EDIT: I forgot. I once LOVED A Prairie Home Companion. In the last decade, Keillor has not been able to control a bitter political edge though. It's not like anybody was fooled into thinking he wasn't a Dem, or some such before the 2000 election. Afterwards, it tended to color otherwise good material on occasion, and corrupt other stuff on occasion as well. Sad. Peter Sagel seems to be able to cheerfully poke anybody who gets any attention of a particular week. Anymore, there's no comparison. Keillor doesn't seem to realize that his show isn't really about politics at all.
Yup. And, like The Splendid Table, Prairie Home Companion isn't produced by NPR, but by American Public Media.
I didn't mention this earlier, but a second opportunity presents itself, so ... American Public Media has a "Support Us" page
on its site telling everyone that "your contribution matters" before quickly getting to the matter of where the real
money is:Your gift keeps our extraordinary commitment to an engaged and inspiring community going—and growing.
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Once that's cleared out of the way, the site adds this:Individual support
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I love that: "you join a collection of influential supporters." I'll say.