Saturday, February 26, 2005

The Partnership Of English Majors

The other day, I was listening to Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion on N.P.R. which was originally aired last Saturday.

For those that might not be familiar with this long-running radio show, the program consists of a variety of comedic sketches, with musical numbers played be invited gusts. And, of course, there is the weekly dose of The News From Lake Woebegon. The show is usually broadcast live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota, though Keillor often takes the show "on the road."

The February 19th show was their second annual "Teen Talent Contest." This features several acts by kids (Read about the kids
here.) that are between 12 and 20 years of age that the show's producers have flown-in from around the country. You can listen to the whole two hour show via streaming audio here.

Of course one can't have a radio show without commercials, so what Keillor has done is fabricate a number of fictitious sponsors including: The Catsup Advisory Board, The American Duct Tape Council, Powdermilk Biscuits, and, of course,
The Partnership Of English Majors.

The trouble is that when I listen to this humorous four-minute skit, I can actually imagine several of my fellow teachers really saying these things. You can listen by
clicking here.

We dedicate it to the English Teacher that is inside all of us.....

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