Last Build Date: Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:00:00 CSTCopyright: 2015 American Public Media
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:00:00 CST"We finally got our decent snowfall here on Wednesday night and now Minnesota can look Buffalo and the Yukon in the eye. We need not be ashamed any longer." Mr. Berge enlists shoveling help after the season's first big snowfall, Corrine Tollerud breaks up with her boyfriend, thoughts on modern child rearing, and memories of harrowing school bus rides, in a December 2013 monologue.
Sat, 26 Nov 2016 17:00:00 CST"It's been chilly, but then we expected it would be. It's been clear sunny days, cold, clear nights. You can look up and see the stars up there." Lake Wobegon celebrates Thanksgiving by sharing a few stories from years past, the Tollefsons prepare a turkey using their grandmother's recipe, and Pastor Liz's boyfriend attends a service at the Lutheran Church, in a monologue from November 2013.
Sat, 19 Nov 2016 17:00:00 CST"We got some more snow here this last week and it's been a little bit cold--no big deal. People are cheerful out there. Furnaces are on now." The town prepares for ice fishing season, Solveig returns from California to make lutefisk, and the exiles begin to trickle back home for Thanksgiving, in a monologue from November 2014.
Sat, 12 Nov 2016 17:00:00 CST"It's gotten cold up there, just genuinely cold, and we can tell it's cold because the teenagers are now putting on jackets and scarves and mittens and hats and so forth." Fred contemplates giving up furnace repair and moving to Texas, Lake Wobegon Lutheran Church prepares for its lutefisk dinner, Myron has knee replacement surgery, and Pastor Liz receives a strange call for help in the middle of the night, a monologue from November 2013.
Sat, 05 Nov 2016 17:00:00 CST"There was a full moon on Thursday, it snowed a little bit, the sun now goes down before five o'clock and will for a while. Cold is here. The kids are still wearing light jackets because they're from here, that's all." Lake Wobegon Lutheran Church celebrates All Saints' Day and Clint Bunsen gives up deer hunting, a monologue from November 2014.
Sat, 29 Oct 2016 17:00:00 CST"We had our big frost and it turned cold. All the flowers are dead. They say we'll get some snow before Thanksgiving." Donnie Krebsbach heads to Minneapolis to visit his in-laws and his son returns to town to help a distraught girl learn more about her uncle (who, it turns out, was secretly engaged to Tina Lundeen), a monologue from November 2013.
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:00:00 CST"It's been chilly, of course, because it is almost the end of October. Mist over the lake every morning, the Canada Geese are heading South overhead." Pastor Liz delivers a sermon about the Parable of the Wedding Feast, a man visits Ralph's Pretty Good Grocery to buy a cup of coffee though they don't sell coffee, and the story of the time Eugene Berge picked up a hitchhiker, in an October 2014 monologue.
Sat, 15 Oct 2016 17:00:00 CST"It's fall. It's a gorgeous, gorgeous fall. It's been chilly, down into the 30s at night." Thoughts on the benefits of cold weather and Minnesota living, the town watches a lunar eclipse, and Pastor Liz moves into the Lewises' cabin, in a monologue from October 2014.
Sat, 08 Oct 2016 17:00:00 CST"Been chilly, chilly at night, in the 30s. The crickets are all quiet. We hear the 'pop' of the shotguns from duck hunting." With the election approaching, politics begin to affect marriages, Carla Bunsen receives funding for her performance art piece in New York City, and the Lutheran Church holds its Senior Banquet, in a monologue from October 2014.
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 17:00:00 CST"Homecoming week this week at Lake Wobegon High School, not that we expect alumni to come back -- they don't. They come back, maybe, for the holidays." High school students prepare for the homecoming dance, Laurel returns to town from Long Beach, California after 22 years, and Pastor Liz worries after giving a sermon that everyone enjoys, in a monologue from October 2013.
