The News from Lake Wobegon for March 4, 2017

“It’s been warm there. It’s been up in the thirties so the snow’s been melting and dripping off the icicles, and the sidewalks are clear.” Animals venture into the town’s yards to look for food, and Alan Jansky returns for a visit after living in Santa Barbara for years, a monologue from March 2008.

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Writing

Books

A complete lists of works, including sample excerpts

Columns

From the New York Times, Time magazine, and the complete Chicago Tribune syndicated columns

Prose

Stories from The New Yorker and other magazines and a few lectures

Sonnets

Sonnets of praise, some erotic, some lamentations, and some street sonnets

Verse

Poems on topics both serious and not-so-serious

Video

Videos from readings, interviews, solo shows and more

Radio

Albums

A complete list of radio and audiobook collections, with audio samples

Audio

Speeches, interviews, readings and other audio clips

Songs

Audio and lyrics for songs featured on A Prairie Home Companion.

The News from Lake Wobegon

The latest news and views from the little town where "all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average"

A Prairie Home Companion Solo The Gratitude Tour

January 27, 2016

Wednesday

7:30 p.m.

Houston, TX

Houston, TX

A live performance with Richard Dworsky at Jones Hall

January 28, 2016

Thursday

8:00 p.m.

Richardson, TX

Richardson, TX

A live performance with Richard Dworsky at the Charles W. Eisemann Center

January 31, 2016

Sunday

7:00 p.m.

Newark, NJ

Newark, NJ

A live performance with Richard Dworsky at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center

February 1, 2016

Monday

8:00 p.m.

New York City, NY

New York City, NY

A live performance at the 92nd Street Y

February 14, 2016

Sunday

3:00 p.m.

Omaha, NE

Omaha, NE

A live performance with Richard Dworsky at the Holland Performing Arts Center

“It’s been warm there. It’s been up in the thirties so the snow’s been melting and dripping off the icicles, and the sidewalks are clear.” Animals venture into the town’s yards to look for food, and Alan Jansky returns for a visit after living in Santa Barbara for years, a monologue from March 2008.

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Writing

Alaska is a state that one remembers long afterward

Up to Alaska last week to visit old friends and relive fragrant memories of previous trips. Landing on a short uphill grass strip near a native village and later taking off on that strip and off the edge of a cliff. Fishing in a fjord near Juneau as a dark enormity rolled up from the deep, a humpback 30 feet off starboard. Encountering a moose while biking around Anchorage. Sitting in a friendly cafe in Sitka that felt like family. Hiking the Iditarod trail and seeing the body of a moose who broke through the ice of a lake and drowned. Going to the state fair in Palmer and mingling with Alaskans in a state of euphoria produced by sunlight.

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The president of visuals

So it now appears that the president has deep feelings about the sufferings of infants, or, as he would say, “very, very deep feelings, believe me.” This was apparent when he talked about the gas attack on Syrian civilians last week. Scores of people were killed but it was the sight of dying babies on TV (“it doesn’t get any worse than that”) that particularly moved the man to reconsider his hands-off policy toward Syria and send the USS Ross and USS Porter to the eastern Mediterranean to launch 59 Tomahawk missiles against a Syrian air base. Presumably, no infants were housed at the base.

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Sisyphus would have been a Democrat

“Whan that Aprille up in Minnesota the drought of March hath pierced to the roote and bathed every vein in sweet liqueur which makes the corn grow, and it helps to use manure,” wrote Chaucer, or words to that effect.

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It’s poetry month, so write one, Terence

April is Poetry Month, a painful reminder for some, who suffered under English teachers who made them write about the cherry tree wearing white for Eastertide or “The Love Song of J. Alfred Pruneface” by T.S. Eliot, that small dark cloud of a poet.

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Trump has no idea how to tend his garden

What a world. I spend an evening looking at a friend’s video he shot in Uganda, impoverished people dancing with hands over their heads, overjoyed that a well has been dug and they can drink good water without having to hike for miles. The next day I read about a foundation grant to create storytelling programs in small towns to create radical reimaginings of narratives that lead to healing. And then the Boy President is on TV with Angela Merkel looking at him and thinking, “Who is that old game-show host standing at the lectern? What movie am I in?”

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The Donner Party understood health care — so does Trump

Last fall when he was winning hearts and minds in the Midwest, Mr. Red Cap promised to remove the curse of Obamacare from the nation and replace it with something beautiful that would cover everybody. Now that Trumpcare is out for previews, he is still upbeat and says he is in a “beautiful negotiation” and will wind up with a “beautiful picture,” but it’s no longer about everybody. And the picture seems more like a watercolor than a photo.

