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A Prairie Home Companion is a live radio variety show hosted by Garrison Keillor featuring comedy sketches, music, and Keillor’s signature monologue, “The News from Lake Wobegon.”

August 29, 2015: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"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.

August 22, 2015: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"We got a good snow here this last week. Over this last weekend, got a foot of snow and it just cheered everybody up immediately." The fresh snow revives conversation around town, Myrtle Anderson tries to return to town 33 years after an embezzlement scandal, and everyone agrees not to turn their Christmas lights on too soon, in a November 2010 monologue.

August 15, 2015: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"This was the week that the weather turned. The big ship swung off to the North." Carl Krebsbach tries a new and embarrassing method of leaf collection, the town celebrates Veterans Day, and newly widowed Becky Beckman keeps a final promise to her husband Bradley by taking his place on an annual deer-hunting trip, in a monologue from November 2010.

August 8, 2015: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"Something about a storm moving through just takes all your troubles with it. All the things that you were worried about this morning just go away with the storm." The Whippets lose a big game to the Avon Bards in the 9th inning, Arlene Bunsen visits her son in Houston, Texas, and an old hermit moves into the Inqvists' house and plants a magnificent garden, in a monologue from June 2008.

August 1, 2015: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"The crocuses are up and the tulips are up, and then we got a little bit of snow overnight but nobody said a word about it." Dorothy wins the "Guess the Ice Melt" contest, Lyle watches over a tundra swan that has decided to be a dog, and Pastor Liz discards a sermon about the beauty of family, in a monologue from April 2011.

July 25, 2015: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"We had about 15 minutes of spring this year, kind of typical in Minnesota, and then it turned into summer all of a sudden." The town avoids Senator K. Thorvaldson and his boring rhubarb stories, and when Sally Emmett gets married after graduating from Macalester College, everyone is mystified by the groom's Californian parents -- a monologue from June 2002.

July 18, 2015: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"We've gotten some snow, even better than that, we've gotten frost -- frost, when you have a clear night and you have high humidity, you wake up in the morning and everything is covered with frost." A terrible flu hits Lake Wobegon, memories of ice skating and smoking in the warming house, storytelling around a bonfire on a frozen lake, and the Lutheran church ends the year with a surplus, in a monologue from January 2013.

July 11, 2015: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"It's been this gorgeous, gorgeous September, this beautiful time--so much happening." Lake Wobegon welcomes the arrival of fall, a bear surprises Irene Bunsen, then stays in town, starting a debate over who will pay to have it removed, and high school students take the ACT exam, in a monologue from September 2013.

July 4, 2015: Bonus download! - Mom

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Mom calls to inquire about Duane's plans for Independence Day.

July 4, 2015: Bonus download! - Fireworks

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Garrison celebrated the 4th of July with this poem about fireworks at a family picnic.

July 4, 2015: Bonus download! - The Lives of the Cowboys

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Dusty and Lefty attend a cowboy contest Macalester College.

July 4, 2015: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"Full blown summer out there. The raspberries are ripe. They're so sweet -- how we love them. The boats are out on the lake, fishing boats and pontoon boats are out there." Mr. Snecker falls asleep on the curb in front of the Chatterbox Cafe, the town holds a mostly successful 4th of July parade, and the story of the famous Living Flag.

June 27, 2015: Bonus download! - Knee

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A word from our sponsor American Horizontal

June 27, 2015: Bonus download! - Melville

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Author Herman Melville stops by to discuss his book 'Moby Dick.'

June 27, 2015: Bonus download! - He Wipes the Tear from Every Eye

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Garrison and Sarah Jarosz, with a tribute to our friend Jean Redpath, who passed away last year

June 27, 2015: Bonus download! - The Lives of the Cowboys

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Dusty and Lefty head to the Berkshires to become bounty hunters

June 27, 2015: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"It's been beautiful summer weather, it's been up in the 80s. We've gotten some rain, not too terribly much and everything is green." Mr. Magendantz changes his lawn-mowing pattern, Irene Bunsen creates her own tomato varieties, the town holds a tractor parade for Midsummer Day, and the host recalls attending a gospel meeting as a teenager.

June 20, 2015: Bonus download! - Dads / Father's Prayer

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Listen to Garrison's tribute to fathers on Father's Day weekend

June 20, 2015: The News from Lake Wobegon

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"We had some storms out there but it's been all good for us. The mourning doves we hear them in the morning, we see the fireflies at night." Clarence Bunsen sleeps on his boat so he can think in the middle of the night; the story of Mr. Musselman, who was driven from town by deerflies; and the Whippets win a close game.

June 13, 2015: Bonus download! - Seattle poem

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A celebration of the uphill lifestyle in Seattle