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Garrison Keillor

Loudon & Friends: The Wain-Wrights Of Passage

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 07.30.2016 | Arts
Randee Mia Berman

It's a family that needs almost no introduction. But here it is anyway. It started with Loudon -- a musical legend -- and continued on to Sloan, Rufus, Martha, Lucy, Lexi, Suzzi...and, well, you almost need a genealogy chart, or at least a timeline, to map it out.

Garrison Keillor's Prophecy and Apostasy

Sam Husseini | Posted 07.04.2016 | Media
Sam Husseini

On what was billed as his last show, Garrison Keillor, host of "A Prairie Home Companion" got a call from President Barack Obama and they traded exten...

Brilliant Writers Describe The Dangers Of Trump As Only They Can

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 06.28.2016 | Politics

Several writers better known for their literary contributions have ventured into the political arena recently to denounce presumptive Republican nomin...

Garrison Keillor #WeekendTryst

Petra Perkins | Posted 05.09.2016 | Entertainment
Petra Perkins

You were smitten. It was one of those heart-rending autumn days. You knew it in your heart: the big chill (winter) was just around the corner, so you...

Jerry Nelson on Feeding the Machine, Husband Training and Getting a Book Deal With a Great Publisher

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.02.2016 | Home
David Henry Sterry

We've been to the South Dakota Festival of Books twice so far, and we have now discovered two amazing writers who came to the festival without a book deal.

Garrison Keillor Says He Is Stepping Down As Host Of 'A Prairie Home Companion'

Associated Press | Kelly Chen | Posted 07.20.2015 | Media

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Garrison Keillor, creator and longtime host of the popular "A Prairie Home Companion" radio show, says he means it this time:...

Beauty and the Best: Catching Up With the Wailin' Jennys

Michael Bialas | Posted 05.24.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Keeping Up With Kardashians? Nah. Catching Up With the Canadians is much more enlightening, productive and enjoyable, knowing that these three Jennys are the best roots-minded, folk-heroic songwriting, three part-harmonizing, angelic-sounding sisters of mercy you'll find since Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris.

First Nation Ride For Mother Earth Forms "Norwegian/Indian Alliance"

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 10.20.2014 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

Her audience was mostly blond and blue eyed, and blue eyes widened at the news that the Enbridge Corporation was planning a pipeline that would traverse treasured lakes and waterways in northern Minnesota.

'The Prairie Home Companion' Live at The Greek Theater

Philip David Morton | Posted 05.26.2015 | Entertainment
Philip David Morton

This Friday Garrison Keillor brought his tried and trusted band of radio renegades to the Greek Theater and broadcast live across the nation his original review; The Prairie Home Companion. It turned out to be one of the most enjoyable nights of theater in my life.

Forget Google, Memorize Poems

Peter W. Wood | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Peter W. Wood

Choosing a poem to memorize is a bit like choosing to a get a tattoo. Both involve ink, and the results are close to permanent, so it is a good idea to choose carefully.

Tailgating Portlandia-Style

Posted 01.29.2014 | Comedy

The football season is nearly over, but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of other tailgate-worthy events. Take this first-look clip from the new...

What Turning 70 Is Really Like

Joan Gage | Posted 11.18.2013 | Fifty
Joan Gage

When you turn 70, you can't consider yourself middle-aged any more. Let's face it, you're wicked old. Which doesn't sound great, but in ancient times the entry into cronehood, the third period of a woman's life -- after Maiden and Mother -- was feted with ceremonies and rituals, because the crones were revered as wise women who could impart their knowledge to the tribe.

Yellowcard's 9/11 Tribute "Believe," Plus Chats with FFF's John Ondrasik, TDWP's Mike Hranica, OCMS's Ketch Secor and Max Frost

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.10.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Written after the tragedy of 9/11, Yellowcard's song "Believe" -- from their 1993 breakthrough album Ocean Avenue -- was written as a thank you to first responders in the police, fire department, and other heroes.

Garrison Keillor Tells Us The Difference Between Plumbing And Storytelling

Posted 05.15.2013 | Home

“Is the art of storytelling dead?” Garrison Keillor, the host for the 2013 Moth Ball in New York, said he was once asked this question by a fan...

New Year's Lament

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 03.09.2013 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Toward the end of the last year, which I will nostalgically refer to as 2012, I was humming along. But then, like some backcountry alpine skier who snags an errant boulder, I flipped. Now I'm filing my nails, reordering the cupboards, and walking in circles. Literally.

In Praise of the Author Crush

Stephanie Vanderslice | Posted 08.13.2012 | Home
Stephanie Vanderslice

It seems to be all about the crush these days -- man crushes, chick crushes, book crushes. When readers talk about their literary crushes, most are referring to characters in fiction. But when I casually mentioned my longtime infatuation with author Charles Baxter, it seemed to strike a chord.

Mark Twain Words & Music: A Stylish Miracle to Fend Off Hard Times

Cindy Lovell | Posted 06.08.2012 | Home
Cindy Lovell

With attendance dwindling and the economy uncertain, museums -- especially those without a healthy endowment -- are getting creative. And proactive.

When Everyone Gets a Trophy, No One Wins

Michael Sigman | Posted 06.18.2012 | Education
Michael Sigman

The nation has become a self-parodic reflection of Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon: thanks to collusion between parents and educators, the vast majority of all private school children are virtually guaranteed to be above average.

'A Prairie Home Companion' Cruise Of The Mediterranean

Posted 04.09.2012 | Travel

Fans of Garrison Keillor and "A Prairie Home Companion" can join the crew of the popular radio show for a Mediterranean cruise this summer. The si...

The Lake Wobegon Effect and the Cell Phone Ban

John B. Townsend II | Posted 02.27.2012 | DC
John B. Townsend II

You don't have to be delusional, or live in Lake Wobegon for that matter, to know being distracted behind the wheel for even just a few seconds greatly increases your chances of being in a crash.

Bachmann's Lavish Praise For Liberal Radio Host Goes Unrequited

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) praises "A Prarie Home Companion" host Garrison Keillor in her new memoir, Core of Conviction, even though the public ...

Boardwalk Empires, Mockingbirds, Concertos & Rocket Science: Conversations with The Jayhawks, Bela Fleck and Vince Giordano

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.22.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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What David Sedaris Teaches Us About Middle Age

Delia Lloyd | Posted 08.02.2011 | Home
Delia Lloyd

If you aren't familiar with Sedaris, listen to "Santaland Diaries" -- a diary of his Christmas as an elf at Macy's -- which catapulted him to fame. It generated more requests for tapes than any story in Morning Edition history.

Love, Canadian Style: The Wailin' Jennys Are Bright Morning (Afternoon and Evening) Stars

Michael Bialas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Talk about a sweetheart deal hours before Valentine's Day. Three angelic voices in one heavenly group called The Wailin' Jennys were making one of the...

Garrison Keillor, Uncensored for Christmas

Jackson Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jackson Williams

Some in the rightwing blogosphere, who can't stand Garrison Keillor for his liberal politics, are taking shots at him for his recent pro-Christmas pie...