It’s a pleasure to be doing our show in Chicago today, where we have come to visit some old Wobegonians who’ve moved down here—check up on them, see how they are doing. People who used to call us and write us and say, “If you are ever in Chicago, be sure and stop in”—of course never expecting we would. So when we called here the other day and said, “Hi, are you home?” they said, “Yeah, why don’t you come on over.” So we did. We were down in the lobby of their apartment building anyway, so why not go up. We got up there and we were about to rap on their door when we heard vacuum cleaners going at top speed, smelled furniture polish, heard someone yelling to pick up the socks, and we tiptoed away came back an hour later.
It’s kind of odd when you know them when you were kids, because when you are kids you just walk right into somebody’s life without thinking about it. I think back to home and all the houses in Lake Wobegon you just barge into without even knocking. And even when you did knock nobody is running around with a vacuum cleaner straightening up. Some people had socks on their couches, some people didn’t—just how people are. Some people, if you look at their couch, you would see no sock would dare to go up in there.
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.
“Love may be a disappointment, life may have its disappointing moments, but there’s something to be said for loyalty. Loyalty. … Loyalty never disappointed anybody.”—Garrison, in last weekend's News from Lake Wobegon
It’s been warm there — what we would consider warm. It’s been up in the 80s and it’s been kind of rough on these Scandinavians.
The high school graduation ceremony moves out of the air-conditioning-less gymnasium, the students are disappointed by the transit of Venus, Hannah Rasmussen overuses a metaphor in her valedictorian speech, and the Mueller children return to Lake Wobegon for their mother’s funeral.
When I first started listening to it, I did not like A Prairie Home Companion.
I thought it was hokey.
The music wasn’t what I was into at the time (around 2006 when I moved back home).
I thought Garrison Keillor was too relaxing to listen to.
The stories were meh.
Then, one Sunday I was listening and something clicked. I don’t even remember what show it was, or what I was listening to… wait, it might have been Guy Noir. Anyway, something clicked and I just started listening more and more and more and I grew to like it. Now I hate to miss APC on Sunday morning (I’m doing stuff on Saturday night, so I listen to the rebroadcast).
I am now obsessed with this show. I’ll listen on the radio or via a stream from CMU or Michigan Radio.
Great show. I’m better because I listen to this show.
“Sweet corn is our family’s weakness. We were prepared to resist atheistic Communism, immoral Hollywood, hard liquor, gambling, dancing, smoking, fornication, but if Satan had come around with sweet corn, we at least would have listened to what he had to sell.”—Garrison Keillor, “Leaving Home” (via theycallmegomer)
It’s been beautiful. It’s been dry. It’s been in the 70s, a little breeze coming in, very low humidity.
The class of 1962 returns for a reunion, the class of 2012 plans their senior prank, the story of an epic food fight, a tent caterpillar infestation hits Lake Wobegon, and Corrine Tollerud discusses Kierkegaard and Christianity with Pastor Liz.
Existentialism is a powerful thing when you are 18 years old. It gives you the feeling that you… understand the world but you just can’t explain it to other people.
She had that feeling thinking of what she had written in her paper on Kierkegaard. We can only live life forwards, but we understand it backwards. We cannot endure and yet we must endure. We can only be what we are but whether we are or not we will live to regret it.