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:00:00 CST"We're all used to disappointment and heartbreak in Lake Wobegon. We're all used to being left behind, of course, it's the story of our lives." Clint Bunsen tries to help a skunk out of a live trap, the host recalls an autumn morning that changed him forever, and Eloise Krebsbach sends her boyfriend to chemical dependency treatment, in a monologue from October 2009.
Sat, 17 Sep 2016 17:00:00 CST"This was the week when the weather turned, just came all of a sudden. This last week, the wind shifted around from the North and you could feel that the temperature dropped about 20 degrees." In a monologue from October 2004, the host wades into frigid water to help Uncle Dean and Aunt Evelyn retrieve the dock, and considers Kafka while visiting Prague. Cousin Larry visits relatives in Norway.
Sat, 10 Sep 2016 17:00:00 CST"It's been cold and windy there and on the verge of turning warm and sunny, and just when you think it will, we get a little bit of snow, typical for Minnesota at this time of the year." Regulars visit the Chatterbox Cafe to complain about their lives and Carl Krebsbach reminisces about an early relationship with Anne Marie Meister, a monologue from April 1995.
Sat, 03 Sep 2016 17:00:00 CSTThere are a lot of new foods and exhibits at the Minnesota State Fair this year...
Sat, 03 Sep 2016 17:00:00 CSTDuane's mom calls while he's attending the Minnesota State Fair.
Sat, 03 Sep 2016 17:00:00 CSTMel's Buffet at the Minnesota State Fair: the place to go if you want to avoid salad.
Sat, 03 Sep 2016 17:00:00 CSTGuy Noir works security at the Minnesota State Fair and accidentally interrupts a public radio podcast.
Sat, 03 Sep 2016 17:00:00 CST"It's been a beautiful, beautiful last week of summer, especially for those of us who don't have to work -- you know, which I don't, being retired and everything. It heightens the pleasure to see other people working so hard, which you do." Thoughts on growing up as a writer in Lake Wobegon, and a few memories of high school romance at the Minnesota State Fair.
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 17:00:00 CST"It's been hot there this last week -- got up to 93 on Wednesday and that took the starch out of Norwegian Bachelor Farmers in particular." Thoughts on the benefits of summer cabins, the Inqvists reconcile after a night at the Moonlight Bay Supper Club, and Arlene Bunsen holds a bridal shower for her nephew's fiancée, in a monologue from June 2015.
Sat, 20 Aug 2016 17:00:00 CST"It's been chilly, been cloudy this whole week but we're used to it. It doesn't really matter." Lake Wobegon High School's class of 2013 graduates, tales of graduation ceremony pranks from years past, and thoughts on being a commencement speaker, in a monologue from June 2013.
Sat, 13 Aug 2016 17:00:00 CST"It's been hot and humid out there. Some people are sitting around limp in the face of their air conditioners with their arms wrapped around them and a lot of people are not so troubled by 105-degree heat." Carl Krebsbach soldiers on through a heatwave while repairing the siding on the Bunsens' house, memories of the winter Great Aunt Cooter went berserk can help keep you cool during a summer heatwave, the Dieners' daughter postpones her wedding and this makes people think about the state of their own marriages, in a monologue from July 2011.
Sat, 06 Aug 2016 17:00:00 CST"We had some thunderstorms in Lake Wobegon this last week. We say it was a quiet week in Lake Wobegon but it was kind of wild and kind of violent." The Whippets defeat the Holdingford Bulls in the rain on another long fly ball from Wayne Tommerdahl, Father Emil returns to Our Lady of Perpetual Responsibility, garage sale season begins, and the Women's Bible Study Group goes skinny-dipping, in a monologue from June 2014.
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 17:00:00 CST"Glorious, glorious, glorious, magnificent week of fall. These beautiful, beautiful trees -- such splendor, such majesty." Pastor Inqvist gets a new hat; encounters Merle Sanderson, one of the Lutheran pastors who was with him during an infamous pontoon boat incident; performs a last-minute baptism; and receives a troubling telephone message -- a monologue from October 2000.
