This week's classic rebroadcast: an April 2016 show from The Town Hall on West 43rd Street in New York City. Väsen play "Carl Linnaeus Polones" and "Slängpolska efter Byss-Calle," Heather Masse sings "They Say It's Spring" and joins Garrison for "Turtle Dove," and Rob Fisher leads the Coffee Club Orchestra on "Little Joe from Chicago" and "Better Git it in Your Soul." Plus: a look at Why Men Love Baseball, a word from the Professional Organization of English Majors, a story about the magic of radio, and Lila Newman joins our Royal Academy of Radio Actors for the "Anna" script. In Lake Wobegon, Viola Tors attends a clothing-optional Lutheran church in Palm Beach.
Download this week's News from Lake Wobegon
  • Vasen

    Since forming more than 25 years ago, Vasen has become Sweden's leading acoustic trio, taking their exciting brand of music to far-flung corners of the globe. As one reviewer quipped, "This music could be the most significant Swedish export since the Vikings." With Olov Johansson on nyckelharpa, Mikael Marin on viola, and Roger Tallroth on guitar, the group was named 2015's "Band of the year" at the Folk & Varldsmusikgalan (Folk and World Music Gala) in Stockholm. Their most recent album is Vasen Live pa Gamla Bion (NorthSide).
  • Heather Masse

    Growing up in rural Maine, Heather Masse sang hymns and folk songs around home with her family. Now based in New York, this New England Conservatory of Music alum is a one-third of the Juno Award-winning Canadian trio The Wailin' Jennys. Lock My Heart is her recording with piano legend Dick Hyman. A new album, August Love Song -- on which she joins forces with trombone great Roswell Rudd -- was recently released on Red House Records.
  • The Coffee Club Orchestra

    In 1989, the Coffee Club Orchestra -- led by Rob Fisher -formed as the house band for Garrison Keillor's New York-based radio show, The American Radio Company. For four seasons, the group treated listeners to their stylish brand of classic jazz. Rob Fisher is an internationally recognized authority on American music and musical theater. For his work on the Tony Award-winning Encores! series at New York's City Center, he was presented the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Special Achievement.
  • Garrison Keillor

    Garrison Keillor was born in 1942 in Anoka, Minnesota. He went to work for Minnesota Public Radio in 1969, and on July 6, 1974, he hosted the first broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion in St. Paul. He is the host of The Writer's Almanac and the editor of the Good Poems series of anthologies from Viking.
  • Rich Dworsky and the band

    Keyboardist, composer, arranger, and longtime Prairie Home Companion music director Richard Dworsky has collaborated with such diverse musicians as Yo-Yo Ma, James Taylor, Brad Paisley, Kristin Chenoweth, and Sheryl Crow. He has provided music for documentaries on HBO and PBS, and has released many recordings of original material, including his latest, All In Due Time.
    When Richard Kriehn turned 10, his mom bought him a mandolin; at 19, he'd won the Buck White International Mandolin Contest. He went on to play with the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble and bluegrass group 1946. On the classical side, he has performed with numerous orchestras and was principal second violin for the Washington/Idaho Symphony.
    Bluegrass to big band jazz, Chris Siebold knows his way around a guitar -- or a bunch of other instruments, for that matter. Based in Chicago, he draws from a deep well of influences and styles, and has put his talents to work in ensembles such as Howard Levy's Acoustic Express and Kick the Cat. In 2010, he formed the band Psycles, whose album Live at Martyrs' was released the following year.
  • Tim Russell

    One minute he's mild-mannered Tim Russell; the next he's George Bush or Julia Child or Barack Obama. We've yet to stump this man of many voices. Says fellow APHC actor Sue Scott, "He does a better Ira Glass than Ira Glass." A well-known Twin Cities radio personality and voice actor, Tim appeared in the Robert Altman film A Prairie Home Companion and the Coen brothers' A Serious Man.
  • Sue Scott

    Since 1992, Prairie Home fans have heard Sue Scott play everything from well-intentioned moms and ditzy teenagers to Guy Noir stunners and leathery crones who've smoked one pack of Camel straights too many. She recently climbed back on stage in a variety of theater roles. She is well known for her commercial and voice-over work on radio and television, as well as movie roles, including the part of "Donna" in Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion.
  • Fred Newman

    Sound effects man Fred Newman is an actor, writer, musician, and sound designer for film and TV. Turns out, no one is more surprised than Fred that he's made a career out of doing what he used to do behind the teacher's back -- crossing his eyes, making sounds, and doing voices. He readily admits that, growing up, he was unceremoniously removed from several classrooms, "once by my bottom lip."
  • Lila Newman

    In 2005, Lila Newman left her parents' New York City home and headed to the Windy City to attend the University of Chicago. She went on to receive her MFA in Acting from Drama Centre London, with study at the Vakhtangov Institute in Moscow. Now back in New York, she is an actor, writer, musician, and comedian -- "Sometimes all of that at the same time," she says. Among her many writing projects, Lila is currently working on a play about Ora Nichols, a pioneer of golden age radio sound effects.