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Garrison Keillor: The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes

This documentary provides a behind the scenes look at the famous author and humorist.

"The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes," directed by Peter Rosen, provides an up-close and personal glimpse into the busy, creative and fulfilling life of Garrison Keillor, who has been compared to both Mark Twain and Will Rogers. His public radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion,” recently celebrated its 35th anniversary. It has 4 million listeners each week and is carried by 590 stations.

Fans of Garrison Keilors radio show, "A Prairie Home Companion," get to see him on the set wearing his beloved red gym shoes, on this behind the scenes DVD.
The humorist, music lover, writer and commentator talks about his life, muses on his love of writing and travels to small Midwestern towns to present his program. He demonstrates a genuine fondness for Midwesterners, which is in stark contrast to the usual exaggerated movie portraits that ridicule the activities and mind-sets of people who like going to church, ice fishing and singing the National Anthem in public meetings.

Keillor admits that when he was young he had an aversion to “living an ordinary life” and yearned to do extraordinary things. Now at 67, he looks at things differently: “That’s what we get. Ordinary lives. And it is good enough” (DocuramaFilms, PG).


Bill Quinlan

Bill Quinlan

Posted at 9:17 am (U.S. Eastern) 9/16/2009

I'm surprised but pleased to see your story about Garrison Keeler.  I've always interpreted the fun he pokes at Lutherans to mean he is probably neither a churchgoer nor a Christian.  Regardless of what he believes, I support writing about him and enjoyed the story.  He is a funny man who contributes to one's literacy and gives him or her pause for thought.

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