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This week: we continue a look back to the beginning of our season with an October rebroadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band joined us for "So It Is" and "Santiago," and teamed up with Rachael Price for "They All Laughed"; Margaret Glaspy played "Emotions and Math" and "Love Like This"; and George Saunders led a reading from his book Lincoln in the Bardo. Plus: another episode of the game show Don't Talk!, we look back at First Drafts of Famous Songs, and get a taste of a few soon-to-be-classic "porch sayings." Hear it all, along with Chris Thile's Song of the Week, "Calvin and the Ghosties," and even more on your favorite public radio station.

  • 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.

  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band

    Fans flock to Preservation Hall, in the heart of the French Quarter, to hear concerts showcasing some of the Crescent City's finest performers. And the Preservation Hall Jazz Band -- 2006 recipient of the prestigious National Medal of Arts -- has held the torch of New Orleans music aloft since its founding in the early 1960s. The group's new album, So It Is, came out earlier this year. The band: Ben Jaffe (bass, tuba), Charlie Gabriel (saxophone, clarinet), Clint Maedgen (saxophone), Ronell Johnson (trombone), Walter Harris (drums), Kyle Roussel (keys), Branden Lewis (trumpet).

  • Margaret Glaspy

    Last year, Rolling Stone included Margaret Glaspy on its April list of 10 New Artists You Need to Know. And more and more fans are taking the advice, getting to know this New York-based, guitar-playing singer-songwriter. She spent years playing backup for other artists and working in bands, and released a couple of EPs before her debut full-length recording, Emotions and Math (ATO Records). Daniel Rhine (bass) and Timothy Kuhl (drums).

  • George Saunders

    Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine, George Saunders is the author of four collections of short stories, a novella, a book of essays, and more. His most recent collection is 2014's Tenth of December, winner of the Story Prize and the Folio Prize. His first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo (Random House), came out earlier this year. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.

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