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Excerpt: "Garrison Keillor and Minnesota Public Radio have reached an agreement reopening public access to thousands of past shows of A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer’s Almanac."

Garrison Keillor on 'A Prairie Home Companion.' (photo: A Prairie Home Companion)
Garrison Keillor on 'A Prairie Home Companion.' (photo: A Prairie Home Companion)

Minnesota Public Radio, Garrison Keillor Settle All Outstanding Issues

By Garrison Keillor's Website | Press Release

15 April 18


arrison Keillor and Minnesota Public Radio have reached an agreement reopening public access to thousands of past shows of A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer’s Almanac.

“MPR wants fans of A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer’s Almanac to have free access to the thousands of wonderful performers and artists, musicians and poets whose work is included in those archives, and we want your fans to have free access to the decades of terrific material you created,” MPR President Jon McTaggart wrote in a letter to Keillor on April 5.  A full copy of the letter is available at

“What the agreement means is that I won’t sue MPR for damages and they will allow A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer’s Almanac archives to be available to the public again,” commented Keillor.  “And it means that we move on to more interesting things, namely writing stories and creating a podcast. Compared to sitting in mediation, writing is one of life’s great pleasures.”

Within the next 15 days, MPR will restore public access to the thousands of past A Prairie Home Companion shows and broadcasts of The Writer’s Almanac.   The public can access these shows by way of a link at   After three years, Keillor and his production company expect to relocate the archives to another platform. MPR also agreed to reopening The Writer’s Almanac Facebook page and to provide Keillor monies owed him under prior contracts.

MPR blocked access to the archives in November after learning of allegations by a woman who had been a freelance writer with Keillor’s production company. Keillor said that MPR’s reaction to the allegations was disproportionate. The settlement agreement doesn’t provide for any payments to the woman or her colleague, a former producer of the Chris Thile show, who claimed he was let go because of his knowledge of the woman’s allegations against Keillor. your social media marketing partner


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+15 # madams12 2018-04-15 18:35
Great to at least have the archives available...tha t is the LEAST MPR could do for a man that actually brought America together for more than 30 yrs via public radio.
+5 # vicnada 2018-04-15 18:52
"It isn't obvious...." is the oft inserted modifier in many of Jordan Peterson's popular YouTube lectures in psychology. The same could be said in November regarding a satisfying solution to the #metoo fallout threatening Mr Keillor's legacy. But now that it has been announced, the agreement reopening public access "to the thousands of wonderful performers" included in the Garrison Keillor archives comprising "decades of terrific material [he] created" seems, well, obvious. What changed?
+5 # ddd-rrr 2018-04-15 19:29
Ah, it is a welcome thing to hear about this accommodation between MPR and
Garrison Keillor. I wish them both well.
+10 # John of Milpitas 2018-04-15 19:36
Great news. I wasn't there, but it sure seems like it was a fairly innocent incident with the young lady involved. Peace Garrison, I hope that anything else that you want isn't being prevented.
+22 # mill valley maven 2018-04-15 19:44
Now can we put Al Franken back in the senate?
+18 # Byronator 2018-04-15 23:39
Keillor innocently patted or rubbed her back, exposed through a sun dress. This wasn't 50 Shades of Gray, a la the Governor of Missouri, who allegedly committed sexual violence and coercion, and yet is currently still Gov. World out of balance, America.
+11 # goodsensecynic 2018-04-15 23:58
Welcome back!
+7 # elizabethblock 2018-04-16 08:04
Wonderful. I regard Garrison Keillor as a living national treasure. (That's an official thing in Japan.)
+3 # joebryak 2018-04-16 17:27
So...isn't an apology called for?
+2 # fosterfell6 2018-04-17 14:00
What's truly unsettling is the Orwellian way the successor to Prairie Home Companion changed its title and removed all reference to Keillor's legacy. We've always been at war with Eastasia; We've ALWAYS been Live from Here.

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