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Saturday, April 11, 2009

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FN (SINGS): If you can make it there, then you can make it anywhere— itís up to you, New York, New York.

GK: All of our contestants have been flown to New York absolutely free and landed at LaGuardia, one of Americaís most exciting airports (PLANE SHAKING, DESCENT) Coming in low over Long Island Sound....Rikers Island off to your right where the prisoners are looking out the cellblock windows hoping you crash — and then you hit the runway (TIRES SCREECH) and he turns on the reverse thrust (SFX) so that you get a black eye from the G-Force — just the first of many thrilling experiences in New York City. From LaGuardia, our contestants were brought into the city via taxis driven by men from countries where there are no stoplights (TR ARABIC, CAR REV, GEAR SHIFT, HORN HONKS, REV AND RACE) and brought to Midtown to your hotel — where your second-floor room offers you a ringside seat for saxophonist whoís playing on the sidewalk (SAX) and when he packs up and goes home, the gentlemen from the Dept of Sanitation (VOICES, TRUCK BACKING) who come around early to collect the garbage. (VOICES, TRASH COMPACTER). In addition, our contestants will have a chance to ride the A Train to Brooklyn (SUBWAY DOORS, ANNC) and enjoy a real New York experience — when the train stops (BRAKES) and sits there in the dark under the East River and the lights flicker (SLIGHT PANIC) and the train motor stops (SFX) and the conductor comes on the PA and makes an announcement (FN PA UNINTELLIGIBLE) that nobody understands —

GK: ...itís a moment youíll remember long after you return home. And while youíre sitting on the train, thatís when the panhandler comes through the train.

FN: Okay, people. Iím sorry to bother you. I wouldnít do it if I didnít need your help. Iíve got one kid in Trinity School and one in Brearley and I donít know if you know how much tuition is but itís a lot and so anything you can give (SHAKES CHANGE IN CUP) — twenty dollars, ten dollars, it all adds up — anything at all —

GK: And our contestants were taken on a tour of cemeteries in Queens and Brooklyn (TR GODFATHER: He was a good man. Weíre gonna miss him. May he rest in peace. And now the Familyís gonna all pull together and weíre gonna go out there and get the guys who whacked Guido. Okay? Hear me?)

And tonight theyíll be taken to a Russian nightclub at Coney Island (TR RUSSIAN) where theyíll be given a clear beverage in a large glass that is not tap water (TR RUSSIAN) and after that, itís time to get on the Cyclone and go for a ride (SFX SEQ ROLLER COASTER) — an antique roller coaster that has sat all winter in the salt air and now youíll be the first ones to ride it — (RIDE, SCREAMS) —

New York. An exciting destination. And now letís go up to Columbus Circle and learn the art of jaywalking. (TRAFFIC PASSING)

SS (NY): Okay. You gotta show confidence. Okay? Theyíre more afraid of you than you are of them. Okay? Just make sure they can see you. Okay. Here we go. (BUS PASSING, HORNS. CARS) Keep going. Donít stop. Pedestrians rule! This is a pedestriansí town! (HORNS, CARS)

GK: NEW YORK. We brought our contestants here because itís a place that when youíve been here, you remember it for a long time. And then comes your departure from LaGuardia.

FN (PILOT): This is your pilot speaking. As you can see we are No. 1 for takeoff. Due to the short runway, we use a catapult to get us up to speed and so— if we could have everyone put your heads between your knees and brace.

SS (ELECTRONIC): Brace. Brace. Brace.

(CATAPULT, JET TAKEOFF)

FN (PILOT): Itís up to you, New York, New York.......

Old Sweet Songs: A Prairie Home Companion 1974-1976

Old Sweet Songs

Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).

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