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  • Two-Buck Chuck, Child-Proofing Discipline

    Our non-experts tackle the weighty issues of this weekend: political consultant Tara Setmayer; writer Dana Gould, whose credits include the "Simpsons"; and author and New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman.

  • The Best Mother's Day Gift Ever

    The Three Girls

    For the past two weeks, we've been asking you: What's the best Mother's Day gift ever? Was it a macaroni-encrusted picture frame you received back in 1989? Or something special you gave your wife on her first Mother's Day? Well, we received some great stories.

  • Staying Home to Dodge La Migra

    Lilian Aguirre cuts hair at International Salon

    The sheriff's department in Nashville, Tenn., was among the first to take on immigration enforcement -- usually a federal responsibility -- and now deportations are way up. Reporter Daniela Gerson explores how the program's success has triggered fear among immigrants, and why some say it's making the city less safe.

  • Goodbye Y Chromosome, Hello Jimi Sex Tape

    Our panel of non-experts reviews the week's news -- author and former Saturday Night Live writer Patricia Marx; journalist and author Dudley Clendinen; and John Ridley, whose latest book is "The American Way," a graphic novel about a government-created team of superheroes. He also writes an NPR blog called "Visible Man."

  • Fighting to Throw the Race

    Sen. John McCain

    The presidential primaries move on to Guam today. North Carolina and Indiana on Tuesday. It's an unusually protracted battle in what has come to be an intriguing election year. Weekend America's John Moe has been following the race closely, and he's got an interesting theory about what's really happening...

  • 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.

  • Foreclosure Behind Las Vegas Gates

    Exclusively empty

    In Las Vegas, booming home construction, unscrupulous lending and lots of housing speculation by first-time investors has resulted in some of the nation's highest foreclosure rates. Even high-end gated communities in the suburbs have felt the sting of the market downturn.

  • Taking the Foreclosure Bus Tour

    Sign of the foreclosure times

    The U.S. housing market continues its downward slide and more and more homes are going into foreclosure. But realtors are fighting back by arranging weekend bus tours of foreclosed homes to try to reach out to potential buyers. Mhari Saito goes along for the ride in a Cleveland suburb.

  • Gangster Confidential


    Until 2002, Rene Enriquez was one of the kingpins of a merciless, ultra-violent crime syndicate -- the Mexican Mafia. He walked away from the life and started talking to law enforcement. Now his story is the subject of a new documentary based on his audio dairies that give a glimpse into a terrifying world behind bars.

  • Lab Meat, Eating for a Boy or a Girl

    This week on the panel: Nancy French, author of "A Red State of Mind: How a Catfish Queen Reject Became a Liberty Belle;" Writer Dana Gould, whose credits include "The Simpsons;" and documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, whose new film is "Where in the World is Osama bin Laden?"

  • Mike Gravel, Still in the Running


    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.

  • Potter Battle, Messy YouTube Divorces

    Our panel of non-experts reviews the week's news -- renowned documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles, advice columnist Dan Savage and conceptual and performance artist damali ayo.

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