The Librarian's Almanac

The Librarian's Almanac

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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.


August 5: Death by…
Aug 5 • 4 min
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…
August 4: Lizzie Borden Took an Ax…
Aug 4 • 4 min
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…
August 3: Olympic Glory Vs Nazis
Aug 3 • 5 min
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…
August 2: This World is White No Longer
Aug 2 • 5 min
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…
August 1: Video Killed the Radio Star and Internet Killed Video
Aug 1 • 3 min
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…
31: Yer a Wizard!
Jul 31 • 4 min
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…
30: When Love is a Horror Story
Jul 30 • 6 min
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…
29: Walking Along the Cosmic Ocean
Jul 29 • 6 min
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…
28: The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Jul 28 • 8 min
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…
27: The Stupidest Song Ever
Jul 27 • 6 min
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…
26: Barbra is the end!
Jul 26 • 4 min
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…
25: The Philosophy of Wikileaks
Jul 25 • 4 min
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.…
24: My Family Starts where Yours Ends
Jul 24 • 4 min
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…
23: A Letter to a Friend
Jul 23 • 2 min
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…
22: How to Take Down a Lone Wolf
Jul 22 • 4 min
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…
21: Life Goes On
Jul 21 • 4 min
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…
20: Humankind’s Leap Fallen Short
Jul 20 • 4 min
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…
19: That All Men and Women are Created Equal
Jul 19 • 4 min
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…
18: Optimism as a Weapon
Jul 18 • 3 min
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…
17: A Poem Without a Hero
Jul 17 • 7 min
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…
16: Now I am Become Death
Jul 16 • 4 min
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…
15: To Know Your Enemy’s Heart
Jul 15 • 6 min
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…
14: Revolution as Chemotherapy
Jul 14 • 5 min
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…
13: Et Tu, Brute?
Jul 13 • 7 min
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,…
12: The Walden Effect
Jul 12 • 5 min
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.…
11: Some Pig
Jul 11 • 3 min
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,…
10: The King of Beer
Jul 10 • 4 min
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.…
9: Gothic Lit Metonymy
Jul 9 • 5 min
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…
8: They’re Out There! Maybe?
Jul 8 • 4 min
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.…
7: Richard Starkey, Ringo Starr
Jul 7 • 4 min
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.…
6: Frida and her Diago
Jul 6 • 3 min
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…
5: Bikinis in Love and War
Jul 5 • 4 min
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…
4: ‘Merica! On the Brink…Again
Jul 4 • 3 min
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…
3: Life is a Kafka Story
Jul 3 • 5 min
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…
2: Presidents and their Assassins
Jul 2 • 3 min
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.…
1, 2020: America’s First Public Libraries
Jul 1 • 5 min
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…
Connecting History to Today through the Arts and Journalism
Jun 23 • 1 min
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…