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 September 16, 2017
    In Lake Wobegon, the host recalls the Native Americans, government agents, Unitarian missionaries, and hippie farmers who've lived in Lake Wobegon over the years.
  • The News from Lake Wobegon for September 9, 2017
    "We've had this very warm September and the trees have not started to turn as yet, but the apples are ripe and there's a smell of them in the air." The host describes a memorable hitchhiking trip to Minneapolis, Pastor Kohler holds a viewing party for the super moon eclipse, and town constables Gary and Leroy pacify Mr. Hoppe with a few jokes, a monologue originally from September 2015.
  • The News from Lake Wobegon for September 2, 2017
    "Beautiful, beautiful week of fall. Mists on the lake early in the morning, you wake up in the morning, your window is open, you've got a little extra blanket over you." Pastor Liz fills in while the Lutheran Church interviews replacements for Pastor Haugen, news of Marlene's interesting encounter with Father Wilmer spreads through the town, Mrs. Anderson holds a CD release party at the Sidewinder Bar, and the Tolleruds' rooster Ludwig comes to a sad end, a monologue from September 2014.
  • The News from Lake Wobegon for September 1, 2017
    "The Minnesota State Fair was a big thing, along with Christmas, and the Fourth of July, and your birthday. It was enormous, and we always drove down for the day." A few stories about the host's Uncle Louie, who worked at the State Fair Midway, and other memories from the Great Minnesota Get-Together, in a bonus monologue from The Minnesota Show (hosted by Garrison at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand on September 1, 2017).
  • The News from Lake Wobegon for August 26, 2017
    "We've had quite a bit of rain here this past week, and that is just fine by us. If you grew up on a farm you never complained about rain." Daryl and Marilyn Tollerud plan a vacation, the Sons of Knute collect items for their annual rummage sale, and the Lutheran Church holds a graduation dinner, in a June 2010 monologue.
  • The News from Lake Wobegon for August 19, 2017
    "Spring came uncertainly as spring always does. It just took one thunderstorm and green spears -- tulips poking up in the flower beds -- and all the winter clothes went away into boxes down in the basement." High school students attend Prom, Irene Bunsen buys a load of manure to prepare her tomato plot, and Clint and Arlene Bunsen reminisce about their young neighbor as she prepares for a summer job in Oregon, a monologue from April 2005.
  • The News from Lake Wobegon for August 12, 2017
    "It has been fiercely, fiercely cold here this last week." Roger Hedlund visits the Chatterbox Cafe early on a cold morning and considers switching his farm from soybeans and corn to bluestem grass, a monologue from February 2001.
  • The News from Lake Wobegon for August 5, 2017
    "It's that beautiful time of year. Blue skies, a little chill in the air, and all these leaves on the ground, if you want to interact with leaves." Sister Arvonne surreptitiously organizes Halloween activities, and a Lake Wobegon ghost story, in an October 2006 monologue.
  • The News from Lake Wobegon for July 29, 2017
    "It's been hot out there this last week. It's been humid too, so that you wake up in the morning and there's a mist out over the meadows, beautiful mist with the sun shining through it." Gladys feels a longing for doomed love while listening to the opera, the Hansens' dove-breeding business goes awry, Judy Ingqvist searches for elegance, and a few verses of "Aften (Stille, Hjerte, Sol gaar ned)," in a monologue originally from June 2007.
  • The News from Lake Wobegon for July 22, 2017
    "We had about two weeks solid of rain and cold. People are getting moody and owly. But then at last the weather broke and we've had almost paradise now since, since Wednesday." Memories of listening to the radio during tornado warnings, Pastor Inqvist gives a sermon explaining the Trinity, and Mrs. Smiley's dog develops an unnatural attraction to a porcupine after eating Guilford tomatoes, in a monologue originally from June 2004.
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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