A Prairie Home Companion: News from Lake Wobegon

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Revisit memorable performances of Garrison Keillor's signature monologue, The News from Lake Wobegon, from rebroadcasts of the live public radio program A Prairie Home Companion. Garrison created A Prairie Home Companion in July 1974 and hosted for 42 years, until July 2016. Enjoy classic tales from the town where "all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.” Produced by American Public Media. Twitter: @prairie_home

"It's that beautiful time of year. Blue skies, a little chill in the air, and all these leaves on the ground, if you want to interact with leaves." Sister Arvonne surreptitiously organizes Halloween activities, and a Lake Wobegon ghost story, in an October 2006 monologue.
"It's been hot out there this last week. It's been humid too, so that you wake up in the morning and there's a mist out over the meadows, beautiful mist with the sun shining through it." Gladys feels a longing for doomed love while listening to the opera, the Hansens' …
"We had about two weeks solid of rain and cold. People are getting moody and owly. But then at last the weather broke and we've had almost paradise now since, since Wednesday." Memories of listening to the radio during tornado warnings, Pastor Inqvist gives a sermon explaining the Trinity, and …
"It's been warm and beautiful there, the sun shone down. The tomatoes came up and the onions and the sweet corn and we sit in our backyards, the bushes thick and lush under the canopy of green" Kate Inqvist prepares to leave for her summer job as a camp counselor …
"It's been hot and steamy out there and people have been showing up down at the bathing beach, that we don't think are from our town, we are not sure." Pastor Inqvist and his wife take a four-week vacation so the Worship and Music Committee enlists a replacement pastor to …
"It's been lovely whether. It's been warm. We got a little bit of rain. It's been great for the tomatoes." Irene Bunsen gloats when her tomato plants outstrip her brother-in-law Clarence's crop, the 4th of July committee debates rules for the annual parade and picnic, and Mr. Olson fights proposed …
"This is the shank of summer. It's such a gorgeous time of year. It's been so beautiful in Lake Wobegon. The yards, the lawns have never looked more beautiful than they do right now." Thoughts on lawn maintenance and strawberry-rhubarb pie, the Tollefson boy considers moving to Los Angeles, and …
"We had some storms out there but it's been all good for us. The mourning doves we hear them in the morning, we see the fireflies at night." Clarence Bunsen sleeps on his boat so he can think in the middle of the night; the story of Mr. Musselman, who …
"It's been cool. There's been some rain, which we appreciate out there because it gives you a reason not to do things you thought you were going to have to do." The high school decides to hold graduation outdoors at the last minute, the class of 2015 pulls off one …
"It's been June weather. Everything is happening at once. The dragonflies are all kind of breeding and they're out and they're mating." Thoughts on desert living and the benefits of rhubarb, the high school's senior class pulls the annual graduation ceremony prank, and parents contemplate their graduates' futures, in a …
"It's been warm out here, been in the 80s, so we were very grateful for this big thunderstorm that came along on Tuesday night. Big shards of lightning splitting the sky sure gets everybody's attention."The Lutheran Church search committee looks for a replacement for Pastor Inqvist, caterpillars take over the …
"The weather's just been gorgeous. It was warm this last week, it was up in the 80s. There was a little bit of rain, not enough, but there's never enough." The Whippets win a few games with the help of young pitcher "Whiplash" Wilson, garage sale season begins, the Larson …
"It's been cool here this last week, actually 'cold' I think would be a better term for it -- and it snowed. But it's only the first week of May and precipitation comes in many different forms." Cool weather temporarily rids the town of insects, Carl Krebsbach becomes a spectacle …
"It was warm and kind of windy all week and we got this terrific thunderstorm on Wednesday, which was a great boon, to get washed off like that." Fishing season begins and fishermen return to their pursuit of famous walleye Old Pete, Luann cuts her hair very short, the town …
"It's been kind of cool, sunny but windy out there, and the other day a little snow fell, just a few flakes. We ignored it. We did not comment on it." Bridal shower season arrives, Darlene invites three suitors to the Sidewinder Bar in Millet, and Arlene Bunsen counsels her …
"Spring has come out awfully certainly there. Just about two weeks ago there was still ice on the lake and now this past week it got up into the 90s. People running around in shorts, t-shirts." Carl Krebsbach's brother-in-law attempts to assemble a garden tiller, high school students prepare for …
"Getting warm up there, getting up into the 60s and even thinking about getting up into the 70s so it's been very pleasant -- and no snow fell this last week." The town celebrates the 1st of May, and a few memories of post- prom parties at the Bunsens' cabin, …
"It's spring, spring out there, which, in the case of Minnesota, means there's a little more snow forecast. About eight inches of snow, some places 10 inches, fell." Farmers prepare for spring planting after a successful year, the town takes a break for Easter Vacation, and Darlene meets a man …
"We've had wind and snow and rain and cold rain and a little snow, that melting snow, and then wind some more. It's spring we know that now, even if it's a little chilly." Darlene has an epiphany while out for an Easter morning walk, Carl Krebsbach feeds a flock …
"Had some nice days here this last week. It wasn't too terribly cold. The sun was shining." Lyle teaches high school students about the vernal equinox, the town's old men discuss modern cars, and the last of the rhubarb gets made into pies at the Chatterbox Cafe, in a monologue …