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The Epic of Donald Trump

The $54 billion bonus heading for the Pentagon is a beautiful thing, and so far I haven’t heard a dog bark against it, even though we don’t appear to have $54 billion worth of new enemies and we’ve now come to admire former enemy Vladimir Putin, and the idea of throwing billions at the Islamic State is like going after bedbugs with bazookas, so there it sits, a big lake of cash waiting for water skiers.

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Confessions of the most important man in the universe

Joe Biden is following me. I go to lunch at Mickey’s Diner and he’s sitting two stools away, wearing a stocking cap and a fake mustache with a fake nose and glasses but he says, “Hey, how’s it going, fella?” It’s Joe Biden. So pathetic. Sad.

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Trumpology is your old uncle with better lighting

“Maniacal” is not a word you care to hear about the president of the United States, especially not from his close adviser. Previously, “maniacal” was reserved for the Joker, Doctor Doom, Dr. No, Lex Luthor, and the boy fuehrer of North Korea, but there it was, uttered by Stephen Bannon to the conservatives congregated in Washington — “maniacally focused” — which tells you why Mr. Bannon is not allowed out very often: he would scare the bejabbers out of the good Republican voters in the Midwest. He is a Crusader and out here in flat country, where we don’t have huge boulders to hide behind, we try to get along with the neighbors.

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Donald Trump’s tremendous Sermon on the Mount

The Lord is my shepherd. OK? Totally. Big league. He is a tremendous shepherd. The best. No comparison. I know more than most people about herding sheep. And that’s why I won the election in a landslide and it’s why my company is doing very very well. Because He said, “I’m with you, Donald. You will never want.”

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Radio
The News from Lake Wobegon for April 15, 2017

The News from Lake Wobegon for April 15, 2017

“Getting warm up there, getting up into the 60s and even thinking about getting up into the 70s so it’s been very pleasant — and no snow fell this last week.” The town celebrates the 1st of May, and a few memories of post-prom parties at the Bunsens’ cabin, in a monologue from May 2015.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for April 8, 2017

The News from Lake Wobegon for April 8, 2017

“It’s spring, spring out there, which, in the case of Minnesota, means there’s a little more snow forecast. About eight inches of snow, some places 10 inches, fell.” Farmers prepare for spring planting after a successful year, the town takes a break for Easter Vacation, and Darlene meets a man on Match.com, a monologue originally from April 2008.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for April 1, 2017

The News from Lake Wobegon for April 1, 2017

“We’ve had wind and snow and rain and cold rain and a little snow, that melting snow, and then wind some more. It’s spring we know that now, even if it’s a little chilly.” Darlene has an epiphany while out for an Easter morning walk, Carl Krebsbach feeds a flock of Tundra Swans out on the lake, Viola Tors attends a clothing-optional Lutheran church in Palm Beach, in an April 2016 monologue.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for March 25, 2017

The News from Lake Wobegon for March 25, 2017

“Had some nice days here this last week. It wasn’t too terribly cold. The sun was shining.” Lyle teaches high school students about the vernal equinox, the town’s old men discuss modern cars, and the last of the rhubarb gets made into pies at the Chatterbox Cafe, in a monologue from March 1997.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for March 18, 2017

The News from Lake Wobegon for March 18, 2017

“It’s been beautiful this last week. The sun was shining. It’s been a gorgeous, gorgeous winter. We got a little snow on Monday, Thursday, just a decorator snow.” Mr. Berge tells a few jokes to ducks out on the lake, the Men’s Prayer Group gathers at Bunsen Motors, and the Lutheran Church holds its Lenten soup suppers, in a March 2014 monologue.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for March 11, 2017

The News from Lake Wobegon for March 11, 2017

“It was the most beautiful snowfall in yesterday morning in Lake Wobegon. It was just gorgeous, it was like something out of a children’s book.” The town pledges for the annual “Big Plunge” fundraising event, Lake Wobegon High School students learn about owls, and a local English teacher makes an enriching discovery while walking in the woods, in a monologue from March 2013.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for March 4, 2017

The News from Lake Wobegon for March 4, 2017

“It’s been warm there. It’s been up in the thirties so the snow’s been melting and dripping off the icicles, and the sidewalks are clear.” Animals venture into the town’s yards to look for food, and Alan Jansky returns for a visit after living in Santa Barbara for years, a monologue from March 2008.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for February 25, 2017

