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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

    Mike Gravel, Still in the Running

    Democrat/Libertarian/Whatever

    There's more to the 2008 campaign than Obama, Clinton and McCain. We catch up with former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel, who may yet earn the title of the "real maverick." He started out as a Democrat, but now he's is running as a Libertarian.

  • Stories from Desiree Cooper

    Hot Beams, Cold Air

    I 35 Bridge Hard Hat

    Six months since the I-35 W bridge collapse in Minneapolis, construction plans have been going at warp speed. Crews have been working for about three and a half months, nearly around the clock, to build a new bridge by its scheduled opening date of Dec. 24. Round-the-clock work crews are nothing new, but in the dead of Minnesota winter, it's a feat. We check in with the workers building in sub-zero temperatures.

  • Stories from Krissy Clark

    A Silicon Valley Manufacturing Mystery

    Electronic circuit board

    The tragic death of a young man at a circuit board manufacturer puts a new focus on small factories where mostly Latino workers toil to create critical parts for our electronic devices. Once Silicon Valley was home to hundreds of such factories, but now most have moved overseas, mainly to China.

  • 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

    "City Boy"

    On the road: Sedona, Ariz.

    It's time to listen to your weekend soundtrack - the songs that bridge the gap from Friday to Monday. This week our story comes from Mark Delmonte. Mark has been traveling the country, trying to find a place to settle down. His weekend soundtrack for his journey is "City Boy" by Keb' Mo'. He spoke with our host John Moe.

  • Good News/Bad News/No news

    Good News, Bad News, No News: Executive Transparency, Printed Blogs, and Hotel Cutbacks

    It's time for our weekly parlor game to keep track of the good, bad and unworthy news of the week. We're joined by Luke Burbank, host of the radio show "Too Beautiful To Live" in Seattle; Kerry Howley, contributing editor to Reason magazine; and Yale University Professor of Literature Amy Hungerford.

  • Percussion on the Road

    Ches on the Road

    As a percussionist, Ches Smith is on the road a lot. By his count, six to eight months a year. All that time on the road can be a little boring after a while. There's only so many times you can play "The Out of State License Plate Game." On his most recent tour with the band Xiu Xiu, Ches came up with the idea to write and record a piece of music for each town on the tour. Assisting him with the project are audience members from each town. He calls it the Y/OUR Town Project.

  • Halloween's Homosexual Tendencies

    In some cities Halloween is so risque that parents don't bring their small children to the parades. For many, Halloween is the high holiday of masquerade, gender-bending and dress-up. In the gay communities of New York and San Francisco, Halloween is now a week-long event, and the rest of America is soon to follow. Weekend America host Desiree Cooper speaks with University of Florida researcher Jack Kugelmass about how gay culture is transforming Halloween.

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