Nellie McKay
Nellie McKay
April 12, 2008

This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we return to The Town Hall in New York City for our Spring Sonnet contest (see details below). This week's special guests include eclectic singer-songwriter Nellie McKay, sultry alto Prudence Johnson, Metropolitan Opera tenor Raúl Melo, and mandolin maestro Chris Thile. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon. Join us this week, for a poetic exploration into the human heart and the power of love.

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Segment 1
00:13Tishomingo Blues, GK opens
04:03Marydel Rosenfield sonnet, more sonnets, "I Think of You", "When I Dream"
15:00GK talks about the Olympic torch, papal visit, taxes
15:36T for Taxes- Shoe Band
17:55Fred script
24:26more sonnets
26:41"Ah! Leve-Toi Soleil"- Raúl Melo, with Michael Recchiuti
32:07GK talks to Raúl Melo
33:08Powdermilk Biscuit Break
Segment 2
34:50 GK talks about sonnet statistics
35:32 GK intros Nellie McKay
36:38 "Testify"- Nellie McKay and Shoe Band
40:25 "Zombie"- Nellie McKay and Shoe Band
45:29 Guy Noir script
1:02:14 Intermission - "Blue Skies"
Segment 3
1:06:12 "There's No Business Like Show Business"/ "Ol' Man River"/ "Oh What A Beautiful Mornin'"
1:13:30 "Buckets of Rain"- Pat Donohue and Chris Thile
1:16:22 More sonnets, Aura Lee/ In the Gloaming/ Let it Be Me
1:27:26 GK intros Raúl Melo
1:28:17 "Che Gelida Manina"- Raúl Melo, with Michael Recchiuti
Segment 4
1:33:35The News from Lake Wobegon (Download MP3)
Segment 5
1:45:00 "I Wanna Get Married"- Nellie McKay
1:49:30 "Wayside"- Chris Thile
1:52:24 GK thanks sonnet writers, picks winner: Marydel Rosenfield
1:55:20 Credits, "True Love Ways" closer

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Andy Stein sits in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band. Tim Russell
Garrison discusses Fred's free time Garrison speaks with Raul Melo
Nellie McKay Chris Thile and his mandolin.
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