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The News from Lake Wobegon for August 30, 2014
Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion

The News from Lake Wobegon for August 30, 2014

Summer coming to an end and fall is about to begin. The nights are getting cool, sunset coming earlier and earlier, and in the morning there’s fog — mist out on the lake — and we can feel it coming.

Thoughts on the virtues of sweet corn and the exquisite boredom of summer, remembering Roger Hedlund with a story about his high school basketball days, and Pastor Liz returns from Rome to visit Marlene.

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Our very first visit to the Minnesota State Fair, on August 30, 1986. Guests included Leo Kottke, Riders in the Sky, Johnny Gimble, and Peter Ostroushko, with Rich Dworsky on piano. We’ll be back at the Fair tomorrow for a performance that will air on Saturday!

The News from Lake Wobegon for August 23, 2014
Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion

The News from Lake Wobegon for August 23, 2014

It was very brutally, brutally hot here this last week and the deerflies came in, which is a form of plague.

Powerful storms roll into Lake Wobegon, Luanne Peterson copes with the arrival of a new patient in the pediatric intensive care unit, and a story to comfort Luanne when she breaks down under an overpass during the storm, in a monologue from June 2012.

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[More from the August 23, 2014 rebroadcast]

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The News from Lake Wobegon for August 2, 2014
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The News from Lake Wobegon for August 2, 2014

It was the end of school on Wednesday and it was high school graduation on Thursday evening — some major, major events in our town.

A few women appoint themselves “Pentecost Monitors” at the Lutheran Church, Pastor Ingqvist counsels prospective newlyweds, and the high school seniors play their annual practical joke on Superintendent Halvorson, in a monologue from June 2009.

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[More from the August 2, 2014 rebroadcast]

The News from Lake Wobegon for July 26, 2014
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The News from Lake Wobegon for July 26, 2014

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 from June 2007.

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[More from the July 26, 2014 rebroadcast]

Why is PHC doing rebroadcasts right now? Is the show on summer break?

Yep! We take a break every summer starting at the beginning of July. This year, we’ll be back with one new broadcast on August 30th (recorded the night before at the Minnesota State Fair), before we kick off our next season on September 20th at the Fitz.

The News from Lake Wobegon for July 19, 2014
Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion

The News from Lake Wobegon for July 19, 2014

It’s been beautiful this last week. The Lake Wobegon Whippets opened their ’94 home season with the annual Memorial Day doubleheader at the Wally ‘Old Hard Hands’ Bunsen Memorial Park.

Ernie discovers the secret to a perfect knuckleball as the Whippets begin their season, high school graduates ponder their future, and the host shares a few memories of the Grand Ole Opry’s last night at the Ryman, in a monologue from June 1994.

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[More from the July 19, 2014 show (originally broadcast June 4, 1994)]

Peter Ostroushko describes a moment of panic during the early days of the show

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mightyflynn:

Two out and up came Flynn to bat with Jimmy Blake on deck,
And the former was a loser and the latter was a wreck;
And though the game was in the bag, the Dustburg fans were hurt
To think that Casey would not come and get his just dessert.

But Flynn he got a single, a most unlikely sight,
And Blake swung like a spastic, but he poked it deep to right;
And when the dust had settled, and fickle fate had beckoned,
There was Flynn a-hugging third and Jimmy safe at second.

- Garrison Keillor recites his reinterpretation of “Casey at the Bat”

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Tonight: the MLB All-Star Game comes to Target Field, the home of our very own Minnesota Twins!

The News from Lake Wobegon for July 12, 2014
Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion

The News from Lake Wobegon for July 12, 2014

I get this far away from home — couple thousand miles — and I stay away for a long time, and I start to wonder if it’s a real place or if I made it up.

The town’s children spend Thanksgiving sick and in bed, Senator K. Thorvaldson’s mysterious love Laura comes to town to meet his family, and a few verses of “My Father, How Long,” in a monologue from November 1985.

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[More from the July 12, 2014 broadcast (a re-broadcast from November 23, 1985)]