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May 21

En Avant

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This week: we’re back in Minnesota for a live broadcast from the historic State Theatre on happenin’ Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis. Sara Watkins joins us with her fiddle for a few of her own songs and a few classic American duets; Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele will bring the soul, funk, and gospel, and a touch of the world-renowned Minneapolis Sound; our friend Bob Douglas sings and plays the spoons; Philip Brunelle stops by with a specially selected quartet of VocalEssence singers; and we welcome our staff blues singer, Hilary Thavis. Plus: our Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman; pianist and music director Rich Dworsky at the helm of our well-oiled house band (drummer Bernie Dresel, Larry Kohut on bass, Richard Kriehn on mandolin and fiddle, and guitarist Chris Siebold); and an update on all the latest News from Lake Wobegon, just north of us in Mist County. It’s two hours of live radio from the (western) banks of the Mississippi, and you never know what could happen — tune in on your local station or watch live (5pm to 7pm Central, Saturday) at!

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May 28

Keep it Light, Keep it Moving

This week: we’re live from the Filene Center at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Virginia. Our future host Chris Thile joins us with his mandolin and a bag of sharp songs; Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks head down from New York City for a blast of big-band jazz; and Heather Masse travels from even farther north in New York, the state, to sing songs that will start your Memorial Day weekend off right. Plus: our Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman; pianist and music director Rich Dworsky and the band (drummer Bernie Dresel, Larry Kohut on bass, Richard Kriehn on mandolin and fiddle duties, and the many guitars of Chris Siebold); and an update from the host on the latest News from Lake Wobegon.

Audio available Sunday at noon CT.

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Download the Lives of the Cowboys, Wildlife, SFX, P.O.E.M., and Guy Noir scripts and the News from Lake Wobegon monologue from our May 14 broadcast in Spokane, WA.






Summer 2015

The America the Beautiful Tour

Featuring Sarah Jarosz,
Fred Newman,
and Rich Dworsky
with The Fare Thee Well Band




Videos from the tour

Tour Journal

This Week's Joke

How many altos does it take to screw in a light bulb? Just one, but a soprano has to stand to the side and ask, "Isn't that a little high for you?"

This joke was submitted by Cami Darst from Centennial, CO. Thanks!

January 30 Reactions

I love the new host. I have been listening since 1975 faithfully. The new show is wonderful, updated, great music and keeping close to the same format. Thanks so much!

Jan Sutton
Minneapolis Read more


Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. Was trying out a new recipe for lemon biscotti which I must say turned out quite well and that’s what I told Mr. S, who called from Vancouver where he’s giving a talk called “Being Who You Are in Life and Love.” Before he got on the plane, he’d asked what I thought about it all, which he often does as he prepares a talk, and which makes me feel pretty good. It’s nice to be asked your opinion. What I told him pretty much jives with what he thinks, and that’s not a surprise because Mr. S and I tend to match. Read more

Leaving Gotham

If a driver in eastern Pennsylvania needed to get a tractor-trailer rig full of show gear into the very heart of Manhattan to load in a show at seven on a Friday morning they would rise around 3:00 AM and have only the motel packet coffee, no shower, no breakfast, slide on to I-80 right in there among all the high-speed wired-up New Jersey go-getters. The morning race to The Bridge is on in full rush and it’s not even 4:00 a.m., and do you suppose an old trucker is thinking he’s soon going to miss all this excitement? Read more

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