March 28, 2009

HARRY HOUDINI HOMETOWN SHOWCASE

This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we're live from the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton, Wisconsin. Featuring all local talent, including Cory Chisel, Greg Waters, Dance Billy Dance, American Fiction, Jonathan Eddy, and Helen Exner. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Acting; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon.


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American Fiction, otherwise known as Ethan Cook.

Maureen Wallenfang reads an essay about Appleton, WI.

Dance Billy Dance

Cory Chisel

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  • Segment 1
    • 00:00:00 - Logo
    • 00:00:13 - Tishomingo Blues
    • 00:02:09 - GK talks about Appleton, beauty of a small American city
    • 00:03:16 - "Appleton song" - GK/ Shoe Band
    • 00:10:24 - SFX script
    • 00:13:25 - "The Big Appleton" - Shoe Band
    • 00:15:04 - GK introduces Ethan Cook
    • 00:17:58 - "Goin' to Big Sur" - American Fiction (Ethan Cook)
    • 00:22:20 - GK introduces Maureen Wallenfang, she talks about living in Appleton
    • 00:26:09 - The Lives of the Cowboys script
    • 00:33:16 - Powdermilk Biscuit Break
  • Segment 2
    • 00:35:05 - GK introduces Helen Exner
    • 00:37:26 - "Sky Goddess" - Helen Exner
    • 00:40:36 - Rhubarb script
    • 00:47:30 - GK talks with Cory Chisel
    • 00:49:37 - "See it My Way" - Cory Chisel
    • 00:53:09 - GK talks with Greg Waters
    • 00:55:00 - "Luck to See You Through" - Greg Waters
    • 00:58:40 - "Recession Blues" - Pat Donohue and GK with Shoes
    • 01:01:30 - Intermission/"I've Just Seen A Face"
  • Segment 3
    • 01:04:35 - GK talks about Appleton, how it sounds like a cliché, greetings
    • 01:09:10 - GK intros Sam Dukes, a chef at the Grand Meridian in Appleton
    • 01:12:34 - While We're Young/ee cummings/ Emily Dickinson poems- GK/ Shoes
    • 01:17:50 - GK intros/ talks with Dance Billy Dance
    • 01:19:20 - "I Just Want To Get Away" - Dance Billy Dance
    • 01:24:14 - Guy Noir script
    • 01:34:04 - GK intros and talks with Jonathan Eddy
    • 01:36:20 - "Sonata For Solo Violin' op. 27 no.4 - movement 1" (Ysaÿe)- Jonathan Eddy
  • Segment 4
    • 01:40:55 - The News from Lake Wobegon
  • Segment 5
    • 01:51:55 - "It Won't Be Long" - Cory Chisel
    • 01:55:08 - GK closes, more Appleton talk, credits, "O What a Beautiful Valley"

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