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The News from Lake Wobegon for October 18, 2014
Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion

The News from Lake Wobegon for October 18, 2014

It’s been chilly, of course, because it is almost the end of October. Mist over the lake every morning, the Canada Geese are heading South overhead.

Pastor Liz delivers a sermon about the Parable of the Wedding Feast, a man visits Ralph’s Pretty Good Grocery to buy a cup of coffee though they don’t sell coffee, and the story of the time Eugene Berge picked up a hitchhiker. 

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A quick read through The Lives of the Cowboys, as script rehearsal gets underway at the Fitzgerald Theater!

A quick read through The Lives of the Cowboys, as script rehearsal gets underway at the Fitzgerald Theater!

"Four Cents"
Leo Kottke

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The kitchen is sweet with the smell of apples,
big yellow pie apples, light in the hand,
their skins freckled, the stems knobby
and thick with bark, as if the tree
could not bear to let the apple go.
Baskets of apples circle the back door,
fill the porch, cover the kitchen table.

My mother and my grandmother are
running the apple brigade. My mother,
always better with machines, is standing
at the apple peeler; my grandmother,
more at home with a paring knife,
faces her across the breadboard.
My mother takes an apple in her hand,

She pushes it neatly onto the sharp
prong and turns the handle that turns
the apple that swivels the blade pressed
tight against the apple’s side and peels
the skin away in long curling strips that
twist and fall to a bucket on the floor.
The apples, coming off the peeler,

Are winding staircases, little accordions,
slinky toys, jack-in-the-box fruit, until
my grandmother’s paring knife goes slicing
through the rings and they become apple
pies, apple cakes, apple crisp. Soon
they will be married to butter and live with
cinnamon and sugar, happily ever after.

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"Apple Season," by Joyce Sutphen

Minnesota’s Poet Laureate, Joyce Sutphen, will join us on the show this weekend!

The News from Lake Wobegon for October 11, 2014
Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion

The News from Lake Wobegon for October 11, 2014

It’s fall. It’s a gorgeous, gorgeous fall. It’s been chilly, down into the 30s at night.

Thoughts on the benefits of cold weather and Minnesota living, the town watches a lunar eclipse, and Pastor Liz moves into the Lewises’ cabin.

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Staying limber in the rush line — Andy Naber of St. Paul does a little stretching out in front of the Fitzgerald Theater (we decided we’ll still let him in, even though he’s wearing all that Wisconsin gear).

Staying limber in the rush line — Andy Naber of St. Paul does a little stretching out in front of the Fitzgerald Theater (we decided we’ll still let him in, even though he’s wearing all that Wisconsin gear).

Join us online tonight at 5pm Central to watch the show, live from the Fitzgerald Theater!

Join us online tonight at 5pm Central to watch the show, live from the Fitzgerald Theater!

“Too many notes!” — Garrison gives the band some direction during tonight’s rehearsal at the Fitzgerald Theater.

“Too many notes!” — Garrison gives the band some direction during tonight’s rehearsal at the Fitzgerald Theater.

"I’ve Got a Thing for You"
Ellis

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The News from Lake Wobegon for October 4, 2014
Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion

The News from Lake Wobegon for October 4, 2014

Been chilly, chilly at night, in the 30s. The crickets are all quiet. We hear the ‘pop’ of the shotguns from duck hunting.

With the election approaching, politics begin to affect marriages, Carla Bunsen receives funding for her performance art piece in New York City, and the Lutheran Church holds its Senior Banquet. 

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