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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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Housekeeping: Hiatus
Need to take a hiatus from our daily cadence for the rest of 2020
01:45
October 1, 2020
September 30: A Psychopathic Killer in Kansas
On this day in 1924 the author, Truman Capote, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in the United States. Listen to the newspaper article that sent him on the path to introduce the nonfiction novel with In Cold Blood. Today is September 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
04:28
September 30, 2020
September 29: Billionaires are Bad
On this day in 1916, American oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller becomes the world's first billionaire. Over the years, the attitudes of Americans and billionaires has evolved and become complex. For journalists like Tom Scocca, the existence of billionaires are not complex. It is wrong. Learn more today straight from his writing. Today is September 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
05:38
September 29, 2020
September 28: Ye Cannot Swerve Me
On this day in 1891, the author, Herman Melville, passed away in New York City in the United States. Hear the musical language Melville employs in his novel, Moby-Dick, to emphasize the madness of Captain Ahab. Today is September 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
04:21
September 28, 2020
September 27: A Beautiful Theory
On this day in 1905, Albert Einstein's paper "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?” is published, introducing the equation E=mc² and the Special theory of relativity. Learn about Einstein's life, giving context to his work, from the words of Carlo Rovelli in Seven Brief Lessons on Physics: http://www.cpt.univ-mrs.fr/~rovelli/#books Today is September 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
05:12
September 27, 2020
September 26: An Instrument of Your Peace
On this day in 1181, Saint Francis of Assisi, the founder of the Franciscan Order in the Catholic Church, was born in Assisi, in what is now Italy. Listen to the Prayer of St. Francis, which he never actually wrote! Today is September 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
03:05
September 26, 2020
September 25: Seeing the Ending
On this day in 1897, American author, William Faulkner, was born in New Albany, Mississippi, in the United States. Learn about the world Faulkner wrote in and how the affected works like his novel, Sound and Fury. Today is September 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
08:58
September 25, 2020
September 24: Something Gorgeous About Him
On this day in 1896, F. Scott Fitzgerald, was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in the United States. Listen to the opening paragraphs of his famous novel, The Great Gatsby, and our first introduction to Gatsby. Today is September 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
05:06
September 24, 2020
September 23: We Women are the Most Unfortunate
On this day in 480 BC, Euripides was born in Salamis, Greece. Listen to the monologues of one of his gifts to western theater, Medea, criticizing the social status of women in Ancient Greece. Today is September 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
05:00
September 23, 2020
September 22: Shall be Then, Thenceforward, and Forever Free
On this day in 1862, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th American President, issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Listen to the entire document, which began the legal status change of enslaved African Americans to be free. Today is September 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
07:34
September 22, 2020
September 21: Kill Your Darlings
On this day in 1947, Stephen King is born in Maine. Listen to his rules for writers from his memoir and writing guide. Wannabe novelists, these rules are for you Today is September 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
06:29
September 21, 2020
September 20: Feeding an Island
On this day in 2017, Hurricane Maria makes landfall in Puerto Rico. Listen to an excerpt from the first-hand account of Chef Jose Andres when he flew down to Puerto Rico to help. Today is September 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
08:32
September 20, 2020
September 19: So I Never Forget
On this day in the Jewish calendar in 2020 is Rosh Hashanah. It acts as the first of the Jewish High Holy Days specified in the book of Leviticus that occurs in the early autumn of the Northern Hemisphere. Listen to an essay by Devin Murphy as he recalled one the most important Rosh Hashanah celebrations in his life. Today is September 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
12:55
September 19, 2020
September 18: How She Loved Him
On this day in 1846, Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning exchange their last letters to each other before they move to Italy. Listen to the words of one of those letters from Elizabeth, giving a glimpse into the passion and love she had which would fuel her famous Sonnets from the Portuguese. Today is September 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
04:04
September 18, 2020
September 17: Didn't Take No Stuff
On this day in 1849, the American abolitionist, Harriet Tubman, escapes from slavery. Listen to the American poet, Eloise Greenfield, capture Tubman’s enduring legend starting on that day. Today is September 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
03:19
September 17, 2020
September 16: People, I've paid my dues
On this day in 1925, B.B. King,  American blues artist, was born in Itta Bena, Mississippi. Listen to the pain-filled lyrics of one of his songs, “Why I Sing the Blues”. Today is September 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
05:29
September 16, 2020
September 15: Murder on the Nile
On this day in 1890, Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in the United Kingdom. Listen to the settling being placed for one of her beloved novels, Murder on the Nile. Today is September 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
03:28
September 15, 2020
September 14: Thank You for Being a Friend
On this day in 1985 "The Golden Girls", starring Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty, debuts on NBC. Listen to one of many classic monologues from Betty White’s character, Rose, as she recalls living in St. Olaf, Minnesota. Today is September 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
03:35
September 14, 2020
September 13: A Good Sensible Loving Child
On this day in 1916, Roald Dahl is born in Llandaff, Cardiff in Wales. Listen to an excerpt from his famous work, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Today is September 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
04:16
September 13, 2020
September 12: These relics, bless.
