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    Weekend America broadcast its last show Saturday, January 31, 2009. The show tried to tell the most eye-opening, memorable, astonishing stories about what was happening in America each weekend. On this site you’ll find literally thousands of stories spanning nearly five years. Each time you visit the site, the story boxes will refresh with different selections from the archives. You can also use the search tool, or find programs by air date or producer name. Thank you to all the listeners, programmers and staff who made Weekend America a joy to produce. Peter Clowney, executive producer

  • Stories from John Moe

    How To Tell A Joke

    Whatever happened to jokes? Not just saying something funny, but a real joke with a set up and punchline. Guest host John Moe asks Chris Cashman of Seattle, the recent winner of a joke-telling contest.

  • Stories from Desiree Cooper

    What Makes a Great War Movie?

    George C. Scott in "Patton"

    The second-annual GI Film Festival gets underway in Washington, D.C. this weekend. They're showing a mix of recent feature films, documentaries, even some classics. Larry Suid is a military historian, speaking on a panel today about the 100 greatest war movies. Desiree Cooper asks what makes a good war film.

  • Stories from Krissy Clark

    The Sound of Cancer, and Golf

    Cell Sonification

    Although Jonathan Berger, a composer and professor of music at Stanford University, has only been on a golf course once in his life, a certain aspect of the sport has played an interesting role in his research. What fascinates him about golf is the same as in cancer cells and oil spills -- their sound.

  • Stories from Bill Radke

    Letters: A Hitchhike Reunion

    Mary Anne Wise and friends in Calhoun, Ga.,

    A few weeks ago, we aired a story about a woman who hitchhiked on her spring break to Florida back in 1972. We got lots of letters about that story, including one from the state trooper who picked up that hitchhiker and her friends. She hadn't spoken to the state trooper since 1972, but Weekend America changed all that.

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    Weekend Soundtrack: Nina Simone

    Every weekend, Teri Echtenkamp is out shopping for vintage purses in Omaha. And while she's purse-hunting, Echtenkamp listens to Nina Simone's rendition of "Sinnerman." She says Simone's voice helps energize her search and even helps her find purses of the 1950s and 1960s. Echtenkamp loves finding the story behind each purse: "My favorite thing is when I find something in it. I get a little glimpse of who it was carrying it."

  • Good News/Bad News/No news

    Good News, Bad News, No News

    Our panel of non-experts review the week's events in a parlor game to gauge what kind of week America had. Weighing in is Amy Hungerford, Dana Gould, and John Ridley.

  • Bringing Banh Mi to the Masses

    Banh Mi

    This week is the Lunar New Year, a celebration that's all about good food, and one item sure to pop up at street events is the "banh mi," a Vietnamese sandwich with hybrid origins. Banh mis have been slowly conquering the suburbs of California along business arteries where you'd expect to find a McDonald's or Wendy's. Reporter Corey Takahashi went deep into California to discover the future of banh mi.

  • The Art of the Mix

    The idea behind a CD club is simple: 12 people get together, each gets a month. When it's your month, you make a mix CD, give it a nice cover, burn 11 copies and snail mail them out. Weekend America listeners started their own CD club a year ago called the Penguins. After sharing music all year, the members are meeting for the very first time on our airwaves to answer important questions: What do we know about a person based on their musical tastes? What is the art of mix? And who here doesn't like Neko Case?

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