A Prairie Home Companion

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The only live music and variety show aired nationwide today, A Prairie Home Companion® is a Saturday night staple for radio audiences everywhere. The show features a unique blend of musical performances and comedy.

Beginning October, 2016, musician extraordinaire Chris Thile will take over for Garrison Keillor as the new host of A Prairie Home Companion. Chris' wide range of musical taste, paired with his vast network of famous and talented friends, will draw new, diverse talent to public radio.

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  • Friday, August 11, 2017 9:00pm
    "It has been fiercely, fiercely cold here this last week." Roger Hedlund visits the Chatterbox Cafe early on a cold morning and considers switching his farm from soybeans and corn to bluestem grass, a monologue from February 2001.
  • Friday, August 4, 2017 9:00pm
    "It's that beautiful time of year. Blue skies, a little chill in the air, and all these leaves on the ground, if you want to interact with leaves." Sister Arvonne surreptitiously organizes Halloween activities, and a Lake Wobegon ghost story, in an October 2006 monologue.
  • Friday, July 28, 2017 9:00pm
    "It's been hot out there this last week. It's been humid too, so that you wake up in the morning and there's a mist out over the meadows, beautiful mist with the sun shining through it." Gladys feels a longing for doomed love while listening to the opera, the Hansens' dove-breeding business goes awry, Judy Ingqvist searches for elegance, and a few verses of "Aften (Stille, Hjerte, Sol gaar ned)," in a monologue originally from June 2007.
  • Friday, July 21, 2017 9:00pm
    "We had about two weeks solid of rain and cold. People are getting moody and owly. But then at last the weather broke and we've had almost paradise now since, since Wednesday." Memories of listening to the radio during tornado warnings, Pastor Inqvist gives a sermon explaining the Trinity, and Mrs. Smiley's dog develops an unnatural attraction to a porcupine after eating Guilford tomatoes, in a monologue originally from June 2004.
  • Friday, July 14, 2017 9:00pm
    "It's been warm and beautiful there, the sun shone down. The tomatoes came up and the onions and the sweet corn and we sit in our backyards, the bushes thick and lush under the canopy of green" Kate Inqvist prepares to leave for her summer job as a camp counselor and her father, Pastor Inqvist, meets a woman tells him about a mystical experience at a Lutheran church in Minneapolis, a monologue from June 1996.

Writer Percival Everett is a man of the West: the region, for him, is a place of calm and comfort, danger and extremes. His new collection of short stories, Half an Inch of Water, is set largely in Wyoming, where Everett lived for a time and which he says might be his favorite state. ("It's so sparsely populated," he says as praise.)

But the prolific author wrote his new book far away from that iconic landscape.

"I wrote these while I was in Paris," Everett tells NPR's Arun Rath. "I was living in Paris, and for some reason I started writing ranch stories.

After the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., advocates for children in the state put a renewed focus on special education and children who need help.

One challenge? Getting parents and school districts to agree on what to do.

At a house in West Hartford, a young man and his grandfather are watching movies. First, it's The Love Bug. Now, it's Aliens.

"There's a lot of action scenes in it," says the young man. He's still a teenager, actually, a big 19-year-old who loves comic books and martial arts.

For those who have never seen the show American Ninja Warrior: Imagine an Army obstacle course, redesigned by Dr. Seuss and a team of rock-climbing acrobats. Competitors have to thread their way through the daunting obstacles, completing a number of stages before they can hope to finish the whole thing.

Life With A Comedian Isn't Always Funny

Sep 20, 2015

Kelly Carlin, George Carlin's daughter, released a new memoir called A Carlin Home Companion, about growing up as the only daughter of one of the greatest comedians of all time. (This encore piece first aired on All Things Considered on Sept. 15.)

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As part of a series called My Big Break, All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

After an action-packed chase through the dried-up LA River, The Terminator, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, rescues a kid named John Connor on his motorcycle. They're running from a cyborg dressed as a cop — an advanced prototype called the T-1000.

The wildly successful prime-time soap opera Empire is back: Season 2 kicks off next week.

The Season 1 finale brought in 17 million viewers — despite the conventional wisdom that the days of broadcast television drawing in audiences like that are over.

Antony Britton literally dug his own grave — and it very nearly killed him.

Britton, an escape artist in the tradition of Harry Houdini, had been attempting a stunt Houdini made famous: Britton was handcuffed, shackled, plopped in a grave and buried under 6 feet of dirt.

There's something to know about that particular "Buried Alive" stunt: Even Houdini himself couldn't pull it off. In fact, part of the reason it's still remembered today is that Houdini failed, and nearly died along the way.

As part of a legal settlement with environmental groups, the U.S. Navy has agreed to limit their use of sonar in certain areas off California and Hawaii that are whale habitats. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Joshua Horwitz, author of War of the Whales.

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