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'A Prairie Home Companion' Host Chris Thile On The Thrill Of Live Radio And Musical Contrasts

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Nate Ryan

Musician Chris Thile made his first appearance on "A Prairie Home Companion" just over 20 years ago when he was 15. Performing live was not new for him; he had been playing the mandolin for about 10 years already.

Long story short: He took over from "Prairie Home" host Garrison Keillor in October last year.

Thile is bringing the show to Bass Concert Hall in Austin on Jan. 27. KUT's Jennifer Stayton talked with him recently about his continuing enthusiasm for live performances in this age of on-demand media:

Listen to the extended interview:

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