23, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
02:40
July 23, 2020
July 22: How to Take Down a Lone Wolf
On this day in 2011, Anders Behring Breivik committed mass murder and marked Norway’s most tragic day in its modern history. Learn how his actions have given global insight into “lone wolf” killers and why his story may show weaknesses in Norway’s justice system. Today is July 22, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
04:53
July 22, 2020
July 21: Life Goes On
On this day in 1899, Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. Learn about how he viewed his book, The Sun Also Rises, about the “Lost Generation”. He never viewed his or any generation as “lost” but showed how life is merely cyclical. Today is July 21, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
04:39
July 21, 2020
July 20: Humankind’s Leap Fallen Short
On this day in 1969,  Apollo 11's crew successfully landed the first crewed craft on the Moon in the Sea of Tranquility. Learn about the protests surrounding the launch and the American space community’s unique history grappling with society’s incomplete journey towards racial equality. Today is July 20, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
04:29
July 20, 2020
July 19: That All Men and Women are Created Equal
On this day in 1848, the Seneca Falls Convention began. Learn its goal to read and sign the Declaration of Sentiments and listen to how it was meant to deliberately be a sort of revision for the Declaration of Independence. Today is July 19, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
04:06
July 19, 2020
July 18: Optimism as a Weapon
On this day in 1918, Nelson Mandela was born in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Learn how his optimism acted as one of his most powerful weapons during South Africa’s fight against apartheid. Today is July 18, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
03:56
July 18, 2020
July 17: A Poem Without a Hero
On this day in 1762, Catherine II becomes tsar of Russia upon the murder of Peter III of Russia. Also on July 17, her dynasty ended with the mass execution of the Romanov family in 1918. Learn about the legacy of Russia’s revolutionary history as it manifested in the poetry of Anna Akhmatova. Today is July 17, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
07:03
July 17, 2020
July 16: Now I am Become Death
On this day in 1945 the atomic age began when the United States successfully detonated a plutonium-based test nuclear weapon in New Mexico. Learn why Oppenheimer recited the Bhagavad Gita to himself on that day and why it might not have meant what you think. Today is July 16, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
04:46
July 16, 2020
July 15: To Know Your Enemy’s Heart
On this day in 1799, troops led by French Captain Pierre-François Bouchard during Napoleon's Egyptian Campaign uncovered a large stone etched in multiple languages in the Egyptian village of Rosetta. Learn about how it unlocked our understanding of a whole civilization and where those lessons even apply to the revolutionary work of Nelson Mandela. Today is July 15, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
06:03
July 15, 2020
July 14: Revolution as Chemotherapy
On this day in 1789, the citizens of Paris stormed the Bastille. Learn through the eyes of literature about how these days were filled with terror and violence as much as triumphs for human liberty, equality, and brotherhood. Today is July 14, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
05:35
July 14, 2020
July 13: Et Tu, Brute?
Around this day in 100 BCE, Julius Caesar was born in Rome, Italy. It is uncertain if he was born on July 12 or July 13. Learn about how his legacy is rooted in our cultural remembrance of his assassination as much as anything else. Today is July 13, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
07:44
July 13, 2020
July 12: The Walden Effect
On this day in 1817, Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts in the United States. Learn about his purposes with his book Walden and how others took his message to make it their own. Today is July 12, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
05:07
July 12, 2020
July 11: Some Pig
On this day in 1899 E. B. White was born in Mount Vernon, New York in the United States. Learn about his creative process for constructing the story of Charlotte's Web and how it connected to his philosophical observations about life. Today is July 11, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
03:56
July 11, 2020
July 10: The King of Beer
On this day in 1839, Adolphus Busch, German brewer and co-founder of Anheuser-Busch, is born in Mainz-Kastel, a district of Wiesbaden, Germany. Learn about the King of Beer who reigned before him. Today is July 10, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
04:17
July 10, 2020
July 9: Gothic Lit Metonymy
On this day in 1764, Ann Radcliffe is born in Holborn in the West End of London. Learn how her signature style permeated literature so much, Jane Austen even parodied her. Today is July 9, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
05:26
July 9, 2020
July 8: They’re Out There! Maybe?
On this day in 1947, radio reports broadcasted a UFO crash landing in Roswell, New Mexico. Learn how merely years earlier the idea of aliens and UFOs gripped public imagination for one brief night. Today is July 8, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
04:28
July 8, 2020
July 7: Richard Starkey, Ringo Starr
On this day in 1940, Richard Starkey was born on Madryn Street in Liverpool. Learn how he became Ringo Starr and created one of the most beloved songs in the Beatles cannon about an Octopus’s Garden. Today is July 7, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
04:15
July 7, 2020
July 6: Frida and her Diago
On this day in 1907, Frida Kahlo is born in Mexico City. Learn how her marriage to Diago Rivera helped shape her love and her art. Today is July 6, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
03:51
July 6, 2020
July 5: Bikinis in Love and War
On this day in 1946, the bikini debuted in France, just days after an American nuclear weapon test at the Bikini Atoll. Learn how sex and war converge throughout the Cold War in pop culture as we look at Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Today is July 5, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
04:26
July 5, 2020
July 4: ‘Merica! On the Brink...Again
On this day in 1776, the Second Continental Congress formed by some English colonies in North America adopted the United States Declaration of Independence. Learn how these experiences affected a dividing country as Thomas Jefferson was inaugurated. Today is July 4, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
03:21
July 4, 2020
July 3: Life is a Kafka Story
On this day in 1883, Franz Kafka was born in Prague, Bohemia, now the Czech Republic. Learn how his stories draw parallels to some everyday life experiences. Today is July 3, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
05:19
July 3, 2020
July 2: Presidents and their Assassins
On this day in 1881, James A. Garfield is assassinated by Charles J. Guiteau at the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. He is the second American president to be assassinated. He was targeted only 16 years after Abraham Lincoln. Learn what presidents and their assassins have in common according to Sarah Vowell. Today is July 2, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com 
03:57
July 2, 2020
July 1, 2020: America's First Public Libraries
On this day in 1731, the first public library in the United States was founded by Benjamin Franklin and his close colleagues from a group called the Junto. Learn what he had to say about it from his autobiography and why this was a provocative idea. Today is July 1, 2020. This is the Librarian’s Almanac. Feel free to check out more from the Librarian's Almanac on their website: http://www.librariansalmanac.com/ I'd also love to hear from you directly. Feel free to send me an email at librarians.almanac@gmail.com
05:31
July 1, 2020
Connecting History to Today through the Arts and Journalism
Hello! Welcome to the Librarian’s Almanac. My name is Liz. Every day, the Librarian's Almanac looks back into history on that date. I talk about anything connected to that historic moment with books and poetry, even letters, movie scripts, and news stories. Together I hope we can learn something directly from our past to help us tackle that new day. Here’s some of what you can expect. At the start of every day, you can look for the regular podcast in the platform you found it on. The day is already stressful enough right now. I hope you get to learn something but also find it fun as well. I hope you’ll consider subscribing and even reach out as we get started. Feedback is love. I’ll talk to you on July 1, 2020.
01:12
June 24, 2020