Maxine Kumin
Maxine Kumin
May 3, 2008

This week on A Prairie Home Companion we'll bring you a live broadcast performance from the Civic Center Auditorium in Bangor, Maine. Featuring Pulitzer Prize winning poet Maxine Kumin, the David Mallet Trio, and a comprehensive artistic rediscovery of our regular cast: The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with Rich Dworsky, Pat Donohue, Gary Raynor, Andy Stein, and Peter Johnson, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, and that gangly guy with the socks. Join us this week, live from the Queen City of the East.

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Segment 1
00:12"Tishomingo Blues"
03:25GK opens, talks about Maine
04:17King script
06:03Bush script
07:15"Bangor, Maine" - GK/ Pat Donohue/ band
10:02Rhubarb script
15:19The Story of Bob script
20:56GK intros Maxine Kumin, she and GK read her poetry
28:22Powdermilk Biscuit Break
Segment 2
31:43Grieg (Married Couple) script
39:40GK intros David Mallett
40:56"Angel Standin'" By- David Mallett
44:18"Fishing" - David Mallett
48:45Science script
54:00GK intros Fiddlers
58:48Intermission/ "Blues Skies'"
Segment 3
1:02:03Hymn Medley
1:10:17Fred script
1:21:12"Tenderness" - GK and band
1:24:16GK intros Maxine Kumin, she reads "Seven Caveats in May"
1:29:00"Whole Lot of You" - Pat Donohue and Shoe Band
Segment 4
1:30:48The News from Lake Wobegon (Download MP3)
Segment 5
1:43:49"Maine U Song" - "The Stein Song"- Shoe Band
1:45:28GK talks about Bangor
1:49:00"The Garden Song" - David Mallett
1:52:18GK talks with Maxine Kumin
1:52:52Confiscated script/ credits
1:55:26"You Are My Sunshine", fiddlers

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Garrison, up in the bleachers, before the start of the broadcast. Pat Donohue
Perhaps the smirk gives it away: Tim Russell's impression of Bush. Garrison introduces one of his literary heroes, Maxine Kumin.
David Mallett leads the audience in an impromptu sing-along The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band
Guest Information
  • Maxine Kumin
  • David Mallett
  • Fiddlers Doug Protsik, Lucien Mathieu, Carter Newell and Milo Stanley
  • Guest Books and Recordings
  • Maxine Kumin
  • David Mallett
  • Doug Protsik and Carter Newell (Old Grey Goose)

  • Scripts
  • King
  • Bush
  • Rhubarb
  • Bob
  • Grieg
  • Science
  • Fred
  • Confiscated
  • Lyrics
  • Bangor, Maine
  • Tenderness

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  • Music Information
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