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Mr. Keillor, I am 21

July 10, 2006 |

Mr. Keillor,
I am 21 years old and have been listening to your show since I was in a car seat in the back of my parents' station wagon. I went through a period in my life when I thought public radio was dumb and fought my dad for the radio dial to turn your show off, and now I find I can't miss a show and NPR has become a fixed channel in my car. Please explain to me what happened, and why I think you're cool now.

Sarah D.
Eau Claire, WI

Life is a roller coaster and you go whooping around and tastes change and political opinions and that's just how it is, love.
We're restless seekers and searchers. You hear a song by a new group and suddenly you want to quit your job and follow them on tour. You find a new author who speaks directly to you and all the pale murmury authors fade into the woodwork. I'm awfully glad you like our show, and you're so darned sweet to say so, but every day we get letters from listeners who are fed up and done with us forever. Some horse's ass in Iowa City wrote a furious letter just the other day about how he would never listen to PHC again. Well, good. I'd rather have you. Meanwhile, we're on reruns this summer and trying to think about the new season and how to make it worth your while. I want to do a show devoted to stories. And do a whole show of dance music. And maybe a Guy Noir show. A feature length drama. And of course we'll do a joke show in the fall.

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