"A book is a gift you can open again and again." — Garrison Keillor

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Summer may be over but every ending brings a new beginning. Autumn is packed with new seasons from many of public radio's favorite shows, as well as plenty of exciting surprises from Pretty Good Goods. But before we rush into the season of apple orchards, college football and pumpkin-spiced everything, let's take one last look at the great products that we added to our catalog this summer.

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Inside Garrison Keillor’s fabled world

The Keillor Reader by Garrison Keillor with Exclusive "Chickens" Download

More than 40 years in the making, The Keillor Reader is a survey of Garrison Keillor’s written work including many of the Lake Wobegon stories he created for A Prairie Home Companion. The book includes short stories, letters, excerpts from several of his books, all re-edited with introductions from Garrison regarding his thoughts for including each piece in this retrospective or how he came up with the idea for each story.

"Keillor is very clearly a genius. His range and stamina alone are incredible — after 30 years, he rarely repeats himself — and he has the genuine wisdom of a Cosby or Mark Twain. He's consistently funny about Midwestern fatalism ... and he's a masterful storyteller." — Slate Magazine


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Stephen Dubner Offers to Retrain Your Brain

Think Like a Freak by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have written their most revolutionary book yet. With their trademark blend of captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis, they take us inside their thought process and teach us all to think a bit more productively, more creatively, more rationally — to think, that is, like a Freak.

Levitt and Dubner offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems, whether your interest lies in minor lifehacks or major global reforms. As always, no topic is off-limits. They range from business to philanthropy to sports to politics, all with the goal of retraining your brain. Along the way, you’ll learn the secrets of a Japanese hot-dog-eating champion, the reason an Australian doctor swallowed a batch of dangerous bacteria, and why Nigerian email scammers make a point of saying they’re from Nigeria.


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David and Goliath tackles underdogs ... that aren't

David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks.

In the tradition of Gladwell's previous bestsellers — The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers and What the Dog SawDavid and Goliath draws upon history, psychology and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think of the world around us.

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Actor Jeff Bridges Plays "Not My Job"

Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!: More Famous People Play "Not My Job"

Billy Collins, U.S. poet laureate from 2001 to 2003, plays a game called, "I can feel it coming in the air tonight," in which he responds to questions about musician Phil Collins. Al Gore tries to match his former boss’ mastery of the My Little Pony children’s show in a game called "Maybe you can beat Bill Clinton at this." Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee rhymes with "cursy," so she is invited to play a game called "May Thunder Blast Your Head!" about curses from around the world. Of course. Also featuring Erykah Badu, Tony Danza, Jack Gantos and Jeff Garlin.

Panelists Alonzo Bodden, Tom Bodett, Brian Babylon, Luke Burbank, Amy Dickinson, Adam Felber, Peter Grosz, Kyrie O’Connor, P.J. O’Rourke, Paula Poundstone, Roxanne Roberts, Mo Rocca and Faith Salie offer plenty of comic highlights as host Peter Sagal and "official scorekeeper" Carl Kasell guide their esteemed guests through unpredictable moments under the intense heat of public radio’s glorious spotlight.


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Final Thoughts from Britain's WWI Vets

NPR American Chronicles: World War I

NPR marks the 100th anniversary of the Great War with firsthand accounts from veterans, insightful commentary from leading historians, and detailed stories about battles, battlefields, and the legacy of the world’s first global military conflict.

This classic All Things Considered interview with Max Arthur — who interviewed all 21 of Britain's surviving WWI veterans for a book and shared a few of his recollections — is included as part of the collection.


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Suzy Bogguss performs "The Bottle Let Me Down"

Lucky by Suzy Bogguss

"One of my favorite songwriters of all-time: Merle Haggard!" — Garrison Keillor

"Merle Haggard is a hell of a storyteller," says Suzy. "When I hear his songs, I feel like I'm listening in on someone's life." On her new album, Lucky, a collection of songs all written by Haggard, Suzy does more than just listen — the CMA, ACM and Grammy Award-winning singer makes the country rebel's compositions her own, reinterpreting classics like "The Bottle Let Me Down," "Silver Wings" and "Today I Started Loving You Again" from a female point of view.


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NPR American Chronicles: Exploring Space

NPR American Chronicles: Exploring Space

From the competitive spirit ignited by Sputnik to the tragedies and triumphs of the Apollo missions, from the technological leap forward created by the Space Shuttle to the global cooperation forged by the International Space Station and beyond, NPR examines the inspirational story of modern space exploration and the extraordinary individuals who made it possible. Featuring in-depth profiles of landmark missions, along with interviews and commentary from voices that have lived the dream, including astronauts John Glenn, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Bernard Harris, Sally Ride and many more.


