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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mandolinist Chris Thile (THEEL’-ee) of the band Punch Brothers says hosting “A Prairie Home Companion” is like “getting to be Luke Skywalker.”

Thile will substitute for “Prairie Home” host and creator Garrison Keillor on the public radio show Saturday and Feb. 14 from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul.

A longtime “Prairie Home” fan, Thile was 15 when he made his first appearance on the show in 1996. His Nickel Creek bandmate, singer and fiddler Sara Watkins, hosted in 2011.

The 33-year-old Thile says Keillor told him to “just talk to the people.”

Punch Brothers will be one of the musical guests this Saturday.

The 72-year-old Keillor says he’s looking forward to staying home and hearing the show live for the first time in its 40-year history.