December 29, 2007
Coming up this week on A Prairie Home Companion, we'll revisit the bits of 2007 that we remember fondly, and possibly one or two we'd like to forget. There were plenty of memorable firsts this past year, including: public radio host Terry Gross in an episode of Guy Noir, Martin Sheen singing a Quaker folk hymn, and James Taylor with "Something In The Way She Moves". Also on the highlight reel, windy city rockers Wilco, piano man Randy Newman, and legendary singer-songwriter Carole King. So sit back, check the freshness date on your egg nog, and get ready for a visit from the ghosts of broadcasts past. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Fred Newman, and Tom Keith, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon.

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Segment 1
00:00:00Logo
00:00:11Tishomingo Blues
00:00:54GK Introduction
00:03:13"Something in the Way She Moves" - James Taylor
00:06:21Mom script
00:15:47"Hit 'em Up" - The Carolina Chocolate Drops
00:19:12Crispy script
00:26:21Powdermilk Biscuit Break
Segment 2
00:27:46"Sounds of Sickness" - Pat Donohue, GK and The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band
00:31:30Guy Noir script with Terry Gross
00:43:03"Natural Woman" - Carole King and Jearlyn Steele
00:47:01Roy Blount Jr. reads from his book, "Long Time Leaving"
00:53:06"Nashville Cats" - Del McCoury and his band
00:57:00GK Intermission Credits, with "Limehouse Blues" - Shoes
Segment 3
01:01:05Welcome back
01:01:37"Somewhere Over the Rainbow" - Ann Hampton Callaway
01:05:59The Lives of the Cowboys script
01:16:18President script with Martin Sheen
01:20:29"A Few Words in Defense of Our Country" - Randy Newman
01:26:06"Baltimore Oriole" - Bob Dorough
Segment 4
01:30:30The News from Lake Wobegon (Download MP3)
Segment 5
01:49:19"When the Roses Bloom Again" - Wilco
01:55:44"How Can I Keep from Singing" - Martin Sheen
01:58:22Credits

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  • Crispy
  • Guy Noir
  • Lives of the Cowboys
  • President
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  • Sounds of Sickness

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