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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

    Can your online passwords be both secure AND easy to remember?

    Hackers busted into the database of blog company Gawker Media over the weekend, accessed 1.3 million user names, passwords, and emails, and proceeded to post that information online. An online chain reaction soon happened where Twitter accounts started spitting out spam because people used the same passwords for different sites.

  • Stories from Desiree Cooper

    Letters: James Brown the Hero, Marriage Tourism to Thailand

    Listeners share memories from the moment the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s was assassinated, and sound off about last week's story of a man trying to find a wife in Thailand, and his son's trepidation about that quest.

  • Stories from Krissy Clark

    Not So Bezerkeley After All

    First practical lie detector

    The Bay Area city of Berkeley is often mocked as "Bezerkeley" or called the "People's Republic of Berkeley." But a new exhibit showcases all the firsts that the rest of the nation eventually emulated: police academies, gourmet coffee and brewpubs. So what's next? Krissy Clark sifts the past for a peek at the future.

  • Stories from Bill Radke

    The Growing Influence of Kids

    "I'll have the enchiladas!"

    Children and young adults seem to be gaining more and more influence on the decisions of their parents. It's natural to want to "empower" kids as they get older, but are we giving our kids too much power?

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    'Respiration' by Black Star

    Chad Swiatecki with Sparty the Spartan

    Reporter and writer Chad Swiatecki has lived in Flint, Mich., for eight years and is relocating to Austin, Texas. He thinks the hip-hop duo of Mos Def and Talib Kweli have captured the essence of city life and the compelling stories of each of our lives -- even if you're not living in New York.

  • Good News/Bad News/No news

    Hillary's Adios, Post-Rapture Email

    Our non-experts weigh in on some of the biggest and oddest headlines of the past week: relationship advice columnist Dan Savage; John Ridley, author and blogger for the "Visible Man" blog at NPR.org; and conservative writer and commentator Nancy French, author of "A Red State of Mind."

  • Observing the Nature Watchers

    British filmmaker David Attenborough hosts a series of nature documentaries. It's a cult phenomenon on the BBC. This weekend, the Animal Planet channel will be airing his documentary "Blue Planet. "Weekend America" reporter Sean Cole wondered what it might sound like if he did a nature documentary about humans. This piece is part of a series, Stories from the Heart of the Land, currently airing on public radio stations around the country. Go to HeartOfTheLand.org for more information.

  • Key-tar King

    Ben Folds

    Ben Folds has been touring on and off for more than 10 years now. That can be a grind, especially when you have to play the hits each night - and enjoy doing it. So Ben Folds brings toys. You should see the stage at his concerts: French horns, multiple glockenspiels, melodicas, a grand piano that he pulls from town to town. It's like an orchestra up there, but with just a few guys. We caught up with him at a recent show to talk about his touring arsenal.

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