Whipping Potatoes

Dear Mr. Keillor, On the show yesterday you spoke of Thanksgivings past, and mentioned that your aunt would "whip the potatoes." I come from a Minnesota family in which potatoes were whipped; my husband, however, is from a "mashed" family. How do I deal with this? Any words of wisdom would be ... Read More

The Prairie Queen

Hello, Mr. Keillor, In the monologue last week from Duluth, you made reference to the famed "Prairie Queen" passenger train to Duluth. As an amateur railroad historian, I would like to know: did such a train exist, or is it a product of your imagination? Kim William Jones Anoka, MN ... Read More

Finding a Place That Feels Right

Dear Mr. Keillor, I am hoping you will respond and that it will put my soul at ease. I have been in school/training for 15 years since graduating from high school and since finishing my studies over a year ago, I have moved twice in the hopes that I will find the place where I belong. Now I am ... Read More

Getting Old

Garrison: My mother retired five years ago and is living the free-form retirement lifestyle and recently, when she turned 64, I asked her how it felt and she said, "It's old." I said, "Well, no, not really," and she said, "No, it's old." ... Read More

Amazon’s Effect

To the Host: How do you feel about Amazon.com's effect on books and bookselling? I am biased, being a book fiend and librarian. Is any good coming from the company having such a huge effect on books and bookselling? ... Read More

Sibling Envy

Hello Mr. Keillor, I'm in my mid twenties and I have an older brother who is very handsome and, through hard work and luck, very wealthy. While I work in a career I find enjoyable, I will never get rich at it. Nor do I possess such good looks as he. Lately, I find it so hard to spend time around ... Read More

Coffee Shop

To the host: I need to name the new coffeeshop at the Lutheran School of Theology (without getting fired). Help? Ben Chicago -- Scriptural Grounds. Or-- Caffeinated by Grace. Or maybe-- He Brews. ... Read More


Dear Mr. Keillor: Merriam-Webster's 2014 Collegiate Dictionary will include the word "Yooper" for the first time. As a long time resident of Michigan's Upper Peninsula who has benefited from a liberal arts education heavily steeped in the humanities, I'm personally pleased that our shared moniker ... Read More


Great show on March 29! You sang a song called "Argonne" and I wonder if you wrote it? Nancy G. Ashland, OR -- Yes, I wrote it, to an old tune "Lowlands" so instead of "Lowlands, lowlands, away my boys" I sang "All gone, all gone away, my boys, all gone away." I wrote it after seeing the picture in ... Read More