Garrison Keillor http://michiganradio.org en Artpod on writers, good stories, and blind luck http://michiganradio.org/post/artpod-writers-good-stories-and-blind-luck <p></p><p>Today on Artpod, we're talking with writers: how they stop being terrible and start being good.</p><p>How they start with their own weirdness and turn it into talent.</p><p>And how Midwest writers can take anything - learning how to make fudge or&nbsp;throwing tomatoes at their sister's butt - and turn it into a great story. &nbsp;</p><p>First, we'll hear from Garrison Keillor, who's celebrating 40 years of "A Prairie Home Companion" and the release of his new book of essays, poetry and memoir.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 16:01:01 +0000 Kate Wells 17476 at http://michiganradio.org Artpod on writers, good stories, and blind luck Stateside for Tuesday, April 29, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-april-29-2014 <p></p><p>One of the most important aspects of the Affordable Care Act is consumer choice. More choice means more competition among insurers, and that can lead to lower costs for consumers.</p><p></p><p>But if you live in a rural area, you may not have a whole lot of choices when it comes choosing a health plans. On today's Stateside, we took a look at health care in Michigan's rural areas.</p><p>Then, Michigan’s new crowdfunding law opens the door to everyday people who want to invest in Michigan-based startups and small businesses. We heard about the benefits and risks that come with crowdfunding for equity.</p><p>And, we spoke with Garrison Keillor about the 40th<sup>&nbsp;</sup>anniversary of A Prairie Home Companion and his upcoming book.</p><p>First on the show,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is in Lansing today and tomorrow, getting face-time with the lawmakers whose vote is crucial to the so-called grand bargain, the complicated deal to protect city retirees and the collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts.</span></p><p>Orr heads to Lansing with a new piece of the puzzle in hand: a tentative five-year deal reached Monday with AFSCME, Detroit's largest employee union.</p><p>Detroit News reporter Chad Livengood joined us today to give us an idea of what progress has been made and what lies ahead for the city.</p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:36:01 +0000 Stateside Staff 17402 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Garrison Keillor celebrates 40th anniversary of A Prairie Home Companion with a new book http://michiganradio.org/post/garrison-keillor-celebrates-40th-anniversary-prairie-home-companion-new-book <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You've no doubt heard that saying "Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."</span></p><p>John Lennon used that line in his 1980 song "Beautiful Boy," although it was kicking around for a full two decades before that.</p><p>The life of our next guest could serve to illustrate the wisdom of that line. He indeed had "other plans."</p><p>As a romantic 20-year-old, he thought about dying young and becoming immortal like Buddy Holly or James Dean or Janis Joplin, with people leaving bouquets at his grave and mourning the loss of his "enormous complicated talent."</p><p>But life happened. He didn't die tragically young. And his talent was not lost to the world.</p><p>Instead, Garrison Keillor is 71 and about to mark the 40th anniversary of A Prairie Home Companion, a program that reaches some four million listeners on more than 600 public radio stations coast to coast, including, of course, Michigan Radio.</p><p>To celebrate this milestone, Garrison Keillor has a new book, The Keillor Reader, a collection of his stories, his essays, poems and so much more. All in one volume.</p><p>Garrison Keillor joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:10:27 +0000 Stateside Staff 17396 at http://michiganradio.org Garrison Keillor celebrates 40th anniversary of A Prairie Home Companion with a new book Garrison Keillor sticks a big “Obama” sign on the lawn of Lake Wobegon http://michiganradio.org/post/garrison-keillor-sticks-big-%E2%80%9Cobama%E2%80%9D-sign-lawn-lake-wobegon <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;Well it&rsquo;s been&nbsp;a&nbsp;quiet a week in my hometown&hellip;&rdquo;</p><p>Fans of A Prairie Home Companion will recognize those words as the opening to Garrison Keillor&rsquo;s weekly monologue about the fictional town of Lake Wobegon. But this week the real life of Garrison Keillor was probably more exciting than the tales from &ldquo;the little town that time forgot,&rdquo; because this week, Garrison Keillor hosted a fundraising event for President Obama&rsquo;s re-election campaign.</p> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 16:34:02 +0000 Vincent Duffy 6332 at http://michiganradio.org Garrison Keillor sticks a big “Obama” sign on the lawn of Lake Wobegon