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Garrison Keillor's signature monologue, The News from Lake Wobegon, a staple of the live public radio program A Prairie Home Companion.
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Latest episode: October 13, 2017 | 11:00 pm - The News from Lake Wobegon for October 14, 2017

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Displaying episodes 968 through 948
The News from Lake Wobegon for October 14, 2017 (00:09:18) October 13, 2017 | 11:00 pm
"This long, strange, warm fall is finally coming to an end. We're about a week away from frost and we're looking forward to that." A mysterious wedding takes place at the Lutheran Church, and memories of when Uncle Earl secretly bought a TV to watch Minnesota Gophers football games, a monologue originally from October 2015.
The News from Lake Wobegon for October 7, 2017 (00:14:43) October 06, 2017 | 11:00 pm
"It's not the New Year, you know, or anything of the sort, but September: a gorgeous, gorgeous time, and the leaves are turning and the smell of apples in the air." The host recalls a notable childhood moviegoing experience, Lyle Janske's 10th grade biology class learns about bears, and a few thoughts on the power of memory, in a September 2015 monologue.
The News from Lake Wobegon for September 30, 2017 (00:14:39) September 29, 2017 | 11:00 pm
"It's been beautiful, beautiful weather out there -- sunny and bright and highs in the 60s, it's been perfect. Farmers are combining the corn, and the soybeans as well, and the alfalfa is still green." The Lake Wobegon Leonards lose their big homecoming game against the Millet Marauders, the Lutherans brag about their church's new pastor, and folks in town react to fall and cooler weather settling in, a monologue from October 2010.
The News from Lake Wobegon for September 23, 2017 (00:11:18) September 24, 2017 | 11:00 pm
"It's been just the most beautiful fall that we can remember, thank goodness for memory loss. It's just been absolutely gorgeous, just sunny skies and warm days for people whose tastes run in that direction and then cool nights to remind us that it is fall after all." Town constables Gary and Leroy chase down a boat that was abandoned in the middle of the lake, crews rush to finish the summer road construction, and the Magendantzes add a concrete walleye to their menagerie of yard statuary, in a monologue from September 2007.
The News from Lake Wobegon for September 16, 2017 (00:23:41) September 15, 2017 | 11:00 pm
In Lake Wobegon, the host recalls the Native Americans, government agents, Unitarian missionaries, and hippie farmers who've lived in Lake Wobegon over the years.
The News from Lake Wobegon for September 9, 2017 (00:14:25) September 08, 2017 | 11:00 pm
"We've had this very warm September and the trees have not started to turn as yet, but the apples are ripe and there's a smell of them in the air." The host describes a memorable hitchhiking trip to Minneapolis, Pastor Kohler holds a viewing party for the super moon eclipse, and town constables Gary and Leroy pacify Mr. Hoppe with a few jokes, a monologue originally from September 2015.
The News from Lake Wobegon for September 2, 2017 (00:12:38) September 01, 2017 | 11:00 pm
"Beautiful, beautiful week of fall. Mists on the lake early in the morning, you wake up in the morning, your window is open, you've got a little extra blanket over you." Pastor Liz fills in while the Lutheran Church interviews replacements for Pastor Haugen, news of Marlene's interesting encounter with Father Wilmer spreads through the town, Mrs. Anderson holds a CD release party at the Sidewinder Bar, and the Tolleruds' rooster Ludwig comes to a sad end, a monologue from September 2014.
The News from Lake Wobegon for September 1, 2017 (00:08:58) August 31, 2017 | 11:00 pm
"The Minnesota State Fair was a big thing, along with Christmas, and the Fourth of July, and your birthday. It was enormous, and we always drove down for the day." A few stories about the host's Uncle Louie, who worked at the State Fair Midway, and other memories from the Great Minnesota Get-Together, in a bonus monologue from The Minnesota Show (hosted by Garrison at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand on September 1, 2017).
The News from Lake Wobegon for August 26, 2017 (00:11:04) August 25, 2017 | 11:00 pm
"We've had quite a bit of rain here this past week, and that is just fine by us. If you grew up on a farm you never complained about rain." Daryl and Marilyn Tollerud plan a vacation, the Sons of Knute collect items for their annual rummage sale, and the Lutheran Church holds a graduation dinner, in a June 2010 monologue.
The News from Lake Wobegon for August 19, 2017 (00:14:20) August 18, 2017 | 11:00 pm
"Spring came uncertainly as spring always does. It just took one thunderstorm and green spears -- tulips poking up in the flower beds -- and all the winter clothes went away into boxes down in the basement." High school students attend Prom, Irene Bunsen buys a load of manure to prepare her tomato plot, and Clint and Arlene Bunsen reminisce about their young neighbor as she prepares for a summer job in Oregon, a monologue from April 2005.
