A Prairie Home Companion

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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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Around the Nation
4:19 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Bostonians Mark 2nd Anniversary Of Marathon Bombing

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 7:49 pm

Bostonians marked the second anniversary of the marathon bombing Wednesday, all while awaiting the sentencing phase of convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to begin. The jury must decide on death or life in prison — a fact that hung over the day's events.

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Animals
4:19 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Chicago-Area Dog Flu Outbreak Rises To Over 1,000 Cases

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 6:52 pm

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Pet owners in the Chicago area are hearing messages like this when they check in with their veterinarians.

(SOUNDBITE OF AUTOMATED MESSAGE)

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Business
4:19 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Online Crafts Marketplace Etsy Prepares For Public Offering

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 6:52 pm

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Europe
5:56 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

When Rates Turn Negative, Banks Pay Customers To Borrow

Earlier this year, the European Central Bank, headed by Mario Draghi, launched a bond-buying program to drive down interest rates and boost borrowing.
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Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 7:45 pm

So what if the bank paid you to take out a loan? That's what's happening in some European countries, where interest rates have gone negative amid efforts by central bankers to boost economic activity.

NPR's Audie Cornish spoke with NPR's John Ydstie about this unusual turn of financial events.

Audie Cornish: What's going on?

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History
5:38 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Andrew Johnson's Presidency Highlighted Issues With Vice Presidential Selection

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 7:45 pm

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews University of Virginia historian Barbara Perry about the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Andrew Johnson presidency. Perry explains how he was chosen as vice president, and how he suddenly became president after President Abraham Lincoln's assassination.

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Book Reviews
5:38 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Book Review: 'Voices In The Night'

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 7:45 pm

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There's a new collection of short stories by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Steven Millhauser. It's called "Voices In The Night." Our reviewer Alan Cheuse says each work is a delight and a revelation.

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The Record
4:26 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Percy Sledge Had A Voice The Whole World Heard

Percy Sledge performs in Montgomery, Ala., in 2010.
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Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 7:45 pm

Soul singer Percy Sledge epitomized Southern soul in ballads like "When A Man Loves A Woman," which became a massive international hit when it came out in 1966. Sledge died Tuesday morning of natural causes in East Baton Rouge, La. He was 74.

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Commentary
4:21 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Letters: Russian Memes, Abraham Lincoln Assassination Anniversary

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 7:45 pm

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Around the Nation
4:21 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

New York Mayor Announces Plan To Reduce Rikers Island Jail Population

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 7:45 pm

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Author Interviews
6:21 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Take It From David Brooks: Career Success 'Doesn't Make You Happy'

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 11:38 am

The day after Japan surrendered in 1945, and World War II ended, singer Bing Crosby appeared on the radio program Command Performance. "Well it looks like this is it," he said. "What can you say at a time like this? You can't throw your skimmer in the air — that's for a run-of-the-mill holiday. I guess all anybody can do is thank God it's over."

New York Times columnist David Brooks cites this and other aspects of that 70-year-old radio program as evidence that America once marked triumph without boasting.

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