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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

    Eat Well, Pay What You Can

    Brad Birky with happy SAME customers

    Brad and Libby Birky's restaurant in Denver, the SAME Cafe (for So All May Eat) does things a little differently. When it comes time to pay for a meal, patrons can pay what they want, or what they can. And if you can't pay, you can volunteer your time. Their theory is that everyone deserves decent, healthy food.

  • Stories from Desiree Cooper

    Women's New Roles in War

    Marine In Training

    The conflict in Iraq is different from any other for many women in the military. Women are dying in greater numbers, but also facing more difficulties in military life, including sexual harassment. Weekend America host Desiree Cooper gets an update.

  • Stories from Krissy Clark

    Where did the weekend come from?

    Right now millions of Americans are probably counting the minutes until their weekend starts. But the idea of a weekend is a pretty new concept. Krissy Clark reports.

  • Stories from Bill Radke

    Economy, War and Military Recruiting

    Fresh recruits

    All branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, with the exception of the Army National Guard, have been either meeting or exceeding their monthly recruiting goals. That's a surprise, given American discontent over the war in Iraq. MIT professor Cindy Williams has studied military recruiting trends, and says there is more to the numbers than people think.

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  • Weekend Soundtrack

    'Come O Thou Traveler'

    Man on a mission

    When you want to get into a space that's all your own, what song do you keep going back to? Our latest story comes from Pastor Thomas Biatek, who listens to us in Shorewood, Minn., on KNOW radio. Biatek is a minister there, and the soundtrack to his weekend is a hymn called "Come O Thou Traveler."

  • Good News/Bad News/No news

    Fertility and Horse Death

    Our panel of non-experts review the week's events in a parlor game to gauge what kind of week America had. This week, we have National Book Award Winner Sherman Alexie; columnist Dan Savage; and author and commentator Linda Chavez.

  • The Crime of Cultural Preservation

    Ngawang Choephel

    Imagine growing up feeling as if you didn't belong anywhere. Imagine going back to the place where you were born to record the traditional folksongs you grew up listening to, only to be arrested for espionage. This and more happened to Ngawang Choephel, but he's not bitter, just more determined to preserve the music and autonomy of his Tibetan culture.

  • Old-School Wrestling, Alive and Well

    It's all real...

    Hulk Hogan-like personalities and WWE Wrestlemania stadium events on cable TV all but killed off the regional pro wrestling scenes that filled arenas for decades. But in St. Louis, a working-class cast of characters keeps the spectacle alive -- just on a more intimate scale.

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