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:00:00 CST"Such a beautiful, beautiful, heartbreaking, terribly beautiful fall. You go out and walk along the streets of that little town, under the golden, and the red and the orange, trees." Darryl and Marilyn Tollerud visit their son Eric at St. Cloud State and reminisce about the early years of their courtship, Marilyn attends her parents' 60th anniversary party, and Darryl discovers a box of letters from his first love, Ellen -- a monologue from October 1999.
Sat, 16 Jul 2016 17:00:00 CST"Last Saturday night, people in Lake Wobegon ate supper on their porches and went outside after the sun went down, in their shirtsleeves, and walked out under the full moon." Earl and Ruby Dickmeyer plan a trip to visit their daughter Debbie in Fort Myers, Earl's "World's Largest Pile of Burlap Bags" attracts international acclaim, and Ruby and Sister Arvonne argue about the latest selection for the ladies' book club, in a monologue from October 1997.
Sat, 09 Jul 2016 17:00:00 CST"Summer has come on, the raspberries are ripe, there are hummingbirds everywhere -- it's been getting warm and humid here." Wally brings a case of mead to the Sidetrack Tap, the parents of Lake Wobegon deal with high school and college students who are home for the summer, and the perfect cover story for laziness, in a monologue from June 2013.
Sat, 02 Jul 2016 17:00:00 CST"We came to Minnesota from California to simplify our lives, but maybe we forgot something..." -- A message from the Catchup Advisory Board.
Sat, 02 Jul 2016 17:00:00 CST"It's good to be here in Hollywood, especially if you grew up evangelical, it makes it more meaningful..."
Sat, 02 Jul 2016 17:00:00 CST"It was a beautiful, beautiful summer day, one of those perfect summer days that we think are rare, and actually they are not. And, anyway, how many do we deserve, I mean, how many do we expect as our due?" The host delivers his final update from his hometown, describes reading and playing baseball in his younger days, recalls the town's residents who've passed away, ponders his legacy as a writer, and offers a few limericks to live by.
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:00:00 CSTDuane's mom calls him while he's visiting a cellist at Tanglewood.
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:00:00 CSTA word from Fritz Electronics: The Internet is a part of our lives and we're grateful for it, except sometimes it becomes an enemy...
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:00:00 CSTThe Professional Organization of English Majors: we correct because we care.
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:00:00 CST"So, so beautiful, what a beautiful week of summer. This green all around us and this blue sky and these big white puffy clouds, like a picture that you would have made in the 4th grade with your crayons and been so proud of." Pastor Liz takes a group of teenagers on a Boundary Waters canoe trip, leads a "Kumbaya" sing-along, and tells them about her favorite boyfriend.
Sat, 18 Jun 2016 17:00:00 CSTThe Professional Organization of English Majors: we correct because we care.
Sat, 18 Jun 2016 17:00:00 CSTGarrison sings a song about friendship on the internet.
Sat, 18 Jun 2016 17:00:00 CSTThe Story of Bob, a Young Artist...
Sat, 18 Jun 2016 17:00:00 CSTHe's going to make hot dogs great again.
Sat, 18 Jun 2016 17:00:00 CSTGuy Noir meets a few familiar investigators.
Sat, 18 Jun 2016 17:00:00 CST"It has been warm, warm, warm out there, and sunny. It's been beautiful with a few little thunderstorms in there for punctuation. People love those. It's really the variety of our lives." Pastor Liz smokes a cigarette at the Chatterbox Cafe, Darlene's ex husband leaves his new wife, Florian Krebsbach buys a new piece of farm equipment, and the host recalls a shameful tomato incident.
Sat, 11 Jun 2016 17:00:00 CSTHere's to the children who grew up to soon / who all graduated one Sunday in June...
Sat, 11 Jun 2016 17:00:00 CST...coming soon to a movie theater near you: 'The House Guest!' He's here. Deal with it.
