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Live from Here Highlights

Highlights from Live from Here, the public radio variety show hosted by mandolinist Chris Thile. Each week, download Chris’s brand-new Song of the Week and Tom Papa’s report from Out in America. Unfortunately we can’t offer the entire show as a podcast due to music downloading rights, but you can stream any full episode from our website, livefromhere.org, or listen live on the radio Saturdays from 6-8 pm ET. Find us on social media @livefromhereapm. Produced by American Public Media. Support the show at livefromhere.org/give

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Out in America - December 15, 2018

Our traveling correspondent, comedian Tom Papa experiences the music, beer, barbeque, colorful characters, and festive weirdness of Austin, Texas.

6mins

17 Dec 2018

Rank #1

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Out in America - January 12, 2019

This week: Tom Papa starts 2019 with a visit to wintry Kansas City, where he learns about a bit of family drama from a stranger in the hotel lobby and meets a jovial man named Big Daddy at a BBQ joint.

8mins

14 Jan 2019

Rank #2

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Tom Papa: Grandparents - December 7, 2019

Tom Papa reads an excerpt on grandparents from his book Your Dad Stole My Rake during our December 7, 2019 show. Find more about the book and Tom’s tour dates at tompapa.com.

4mins

14 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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Out in America - May 26, 2018

This week: Tom Papa visits San Francisco, stays at a dog-friendly hotel, and samples the Irish coffee at the Buena Vista Cafe.

6mins

28 May 2018

Rank #4

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Out In America - March 2, 2019

This week: Tom Papa explores Minneapolis, where he battles frigid temperatures, talks with an ersatz airline pilot, and samples a Jucy Lucy burger at Matt’s Bar.

6mins

4 Mar 2019

Rank #5

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Out In America: Portland - November 2, 2019

Tom Papa heads to Portland, Oregon during Halloween week, tries to determine who’s wearing a costume and who’s just “Portland,” and sets off on a quest with a local wizard. Find Tom’s tour dates at tompapa.com.

6mins

4 Nov 2019

Rank #6

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Out In America: San Diego - December 7, 2019

This week: our Out In America correspondent Tom Papa heads to San Diego, where he visits an oceanfront bar, ponders ways to live a stress-free life, and chats with a business traveler from Queens named Gladys. Find Tom’s tour dates at tompapa.com.

7mins

12 Dec 2019

Rank #7

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Out in America - October 20, 2018

Our traveling correspondent, comedian Tom Papa, visits Buffalo, New York to experience the city’s famous wings and talks bowling with an imposing but amiable bartender.

6mins

22 Oct 2018

Rank #8

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Ornaments - December 9, 2017

Chris Thile's Song of the Week, "Ornaments," from our December 9, 2017 broadcast, with Aoife O'Donovan, Rich Dworsky, Mike Elizondo, Alex Hargreaves, Julian Lage, and Ted Poor.

4mins

9 Dec 2017

Rank #9

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Out in America - April 21, 2018

This week: Tom Papa visits Atlantic City, meets a delightfully surly pizzamaker, succumbs to Twinkie-related emotion, and chats with a cheerful couple from Bayonne, New Jersey.

6mins

23 Apr 2018

Rank #10

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Out in America - January 5, 2019

Tom Papa makes a realistic New Year’s resolution, stops in Modesto on his way to San Francisco, and visits an iconic California restaurant known for its pea soup. (Originally from January 6, 2018.)

6mins

7 Jan 2019

Rank #11

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Tom Papa: The Importance of Strangers - November 2, 2019

Tom Papa reads an excerpt from his book ‘Your Dad Stole My Rake’ on the importance of strangers in our lives and points out a few new groups of strangers during our November 2, 2019 show. Find more about the book and Tom’s tour dates at tompapa.com.