The News from Lake Wobegon for February 25, 2017

“It’s been warm there. It’s been up in the 20s and so we don’t know when the other shoe is going to drop but we are sure that it will eventually, sooner rather than later.” Myrtle Krebsbach hosts the Valentine’s Day supper and dance, rumors swirl after Pastor Inqvist spends a few days in Nashville, and thoughts on the temptation of putting your tongue on a pump handle in the winter, a monologue originally from February 2003.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for February 18, 2017

The News from Lake Wobegon for February 18, 2017

“It’s been cold here, got down to 30-below wind chill here earlier in the week, starting to warm up a little bit now. They are forecasting more snow for Monday, Tuesday night.” Corrine Tollerud returns from St. Olaf College for a weekend, the Hansens attempt to prevent their dog from being hit by cars, Lake Wobegon Lutheran Church holds its Lenten services, and Cindy Hedlund meets someone online after just a few months as a widow, in a monologue from February 2015.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for February 11, 2017

The News from Lake Wobegon for February 11, 2017

“It’s been cold there. The furnaces are starting to make strange noises and enormous icicles the size of Minuteman missiles hang from the eves down there.” A few stories about the host’s distinguished East Coast ancestors, the Valentine’s Day Robbery on the Great Northern Railroad, and a childhood Valentine’s Day experience, in a monologue from February 2004.

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A Prairie Home Companion Solo The Gratitude Tour
Schedule

April 24, 2017

Monday

7:00 p.m.

Bemidji, MN

The Gratitude Tour — Bemidji, MN

A live performance at Bemidji State University’s Beaux Arts Ballroom

April 25, 2017

Tuesday

7:00 p.m.

St. Joseph, MN

The Gratitude Tour — St. Joseph, MN

A live performance at the College of St. Benedict’s Escher Auditorium

April 26, 2017

Wednesday

7:00 p.m.

St. Peter, MN

The Gratitude Tour — St. Peter, MN

A live performance at Gustavus Adolphus College’s Christ Chapel

April 28, 2017

Friday

8:00 p.m.

Moorhead, MN

The Gratitude Tour — Moorhead, MN

A live performance at Concordia College’s Knutson Campus Center

May 6, 2017

Saturday

7:00 p.m.

Nashville, TN

Garrison Keillor Celebrates The Ryman — Nashville, TN

A live performance at The Ryman Auditorium

May 8, 2017

Monday

7:00 p.m.

Springfield, MO

Springfield, MO

A live performance at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts

May 9, 2017

Tuesday

8:00 p.m.

Dallas, TX

Dallas, TX

A live performance at the AT&T Performing Arts Center

May 10, 2017

Wednesday

7:00 p.m.

Macon, GA

Macon, GA

A live performance at the Macon City Auditorium

May 19, 2017

Friday

8:00 p.m.

Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati, OH

A live performance at the Aronoff Center

May 21, 2017

Sunday

8:00 p.m.

Washington D.C.

Washington D.C.

A live performance at the Lincoln Theatre

Press/Clips
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CBS Sunday Morning — Garrison Keillor signs off — June 26, 2016

CBS Sunday Morning — Garrison Keillor signs off — June 26, 2016

A profile of Garrison as he prepares to retire from A Prairie Home Companion

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Poems of Gratitude: The Fourth Annual Common Good Books Poetry Contest

Garrison and Common Good Books are sponsoring a poetry contest! Pour your love onto the page, shape it well, and mail your love letter to Common Good Books before April 15 — fame and fortune could be yours.

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Blank on Blank — Garrison Keillor on Humor — December 15, 2015

Blank on Blank — Garrison Keillor on Humor — December 15, 2015

An animated short taken from Garrison’s 1994 interview with George Plimpton

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The National Press Club — 5/22/2015

The National Press Club — 5/22/2015

Garrison spoke at the National Press Club on May 22, 2015

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The Late Late Show — 6/4/2014

The Late Late Show — 6/4/2014

Garrison visits The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson to discuss The Keillor Reader

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C-SPAN: 1999 Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner

C-SPAN: 1999 Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner

Garrison talks about civility in an address to the Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner in Washington D.C.

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CBS This Morning: 40 years of A Prairie Home Companion: Behind Garrison Keillor’s success

CBS This Morning: 40 years of A Prairie Home Companion: Behind Garrison Keillor’s success

Garrison chats with CBS This Morning about A Prairie Home Companion‘s 40th anniversary and his book The Keillor Reader

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AP: Keillor to celebrate 40 years on Lake Wobegon

AP: Keillor to celebrate 40 years on Lake Wobegon

Garrison discusses the 40th anniversary of A Prairie Home Companion in an interview with the Associated Press

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