Sat, 11 Jun 2016 17:00:00 CSTA message from Earl's School of Accents: Learning a new accent can be a major asset in your professional life.
Sat, 11 Jun 2016 17:00:00 CSTOur sound effects man Fred Newman is looking forward to his summer vacation...
Sat, 11 Jun 2016 17:00:00 CST"It's been hot there this weekend, gradually getting up into the 90s, which makes Scandinavians very short-tempered. As soon as it gets up around 75, they become very impatient when they're perspiring." Mr. Halvorson decided to keep the high school's graduation ceremony outdoors in the face of threatening weather, the host recalls delivering a disastrous commencement address in 1985, and thoughts on modern grad parties.
Sat, 04 Jun 2016 17:00:00 CSTA poem for all the recent graduates: "Be happy, be bold, that's what my advice is..."
Sat, 04 Jun 2016 17:00:00 CSTGuy Noir visits the new Atlanta Braves stadium and tangles with the city's parking enforcement drones.
Sat, 04 Jun 2016 17:00:00 CST"It's been rainy and that's a good thing, it gives you a chance to stop and think things over and relieves you of having to do the things that you thought you had to do." Pastor Inqvist and his family return for Memorial Day weekend, Clint Bunsen has a brain seizure while fixing Pastor Liz's car, and the Whippets beat the Freeport Flyers in the Toast and Jelly Days game.
Sat, 28 May 2016 17:00:00 CSTYou know their voices from public radio but do you know who they are as people?
Sat, 28 May 2016 17:00:00 CSTGarrison's song about the Battle of the Argonne Forest and World War I, featuring Heather Masse and Rich Dworsky and the band.
Sat, 28 May 2016 17:00:00 CSTHe's going to make America safe again by wiping out spiders.
Sat, 28 May 2016 17:00:00 CSTA song about the recent reaction to a certain presidential candidate.
Sat, 28 May 2016 17:00:00 CSTGarrison and Heather Masse sing about the rivers of Virginia.
Sat, 28 May 2016 17:00:00 CST"Summer has finally arrived and the birds are singing. Everything is green and people are planting now in a fury of gardening." Barbara Ann Bunsen sends her daughter to a self-esteem program, memories of great old storytellers who have passed away, and the town celebrates Memorial Day.
Sat, 21 May 2016 17:00:00 CSTGarrison celebrates the orderly streets of Minneapolis.
Sat, 21 May 2016 17:00:00 CSTA brief word about coffee...
Sat, 21 May 2016 17:00:00 CSTA few limericks for the cities of Minnesota...
Sat, 21 May 2016 17:00:00 CSTGarrison and Philip Brunelle highlight the many musicians who have appeared at Minneapolis' First Baptist Church.
Sat, 21 May 2016 17:00:00 CSTGarrison sings about spring happenings around the lakes of Minneapolis.
Sat, 21 May 2016 17:00:00 CST"It's May, it's been perfect, it's been sunny, it's been in the 70s, been absolutely beautiful. People sleeping at night with the windows open and then they wake up to the sound of birds singing out in the trees." The town finds a way to complain in the midst of beautiful spring weather, Mildred makes off with $220,000 in cash and heads to Buenos Aires, and a few memories of the host's Uncle Jack.
Sat, 14 May 2016 17:00:00 CSTGuy Noir heads to Spokane to run an errand for Larry, the bass player who lives in the basement.
Sat, 14 May 2016 17:00:00 CSTEnglish majors. Do you mind if we point out a mistake? Correct English is so important as you text or tweet or post on Facebook, and bad grammar gives an impression of stupidity. A word from the Professional Organization of English Majors.
Sat, 14 May 2016 17:00:00 CSTMr. Fred Newman our sound effects man was not always the top sound effects man in public radio today, once he was a mere office manager...
