May 13, 2006
This week, as we launch our fleet of long ships for the journey to Reykjavik Iceland, we'll present a special re-broadcast from May 2003. It's a harmonic convergence of the Fishing Opener, Mother's Day and Syttende Mai in Lake Wobegon. Featuring soprano Maria Jette and Dan Chouinard, Howard Levy, VocalEssence, Robin & Linda Williams, violinist Jorja Fleezanis, and original Powdermilk Biscuit: Adam Granger.
In Lake Wobegon, Myrtle Krebsbach sets off weight loss mania, causing 300 people with 500 chins to lose 4000 pounds in 10 weeks.

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Segment 1
00:00:12Tishomingo Blues
00:00:56GK Intro
00:02:20"Green Summer" - Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group
00:07:38Catchup script
00:10:29"Springtime on Broadway" - Marvin and Mavis Smiley (a.k.a. Robin and Linda Williams)
00:14:36"Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen" - Howard Levy and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band
00:17:48Choir script
00:30:11Powdermilk Biscuits
Segment 2
00:32:25"When She Loved Me" - Maria Jette and Dan Chouinard
00:35:55"Blues Come Around" - Robin and Linda Williams
00:39:03Howard Levy Harmonicas script
00:41:20"Howard's Boogie" - Howard Levy
00:42:24American Fishing Theater script
00:53:09Intermission/"Three Little Words"
Segment 3
00:57:16Syttende Mai script (with VocalEssence)
01:04:40GK talks with Norwegian Opera singers
01:13:31"Rumanian Folk Dances" - Jorja Fleezanis, violin
01:18:34GK Fishing Opener talk
01:20:14"Mama Tried" - GK and Adam Granger
01:24:48"The Sweetest Gift" - GK and Adam Granger
01:28:38Mother's Day script
01:36:25"St. Paul Mom" - GK and Adam Granger
Segment 4
01:41:17The News from Lake Wobegon
Segment 5
01:53:11"Evening Prayer" - VocalEssence
01:55:23GK Closing Credits
01:55:56"Mama" - Maria Jette and Dan Chouinard

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GK Adam Granger
Linda Williams Robin Williams
Jorja Fleezanis VocalEssence

Guest Information
  • Maria Jette
  • Dan Chouinard
  • Howard Levy
  • VocalEssence
  • Robin & Linda Williams
  • Jorja Fleezanis
  • Adam Granger
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  • Maria Jette
  • Howard Levy
  • VocalEssence
  • Dan Chouinard
  • Robin & Linda Williams

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  • Choir script
  • Harmonicas script
  • American Fishing Theater script
  • Syttende Mai script
  • Mother's Day script
  • Lyrics
  • Mama Tried

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