A Prairie Home Companion

The only live music and variety show aired nationwide today, A Prairie Home Companion is a Saturday night staple for radio audiences everywhere. The show features a unique blend of musical performances and comedy. Beginning October, 2016, musician extraordinaire Chris Thile will take over for Garrison Keillor as the new host of A Prairie Home Companion. Chris' wide range of musical taste, paired with his vast network of famous and talented friends, will draw new, diverse talent to public radio.

From A Prairie Home Companion

  • The News from Lake Wobegon for February 11, 2017
    "It's been cold here, got down to 30-below wind chill here earlier in the week, starting to warm up a little bit now. They are forecasting more snow for Monday, Tuesday night." Corrine Tollerud returns from St. Olaf College for a weekend, the Hansens attempt to prevent their dog from being hit by cars, Lake Wobegon Lutheran Church holds its Lenten services, and Cindy Hedlund meets someone online after just a few months as a widow, in a monologue from February 2015.
  • The News from Lake Wobegon for February 11, 2017
    "It's been cold there. The furnaces are starting to make strange noises and enormous icicles the size of Minuteman missiles hang from the eves down there." A few stories about the host's distinguished East Coast ancestors, the Valentine's Day Robbery on the Great Northern Railroad, and a childhood Valentine's Day experience, in a monologue from February 2004.
  • The News from Lake Wobegon for February 4, 2017
    "It's been not quite so cold this last week..." Carl Krebsbach gets into a car accident, conversation at the Sidetrack Tap turns even dumber than usual, and Leland buys the Everett house using money he's made running insurance scams, in a monologue from February 1997.
  • The News from Lake Wobegon for January 28, 2017
    "It has been unnaturally warm out there and that has gotten the raccoons thinking that this is the breeding season." A mysterious figure skater out on the lake draws a crowd, Senator K. Thorvaldson finally heads south for the winter, and Donald Thorvaldson catches up with a few classmates, in a monologue from January 2015.
  • The News from Lake Wobegon for January 21, 2017
    "It got ferociously cold here on Thursday--Wednesday and Thursday--so school was canceled on Thursday. They heard about it Thursday morning on the rise-and-shine show Ole and Toivu." Senator K. Thorvaldson prepares for a trip to Arizona, Carl Krebsbach considers giving up the carpentry business, and Pastor Liz's boyfriend Cliff attends another service at the Lutheran Church, in a monologue from January 2014.
  • January 14, 2017: The News from Lake Wobegon
    "We got a little snow -- a little snow Monday night. What a beautiful snowfall it was, and not all that cold out." The recent warm weather puts those who suffer from "Pump Handle Phobia" at ease. Plus, Mr. Hansen lends a hand around the neighborhood while his wife visits her sister in Florida, and reveals an unusual secret, a monologue from January 2012.
  • The News from Lake Wobegon for January 14, 2017
    "We got a little snow -- a little snow Monday night. What a beautiful snowfall it was, and not all that cold out." The recent warm weather puts those who suffer from "Pump Handle Phobia" at ease. Plus, Mr. Hansen lends a hand around the neighborhood while his wife visits her sister in Florida, and reveals an unusual secret, a monologue from January 2012.
  • January 7, 2017: The News from Lake Wobegon
    "Our beautiful fall has come to an end. We got a frost here on Monday night. People were talking about it down at the Chatterbox Cafe." Eloise Krebsbach runs for mayor, the Lutheran Church updates its directory, Carl Krebsbach does a few odd jobs around town, and the Hedlunds dig up a Lake Wobegon ghost story, a monologue from October 2013.
  • The News from Lake Wobegon for January 7, 2017
    "Our beautiful fall has come to an end. We got a frost here on Monday night. People were talking about it down at the Chatterbox Cafe." Eloise Krebsbach runs for mayor, the Lutheran Church updates its directory, Carl Krebsbach does a few odd jobs around town, and the Hedlunds dig up a Lake Wobegon ghost story, a monologue from October 2013.
  • December 31, 2016: The News from Lake Wobegon
    "The gospel message this morning at the Lake Wobegon Lutheran Church, in case you missed the service, actually the epistle, was the verse from the Colossians in which it says to put on the clothes of compassion and kindness and to forgive each other as God has forgiven us." A few thoughts on making the transition to a new year, in a brief monologue from December 2006.
Schedule:

Saturday 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Sunday 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM on WUSF 89.7

Contact Info:

phc@mpr.org

Chris Thile
Host:
Chris Thile

Mandolinist Chris Thile is among the most highly acclaimed musicians of his generation.

It started when he was a toddler in Oceanside, California. His folks took him along for weekly visits to a pizza parlor in nearby Carlsbad, where he heard John Moore's band Bluegrass Etc., and where he would soon befriend siblings Sara and Sean Watkins, his future Nickel Creek bandmates.

The mandolin captivated the youngster. He started lessons with Moore, who wasted no time in getting the five-year-old on stage. "I was too young to be nervous." Chris recalls. I thought, 'Oh, this is what you get to do when you're five.'" Before long, the Thiles were... Read More...

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American Public Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is the largest owner and operator of public radio stations and a premier producer and distributor of public radio programming in the nation. It is also the largest producer and distributor of classical music programming in the United States.

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