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  • Rudy's Barbershop

    Rudy's Barbershop in L.A.

    As part of our Weekend Shift series about people who work weekends, we take a look at a maverick barber in Los Angeles named Michael Anthony who is so popular that people come to the shop on weekends just to hear him talk. And maybe get a hair cut while they're there. Weekend America's Charlie Schroeder recently got his hair cut by Anthony at Rudy's Barbershop in Los Angeles.

  • Coming to America

    Regina and Kenneth Mok

    According to the Chinese calendar, we just entered the new Year of the Ox a few days ago. It's traditionally a time to spend with family - which makes it bittersweet for Wendy Mok. While she lives in the Los Angeles, her parents live in Hong Kong. But recently, she and her husband got them to come visit. It was their first trip ever to America.

  • Weekend Soundtrack: "Shattered" by the Rolling Stones

    Susan Akers

    We've been asking listeners about the songs that bridge the gap from Friday to Monday. Our latest story comes from Susan Akers. Her song this weekend is "Shattered" by the Rolling Stones.

  • Foreclosure Double Punch

    Romey and the family cat

    Foreclosures are ravaging the historic Detroit neighborhood of Palmer Woods, where reporter Desiree Cooper has lived for the past two decades. Many of the historic homes are now in advanced stages of foreclosure as home prices fall hundreds of thousands of dollars. Instead of weathering the storm, two of Cooper's neighbors are walking away.

  • Good News, Bad News, No News

    Our panel of non-experts weigh in on this week's news events in a parlor game to gauge what kind of week America had. Joining us on this week's panel are Nancy French, author of "A Red State of Mind," comedian Dana Gould and Reihan Salam, associate editor at The Atlantic.

  • Eat Cake

    Eat Cake.

    With winter temperatures low and the sky gray for weeks at a time, it can be tempting to hole up inside and not go anywhere on weekends. For lots of people who live by themselves, that means hanging out at home alone. We wondered what would happen when two people who were used to being alone in winter accidentally cross paths.

  • Women Power Lifting

    Faith Ireland

    This weekend a woman in Seattle is trying to lift 290 pounds. She's a former Washington State Supreme Court justice. And she's also a member of the best women's masters powerlifting team in the country. Masters means over 40 years old. In two weeks, Faith and the rest of her team will defend their title at the USA Powerlifting Women's Nationals in Miami.

  • The Cardinals

    Arizona Cardinals helmet

    As the Super Bowl is played this weekend, we're not going to talk about the Steelers, the team that's favored to win the game. No, we're talking Arizona Cardinals. A team that no sane person would have predicted would be playing in the big game. Will Leitch is the founding editor of the sports web site Deadspin.com, and a true lifelong Arizona Cardinals fan.

  • Saving the Story

    David Kirkpatrick and Nexi

    MIT is teaming up with a new movie studio in Massachusetts to create the storytelling technology of the future. We asked Reporter Sean Cole to look into the story, but instead of doing a radio report about it, he wrote a sci-fi movie-type drama, and cast himself as the reporter. So grab some Jujubes. Sit back. And enjoy the show.

  • The End of Weekend America

    Weekend America

    It's the final Weekend America show, so we're reflecting on all the weekends we've spent with you in the past. Weekend America host John Moe has some thoughts on the end of Weekend America and how his long involvement in the program has changed his thinking about patriotism and America.

  • New Langston Hughes Poems Discovered

    Langston Hughes

    It's Langston Hughes's birthday this weekend, and people across the country are celebrating one of America's most beloved poets with poetry performances and other events. Poetry magazine has given Langston Hughes fans even more reason to celebrate. This month's issue features three previously unpublished Langston Hughes poems, written in 1930.

  • Sleepover!

    Nora attempts to prank call the boys.

    Two intrepid reporters, Hillary Frank and Jonathan Menjivar, brave the world of PJs, giggles and video games to see what really goes down at weekend slumber parties. Frank and Menjivar went to two sleepovers, a girl's slumber party and a boy's one, respectively, to get the goods on what really goes on once the lights go out.

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