Hosted By: Garrison Keillor A Prairie Home Companion is a two-hour weekly variety show broadcast live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota and other locations in the U.S. and around the world.
The show offers a quirky blend of comedy sketches, topical subjects and music. Musical guests range from legends like Emmylou Harris and Taj Mahal to church choirs, rockabilly bands, and accordionists. Special theme shows include the popular "Joke Show" and the "Talent from Towns Under 2,000" show. The show has also welcomed artists including Poet Laureate Billy Collins and humorists Roy Blount, Jr. and Al Franken, as well as legendary raconteur Studs Terkel.
At the heart of the show is host Garrison Keillor's humor-writing talent and unrivaled ear for great radio. He's the creator of hilarious skits like the weekly adventures of "Guy Noir, Radio Private Eye" and "The Catchup Advisory Board," and of course the stories from "the town that time forgot and the decades cannot improve" in Keillor's signature monologue, "The News from Lake Wobegon." Regular performers include the radio acting company of Tim Russell, and Sue Scott, with Tom Keith, and Fred Newman on Sound Effects. The Guys' All Star Shoe Band is A Prairie Home Companion's house band, and is led by pianist Rich Dworsky.
The Splendid Table is a culinary, culture, and lifestyle one-hour program that celebrates food and its ability to touch the lives and feed the souls of everyone. Each week, award-winning host Lynne Rossetto Kasper leads listeners on a journey of the senses and hosts discussions with a variety of writers and personalities who share their passion for the culinary delights.
Hosted By: Ira Glass This American Life documents and describes contemporary America, but it is, quite literally, a new kind of radio storytelling. Built around the innovative personal vision of host Ira Glass, the program explores a weekly theme ¿ fiascos, conventions, the job that takes over your life ¿ through a playful mix of radio monologues, mini-documentaries, "found tape," short fiction, and unusual music.
The stories presented are engaging, intimate, surprising, funny, disturbing, bittersweet. Glass and his staff have an unusual knack for finding writers and performers whose work hasn't been heard on radio, and producing their stories alongside his own disarming commentary in a way that listeners praise as "riveting," "mesmerizing." Breakout stars from the show include David Sedaris and Sarah Vowell.
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Hoted By: Kai Ryssdal Beginning July 1, Sound Money is changing to Marketplace Money. The result? A personal finance program that is intelligent and entertaining, but also helps you take control of your financial life. Our hosts won't nag or make you feel guilty. We will offer essential, current, and credible information in a way that's fun and accessible. Join us!
Each week on Marketplace Money, host Kai Ryssdal looks at the week's major national and international stories that will impact the average listener's wallet. During the hour-long program, Ryssdal and economic editor Chris Farrell help listeners map out the course to financial well-being, offering advice on topics like how to pay for college and whether to buy or lease a car. It's "the money show for the rest of us."
Hosted By: Jennifer Ludden Missed All Things Considered this weekend? Don't sweat it! While you were out enjoying your weekend, the team was putting together a killer set of Saturday and Sunday shows. Here's the best of what you might've missed, from in-depth cover stories to quirky science, from thought-provoking author interviews to rockin' performance chats. For Listener Inquiries, please visit: www.npr.org/contact.
Hosted By: John Diliberto Echoes creates a modern soundscape of music that draws from a multitude of cultures, traditions, and genres. Hosted by music journalist John Diliberto, this daily two-hour series of evocative, ground-breaking music seamlessly bridges new instrumental, world fusion, new acoustic, impressionistic jazz, and inventive vocal styles. Special program segments include produced features that showcase an artist, cover new developments or events in contemporary music, and present Living Room Concerts, intimate performances in artists' homes. The daily features, which focus on specific artists, trends, and themes in contemporary music, are similar in format to arts features heard on established news shows.
Hosted By: Jim Wilke Like the last set at a jazz club, the mood of Jazz After Hours is mellow but not without surprises. New and well-established jazz artists regularly drop in for a chat, and the music ranges from latest releases to jazz classics. There's also news of tours, festivals and clubs, and the best places to hear live jazz.
Jim Wilke's easy-going presentation has won the praise of jazz stars Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, Max Roach, Joe Henderson, Milt Jackson, Joshua Redman, Billy Taylor, and many others who have been guests on Jazz After Hours.
The program was named one of the top syndicated jazz programs by the JazzTimes Readers Poll in 2002, and has been nominated twice for the Willis Conover Award.
Hosted By: Steve Curwood Sound journalism for a Finite Planet. Steve Curwood hosts this award-winning program that delves into the leading issues affecting the world we inhabit. As the population continues to rise, the management of resources becomes even more critical. Living on Earth examines the issues of an increasingly interdependent world by presenting multifaceted features and commentary on culture, economics, fashion, health, law, medicine, environment, politics, society, technology, transportation, recreation and food. This dynamic program covers topics from the small challenges of everyday life to the future state of our environment, our health and our well-being. For Listener Inquiries: email@example.com
Hosted By: Krista Tippett Being is a spacious conversation — and an evolving media space — about the big questions at the center of human life, from the boldest new science of the human brain to the most ancient traditions of the human spirit. Krista envisioned a program that would draw out the intellectual and spiritual content of religion that should nourish our common life, but that is often obscured precisely when religion enters the news. Our sustained growth as a show has also been nurtured by a cultural shift that seeks conversation, shared life, and problem-solving within and across religious traditions and across categories of belief and non-belief. Being has both responded and contributed to a growing acknowledgement that there are basic questions of meaning that pertain to the entire human experience. The particular dramas and dynamics of the 21st century — ecological, political, cultural, technological, and economic — are bringing this into relief. For Listener Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 228-7123
Hosted By: Rachel Martin Weekend Edition Sunday features interviews with newsmakers, artists, scientists, politicians, musicians, writers, theologians and historians. The program has covered news events from Nelson Mandela's 1990 release from a South African prison to the capture of Saddam Hussein.
Weekend Edition Sunday debuted on January 18, 1987, with host Susan Stamberg. Two years later, Liane Hansen took over the host chair, a position she held for 22 years. In that time, Hansen interviewed movers and shakers in politics, science, business and the arts. Her reporting travels took her from the slums of Cairo to the iron mines of Michigan's Upper Peninsula; from the oyster beds on the bayou in Houma, La., to Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park; and from the kitchens of Colonial Williamsburg, Va., to the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.
In January 2012, Rachel Martin began hosting the program. Previously she served as NPR National Security Correspondent and was part of the team that launched NPR's experimental morning news show, The Bryant Park Project. She has also been the NPR religion correspondent and foreign correspondent based in Berlin.
Every week listeners tune in to hear a unique blend of news, features and the regularly scheduled puzzle segment with Puzzlemaster Will Shortz, the crossword puzzle editor of The New York Times.
Weekend Edition Sunday is heard on NPR Member stations across the United States and around the globe via NPR Worldwide. The conversation between the audience and the program staff continues throughout the social media world. For Listener Inquiries, please visit: www.npr.org/contact