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Greg Brown performs "All of Those Things"

Iowa Waltz: 30th Anniversary Edition by Greg Brown

"Gazebos. Park shelters by water towers. Endless fields lit by fireflies. The Pepsi Café. Woodburn's firestation. Pulaski's old depot. The hot summer wind ..." The first album ever released by Red House Records, The Iowa Waltz remains a rustic masterwork by one of America's most important singer-songwriters — as fresh and vibrant today as the year it was released. In celebration of their 30th anniversary as a label, it's been completely remastered and is sounding better than ever!


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Stephen King on Getting Scared

People We Meet: Unforgettable Conversations Heard on NPR

Nationally known NPR on-air personalities — including Melissa Block, David Greene, Rachel Martin, Guy Raz, Scott Simon, Susan Stamberg and many more — share the lasting impressions made during interviews with a wide variety of exceptional individuals. Each story is introduced by the NPR host and offers a candid account of how the encounter was particularly meaningful to them.

These are thought-provoking and emotionally resonant interviews with both the famous and the nearly anonymous, who reveal themselves over the course of a conversation in delightful, moving, and surprising ways. 2 ½ hours on 2 CDs.


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Maria Jette and Dan Chouinard perform

The Siren's Song by Maria Jette and Dan Chouinard

Have you ever wondered what P.G. Wodehouse was up to before he got around to writing 90+ novels about Jeeves & Wooster, various Mulliners, swine husbandry and savage aunts? Well, he was busy inventing modern American musical theater with Jerome Kern and Guy Bolton, at the Princess Theater on Broadway! The Siren’s Song is an all-Kern program. The 21 songs are taken from 9 different Broadway shows, of which only a handful get regular airing today and features several which have never been recorded. Soprano Maria Jette collaborates with pianist Dan Chouinard to bring life to the music of P.G. Wodehouse. The CD contains extensive liner notes featuring details of each play and the history of every song.

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Downton Abbey Season 5 Teaser

Downton Abbey Limited Edition Seasons 1 – 4

Created by Academy Award winner Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey has been deemed “Compulsively watchable from the get-go” by Variety and “Impossible to resist” by The Wall Street Journal. Led by Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, and Maggie Smith, the acclaimed ensemble cast brings to life all the drama and intrigue of the inhabitants of Downton Abbey, the lavish English country manor, home to the Earl of Grantham.

This set includes every episode of the first four seasons of this Golden Globe and multi-Emmy Award-winning series, following the Crawley family and their servants from pre-war England through the storms of World War I, and into the social upheaval of England in the 1920s as the lives of its inhabitants are shaped by romance, heartbreak, scandals, rumors, blackmail and betrayal.


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Ken Burns on his new film, The Address

The Address: A Film by Ken Burns

The Address is a 90-minute feature-length documentary by Ken Burns. The film tells the story of a tiny school in Putney Vermont, the Greenwood School, where each year the students are encouraged to memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address. In its exploration of the Greenwood School, the film also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln's most powerful address.

The Greenwood School students, boys ages 11-17, all face a range of complex learning differences that make their personal, academic and social progress extremely challenging. The Address uncovers how President Lincoln's historic words motivate and engage these students a century-and-a-half after President Lincoln delivered a speech that would go on to embolden the Union cause with some of the most stirring words ever spoken.

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Lake Wobegon Crest Polo

Proclaim your affection for Lake Wobegon in this classic design. The official town crest features the ever-popular Powdermilk Biscuit, a cup of Chatterbox Cafe coffee, and the town's Latin motto, Sumus quid sumus ("We are what we are"). Forest green polo is a cotton/poly dry blend and available in sizes S - XL.


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Powdermilk Biscuits Polo

Heavens, they're tasty! So go ahead and tell the world you're a fan of this 40-year Prairie Home sponsor. The logo is embroidered onto a royal blue polo shirt. Polo is available in sizes S-XL and is a cotton/poly blend.


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A Prairie Home Companion 40th Anniversary Shirt

A Prairie Home Companion's first broadcast originated from the Janet Wallace Auditorium on the campus of Macalester College on July 6, 1974. Our new shirt design markes the 40th anniversary of that show with a simple design that we are sure is "above average" and perfect for any "strong woman or good looking man." T-shirt is 100% cotton and available in sizes S - XXL.


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A Prairie Home Companion 40th Anniversary Hat

A Prairie Home Companion's first broadcast originated from the Janet Wallace Auditorium on the campus of Macalester College on July 6, 1974. Our new hat design marks the 40th anniversary of that show with a simple design that we are sure is "above average" and perfect for any "strong woman or good looking man." The brushed cotton hat is adjustable and fits all.

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