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July 16

The Cold Hard Facts

Rebroadcast from October 18, 1997

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This week: our second summer rebroadcast, originally from October 1997 at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota. Bluegrass stalwarts The Del McCoury Band make their first appearance on our show and heat up the Fitz with “Baltimore Johnny” and “Love is a Long Road”; guitar hero Leo Kottke puts on a veritable six-string clinic, including his tune “Regards from Chuck Pink” and The Byrds “Eight Miles High”; and the Cowboys, Dusty and Lefty, find themselves imprisoned, accused of rustling forty-three hundred head of longhorns. Plus: music from The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band, and a word from Swanson’s Self Storage and our other sponsors. In Lake Wobegon, Earl Dickmeyer builds The World’s Largest Pile of Burlap Bags, which attracts international acclaim. Read notes from Rich Dworsky and Sue Scott about this week's rebroadcast →

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July 23

Ace in the Hole

Rebroadcast from October 9, 1999

This week: our summer rebroadcasts roll along, with another October broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater, this one originally aired during the fall of 1999. Quintessential New York folksinger Dave Van Ronk brought his guitar and his immediately recognizable voice for “Jelly, Jelly, Jelly” and “Where Were You Last Night?”; Gillian Welch and David Rawlings sang their soon-to-be classic “Time (The Revelator)” and delivered a one-time-only performance of Lefty Frizzell’s “That’s the Way Love Goes”; and bluesman Geoff Muldaur stopped by with “Drop Down Mama” and “Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good to You?” Plus: Rainbow Motor Oil and the Rainbow Family of Automotive Products presented our Royal Academy of Radio Actors in “The Story of Bob, a Young Artist,” a look at why men go deer hunting, and The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band played the “Garbage Man Blues” featuring Andy Stein’s ferocious fiddle. In Lake Wobegon, Darryl and Marilyn Tollerud reminisced about the early years of their courtship. Read notes from Gillian Welch about this week's rebroadcast →

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Summer 2015

The America the Beautiful Tour

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




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This Week's Joke

A new college graduate gets his first job in a hardware store. When he asks his boss what task he is assigned to, the man tells him to begin by sweeping the aisles. "But I'm a college graduate," replies the young man. "Oh," says the boss, "In that case, let me show you how it's done!"

This joke was submitted by Dave Lohmann from Plymouth, MN. 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!

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The Next Thing

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. It was a hot day, and lovely, and so much celebrating going on all ‘round.  Fourth of July weekend, what marks mid-summer for me, and we celebrated with a cookout and a bunch of brats from a butcher shop where you can find just about any flavor you want.  We had tater tot hotdish brats and whiskey peppercorn brats and beer batter cheese curd brats (I didn’t get the blueberry brats, but next time for sure). Oh my. And there were hickory beans and potato salad and corn on the cob, some broccoli salad with cheese and bacon, and for dessert, homemade shortcake with fresh berries and whipped cream. Pretty much what we had last year, and what a time we had together. Read more

From Jack to Ryman

This job all began when a shady-sounding outfit named Jack’s Auto Repair called for softball players on public radio. I was on a St. Paul architect’s beer team at the time, making up for my lack of a high school letter in anything. On Jack’s team I became the pitcher. Garrison was playing right field. After some random pickup games we joined an office league. At the team dinner ending the first season I learned our hard-hitting athletic center fielder was a city cop and the fun guy on second base was the director of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Dennis Russell Davies, who is now a musical giant living in Stuttgart. Still smiling, at least in the photos. (Probably not playing a lot of softball, though.) Read more

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