Prairie Home Trip to Iceland

The May 20 broadcast originates from Reykjavik, the beautiful capital city of Iceland, out in the middle of the north Atlantic. Half of Iceland's 297,000 people live in and around Reykjavik—which means "smoking encouraged" in Icelandic. It's a volcanic island, so if our broadcast is interrupted suddenly, that may be the reason. The Vikings came over in the 9th and 10th century to settle this rugged island, but what do I know? I've never been.

The famous Fostbraedur Male Choir, and Diddú (Sigrún Hjálmtýrsdóttir), one of Iceland's most popular singers, join me and all the Prairie Home Companion regulars for this show, along with the Sage of Southwestern Minnesota, the Silver Tongued Poet of the Potato Growers, Mr. Bill Holm, who is proud of his Icelandic heritage and will help us understand the place.

Dusty and Lefty will fly over, too, and also Guy Noir, and Jim and Barb of the Ketchup Advisory Board. Tune it to see if Icelanders sit in silent puzzlement or if they clap and stuff.

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