Been listening to “The News From Lake Wobegon” podcast (a snippet of A Prairie Home Companion radio broadcast) this week, and LOVE it. I watched the APHC movie last fall and hated it, but was fascinated by this Garrison Keillor fellow, and the concept of an old-timey variety-show radio broadcast, complete with faux commericals. If you’ve never listened in before, its broadcasted live from St. Paul, MN (you can go to the theater and go see it in person). Lake Wobegon is Mr. Keillor’s made-up hometown, and he delivers a delicious little monologue about the happenings of this town each week….things like the cancellation of the high school musical, the glories of a homegrown tomato (“eating a homegrown tomato is redemptive”, and small-town Lutheran congregations (“we don’t have altar calls…sin in something you deal with on your own time”). I’ve laughed out loud at every one, and as I’m listening to his lilting baritone prose, I feel like I should be sitting on a porch in a high-back rocking chair, in a cotton dress, embroidering or shelling peas on a hot summer evening, listening to the radio and the mosquitos. This little podcast is seventeen minutes of serenity in an otherwise boisterous day around here. Liam loves listening to it too – he goes into Zen mode when I turn it on, which is great during cranky hour. If you never have, give it a listen. Almost makes me want to go see APHC on the Rhubarb Tour at the Iowa State Fair this summer…but I ask myself, would I be the only person under 60 there?
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