Sat, 14 May 2016 17:00:00 CSTRainbow Motor Oil and the Rainbow family of automotive products brings you: Dr. Brad Triplett, Veterinary Urologist.
Sat, 14 May 2016 17:00:00 CSTDusty and Lefty tangle with Big Messer over technology in Spokane.
Sat, 14 May 2016 17:00:00 CST"It's been chilly there, rather chilly last night. As a matter of fact, it almost got down below freezing, maybe just barely did, because a few snowflakes fell in town. Only a few people felt them." Fishing season begins and men take to the water to contemplate life, Marilyn Tollerud catches her husband in an embarrassing situation, Father Wilmer gets a DNA test to learn more about his ancestry, and Mary Tollefson sends her cousin Bernice to a recovery program for retired clergy.
Sat, 07 May 2016 17:00:00 CSTA call from Mom to Duane on Mother's Day...
Sat, 07 May 2016 17:00:00 CSTSo you wake up and you feel great until you remember you have to give a speech this morning to the Nashville Society of Bar Code Collectors...
Sat, 07 May 2016 17:00:00 CSTA nice big emerald is not cheap, but it's cheaper than a divorce and a lot better than pretending to be enthusiastic: a message from the American Emerald Society.
Sat, 07 May 2016 17:00:00 CST"It's been sunny and warm up there, warm enough for us anyway, and it's just been absolutely beautiful -- been paradise, gorgeous." Clarence Bunsen gets a haircut, the Lutheran Church council deals with a few small issues, and Duane Bunsen and his wife repair their relationship.
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 17:00:00 CSTA message from the Professional Organization of English Majors...
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 17:00:00 CST"It's been rainy here this last week and a little chilly but now there's this fine green haze in the trees overhead and the flowers are blooming." Senator K. Thorvaldson returns from Florida and has some driving troubles, Florian and Myrtle Krebsbach argue about their living situation, and their son Carl miraculously reels in a monster carp.
Sat, 23 Apr 2016 17:00:00 CSTA word about the true essence of Texas...
Sat, 23 Apr 2016 17:00:00 CSTDusty and Lefty get turned around while trying to find Austin, Texas, and end up in Laustin, Oklahoma.
Sat, 23 Apr 2016 17:00:00 CST"Suddenly the world has turned and now there's this great profusion of flowers. We've had warm weather, up in the 70s and the magnolias are blooming, the daffodils, and the tulips, and the crocuses, and the wild ginger, and all of it." The Berger boy joins a band called The Brass Monkeys, Earl and Ruby Dickmeier create the World's Largest Ball of Baggies after the World's Largest Pile of Burlap Bags catches fire, and Maureen gets the hiccups in the middle of Pastor Liz's sermon.
Sat, 16 Apr 2016 17:00:00 CSTA little radio drama about a chance encounter on the NYC subway...
Sat, 16 Apr 2016 17:00:00 CSTGuy Noir visits a diner in Brooklyn...
Sat, 16 Apr 2016 17:00:00 CST"It got warm there all of a sudden and you could smell the dirt again. The farmers were out in the field -- still a little wet to be plowing." Pastor Liz checks in on the town's Norwegian bachelor farmers, the Lutheran Church council approves a new budget, the high school begins their production of 'Fiddler on the Roof,' and Lena Bunsen plans to remarry at the age of 75.
Sat, 09 Apr 2016 17:00:00 CSTGuy Noir heads to New York City to visit a client and runs into the leading Democratic and Republican presidential candidates.
Sat, 09 Apr 2016 17:00:00 CSTA message from the Catchup Advisory Board...
Sat, 09 Apr 2016 17:00:00 CSTYou watch an orchestra during a slow movement and you wonder: what are they thinking right now? Here's another in our series of documentaries entitled "What Are They Thinking?" Today: The Cellist.
Sat, 09 Apr 2016 17:00:00 CST"It's been raining and chilly out there, a little bit of snow now and then." The host recalls memories of springtime conversations with his uncles and his early days as a writer, three pairs of loons take up residence on the lake now that the ice has melted, and Marv returns to teaching high school driver's instruction classes after a winter break.
