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Van Gogh hang glidingI found out recently that you can listen to the Writer's Almanac for free at their website and catch up on past shows that you've missed.

It's a five minute gem of a radio show that always seems to educate, entertain, and inspire me with its style and content.

I love the way he weaves in yummy slices of historical trivia, for example, "On this day in 1978, the Commerce Department, which oversees the National Weather Service, announced that hurricanes would no longer be named exclusively for women."

The smooth voice of Garrison Keillor is the host of the show and he always signs off with the warm greeting "Be well, do good work, and stay in touch." It's like hearing from your favorite English teacher on what's got him or her excited that day without the annoying kid in the back throwing spit balls.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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