Programs The Show with Chris Thile

Per our statement, we have terminated our current contracts with Garrison Keillor and his private media companies. Beginning November 30, APM will no longer distribute The Best of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, or any other content produced by Garrison's private media companies.

Since its relaunch last fall, the program has been owned solely by APM and has had no direct association with Mr. Keillor or his private media companies beyond the show's name, a few legacy sketches, sponsors and themes. Starting his Saturday, December 2, we will begin to implement changes we've been developing for some time and you'll hear new ways that Chris Thile is continuing to shape the program for a new generation of listeners.

Over the coming weeks and months, we will change the name of the show, and the show itself in ways many of you have suggested. While these changes are being accelerated by an unexpected and disappointing turn of events this week, the program has been constantly evolving and we're incredibly excited about its future.

Please contact your Station Relations Representative with any questions.

The only live music and variety show aired nationwide today. The show features a blend of musical performances, comedy, and collaborations that can't be heard anywhere else.

Hosted by Chris Thile, this program draws new, diverse talent to public radio, with guests such as Jack White, Esperanza Spalding, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Nick Offerman, Hilary Hahn, Randy Newman, Angelique Kidjo, Tig Notaro, Dan Auerbach, and Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers.

The second, full season with Chris Thile is under way. See broadcast dates and locations and watch for updates and guest announcements via email and Twitter.

Chris has built on the legacy ... with a new level of energy and talent providing an appeal to new listeners. I'm pleased with how well he channels the energy from the live audience into an engaging radio show. – Fred Vigeant, WITF


Chris Thile

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Number of Programs/Frequency

Ongoing, weekly

Program Feeds

The program available via ContentDepot. Episodes are available live with subsequent file transfer Saturday 18:00-19:59 ET

Listener inquiries


Listeners with questions about music they've heard on the broadcast can visit Public Radio Market at



Host Chris Thile

Chris Thile, Host

Mandolinist Chris Thile is among the most highly acclaimed musicians of his generation.

Chris made his first Prairie Home Companion appearance in 1996. That broadcast showcased remarkable young artists. Chris, then 15, clearly fit the bill. Since that early APHC booking, Chris, recipient of a 2012 MacArthur "genius" grant, has certainly made his mark - and not only in bluegrass music. His mandolin concerto, Ad astra per alas porci, had its official premiere in 2009 with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with a who's who of musicians. His album Bass & Mandolin (Nonesuch) with Edgar Meyer won a Grammy, as did The Goat Rodeo Sessions (Sony Masterworks), when he joined forces with Meyer, Stuart Duncan, and Yo-Yo Ma. And his Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1 - music originally composed for violin - was released by Nonesuch Records in 2013.

Host Chris Thile

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Host Chris Thile

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Host Chris Thile

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Chris Thile is heard by nearly 3 million listeners each week:


  • 50% female, 50% male.
  • Median age of 59, with 47% between 35 and 64.
  • 67% hold bachelor's degrees or higher.
  • 43% have an annual household income of $75,000 or more.

Source: Nielsen Audio, Nationwide DMA data, Persons 12+, Sp16/F16

American Public Media partner stations must carry all programs in the series on the same day as the feed: live in Eastern and Central time zones; in all other time zones, if not carried live, the program must be broadcast with a start time no later than 6:00 p.m. local time. Repeat broadcasts must conclude prior to the feed time of the next Saturday broadcast. The program must be carried in its entirety, except in the case of fundraising weeks where the station has chosen not to preempt the program for fundraising purposes. On these weeks — a maximum of four per year — the stations may break into the program for pitching and delete a portion of the program, not to exceed 48 minutes total, for fundraising breaks.

*American Public Media reserves the right to broadcast on its owned and operated stations in any market.

Stations may use the fundraiser in place of the regular broadcast a maximum of four times within one year of the feed. Simulcast streaming rights are available for this series. See terms and conditions described in the American Public Media Service Agreement. Prior to carrying this series, stations must confirm carriage with American Public Media.

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