Clocking in at about 5 minutes per helping, The Writer's Almanac combines historic literary facts that happened on the day of broadcast, and then finishes with a poem. From Virgil to William Blake to Mary Oliver and everywhere in between, the poems sometimes glide on by, and on occasion they will be a perfect expression of a thought or feeling that punch me right in the face. Garrison Keillor provides the readings straight with no winks, no pregnant pauses. Just the facts. For an American humorist who is on par with Benjamin Franklin, Mark Twain and Will Rogers, Mr. Keillor's restraint and lack of embellishment make for a perfect delivery of the goods.