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How did your life collide with the headlines in 2007?
Iraq, the subprime crisis, Facebook, immigration, oil prices - 2007 had no shortage of hefty headlines. We'd like to hear about how these and other major news events of the past year affected you. Where did your life collide with the news in 2007?

What's your holiday performance story?
The office talent show, the neighborhood caroling posse, the school pageant ... At holiday time we often sing, dance, and dress as shepherds. Did you bloom in the warmth of your audience's adulation, or freeze up like the snowman you'd rather be building? Did your holiday performance change your life or that of someone close to you?

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Weekend America Explores Fear

All of us have been afraid or have a fear of something in our lives. But what are people afraid of? How does fear manifest itself? Why do people like to be scared? These are some of the questions explored in our series on fear.

Listen IconSpeaking Up
Public speaking can be unnerving for anyone. For someone who stutters, it's terrifying. Rob Bloom knows what it's like to be afraid to speak. He's stuttered all his life. Weekend America guest host Alex Cohen talks to Rob Bloom about managing the fear. (07/16/2005)
Online resources:
» Toastmasters Top 10 Tips for Public Speaking
» www.robbloom.com

Listen IconTaking a Dive
What seems crazy to some is a thrill to others. Jeb Corliss is a BASE jumper who leaps off nearly anything with only a parachute to break his fall. Weekend America correspondent Souix-z Jessup talked with his family to find out what they think of his pastime. Then, Weekend America host Bill Radke gets Jeb's reaction to their concern. (07/09/2005)
Online resources:
» Watch video of Jeb Corliss BASE jumping around the world:
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» More about Jeb Corliss and the film The Ground Is the Limit at GroundIsTheLimit.com

Listen IconHe Aims to Thrill
Drew Hunter knows what scares us. He has to. For 30 years he's designed scary rides for amusement parks. Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev finds out how Drew does it. (2005/07/02)
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Weekend America explores the concept of fear

Listen IconHorror Story
Chloe loves horror movies and she's only three years old. And the apple doesn't fall far from the tree because her dad loves them too. Producer Katy Sewall finds out why nothing scares them. (2005/07/02)
Online resources:
Weekend America explores the concept of fear

Listen IconWhat Are You Afraid Of...
Two people are walking down the street. Who's more afraid -- the follower or the followed? Sound artist Jonathan Mitchell explores the power of fear. (06/25/2005)

Listen IconPrimal Fears
Mystery fiction writer SJ Rozan understands the criminal mind. She knows that fear motivates crime. Weekend America host Bill Radke explores the power of the imagination and talks with Rozan about what scares us all. (2005/06/25)
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» The Huckabee Mystique: See video of Mike Huckabee and Chuck Norris.
» Another Great Moment in Small Talk: Read how Charlie Schroeder became an unpopular "tool" because of Borat.
» Listener Letters: Renewable Christmas Trees: Read listeners' alternate endings to "Puff the Magic Dragon."
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