American Public Media Listings for the Week of 01/18/2010A Prairie Home Companion | Marketplace Money | American Routes
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Coming to you this week from the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota, with special guests jazz songbird Inga Swearingen, Nashville picker Guthrie Trapp, vocal trio Sweet Dreams, and Minnesota polka legends Ray Sands and the Polka Dots. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, vocalist Andra Suchy, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
When we asked Lyle Lovett why he didn't stick with journalism, he said "It's hard to sing the newspaper." From blues to country to Texas swing, Lyle and his large band can tell some good stories, and they're not all about penguins. We'll hear all about it (and more) when we sit down in conversation. Howard Tate is a master of soulful singing, bringing his bluesy touch and deep meaning to such classics as "Get it While You Can" and "Ain't Nobody Home." We'll talk about his life in Philadelphia's gospel and soul scenes, and his path back to the stage today.
Buying a house used to be a sound investment, not to mention the American Dream. But when the housing bubble burst, a new renting reality took over. Marketplace's Stacey Vanek-Smith reports on perma-renters. Also, the recession caused a major glut in car dealership inventories. And they'll do just about anything to get you into a car and off of the lot. Host Tess Vigeland talks to Phil Reed of Edmunds.com about how and where to get the good discounts. And when you're planning a wedding, sticking to a budget can be torture. So why not ask guests to skip the gifts and give cash? Host Tess Vigeland talks to Emily Yoffe, author of the Dear Prudence column at Slate.com, about whether it's ever ok to put qualifiers on gift requests.
Winter Wonders: Samples of recently released recordings, a world-wide demonstration of organistic activity.
The Wall Street Journal calls them "America's power couple of chamber music," but their fans just call them "wonderful." Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han make a warmly anticipated return visit to Saint Paul Sunday this week for a program that fully engages the duo's enthralling way of revealing the music from the inside out. Along with Brahms's first cello sonata and one of his beloved intermezzi for solo piano, we also hear heartfelt music of Edvard Grieg. The program opens with "Portrait," a deft and lyrical work composed by David's own father, Edwin Finckel.
Jim and Greg are joined by Black Francis of the Pixies for a Classic Album Dissection of the band’s 1989 landmark release Doolittle.
Trained as a musician, acoustic biologist Katy Payne was first to discover that humpback whales compose ever-changing songa to communicate, and first to understand that elephants communicate with one another across long distances by infrasound. We hear what she has learned about life in this world from two of its largest and most mysterious creatures.
This week we learn the art of cupping with Portland's legendary Stumptown Coffee; Joshua Wesson introduces us to the world's iconic grapes, and we play a round of "Stump the Cook" with Stumpmaster Christopher Kimball of Cook's Illustrated.
Scott Yoo soloed on violin at 12 with the Boston Symphony, then went on to get a degree in physics from Harvard, and in the last decade has made his name with a conductor's baton. This week, the astonishingly gifted young musician steps on the podium to lead the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.