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February 6

What We Make of It — hosted by Chris Thile

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This week: Chris Thile returns to host his second live broadcast this season from the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota, where we’re still digging out from a recent blizzard. It’s another jam-packed show, with one of the world’s most respected musicians, Paul Simon; composer, multi-instrumentalist, and whistler Andrew Bird; comedy from Duluth’s own Maria Bamford; and a few of Chris’s Punch Brothers compadres, with Sarah Jarosz pinch-hitting on banjo (and more), and Ted Poor on drums. Plus: the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman; and our music director at the piano and Hammond B3, Richard Dworsky. Tune in for all that and so much more on your local public radio station Saturday evening, or watch live (Saturday, 5pm – 7pm CT) at!

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Upcoming show

February 13

When the Winter Comes

This week: The Old Scout is back at the mic for a live broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater on Exchange Street in Saint Paul, Minnesota. We’ll have a six-string clinic from the master himself, Leo Kottke, and high-octane bluegrass from Della Mae, up from Nashville by way of Boston. Plus: the Royal Academy of Radio Actors — Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman — will be on hand for scripts and scenes about winter life in Minnesota; music director and pianist Rich Dworsky conducts our rock’n’roll radio orchestra (Bernie Dresel on drums, bassist Larry Kohut, Richard Kriehn on mandolin and fiddle, and Chris Siebold, guitar); and we’ll have an update on two weeks’ worth of happenings and News from Lake Wobegon. Join us over the airwaves or watch live (Saturday, 5pm Central) at!

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January 30

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Download the Catchup and Mom scripts from our January 30 broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul with guest host Chris Thile.







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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Tour Journal

This Week's Joke

Why did the student eat his homework? Because his teacher said it was a piece of cake.

This joke was submitted by Jennifer Lynn Foster from Edison, NJ. 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 cleaning up the kitchen after having a few friends over for an afternoon of conversation and snacks and something to do. There were seven of us, four women and three men, and Mr. Sundberg dialed in for a quick speakerphone “hello” from Ohio where he’s giving a talk titled, “Procrastination:  To Do or Not to Do.” Read more

Driver Down

A bit heavy with the melodramatic title there but a week in a hospital bed can do that to a guy. Nurses bring you stuff. Warning lights and buzzers go off. You are tangled in sheets and it’s all about you. All the time. Your misery. Your boredom. Your pain. Your need to know. Plucked from the dynamic desert and mighty mountain, hauled off and laid down on linens, needled smoothly into blackness, immobilized and sliced open. All this while a concert stage stands waiting in San Francisco for your truckload of gear, with workers hired, talent signed, tickets sold. All now suspended in the quiet liquids of your bleeding torso.

Okay, okay. Enough. We get it. And you aren’t the only fool out there who can wrangle a semi either. So what happened? Read more

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