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This week: we'll look back on a few selections from the past year while we tune up for our first broadcast of 2018, live from San Francisco on January 6th. It's a jam-packed mix, with music from Chris Stapleton, Rachael Price and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Fiona Apple, Randy Newman, Bon Iver, Hilary Hahn, Nickel Creek, Regina Spektor, and more, along with visits from comics Nick Offerman, Alice Wetterlund, and Tom Papa. Plus: an Instant Song Request tribute to Tom Petty, a reading from George Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo with our acting company, a look at First Drafts of Famous Songs, a little Bach from Punch Brothers and yMusic, and an edition of the game show Don't Talk. All that and even more, as we wrap up 2017. Tune in on your local public radio station and we'll see you in the New Year!

  • Chris Thile

    By the time Chris Thile turned 15, he had already been playing mandolin for a decade. He’d also started Nickel Creek with Sara and Sean Watkins, and released his first solo recording, 1994’s Leading Off. This Grammy winner and MacArthur Fellow teams up with numerous musicians in myriad styles and leads acoustic quintet Punch Brothers. His albums include Thanks for Listening (Nonesuch) 10 studio recordings originally written as Prairie Home Companion Songs of the Week. He is now in his second season hosting the show.