Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Feelgood radio (1): Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion & Lake Wobegon









Feelgood radio (1)

An homage to Lake Wobegon. Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion is IMHO still one of the best programmes on the air. If you don’t hear it on NPR in the US, then BBC7 has an hour long version at the weekends that will give you a taster.

Then you will want to hear the full 2 hours a week from the PHC website, which has stupendous archive of past shows at:
http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/
You can podcast the News From Lake Wobegon portion of the show from there too.

Guy Noir - Private Eye, the live of the Cowboys, Ketchup Advisory Board, Powder milk biscuits? All will become clear…A variety show that exudes quality and has done for three decades and more.

How to describe it to the uninitiated? Homespun philosophy, small town shenanigans delivered by a giant of the written and spoken word, with a liberal take on life. A religious upbringing with guilt of things pleasurable, but wonderfully worldly wise, witty and a great yarn spinner. I cannot say enough to do it justice. If you know the show you will know what I mean and may well know these links I am about to paste in- if you don’t know the show then try these links and enjoy the journey!

Myspace fansite:
http://www.myspace.com/minnesotapublicradio

Behind the scenes interview with GK: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15292428

Various snippets at You Tube- find your own and enjoy them. A couple for starters:
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=E0aeFnjXVwU&feature=related

GK back in 1985 at Mr Esoteric’s You Tube:
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=sHfUdff8OFE&feature=related