On this day in 2012, excavators announced they likely found the remains of King Richard III of England under a carpark (parking lot for my fellow non-Bostonian Americans) in Leicester. Listen to the poem that was read at his funeral by the poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, when he was finally re-buried. Today is September 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
04:07
September 12, 2020
September 11: One Last Goodbye
On this day in 2001, four coordinated terrorist attacks were carried out by al-Qaeda against the United States, killing 2,996 people and injuring over 6,000 others. The collective events of the day become known globally as 9-11. Listen to transcripts and first-hand accounts of the last words we have from those who died that day Today is September 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
04:60
September 11, 2020
September 10: The Truth is Out There
On this day in 1993  "The X-Files", created by Chris Carter and starring Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, debuts on Fox. Listen to an excerpt from the episode, which set the stage for Duchovny’s character’s motive throughout the series. Today is September 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
04:59
September 10, 2020
September 9: War and Peace
On this day in 1828, Leo Tolstoy is born at Yasnaya Polyana, his family's estate in Russia. Listen to the opening of his famous book, War and Peace, and begin understanding the world Tolstoy tried to create. Today is September 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
04:25
September 9, 2020
September 8: The Right to Live
On this day in 1966, Star Trek premieres with its first-aired episode, "The Man Trap". Listen to an excerpt of the episode and learn about part of the show’s approach to serious moral topics. Today is September 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
04:45
September 8, 2020
September 7: African Prayer
On this day in 1986, Desmond Tutu becomes the first black man to lead the Anglican Diocese of Cape Town, South Africa. Listen to part of his book, An African Prayer Book, and get a glimpse into Tutu as a religious leader. Today is September 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
03:26
September 7, 2020
September 6: A City Upon a Hill
On this day in 1628 Puritans with the Massachusetts Bay Colony land at Salem. Learn about the theological beliefs that encouraged them on through John Wintrop’s sermon, “A Model of Christian Charity” Today is September 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
04:14
September 6, 2020
September 5: Justice for Rappe
On this day in 1921, a Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle party in San Francisco ends with the death of the young actress Virginia Rappe. Learn about the scandal details and how it affected (and didn’t affect) Arbuckle’s career. Today is September 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
03:38
September 5, 2020
September 4: Beyoncé
On this day in 1981 Beyoncé Knowles Carter was born in Houston, Texas. Learn about her attraction to feminism philosophy and its influence on her work in the 2010s. Today is September 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
04:19
September 4, 2020
September 3: Knowledge is Power
On this day in 1838, the famed abolitionist, Frederick Douglass, escaped from slavery. Listen to his first-hand account about his experience being a slave and realizing the design of his oppression. Today is September 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
07:13
September 3, 2020
September 2: Song of Beren and Lúthien
On this day in 1973, J. R. R. Tolkien died in Bournemouth in the United Kingdom. He is best remembered as the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Listen to Song of Beren and Lúthien by J. R. R. Tolkien, inspired by his love for his wife. Today is September 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
05:48
September 2, 2020
September 1: Death Poetry
On this day in 1945, the Japanese formally surrendered to the United States aboard USS Missouri. This officially marks the end of World War II. Shortly before this defeat General Tadamichi Kuribayashi wrote three death poems to the Japanese imperial headquarters. Learn about the Japanese tradition of death poems and their purpose in east Asian literature tradition. Today is September 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
04:03
September 1, 2020
August 31: Goodbye England's Rose
On this day in 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales, died in a car crash in Paris. Listen to the reimagined lyrics for “Candle in the Wind,” which her friend, Elton John, arranged for her funeral. Today is August 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
03:24
August 31, 2020
August 30: Some Semblance of Justice
On this day in 1800, rebel leader, Gabriel Prosser, is forced to postpone a planned slave rebellion in Richmond, Virginia, because of rain. Listen to the newspaper article from when he was pardoned centuries later in 2007. Today is August 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
03:37
August 30, 2020
August 29: Her Floating Ribs, Her Spleen & Backbone
On this day in 2005, Hurricane Katrina makes its second landfall over southeast Louisiana and Mississippi. Listen to “Requiem” by Yusef Komunyakaa, written in memory to the destruction and effects of the storm on the deep South. Today is August 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
05:19
August 29, 2020
August 28: A Wreath for Emmett Till
On this day in 1955, a young teen named Emmett Till is brutally murdered by a mob of white supremacists in Mississippi. Listen to selected sonnets by Marilyn Nelson reflecting on the cruelty and grief pulsing out of Emmett’s memory to this day. Today is August 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
05:06
August 28, 2020
August 27: Something Fearful
On this day in 1883, west of Java in Indonesia, the volcano, Krakatoa, violently erupts. Listen to a first-hand account of the immense destruction from a ship’s journal, which was just off the coast of the volcano. Today is August 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
04:13
August 27, 2020
August 26: ’Cause I’m a Woman Phenomenally.