Sat, 02 Apr 2016 17:00:00 CSTA chat with listener Anna Santana, 86 years old, of Santa Barbara, California
Sat, 02 Apr 2016 17:00:00 CSTA little drama to explain why men love baseball...
Sat, 02 Apr 2016 17:00:00 CSTThis week: Guy Noir does some publicity work for a certain Republican presidential candidate.
Sat, 02 Apr 2016 17:00:00 CST"We've had wind and snow and rain and cold rain and a little snow, that melting snow, and then wind some more. It's spring we know that now, even if it's a little chilly." Darlene has an epiphany while out for an Easter morning walk, Carl Krebsbach feeds a flock of Tundra Swans out on the lake, and Viola Tors attends a clothing-optional Lutheran church in Palm Beach.
Sat, 26 Mar 2016 17:00:00 CST"It's been beautiful this last week. The sun was shining. It's been a gorgeous, gorgeous winter. We got a little snow on Monday, Thursday, just a decorator snow." Mr. Berge tells a few jokes to ducks out on the lake, the Men's Prayer Group gathers at Bunsen Motors, and the Lutheran Church holds its Lenten soup suppers, a monologue from March 2014.
Sat, 19 Mar 2016 17:00:00 CST"Spring: spring came in on Thursday. We got little snow on Tuesday. No problem, no problem. Just a little decorative, designer snow on Tuesday." Thoughts on the sin of sloth and the 1965 World Series, Carl Krebsbach considers robbing a bank and receives a mysterious phone call, and Darlene worries that her cat may have rabies, in a monologue from March 2014.
Sat, 12 Mar 2016 17:00:00 CST"We got a little snow out there this last week -- six inches but we don't care. We're not shoveling. The shovel's been put away. The snow plow is parked in the garage." Spring comes to Lake Wobegon and town constables Gary and Leroy respond to a dispute at the Magendantz home, in a monologue from March 2011.
Sat, 05 Mar 2016 17:00:00 CSTA look inside the mind of our bass player, Larry Kohut.
Sat, 05 Mar 2016 17:00:00 CSTYes, nothing gets the taste of shame and humiliation out of your mouth like Beebopareebop Rhubarb Pie.
Sat, 05 Mar 2016 17:00:00 CSTA few limericks about Milwaukee and its famous beers...
Sat, 05 Mar 2016 17:00:00 CSTGuy Noir meets with the full roster of presidential hopefuls.
Sat, 05 Mar 2016 17:00:00 CSTA message from Wauwatosa Beer...
Sat, 05 Mar 2016 17:00:00 CST"It was cold, it was in the 20s, but the sun was shining and that makes all the difference, of course. When the sun shines and you can smell the earth, and then you can imagine that spring is on its way." Pastor Liz delivers a sermon despite having a terrible cold, college kids begin to return home for spring break and Easter, and a few thoughts on the benefits of ice fishing.
Sat, 27 Feb 2016 17:00:00 CSTNo need to worry about cat hair any longer when you get the Suck It Up Cat-Vac from Bertha's Kitty Boutique!
Sat, 27 Feb 2016 17:00:00 CSTHow can you defend your home against wacko wildlife? Guns are one way but a better way is a Giant California Condor call from Fred Farrell.
Sat, 27 Feb 2016 17:00:00 CSTGarrison pays tribute to our home base in St. Paul, the Fitzgerald Theater.
Sat, 27 Feb 2016 17:00:00 CSTGuy Noir gets some career and crossword puzzle advice...
Sat, 27 Feb 2016 17:00:00 CSTThe American Coffee Council: We want to make coffee great again.
Sat, 27 Feb 2016 17:00:00 CSTHas your family tried 'em? A word from Powdermilk Biscuits and a certain Republican Presidential candidate.