The News from Lake Wobegon for August 12, 2017 (00:19:22) August 11, 2017 | 11:00 pm
"It has been fiercely, fiercely cold here this last week." Roger Hedlund visits the Chatterbox Cafe early on a cold morning and considers switching his farm from soybeans and corn to bluestem grass, a monologue from February 2001.
The News from Lake Wobegon for August 5, 2017 (00:17:02) August 04, 2017 | 11:00 pm
"It's that beautiful time of year. Blue skies, a little chill in the air, and all these leaves on the ground, if you want to interact with leaves." Sister Arvonne surreptitiously organizes Halloween activities, and a Lake Wobegon ghost story, in an October 2006 monologue.
The News from Lake Wobegon for July 29, 2017 (00:15:14) July 28, 2017 | 11:00 pm
"It's been hot out there this last week. It's been humid too, so that you wake up in the morning and there's a mist out over the meadows, beautiful mist with the sun shining through it." Gladys feels a longing for doomed love while listening to the opera, the Hansens' dove-breeding business goes awry, Judy Ingqvist searches for elegance, and a few verses of "Aften (Stille, Hjerte, Sol gaar ned)," in a monologue originally from June 2007.
The News from Lake Wobegon for July 22, 2017 (00:15:33) July 21, 2017 | 11:00 pm
"We had about two weeks solid of rain and cold. People are getting moody and owly. But then at last the weather broke and we've had almost paradise now since, since Wednesday." Memories of listening to the radio during tornado warnings, Pastor Inqvist gives a sermon explaining the Trinity, and Mrs. Smiley's dog develops an unnatural attraction to a porcupine after eating Guilford tomatoes, in a monologue originally from June 2004.
The News from Lake Wobegon for July 15, 2017 (00:22:36) July 14, 2017 | 11:00 pm
"It's been warm and beautiful there, the sun shone down. The tomatoes came up and the onions and the sweet corn and we sit in our backyards, the bushes thick and lush under the canopy of green" Kate Inqvist prepares to leave for her summer job as a camp counselor and her father, Pastor Inqvist, meets a woman tells him about a mystical experience at a Lutheran church in Minneapolis, a monologue from June 1996.
The News from Lake Wobegon for July 8, 2017 (00:12:58) July 07, 2017 | 11:00 pm
"It's been hot and steamy out there and people have been showing up down at the bathing beach, that we don't think are from our town, we are not sure." Pastor Inqvist and his wife take a four-week vacation so the Worship and Music Committee enlists a replacement pastor to deliver the sermon, and the Anderson boy returns after many years as a carnival entertainer, in a July 2001 monologue.
The News from Lake Wobegon for July 1, 2017 (00:16:23) June 30, 2017 | 11:00 pm
"It's been lovely whether. It's been warm. We got a little bit of rain. It's been great for the tomatoes." Irene Bunsen gloats when her tomato plants outstrip her brother-in-law Clarence's crop, the 4th of July committee debates rules for the annual parade and picnic, and Mr. Olson fights proposed changes to this year's fireworks display on behalf of the volunteer fire department, in a monologue originally from July 1999.
The News from Lake Wobegon for June 24, 2017 (00:07:30) June 23, 2017 | 11:00 pm
"This is the shank of summer. It's such a gorgeous time of year. It's been so beautiful in Lake Wobegon. The yards, the lawns have never looked more beautiful than they do right now." Thoughts on lawn maintenance and strawberry-rhubarb pie, the Tollefson boy considers moving to Los Angeles, and a deerfly bite helps the Whippets continue their winning season, in a monologue from June 2014.
The News from Lake Wobegon for June 17, 2017 (00:09:46) June 16, 2017 | 11:00 pm
"We had some storms out there but it's been all good for us. The mourning doves we hear them in the morning, we see the fireflies at night." Clarence Bunsen sleeps on his boat so he can think in the middle of the night; the story of Mr. Musselman, who was driven from town by deerflies; and the Whippets win a close game, a monologue originally from June 2015.
The News from Lake Wobegon for June 10, 2017 (00:14:18) June 09, 2017 | 11:00 pm
"It's been cool. There's been some rain, which we appreciate out there because it gives you a reason not to do things you thought you were going to have to do." The high school decides to hold graduation outdoors at the last minute, the class of 2015 pulls off one of the better graduation pranks in recent memory, and the town takes time to enjoy the summer weather, in a June 2015 monologue.

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