A Prairie Home Companion

Saturdays from 5-7 p.m.
Garrison Keillor

A Prairie Home Companion is a live radio variety show created and hosted by Garrison Keillor. The show usually originates from the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota, although it is frequently taken on the road. A Prairie Home Companion is known for its musical guests, especially folk and traditional musicians, tongue-in-cheek radio drama, and Keillor's storytelling segment, "News from Lake Wobegon".

Find out more about A Prairie Home Companion at prairiehome.publicradio.org.

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Author Interviews
6:04 pm
Sun August 2, 2015

'Kids Love To Be Scared': Louis Sachar On Balancing Fun And Fear

Lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 6:37 pm

Louis Sachar knows a few things about writing for kids. His first book, Sideways Stories From Wayside School, came out in 1978 — and the wacky collection is still in print.

His 1999 Newbery Medal winner, Holes, centers on a boy wrongly confined to a juvenile detention facility. It's mysterious and creepy, and it's still flying off the shelves.

So if he says kids will love a scary eco-bioterror-mystery-thriller-comedy, you just might trust him.

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Rem
5:26 pm
Sun August 2, 2015

Remembering 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper, The Wrestler So Tough, He Wore A Kilt

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 6:37 pm

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Now let's take moment to remember one of the icons of pro wrestling.

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Law
5:23 pm
Sun August 2, 2015

Acquitted Of Extreme Corruption, Former Officers Now Sue For Defamation

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 6:49 pm

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Food
5:20 pm
Sun August 2, 2015

Confronting A Shortage Of Eggs, Bakers Get Creative With Replacements

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 6:37 pm

Eggs are becoming more expensive and scarce recently because so many chickens have died from avian flu. So bakers, in particular, are looking for cheaper ingredients that can work just as well. (This story previously aired on All Things Considered on July 22, 2015.)

Animals
5:17 pm
Sun August 2, 2015

What's Behind The Heartbreak For Cecil The Lion

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 6:37 pm

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This week, a dead lion dominated the news.

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UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: Worldwide outrage tonight over the death of Cecil the lion.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: Officials say 55-year-old Walter Palmer shot Cecil.

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Author Interviews
7:21 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

Aviator Beryl Markham Soars Again In 'Paris Wife' Author's New Book

Lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 6:15 pm

Beryl Markham was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic from East to West. The British-born Kenyan woman was also a racehorse trainer, a writer and a fearless adventurer.

Once famous as an aviation pioneer, she's largely dropped out of the public consciousness. But novelist Paula McLain has put her back in the spotlight — as the protagonist of her new novel, Circling the Sun.

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US News
6:18 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

A Lawyer's Advice For Black Men At Traffic Stops: 'Comply Now, Contest Later'

Demonstrators hold up a placard of a man with his hands up during the "Justice For All" march in Washington, DC last December. Numerous protests have brought attention to police violence against people of color. One lawyer, while emphasizing that police are responsible for behaving professionally, also wants to give black men advice on how to survive encounters with police.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 6:55 pm

It's been nearly a year since a police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American 18-year-old, in Ferguson, Mo. Since then, more deadly police encounters across the country have prompted anger, activism and reform.

Many of those incidents began with traffic stops — routine events that quickly turned deadly. And attorney Eric Broyles says that the risks for citizens are not distributed evenly.

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My Big Break
5:15 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

Reggie Watts, Man Of Many Voices, Improvised His Way To Success

Reggie Watts calls his form of entertainment "disinformationist." He disorients his audience, sometimes talking non-sense and switching seamlessly between accents — all improvised on the spot.
Kyle Christy

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 6:55 pm

As part of a series called My Big Break, All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

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Books
5:10 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

A Look Back On 'Middle Passage': The Evolution Of A Literary Classic

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 6:55 pm

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Book News & Features
5:10 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

76 Years Later, Lost F. Scott Fitzgerald Story Sees The Light Of Day

F. Scott Fitzgerald's story "Temperature" — which was found as an unpublished manuscript — appears in the new issue of The Strand Magazine.
AP

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 6:55 pm

Andrew Gulli has an unusual passion: finding unpublished short stories by famous American authors. He searches through libraries and archives, finds works, researches to confirm they've never been published — then publishes them in the literary magazine he edits, The Strand.

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