May 29, 2004
This week's show comes from Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Virginia. We're joined by Bob Edwards, who was the host of National Public Radio's Morning Edition for 25 years. Rich Dworsky and the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band welcome fiddler John Nieman and harmonica player Howard Levy. And we have yet more music from jazz singer Inga Swearingen.

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Segment 1
00:00:00Logo (MPR)
00:00:12Tishomingo Blues
00:03:24GK opens, talks about democracy
00:05:09"Cicada Song" - GK and Shoes
Segment 2
00:06:50Duct Tape script (with Bob Edwards)
00:09:19"Summertime" - Inga Swearingen
00:11:08GK intros the U.S. Army Brass
00:12:12"Flight of the Bumblebee" - U.S. Army Brass
Segment 3
00:14:42Radio script (with Bob Edwards)
00:25:56"Summer Days" - GK and Shoes
00:29:13Powdermilk Biscuit Break
00:31:00GK talks with Inga Swearingen
00:32:28"Please Send Me Someone to Love" - Inga Swearingen and Shoe Band
00:35:50GK talks about WETA's Rhubarb Pie contest
00:36:50"Howard's Rag" - Howard Levy and Shoe Band
Segment 4
00:40:00Rhubarb script
00:43:00"Dance With the Dolly" - Pat Donohue and Shoes
00:46:10GK talks about the U.S. Army Brass and Memorial Day
Segment 5
00:47:13GK's Memorial Day sonnet
00:48:42"And the Band Played The Star-Spangled Banner" - GK and Shoe Band
00:52:54"America the Beautiful" - U.S. Army Brass
00:54:05"The Water is Wide" - Inga Swearingen, GK, and Shoe Band
00:59:05Intermission - "Exactly Like You"
01:03:50"The Star-Spangled Banner" - GK, U.S. Army Brass
01:10:10GK introduces the winners of the Rhubarb Pie contest
Segment 6
01:13:02Guy Noir script (with Bob Edwards)
01:24:03Laugh script
01:25:24"My Heart Goes With You" - Richard Dworsky, Howard Levy, and Gary Raynor
Segment 7
01:27:41The News From Lake Wobegon
01:45:53"My Spirit Be Joyful" - U.S. Army Brass
01:48:20"March Song" - GK, Shoe Band, U.S. Army Brass
Segment 8
01:52:16Catchup script
01:56:40"Goodnight Ladies"/"Stars and Stripes Forever" closer

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Sue Scott, Tim Russell and Fred NewmanBrass quintet
Bob Edwards GK and Billy Sands
John Niemann Howard Levy

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  • Cicada Song
  • Summertime
  • Summer Days
  • Memorial Day sonnet
  • And the Band Played The Star-Spangled Banner
  • March Song

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