Host-in-training Chris Thile returns on this week's 'Prairie Home'

The mandolin master is back as host this week, welcoming guests Andrew Bird, Maria Bamford, and Paul Simon, this Saturday afternoon at 4 on KSUT.
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Game of Thrones may have killed off many major characters, but the manipulative, scheming Queen Cersei is still standing. She's played by Lena Headey, who we've invited to play a game called "You win and you die."

Since The Game of Thrones doesn't sound particularly fun to play, we'll ask three questions about even worse games.

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A major natural gas storage well in Southern California is still leaking, though less so than back in late October, when the giant gas leak was first reported. More than 5,000 families and two schools have been relocated since then, and the local utility that operates the facility is now facing several legal actions.

Farming With Less Fossil Fuels

Feb 5, 2016

By some estimates, about a fifth of the nation’s energy supply is spent on producing food. Some farmers are trying to cut back on the coal and gas used in farming. Grant Gerlock from Here & Now contributor Harvest Public Media looks at a couple of ways farms are getting greener.

Musicians Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks have been married since 2001. Though they’ve both had successful solo careers, and Derek played with the Allman Brothers Band for some 15 years, in 2010 Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks formed Tedeschi Trucks Band.

“People ask us all the time, like ‘how can you be in a band with your spouse?'” Trucks told Here & Now’s Robin Young. “You just have to marry the right spouse I guess, you have to be with the right person.”

Maurice White, the founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, the band known for hits like "Shining Star and "Boogie Wonderland," died in his sleep overnight. He was 74.

Verdine White posted the following message on the group's Facebook page:

"These are just the strongest melodies and the strongest ideas that occurred to me over a three to four year period, distilled."

When Yann Martel gave us the international sensation Life of Pi in 2001, readers discovered a novelist-alchemist, capable of spinning gold out of improbable characters and anomalous scenarios. A tiger and a teenager awash together on the deep blue sea for 227 days? Only Martel could charm us into that suspension of disbelief, making the unlikely tale into fable rather than fluff.

This weeks Feature CD is Eastern Eagle Singers, this Friday, February 4, 2016.  Tune in to hear the entire album with special Features from, Tribe Called Red.

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