July 3, 2004
The last live show of this season comes to you from the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts. We welcome mandolin player Sam Bush, jazz vocalist Inga Swearingen, humorist Calvin Trillin, and the four classical bassists of the Existential Bass Quartet. Also, harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy and actress Erica Rhodes.

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Segment 1
00:00:00Tishomingo Blues
00:03:30GK talks about western Massachusetts, Independence Day, president
00:04:21SFX script
00:06:05"Take Me Back to the Berkshire Mountains" - GK, Sam Bush, Shoe Band
00:09:32"Majestic" - Sam Bush and Shoe Band
Segment 2
00:13:26Canada script
00:14:41GK introduces Calvin Trillin
00:17:32Calvin Trillin reads "The Effect On His Campaign of the Release of George W. Bush's College Transcript," "A Scientific Observation on the Speaking Problems That Seem to Run in the Bush Family," "Cheney's Head: An Explanation," "The Only King We Have is Jesus (A Newly Unearthed Gospel Song Credited to John Ashcroft)," "Memo to: Commander, Coalition Forces, from: Karl Rove, Supreme Commander," and "I Can't Appear Without My Nanny Dick"
Segment 3
00:22:49Scarlet Letter script
00:27:20"The Saddest Noise" - Inga Swearingen and Richard Dworsky
00:31:39Powdermilk Biscuit Break
00:33:45GK introduces the Existential Bass Quartet
00:35:19"The Stars and Stripes Forever" - the Existential Bass Quartet and Inga Swearingen
00:38:10"Sweet and Low" - GK and Existential Bass Quartet
00:43:05"A Time For Love" - Inga Swearingen and Richard Dworsky
Segment 4
00:47:41Guy Noir script
01:02:50Intermission - "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"
01:07:06Greetings
01:07:47Louis Collins (about Mississippi John Hurt)
01:10:31More Greetings
Segment 5
01:15:13"Pittsfield Baseball Tune"
01:18:18GK talks to Inga about the Montreux Jazz Festival
01:19:24"Heart and Soul" - Inga Swearingen and Gary Raynor
01:22:51GK talks about Tanglewood
01:24:14"The Tanglewood Waltz" - Pat Donohue and Shoe Band
Segment 6
01:26:44The News From Lake Wobegon
01:46:10"Joseph Lauber Quartet for Basses," Mvt. 4 - The Existential Bass Quartet
Segment 7
01:50:04GK talks about the Declaration of Independence, birth of our country
01:51:40"America the Beautiful" - the Existential Bass Quartet/America
01:56:30Credits
01:57:33"Blackberry Blossom" closer

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Inga SwearingenCalvin Trillin
The Existential Bass Quartet Guy Noir
Sam Bush Howard Levy

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