On this day in 1920, the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution took effect. It gives women the right to vote. Listen to the other making power that is given work. Listen about a woman talking her own power in the poem, “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou. Today is August 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
04:02
August 26, 2020
August 25: A Paradise
On this day in 1916, the National Park Service is created in the United States. Listen to a poem commissioned for the National Park Service Centennial by the Academy of American Poets. It is called “And the Old Man Speaks of Paradise: a Ghazal” By Wang Ping Today is August 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
04:54
August 25, 2020
August 24: The Great Perhaps
On this day in 1977, American author, John Green, is born in Indianapolis, Indiana in the United States. Listen to an excerpt from his first published book, Looking for Alaska, which helped change the world of Young Adult publishing. Today is August 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
05:19
August 24, 2020
August 23: Scots Wha Hae
On this day in 1305, William Wallace is executed for high treason at Smithfield, London.  His execution is credited with spurring Scotland's subsequent uprising against England lead by Robert the Bruce. Learn about Robert’s famous speech at the Battle of Bannockburn years later and the song Robert Burns wrote based on it. Today is August 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
03:13
August 23, 2020
August 22: Provenance, Authenticity, and Legal Title
On this day in 2004, two paintings by Edvard Munch, versions of The Scream and Madonna, were stolen at gunpoint from a museum in Oslo, Norway. Learn about the economics of art theft from Robert Wittman, the founder of the FBI's art crime team. Today is August 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
04:50
August 22, 2020
August 21: Know When to Fold 'Em
On this day in 1938, Kenny Rogers was born in Houston, Texas. Listen to what made his career a success and the lyrics of one of his best known recordings, The Gambler. Today is August 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
03:45
August 21, 2020
August 20: Willingly Immersed Himself into Controversy
On this day in 1920, The National Football League is first organized in Canton, Ohio, under the name the American Professional Football Conference. Learn about the impact of American football on American culture from Nixon to Kapernick. Today is August 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
04:41
August 20, 2020
August 19: Before, 
I
 Was 
Not 
a Witch.
On this day in 1612, the "Samlesbury witches", three women from the Lancashire village of Samlesbury, England, are put on trial. It becomes one of the most famous witch trials in British history. Eighty years later in 1692 five people, one woman and four men, including a clergyman, were executed after being convicted of witchcraft during the Salem witch trials. Learn about how the 1600s were plagued with abuses such as these and step into the eyes of the persecuted women in the form of a poem about one of them, Halfhanged Mary. Today is August 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
05:33
August 19, 2020
August 18: CROATOAN
On this day in 1587, Virginia Dare, the first English child born in a New World English colony, is born on Roanoke Island in what would become North Carolina. Learn about the Roanoke Colony’s disappearance from the journals of Virigina’s grandfather, John White. Today is August 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
04:21
August 18, 2020
August 17: All Animals Were Equal
On this day in 1945, George Orwell first published his novella Animal Farm. Learn about how Orwell used Animal farm to criticize Joseph Stalin and his cult of personality in Russia. Today is August 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
04:21
August 17, 2020
August 16: Always on My Mind
On this day in 1977, Elvis Presley died in Memphis, TN at his Graceland estate. Listen to the lyrics of a song he recorded during one of the saddest moments of his life, "Always on My Mind". Today is August 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
03:22
August 16, 2020
August 15: This is What Good Cooking is All About
On this day in 1912, Julia Child was born in Pasadena, California. Learn about her early days in France and how that directly impacted her approach writing Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Today is August 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
04:10
August 15, 2020
August 14: Consistency is Key
On this day in 1947, American romance writer, Danielle Steel was born in New York City. Listen to how consistency and ritual have helped make it possible for her to keep up her reputation for constantly publishing. Today is August 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
03:50
August 14, 2020
August 13: The Gathering Storm
On this day in 1946, the science fiction writer H.G. Wells, passed away. Learn where his work tied into some of the political events of his time, including World War II. Today is August 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
04:38
August 13, 2020
August 12: Oh My Gawd, Becky
On this day in 1963, Anthony L. Ray (Sir Mix-a-Lot) was born in Auburn, Washington, a suburb of Seattle. Learn about the reverberations of his iconic work, “Baby Got Back”, and what it meant personally to him verses White America. Today is August 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
03:13
August 12, 2020
August 11: Give the world the best you have anyway
On this day in 1942, Hedy Lamarr and George Antheil receive a patent for a frequency hopping system that Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and many wireless technologies are based on. Learn about the complex person Lamarr was and what she felt could be learned from her life. Today is August 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
03:45
August 11, 2020
August 10: Thanks for the Museum!
On this day in 1846, the United States Congress chartered The Smithsonian Institution. Listen to part of James Smithson’s will, which bequeathed the money for founding the Institution. Today is August 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
02:54
August 10, 2020
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
04:56
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
02:42
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
05:48
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
03:55
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
04:46
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
06:29
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
06:50
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
08:57
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
06:10
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
04:47
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
04:54
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
04:30
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
04:07
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
03:57
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
07:04
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
04:47
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
06:04
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
04:18
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
05:27
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
04:29
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
04:16
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
04:27
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 
03:58
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