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'The Prairie Home Companion' Live at The Greek Theater

Philip David Morton | Posted 06.10.2014 | 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 | Books

“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 | Books
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 | Books
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.

Legendary Radio Host Says He's Retiring

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

MINNEAPOLIS — Garrison Keillor plans to keep spinning tales of Lake Wobegon's Norwegian bachelor farmers for at least a couple more years, but t...

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...

"An Evening With Garrison Keillor," Carpenter Performing Arts Center

James Scarborough | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
James Scarborough

As you listen to these tales, told by this prairie Homer, you realize that becoming a connoisseur of life's precious moments makes this the perfect way to spend the last day of an otherwise endless summer.

Garrison Keillor: Michele Bachmann 'Embarrassing' To Minnesota

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Legendary humorist and radio host Garrison Keillor has come out swinging against Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) in her campaign for reelection, calli...

How Open Salon's User-Generated Content is Changing the World of Writing

Caroline Hagood | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Caroline Hagood

Open Salon is an endlessly fascinating place; like the Internet, its very structure teaches you how to interact with it, but unlike the Internet, that structure is essentially altruistic. It forces its participants to be supportive of one another.

BookExpo America 2010: Hopes And Dreams At The Javits Center (PHOTOS)

Jason Pinter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jason Pinter

Every one of the 30,000 attendees entered BookExpo America with dreams--and at BEA they all seem so tantalizingly possible.

Garrison Keillor: 'Book Publishing Is About To Slide Into The Sea'

Baltimore Sun | Garrison Keillor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Call me a pessimist, call me Ishmael, but I think that book publishing is about to slide into the sea. We live in a literate time, and our children ar...

Neil Gaiman Dust-Up Raises Questions About Authors and Speaking Fees

Will Weaver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Will Weaver

Neil Gaiman recently caused a fuss in Minnesota by accepting $45,000 for a guest appearance at a library. "Minnesota Nice" quickly went away as Gaiman was tarred with several brushes.

The Death of Air America: Why Liberals Fail at Talk Radio

Nathan Harden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Nathan Harden

Conservatives like to say that liberals aren't successful on the radio simply because their ideas don't hold up. But I have a formula that better explains it.