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The News from Lake Wobegon for September 27, 2014
Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion

The News from Lake Wobegon for September 27, 2014

It’s been this gorgeous, gorgeous September, this beautiful time—so much happening.

Lake Wobegon welcomes the arrival of fall, a bear surprises Irene Bunsen, then stays in town, starting a debate over who will pay to have it removed, and high school students take the ACT exam, in a monologue from September 2013.

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[More from the September 27, 2014 rebroadcast]

"Colleen Malone" — Hot Rize

[More from the September 20, 2014 broadcast]

Dear Scott Fitzgerald
You were the herald
Of the Age of Jazz
And of that generation
Of elegant syncopation
And that freedom that true jazz has

You were from St. Paul
Which you didn’t like at all
You had to go away to feel alive
You blazed and then you cracked
You had no second act
But we remember when you were 25

Summer 1919
You were in between
Failure and great success
You reached for the prize
This side of Paradise
And the love of your life said yes

You were destiny’s child
With a beautiful style
They couldn’t get enough of you
For about ten years
And then your career
Simply vanished from view

But straight to the end
Of your awful descent
To that bungalow in L.A.
Through the sickness and blues
You were true to your muse
And aspired to greatness every day

At age 44
You went through the door
Leaving a few books behind
That people still read
That somehow succeed
In tiptoeing into the mind

Some paragraphs flash
And thunder and crash
And shine on the page red-hot
You had troubles, God knows,
But that beautiful prose
Happy birthday to you, dear Scott

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Happy birthday to F. Scott Fitzgerald!

Listen to our 2010 birthday bash broadcast at the Fitzgerald Theater (which includes this song, “Dear F. Scott Fitzgerald”).

Tim O’Brien and Nick Forster of Hot Rize share a few stories from their appearances on APHC (including the time they bought matching shirts from Ernest Tubb’s band)

The News from Lake Wobegon for September 20, 2014
Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion

The News from Lake Wobegon for September 20, 2014

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.

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[More from our season opener on September 20, 2014]

can you please - please - please post the tape of your first show of this season that was streamed live. It was the best show ever and I'd like to share it with friends. thank you for all you do!

We can’t post the full two hours, but we have a few highlights up on our YouTube channel with more coming later this week.

The mysterious Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers with Waldo’s equally mysterious sister, Thelma, last night at the street dance

The mysterious Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers with Waldo’s equally mysterious sister, Thelma, last night at the street dance

Garrison Keillor finds a Nintendo #3 — submitted by Joe Klander over on our Facebook page

Garrison Keillor finds a Nintendo #3submitted by Joe Klander over on our Facebook page

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F. Scott Fitzgerald Estate Wondering Why The Hell Ken Burns Hasn’t Come Knocking Yet

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F. Scott Fitzgerald Estate Wondering Why The Hell Ken Burns Hasn’t Come Knocking Yet

Chris Thile, Sara Watkins, and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek share a few memories of listening to and playing on PHC