Chris Thile

Clearing the Tracks

This week: it's The Town Hall for our third and final spring broadcast from New York City. Master mandolinist, and future host, Chris Thile adds touches and premieres an ode to Miss Manhattan; John Fullbright is up from Oklahoma with songs of dreams and longing; Aoife O'Donovan wraps her American tour on a high note (several actually); and Christine DiGiallonardo bridges Broadway and Bensonhurst. Plus: wise and mysterious horseplay from The Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman; pianist and music director Richard Dworsky with the vigilant house band (Bernie Dresel on drums, bassist Larry Kohut, Richard Kriehn on mandolin and fiddle, and Chris Siebold on guitar); and the host has the latest News from Lake Wobegon. Tune in on your local public radio station or watch live (5pm to 7pm Central Time, Saturday) at prairiehome.org!

Paul Simon - photo by Mary Ellen Matthews

What We Make of It

This week: Chris Thile returns to host his second live broadcast this season from the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota, where we're still digging out from a recent blizzard. It's another jam-packed show, with one of the world's most respected musicians, Paul Simon; composer, multi-instrumentalist, and whistler Andrew Bird; comedy from Duluth's own Maria Bamford; and a few of Chris's Punch Brothers compadres, with Sarah Jarosz pinch-hitting on banjo (and more), and Ted Poor on drums. Plus: the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman; and our music director at the piano and Hammond B3, Richard Dworsky. Tune in for all that and so much more on your local public radio station Saturday evening, or watch live (Saturday, 5pm - 7pm CT) at prairiehome.org!

Ben Folds

Here We Go

This week: our guest host Chris Thile is braving the cold wind and snow of Saint Paul for his first of two turns at the helm from our home base, the Fitzgerald Theater. It's a show chock full of writing talent, from pop songsmith and pianist Ben Folds, folk-rock troubadour Brandi Carlile, to comedian and actor Ed Helms. Plus: Sarah Jarosz sings a little bluegrass and plays her impressive array of stringed instruments, the host and his fellow Punch Brothers provide string quintet fireworks equally at home in Rosine (Kentucky) and Paris (France); and, holding things all together, our Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, and our music director at the big Steinway, Richard Dworsky. Catch us on your local public radio station or watch all the action live (Saturday, 5pm - 7pm CT) online at prairiehome.org!

Gillian Welch - photo by Mark Seliger

Semper Vigilans - With Garrison Keillor and Chris Thile

This week: it's the guilty pleasure of California in January and a live broadcast from the San Diego Civic Theatre in America's Finest City. Chis Thile returns to his SoCal stomping grounds to split hosting duties with good old What's-His-Name, and get a feel for the wheel for when he becomes Companion Numero Uno. We also welcome back Gillian Welch and her timeless take on the American experience, and Heather Masse joins us from New York - narrowly escaping the big weekend storm. Plus: The Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman've got your favorite characters and impressions right here; and pianist and music director Rich Dworsky delivers his sunny stylings with the crackerjack band of drummer Bernie Dresel, bassist Larry Kohut, Richard Kriehn on mandolin and fiddle, and Chris Siebold, guitar. It's winter in California (and winter in Lake Wobegon) and we're here on business to deliver two full hours of quality entertainment on your public radio station this Saturday evening. Tune in.

Nickel Creek

When In Rome

This week: a spooky, jam-packed rebroadcast from October 2005 at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota. Nickel Creek play their hearts out on "Best of Luck," Prudence Johnson and Ruth MacKenzie sing "Wind and Rain," and the Midwinter Tuba Quintet stops by out of season to join GK for "Long Black Veil." Plus: Andy Stein plays "The Man Who Wasn't There," Tim Eriksen sings "O Death," and our friend Adam Granger turns in "I'm Hoping, Here's Hoping." In Lake Wobegon, the host recounts a few of the town's electrifying Halloween pranks.

Chris Thile

Autumn in St. Paul

This week: our host is back at the helm for a live broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with the prodigious talents of mandolinist Chris Thile; the amazing fiddle and cello duo of Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas; and torrid ballads from singer Hilary Thavis. Plus: fresh drama and stalwart sponsors from the Royal Academy of Radio Actors - Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman; pianist and music director Rich Dworsky covers everything from boogie to Bach with The Exchange Street Band (Bernie Dresel on drums, bassist Larry Kohut, Richard Kriehn on mandolin and fiddle, and guitarist Chris Siebold); and two weeks of News from Lake Wobegon, the tiny town that time forgot and the decades cannot improve. Join us on the radio Saturday evening, or watch our livestream (5pm to 7pm Central Time) at prairiehome.org!

Väsen

Reser Västerut

We're kicking off our summer rebroadcasts with a show originally from September 2013 at The Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Väsen demonstrate proper nyckelharpa technique on "Kludd'n." Chic Gamine bring the big harmonies on "Motions." Chris Thile shows off his classical chops on a few violin sonatas and partitas - yes, you read that right, it's Bach on the mandolin - and joins the boys from Sweden on "Flippen." Plus, Guy Noir tracks down a counterfeiter named Louie LeVahn; a word from Bebopareebop Rhubarb Pie; and in Lake Wobegon, the high school students take the ACT exam.

Chris Thile

Friends Shall Gather 'Round

This week: Chris Thile returns to the Fitzgerald Theater for his second turn as our guest host, with special guests, bluegrass all-stars Jerry Douglas and The Earls of Leicester; singer, violinist, and banjoist Rhiannon Giddens; and storyteller Elna Baker. Plus, a little support from our Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman, and music director and pianist Richard Dworsky. Tune in on your local public radio station or watch live (5pm - 7pm CT) at prairiehome.org!

Chris Thile

Connected From Afar

It's been four years since our stalwart host took any sort of break from his radio duties, and this week he'll finally get the chance to listen to his own show live, as Chris Thile steps to the centerstage mic at the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He'll have a little help from his string-quintet comrades Punch Brothers, poet Billy Collins, bluegrass singer Sarah Jarosz, Minneapolis storyteller Tristan Jimerson, and, keeping things steady, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors (Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman), and our musical director and pianist Rich Dworsky.

Väsen

Ridin' the River Home

This week, a last-minute fall repeat, from September 2013 at the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Väsen play their "Polska for Tom Morrow," Chris Thile performs a few Bach violin pieces translated for the mandolin, and Chic Gamine sing "All Night." In Lake Wobegon, a bear visits the town, starting a debate over who will pay to have it removed.