January 26, 2008
This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we'll layer up our geese fleece and huddle close for another live broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater. With special guests, BR5-49 front man Chuck Mead, Bluegrass singer Becky Schlegel, singer-songwriter Nellie McKay, humorist Roy Blount Jr., The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, and the always soleful Guy's All-Star Shoe Band. Plus, in Lake Wobegon, Clint Bunsen has been working double overtime jumping cars. So, keep your block heater plugged in, wash your long johns, and turn your radio on for some January cheer this Saturday.

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Segment 1
00:00:00Logo
00:00:13"Tishomingo Blues"
00:03:30GK opens, talks about the winter carnival
00:04:16"It's Only Radio" - GK/ Pat, into Radio script
00:09:55"Freezin'" - Pat Donohue and Shoe Band
00:13:55Skating script
00:19:40GK intros Roy Blount and Chuck Mead, "Who What Where" segment
00:28:09Rhubarb script
00:32:09"If I Had You" - Nellie McKay and Shoe Band
00:36:28Powdermilk Biscuit Break
Segment 2
00:37:59The Lives of the Cowboys script
00:47:18GK intros Nellie McKay
00:48:53"Identity Theft" - Nellie McKay and Shoe Band
00:52:57"A-Tisket A-Tasket" - Nellie McKay and Shoe Band
00:55:25"Mother of Pearl" - Nellie McKay/ Shoe Band
00:58:40"The Winter is Long" - GK/ Becky Schlegel/ Shoes
01:02:35Intermission/"Roly Poly" - Shoe Band
Segment 3
01:07:13Greetings
01:10:51"I Heard the Bluebirds Sing" - GK/ Becky/ Shoes
01:13:00Guy Noir script
01:23:28Roy Blount and Chuck Mead/Shoes: "When Why" segment
Segment 4
01:30:12The News from Lake Wobegon (Download MP3)
Segment 5
01:45:57"I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" - GK/ Becky Schlegel/ Shoe Band
01:49:06"Politan" - Nellie McKay and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band
01:54:00GK intros band
01:54:18Mental script
01:56:04Credits, "The Next Time I'm in Town", "Way Too Late Too Go Home Early"

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Garrison starts the show with a song. Chuck Mead
Joe Savage plays the pedal steel guitar. Nellie McKay accompanies herself on ukulele during "If I Had You."
Roy Blount Jr. Becky Schlegel
Guest Information
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  • John Niemann
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  • Skating
  • Rhubarb
  • The Lives of the Cowboys
  • Guy Noir
  • Mental
  • Lyrics
  • The Winter is Long

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