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Suzie Lechtenberg

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  • The Tiny Green Shoots of Welcome

    Peeking out at spring

    Weekend America listener Corrie Befort Patnaude was 9 when her family moved to Minnesota, in the middle of a cold winter. She wasn't used to the cold and couldn't wait for spring to arrive. Befort shares memories of her yard leaping to life as the winter chill dies away.

  • Homesick for Her Heartland

    Rodeo days

    We asked our listeners to share their memories of spring. Sherry Connot from Nebraska wrote us about her freshman year in college, when she was homesick for her family's ranch. A song about springtime brought all those feelings bubbling up one day....

  • Let's Play San Francisco Hide-a-Torch!

    Our panel of non-experts reviews the week's news -- Yale literature professor Amy Hungerford, Simon Doonan, author and creative director of Barneys New York, and writer John Ridley, who has an NPR blog called "Visible Man."

  • How Do You Know It's Spring?

    Class is in session

    We asked members of Jane Streelman's kindergarten class to tell us how they know when spring has arrived. They gave us answers in pictures and in words.

  • Putin's Peeved, Swiss Black Holes

    Our panel of non-experts reviews the week's news -- Red state writer Nancy French, comedian and overall funny guy Dana Gould and New Yorker magazine cartoonist Bob Mankoff.

  • The Rarity of a Starlit Sky

    An observatory in Chile illuminated by stars

    Americans were asked to turn off all non-essential lights while at home on Friday night. Here we learn the advantages of less illumination -- a sky filled with the heavens, instead of a glowing haze...

  • Real-Life Fish Tales

    The Day Nearly Everyone Died with Buddy Holly

    It happens all the time: people exaggerate the details of a story, remember something wrong, embellish for dramatic flair, and just accidentally misstate something. It happened to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, with her "sniper fire" fib. We take a look at some more everyday real-life fish tales...

  • Back Home: Reflections on Iraq

    Before the Messy War

    From December 2003 to October 2004, Sandi Austin, Dylan Tete and Brian Turner completed a tour of duty in Iraq with the U.S. Army. Now they reflect on their very first and very last days on the ground in combat zones.

  • An Alternative Spring Break

    Janel Knight primes baseboards in St. Bernard, La.

    There is a whole new generation of college students who spend their break doing volunteer work. Weekend America co-host Desiree Cooper talks to Janel Knight, a senior at American University who is in Louisiana building homes for families displaced by hurricane Katrina.

  • Prostitutes, Feng Shui and Pink Pooches

    Our panel of non-experts reviews the week's news. This week, comedian Dana Gould, "New Yorker" cartoon editor Bob Mankoff and commentator and political consultant Tara Setmayer talk about former Gov. Spitzer's prostitute problem, Geraldine Ferraro's comments about Barack Obama, feng shui at McDonald's and the legality of dyeing your pooch pink.

  • Flus, Candidates and Fakery

    Our panel of non-experts reviews the week's news. This week, conservative commentator David Frum, sex columnist Dan Savage and performance artist damali ayo talk politics, colds, fakes and chores.

  • Foraging for Lunch on the Streets of L.A.

    Searching for Greens in the City

    Could you make a meal off what you found growing on the streets of one of America's biggest, most polluted cities? Nance Klehm can -- she takes Bill Radke on a walking tour of L.A., foraging for salad fixings amid the traffic and noise.

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