3mins

7 Nov 2019

Rank #12

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Song of the Week: Letters - December 14, 2019

Download Chris Thile’s Song of the Week for December 14, 2019: “Letters” The band: Chris Thile, Sarah Jarosz, Mike Elizondo, Eric Doob, Chris Eldridge, Alex Hargreaves, Brett Williams — Lyrics: TELEGRAPH OPERATORS (Chris) Sleep my child and peace attend thee All through the night Guardian angels God will lend thee All through the night Soft the drowsy hours are creeping Hill and vale in slumber steeping I my loving vigil keeping All through the night Though I roam a minstrel lonely All through the night My true harp shall praise sing only All through the night... LINCOLN (Sarah) My dear Sir and Madam In the loss of your noble son My affliction here is scarcely less than your own Our acquaintance began less than two years ago Yet I can proudly say we knew each other well And that the honors he labored for so laudably, and, in the sad end, so gallantly gave his life for, he meant for you, no less than for himself. May God give you that consolation which is beyond all earthly power Yours in our common affliction... TELEGRAPH OPERATORS (Chris) Love's young dream, alas, is over Yet my strains of love shall hover Near the presence of my lover All through the night... LINCOLN: Dear Mrs. Ainesworth I’ve been informed by an adjutant general That your noble husband Has died on the field of battle I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine As sorrow threatens to blot out the sun And blind you to what might yet be won Let the memory of the brave man you loved remind you Remind you How much the prize of freedom is worth How great the role is of death in rebirth And such peace as there exists on this earth Will find you find you find you TELEGRAPH OPERATORS (Sarah) Love to thee my thoughts are turning All through the night All for thee my heart is yearning All through the night LINCOLN (Chris) Dear Fanny I am deeply saddened To hear of the death your father Sadder still to think of the pain Your young heart is being made to suffer... Dear George I too was a child when I lost my first parent Dear Sir as you know I’m a parent whose buried his child So I know what I say when I say that As sorrow threatens to blot out the sun And blinds you to what might yet be won Let the memory of your father, husband, son remind you Remind you How much the prize of freedom is worth How great the role is of death in rebirth And such peace as there exists on this earth Will find you find you find you TELEGRAPH OPERATORS (Sarah, then Sarah and Chris): Though sad fate our lives may sever Parting will not last forever There’s a hope that leaves me never All through the night

6mins

18 Dec 2019

Rank #13

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Prescription - October 7, 2017

Chris Thile's Song of the Week, "Prescription," from our October 7, 2017 season premiere broadcast, with Emily King, Rich Dworsky, Chris Eldridge, Brittany Haas, Paul Kowert, and Ted Poor.

3mins

7 Oct 2017

Rank #14

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Tom Papa: Children - October 12, 2019

Tom Papa reads an essay on what life is like with children, originally from his book Your Dad Stole My Rake. Find more information about the book and Tom’s tour dates at tompapa.com.

4mins

18 Oct 2019

Rank #15

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The Olympic Athletes from Russia - February 24, 2018

Chris Thile's Song of the Week, "The Olympic Athletes from Russia," from our February 24, 2018 broadcast, with Madison Cunningham, Rich Dworsky, Josh Dion, Chris Eldridge, Mike Elizondo, and Brittany Haas.

4mins

25 Feb 2018

Rank #16

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Out in America - March 10, 2018

This week: our traveling correspondent, comedian Tom Papa, heads to Indianapolis where he searches for a hearty breakfast and samples an experimental ice cream flavor.  

5mins

11 Mar 2018

Rank #17

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Out in America - May 5, 2018

Tom Papa travels to Springfield, Massachusetts, starts his day with a disappointing breakfast but enjoys a redeeming lunch at a German restaurant, and ponders life lessons from author Jim Harrison.

6mins

5 May 2018

Rank #18

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Out In America - April 6, 2019

This week: Tom Papa heads to Dallas, where he visits Adair’s Saloon in Deep Ellum, shares a few beers with a large emotional cowboy, and talks donuts and marriage with the owner of a cupcake shop.

6mins

8 Apr 2019

Rank #19

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Out in America - December 22, 2018

Tom Papa plays tourist in his hometown of New York City, where he visits Rockefeller Center, eats at an unidentified chain restaurant named after a day of the week, and encounters an unruly off-brand Times Square costumed character.

6mins

24 Dec 2018

Rank #20