December 16, 2006
This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we continue our seasonal stopover at the Town Hall with special guests, the prolific resophonic guitarist and the most recorded dobro player in history, Jerry Douglas and his band. We've got the 44th poet laureate of the United States, a Distinguished Professor of English at the City University of New York since 1968, Billy Collins. Also with us, the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, the News from Lake Wobegon, and sitting in with the Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band, the cunning commander of catgut Andy Stein. Join us this Saturday for a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion from the heart of Broadway, in New York City.

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Segment 1
00:00:13"Tishomingo Blues" - GK, Shoes and Jerry Douglas
00:02:55GK opens, talks to Rich about Hanukkah
00:05:30"S'vivon" - Rich Dworsky with Shoes and Jerry Douglas
00:07:40SFX Script with "To a Wild Rose"
00:14:57"Sancta Lucia" - GK and shoes
00:18:04GK intros Billy Collins
00:18:55Billy Collins intros and reads "Tension"
00:22:05Billy intros and reads "The Golden Years"
00:24:56Billy intros and reads "The Revenant"
00:27:53Rhubarb Script
00:33:04Powdermilk Biscuit Break with "Dixie Darlin'," "Hanukkah in Santa Monica," and "Leather Britches"
Segment 2
00:35:36Collateral Script
00:37:00Jerry Douglas and song Intro
00:39:20"Wild Rumpus" - Jerry Douglas Band
00:43:03GK talks with Jerry
00:44:53"Away in a Manger" - Jerry Douglas Band
00:47:48Guy Noir Script
01:00:54Intermission/"Winter Wonderland" - Shoes
Segment 3
01:05:20GK welcomes back
01:06:10"The Waffle Song" - GK, Audience, Shoes
01:11:31Trip Giveaway Raffle Drawing
01:15:40GK talks to Rich about Hanukkah
01:16:18"Hanukkah Medley" with "Ma'oz Tzur" and "Mi Y'malel"
Segment 4
01:20:00The News From Lake Wobegon
Segment 5
01:35:29"In the Sweet By and By"/"Lonesome Midtown Blues" - Jerry Douglas and Pat Donohue
01:38:59Mom Script
01:44:55"We Hide And Seek" - Jerry Douglas
01:49:56Jerry Douglas intros the band
01:50:20GK intro of Billy
01:50:40Billy intros and reads "Adage"
01:51:56Billy intros and reads "The Trouble With Poetry"
01:54:06GK thanks Billy
01:54:23Ketchup Script
01:55:03GK Happy Hanukah
01:56:39"It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" - GK, Audience, Shoes into "Leather Britches"
01:58:23Goodnight from Town Hall in New York

Photos from the show
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A look at the board that always makes the show sound great The irrepressible Fred Newman
Former Poet Laureate Billy Collins reads his poem "The Golden Years" Andy Stein joins the Shoes this week
Tim and Sue are SHOCKED while Fred is just tickled Billy Collins plays Mafia poet villain in the Guy Noir script

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  • Jerry Douglas
  • Andy Stein
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  • Jerry Douglas

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  • SFX script
  • Rhubarb script
  • Collateral script
  • Guy Noir script
  • Mom script
  • Ketchup script
  • Lyrics
  • Sancta Lucia
  • The Waffle Song

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