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"The Long Haul" with Rinker Buck, Bri Pruett and Christopher Paul Stelling

Writer Rinker Buck traveled the Oregon Trail in a covered wagon with no access to wifi and lived to tell Luke about it, comic Bri Pruett discusses men and fish and OKCupid and singer/songwriter Christopher Paul Stelling mesmerizes the audience with his fingerpicking skills.Rinker BuckIn May of 2011, Rinker and his younger brother picked up the Oregon Trail in Nebraska in a restored 19th century wagon with three mules. He wrote about the extremely bumpy experience in The Oregon Trail, named top indie book by Amazon in July 2015.Bri PruettA standup comic and sidekick on the live comedy extravaganza Late Night Action with Alex Falcone, Bri also writes a top-click-getting column for the Portland Mercury called "Let's Do It with Bri Pruett," wherein she gives advice things.Christopher Paul StellingSinger-songwriter out of Brooklyn, New York, known for his powerful voice and ridiculously good finger-picking on nylon-string guitar. Praised by American Songwriter and SPIN, Stelling recently released his third album, Labor Against Waste, and appeared on NPR's All Songs Considered.

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"For the Record" with Cheryl Strayed, Anis Mojgani, Jenn Nelson and LOLO

In a show where Luke and the guests go on the record (for real—we had a court reporter onstage) Wild author Cheryl Strayed drops some of her favorite quotes, poet Anis Mojgani talks fast enough to fit four poems into one, Luke talks lawsuits with "Happy Birthday" documentarian Jenn Nelson, and LOLO sings her heart out.Cheryl StrayedMuch-beloved author of Wild, perhaps the most successful memoir in the past decade, Strayed is now also the co-host of the Dear Sugar podcast with Steve Almond, offering love and relationship advice with a literary bent. Her newest book is Brave Enough.Anis MojganiA two-time National Poetry Slam Champion, Anis' work has appeared on HBO, NPR and in three published poetry collections. He's performed at venues around the country and for the United Nations, which is like performing in 193 member states at once.Jenn NelsonA filmmaker and director of photography, Jenn Nelson filed a lawsuit against Warner Music Group in 2013 after paying $1,500 to use the "Happy Birthday Song" in a documentary, claiming the song is in the public domain. Now she's making a documentary about the lawsuit.LoloLolo is Lauren Pritchard, a singer/songwriter who started her career at 15 in Broadway's Spring Awakenings. Her raw, soulful voice shines through on her most recent EP, Comeback Queen.

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"Back to Basics" with Ruth Reichl, Jackie Kashian and Van Dyke Parks

Luke goes back to basics as storied food writer Ruth Reichl compares our green room snacks to Fresh Air's, comic Jackie Kashian extolls the virtues of the 70's, and the legendary Van Dyke Parks reveals his crush for Astrud Gilberto.Ruth ReichlWhen Ruth Reichl isn't cooking food, she's writing about it. She's won six James Beard awards for her food writing in The New York Times, LA Times and Gourmet, for which she was editor-in-chief for a decade. In 2014, she published her fifth book and first novel, Delicious!Jackie KashianA standup comic and self-proclaimed nerd, Kashian hosts the podcast The Dork Forest and has appeared on Conan, @midnight and This American Life. Not surprisingly, her standup special is entitled This Will Make An Excellent Horcrux.Van Dyke ParksKnown for his collaborations with musicians like Brian Wilson, Rufus Wainwright, U2 and Joanna Newsom, Parks is one of American pop music's most celebrated composer/arranger/musicians. He's currently working on an accompanied spoken word album of Ferglinghetti poems.

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