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Garrison Keillor

Friday, April 01, 2011

Radio host and author Garrison Keillor is talking about retiring from his long-running program "A Prairie Home Companion." Today: we ask him about the future of the show -- and an upcoming book of poetry called Good Poems, American Places.

"A Prairie Home Companion" broadcasts live from New York's Town Hall on April 2, 9, 16 and 23. Details, scheduled guests and tickets here.

Comments [6]

12-String Frank from Staten Island, NY

Wonderful to hear Garrison mention that reading poetry on the radio should the type of the thing that the listener can "get". There is so much bad poetry out there. Magazines don't want to accept anything that rhymes or has structure.

The poetry of today has No "Poetry".

Poetry works well when it communicates with the listener. As a part of language, Poetry should be understood. If it fails as Communication, then it fails as Art.

Apr. 04 2011 01:43 PM

great stuff...he most definitely has a place,and a wonderful legacy. it's a big tent,and he inhabits a wonderful and interesting part of it. i'm a "coaster" [nyc born and bred],and snotty new yaw-cuz,can take a dip in the zoo'wah .

Apr. 01 2011 06:55 PM
Mr. Bad from NYC

@ MC from LIC

Well, I would admit that he is an acquired taste, however as a died in the wool Connecticut Yankee I can say that his skill at puncturing East Cast, sorry I mean "Coast", pretensions he is a noteworthy cultural force worthy of some respect, some of his more personal routines rank up there with the best monologues I've ever heard.

Apr. 01 2011 03:17 PM
MC from LIC

Schaefer's thinly veiled annoyance at Keillor's folksy antics and mannerisms was hilarious. The man is an acquired taste to be sure.

Apr. 01 2011 02:29 PM
Larry from Nyack

Will the new host need to be of scandinavian ancestry and "Lutheran"? Will the show continue as a "midwestern"?
Will the jokes get better on the "joke show"?

Apr. 01 2011 02:20 PM
ted_in_atlanta from Just above average

Mr Keillor gave an amazing lecture at Agnes Scott College shortly after his stroke, where he led us all in a spontaneous song (Lutheran hymn? I can't recall..) during the Q&A session. Hope the retirement allegations are an April Fools but if not, at least hoping the Writer's Almanac is a feature you'll keep up, sir!

Apr. 01 2011 02:07 PM

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