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American Masters: Garrison Keillor: The Man On The Radio In The Red Shoes

Airs Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 10:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: The cast of "A Prairie Home Companion" (l-r): Fred Newman, Tim Russell, Sue Scott and Garrison Keillor.

Lake Wobegon — where the women are strong, the men are good looking and all the children are above average — has become America’s collective hometown, visited weekly for the past 40 years on a fictional radio program that creates bona fide nostalgia.

America's foremost humorist and social pundit, Garrison Keillor (pictured), takes his skits and monologues across the country in his popular radio show "A Prairie Home Companion." In this program, AMERICAN MASTERS trails this yarn-smith and his motley crew of actors and musicians as they spin stories and song into American gold.
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Above: America's foremost humorist and social pundit, Garrison Keillor (pictured), takes his skits and monologues across the country in his popular radio show "A Prairie Home Companion." In this program, AMERICAN MASTERS trails this yarn-smith and his motley crew of actors and musicians as they spin stories and song into American gold.

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Get a close-up view of the "A Prairie Home Companion" gang at their best. A collection of photos of Garrison, the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band and guests from every live broadcast. We're also collecting your photos from Flickr.

With his "A Prairie Home Companion," Keillor became our national philosopher, filling the empty shoes of Will Rogers and Mark Twain, through his running commentary about the human condition and the social politic.

With biting wit, a quirky perspective and an uncanny ability to home in on the pulse of America, Keillor’s themes and characters are somehow familiar to us all.

For more than a year, AMERICAN MASTERS followed this great raconteur — and his motley crew of actors, musicians and technical staff — as he crisscrossed the country, broadcasting, recording and revealing himself.

This program originally aired in 2009.

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Preview: American Masters: Garrison Keillor: The Man On The Radio In The Red Shoes

Above: With his "Prairie Home Companion," Garrison Keillor became our national philosopher, filling the empty shoes of Will Rogers and Mark Twain, through his running commentary about the human condition and the social politic. With biting wit, a quirky perspective and an uncanny ability to home in on the pulse of America, Keillor’s themes and characters are somehow familiar to us all. For more than a year, AMERICAN MASTERS followed this great raconteur — and his motley crew of actors, musicians and technical staff — as he crisscrossed the country, broadcasting, recording and revealing himself.

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Garrison Keillor "On Being Famous"

Above: Garrison Keillor discusses why Americans feel the overwhelming urge to share their intimate stories with complete strangers. This episode of AMERICAN MASTERS follows America's foremost humorist and social pundit, Garrison Keillor, as the showman takes his skits and monologues across the country in his popular radio show, "A Prairie Home Companion."

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Garrison Keillor & Billy Collins - Radio Play

Above: Garrison Keillor and Poet Laureate Billy Collins collaborate on a noir radio play about a fugitive poet and his troublesome knack for clichés. This episode of AMERICAN MASTERS follows America's foremost humorist and social pundit, Garrison Keillor, as the showman takes his skits and monologues across the country in his popular radio show, "A Prairie Home Companion."