April 16, 2005
New York has been nice to us, and we're looking forward to another fine Town Hall show this weekend. We've invited comedian, author, and talk-radio host Al Franken; singers Madeleine Peyroux, Jennifer Rivera, and Jen Larson; and pianist Rob Fisher. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting and our Guy's All-Star Shoe Band.

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Segment 1
00:00:00Logo
00:00:13Tishomingo Blues
00:04:19GK intros Jen Larson
00:04:55"The Room Over Mine" - Jen Larson and Shoe Band
00:08:43GK talks about taxes, recites e.e. cummings
00:09:33Café Nolo script
Segment 2
00:12:55"Manhattan Blues" - Pat Donohue with Shoe Band and Jen Larson
00:15:45Radio script (with Al Franken, Jen Larson, and Pat Donohue)
00:31:50"Marigold" - Rob Fisher
00:34:22Powdermilk Biscuit Break
00:35:55Rob Fisher talks about Billy Mayerl with GK
00:39:08"Una Voce Poco Fa" - Jennifer Rivera
Segment 3
00:45:00GK talks to Jennifer Rivera
00:46:00"George" - Jennifer Rivera
00:49:54Bear script
00:52:18GK talks about Madeleine Peyroux
00:52:45"Careless Love" - Madeleine Peyroux
00:57:04"Weary Blues" - Madeleine Peyroux
01:01:10Intermission/"A Brief Inner Mission"
Segment 4
01:05:35Greetings
01:08:50SFX script
01:14:42"April Showers" - Richard Dworsky and Rob Fisher
01:17:40GK talks more to Rob about Billy Mayerl
01:19:00"Sweet William" - Rob Fisher
01:21:18"Fisher's Coffee Spot" - Jennifer Rivera and Shoe Band
01:23:08GK talks with Al Franken
01:32:38"Blue Night" - Jen Larson and Shoe Band
Segment 5
01:34:52The News from Lake Wobegon
Segment 6
01:48:30"Humoresque" - Pat Donohue and Shoe Band
01:49:30"Lida Rose"/"Will I Ever Tell You" - GK/Jennifer Rivera
01:52:00GK talks with Madeleine Peyroux
01:53:00"Don't Wait Too Long" - Madeleine Peyroux
01:56:43Credits
01:57:45"Red River Valley"/Closer - All

Scene at the Fitz

April 30, 2005
Chrysler Hall, Norfolk, Virginia
Maureen Aylward and her daughters Aileen and Bernadette (front), with their friend Linda McCubbins (back).


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Al Franken, Jen Larson and Garrison Keillor (plus pianist Rich Dworsky in the background) with the Radio script.Jennifer Rivera, with "Una Voce Poco Fa."
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Garrison chats with Rob Fisher. Al Franken tells a few stories about his dad.
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Garrison with the News From Lake Wobegon."Performers and guests, mid-bow.

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  • Jen Larson
  • Jennifer Rivera
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  • Al Franken

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