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Watch PBS NewsHour:
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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Recipe:
Orange-Onion Salad with Warmed Coriander Oil

The Splendid Table's How to Eat Weekends

In this new volume, Lynne and Sally celebrate the weekend — when the pressure is off, time becomes your ally, and you get to dig into cooking with a different mind-set. Here are 100 new recipes, a chapter devoted to international menus, and a trove of stories, quips and history that Splendid Table fans have come to love.


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Listen to Wits:
A Note from the Contractor Working on Robert Plant’s Home Remodeling Project

Dear Luke, We Need To Talk. Darth by John Moe

In the riotously funny collection Dear Luke, We Need to Talk. Darth, John Moe finally reveals lost notes alongside all the imagined letters, e-mails, text messages and other correspondences your favorite pop culture icons never meant for you to see.

From The Walking Dead to The Wizard of Oz, from Billy Joel to Breaking Bad, no reference escapes Moe’s imaginative wit and keen sense of nostalgia. Read Captain James T. Kirk’s lost log entries and Yelp reviews of The Bates Motel and Cheers. Peruse top secret British intelligence files revealing the fates of Agents 001 – 006, or Don Draper’s cocktail recipe cards. Learn all of Jay Z’s 99 problems, as well as the complete rules of Fight Club, and then discover an all-points bulletin concerning Bon Jovi, wanted dead or alive — and much more.


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Listen to Performance Today:
"Summertime" in the style of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Bruce Adolphe's Piano Puzzlers from Performance Today

Composer Bruce Adolphe is regularly featured on NPR's Performance Today, where he perpetrates his fiendishly clever "Piano Puzzlers." He'll rewrite a popular melody in the style of a great classical composer — then challenge you to guess the tune and the composer. For years, people have been begging for the sheet music. And finally, here it is! This collection presents 32 of Bruce's "recompositions," printed exactly as he plays them on the radio. Now you can play them at parties, in the classroom, as encores or just to drive your neighbors crazy!


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Listen to The Moth Radio Hour:
"Her Way" by Malcolm Gladwell

The Moth Book: 50 True Stories from The Moth Radio Hour

For the first time in print, celebrated storytelling phenomenon The Moth presents 50 spellbinding, soul-bearing stories selected from their extensive archive (15-plus years and 10,000-plus stories strong). Inspired by friends telling stories on a porch, The Moth was born in small-town Georgia, garnered a cult following in New York City, and then rose to national acclaim with the wildly popular podcast and Peabody Award–winning weekly public radio show, The Moth Radio Hour.

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Listen to A Prairie Home Companion:
The Arrival of Liz

Lake Wobegon Family Reunion

This collection uses fan input as well as staff suggestions to assemble what represents the "very best of Garrison Keillor" (so far). Lake Wobegon has been Garrison Keillor's fictional home town and America's for almost 40 years. Many of us have grown up with the little town that time forgot and the decades cannot improve. Now you can celebrate the simpler times with this wonderful 4-CD collection.


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Old Sweet Songs

Old Sweet Songs: A Prairie Home Companion 1974 – 1976

Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974 – 1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).


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Listen to A Prairie Home Companion:
"Out of the Bucket" by The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band

The Mando Chronicles by Peter Ostroushko

Peter Ostroushko’s appearances on A Prairie Home Companion often include premier presentations of his original work; this CD collects some of his finest compositions. The 3-CD collection spans many musical genres — from old-time folk and bluegrass to jazz, classical and Latin styles. This is a collection any mandolin player will treasure for years to come.


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Listen to A Prairie Home Companion:
"Early" with Becky Schlegel and Garrison Keillor

A Prairie Home Companion: Duets

Stand-out tracks include “Blues Stay Away From Me” by the Everly Brothers, “Fiddlin’ Around” by the late, great Chet Atkins, and “Banks of the Marble” by Leo Kottke. Other guest performers include Iris DeMent, Butch Thompson, Richard Dworsky, Laurie Lewis and Gillian Welch. Make no mistake — Duets is a gem to be treasured.


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Listen to A Prairie Home Companion:
"Heebie Jeebies"

Shout Sister Shout by The DiGiallonardo Sisters & Rob Fisher

Recalling the jaunty harmonies of such 1940s stars as the Andrews Sisters, these three singing sisters from Brooklyn put on an irresistible show. Veterans of the popular A Prairie Home Companion radio show and New York performances from cabarets to Carnegie Hall, the sisters bring their signature sound, accompanied by their friend, one of Broadway’s hottest music directors, Rob Fisher (Anything Goes). Shout Sister Shout was recorded LIVE at the Virginia Arts Festival earlier this year. It is the first full-length release from this incredible singing trio.

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Downton Abbey Season 5 Teaser

Downton Abbey Season 4

The sweeping Downton Abbey saga continues with a fourth season of drama, romance and family intrigue. Dame Maggie Smith stars as Violet, the stubborn Dowager Countess of Grantham, matriarch of Downton. Hugh Bonneville stars as her son, the stoic Lord Crawley; Elizabeth McGovern is his American wife, Cora, and Michelle Dockery is their daughter Lady Mary. From Academy Award-winner Julian Fellowes.


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Watch A Prairie Home Companion:
"The Wizard of Oz" by Bobby McFerrin

A Prairie Home Collection

This 3-DVD set features classic A Prairie Home Companion broadcasts that include special guests Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Leo Kottke, Doc Watson, Bobby McFerrin, The Everly Brothers, Taj Mahal, and Robin and Linda Williams. Music abounds, as do jokes, skits, and “The News from Lake Wobegon.” Originally televised as three separate specials on PBS entitled "Hello Love," "Home" and "Spring Weekend."

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Nothing You Do for Children Paperweight

This gem of wisdom from Leaving Home, Garrison Keillor’s best-selling book of Lake Wobegon stories, is for every parent, grandparent, teacher or anyone who cares deeply about children. Without a doubt, the eight simple words are a big reason all children in Lake Wobegon are “above average.”


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Personalized Lake Wobegon Doormat

"Where the women are strong. The men are good looking. And all of the children are above average."

If Garrison Keillor’s description of Lake Wobegon fits your family, you’ll display this doormat proudly. Sturdy, natural coir backed with vinyl. 29 1/2" x 19 1/2". The doormat comes pre-printed with the word "The"


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Dangling Cat Necklace by Edward Gorey

This necklace features a dangling cat illustration by Edward Gorey, whose illustrations were used in the opening sequence on PBS Mystery. The approx 1" pendant was made using the lost wax method of casting and is hand-finished. The dangling cat hangs from an 18" sterling silver chain. The artist's signature appears on the back.


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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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