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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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Listen IconColumn One: Middle Class Dilemma
How difficult is it to level the playing field for African-American men in our society? Los Angeles Times reporter Sandy Banks explored the issue with African-American teenage boys. She discovered while they were making economic strides, they still faced age-old challenges. Banks talks to host Barbara Bogaev about what she learned. (01/04/06)
Online resources:
» Los Angeles Time: "Growing Up on a Tightrope"
» More Column One Stories

Listen IconRaising the Limit
In two weeks, lawmakers in Massachusetts will take up a measure that would hike the legal driving age from 16 1/2 to at least 17. The bill is said to be a response to several recent, tragic teenage driving accidents in the area. Richard Ross, a Republican representative in the Massachusetts state legislature, has two teens -- Meghan and Chase. Weekend America's Bill Radke talks to the family about driving and age. (01/04/06)

Listen IconSay WA?
The state of Washington has a new motto based on its postal abbreviation, W-A. The slogan is, "Say Wa." And as host Bill Radke discovered, it has many perplexed uttering the same phrase.only as a question. What were they thinking? He talks to an advertising expert about what makes a tourism slogan work. (01/04/06)
Online resources:
» ExperienceWashington.com
» ExperienceWa.com
» TravelOregon.com

Listen IconPromoting Peace in Iraq
After three members of Christian Peacemaker Teams were released from their captivity in Iraq this week, Weekend America's Bill Radke spoke to one of their colleagues, Beth Pyles. Pyles just returned from three months in Iraq and talks about how she and her associates train for danger and promoting peace in a war zone. (03/25/2006)
Online resources:
» Christian Peacemaker Teams

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Listen IconImmigration Rights?
Across the nation, people have been marching this month in support of immigrants' rights and in opposition to House Bill 4437, which will restrict their rights. Weekend America's Pat Loeb covers the Immigrants' Rights march in Los Angeles. She also visits Maywood, California, a town that is 96 percent Latino and recently named itself a "sanctuary city for immigrants." (03/25/2006)
Online resources:
» Library of Congress: H.R. 4437
» GovTrack.us: Border Secruity bill
» City of Maywood website

Listen IconEmerging Pollutants
Usually water pollution is one of those topics that we hear about but have very little to do with, whether it's farmers' pesticide use or some manufacturing plant dumping chemicals. But now scientists are finding residue of our medications in the water. They call it "emerging contaminants." Correspondent Shannon Mullen investigates. (03/25/2006)
Performance information:
» Villanova Center for the Environment
» EPA PPCP website

Listen IconDrugs for Medicine?
Seventy-four-year-old George Earl Lewis of Chickasha, Oklahoma was arrested in January of 2005 for selling two grams of crack cocaine to an FBI informant. Lewis claims that he sold the drugs to pay for his wife's cancer medication. He pleaded guilty and was given a ten-year suspended sentence. The district attorney who brought the case says Lewis used his wife's condition to gain sympathy, and has been pushing drugs much longer. Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev speaks with Lewis, his attorney Ryland Rivas, and district attorney Bret Burns about the case. (03/18/2006)

Listen IconCartoon Controversy
Acton Gorton was fired this week from his job as editor of the University of Illinois student newspaper. A few weeks ago Gorton published some of the controversial Danish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in the Daily Illini. He tells Weekend America whether he now regrets his decision. (03/18/2006)
Online resources:
» Daily Illini Web site

Listen IconThree Years in Iraq
Jacksonville, North Carolina tattoo shop owner Tim Claydon and Oceanside, California barbershop owner Tracy Paramore have been servicing soldiers since the Iraq war began three years ago. They talk with Weekend America hosts Bill Radke and Barbara Bogaev about the changes they've noticed in their clients from Camps Lejeune and Pendleton. (03/18/2006)

Listen IconPolitics and the Pulpit
After a liberal church was targeted by the IRS for preaching political views and threatened with its tax-exempt status, it lashed out and argued that some conservative churches could be in the same situation. This led to several conservative churches in Ohio being investigated by the IRS. Host Barbara Bogaev talks with Ed Bacon, rector of All Saints, a liberal church in California, and Russell Johnson, pastor of the conservative Fairfield Christian Church, about IRS probes at their respective churches; and explores their political and religious differences and common ground. (03/04/2006)
Online resources:
» All Saints Church Web site
» Ohio Restoration Project
» Fairfield Christian Church
» IRS.gov - Tax Information for Churches and Religious Organizations

Listen IconGambling Goes to College
Two congressmen are currently trying to strengthen laws concerning online gambling in the U.S. The popularity of the activity has surged on campuses and in some cases, led to serious financial and legal trouble. But a small percentage of college students are beating the odds. Producer Jessica Smith found one such student. Then Weekend America's John Moe talks to Kevin Whyte, the executive director of the National Council on College Gambling, about factors that contribute to problem gambling among college students. (03/04/2006)
Online resources:
» National Council on Problem Gambling Web site. Their hotline: 800-522-4700.

Listen IconCartoons on Campus
The big U.S. newspapers may not be publishing those cartoons of the prophet Mohammed. But some papers on college campuses are...and it's creating quite a stir between students and students, students and administrators... and just about everyone else. Producer Shannon Mullen explores this week's debate over the cartoons at Harvard University. Then, guest-host Alex Cohen talks to the former editor of an Illinois student newspaper, who was recently kicked out of school for publishing the illustrations. (02/18/2006)
Performance information:
» The Harvard Salient
» Cornell's Commentary on the Danish Cartoons at SpeakingOfFaith.org

Listen IconWhy Do They Hate Us?
Cartoons of the prophet Mohammed aren't the first drawings to ever stir up outrage. The United States has long been lampooned in illustrated satire. Currently, there is a cartoon exhibit in San Francisco called, Why Do They Hate Us?," which explores how cartoonists around the world view the United States. As reporter Rachel Dornhelm discovered, "disappointment" is perhaps a better description than "hate." (02/11/2006)
Online resources:
» Cartoon Art Museum
» See the cartoon: "In Denmark and beyond, Muslims ask: 'What's so funny?'" (SFGate.com)
» "Muslim cartoon row timeline" (BBC)

Listen IconLife Inside Enron
As the trial of former Enron executives Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling wraps up its second week, host Bill Radke talks with one of the last employees of the troubled company, Joe Lippeatt. Lippeatt recently left Enron after working there for more than five years. After the company went belly-up, he was one of the few employees who stayed on to help sort out what went wrong. He talks about life during the first few weeks after the company's "Black Monday." (02/11/2006)
Online resources:
» Joe Lippeatt's Blog: Enron Offline

Listen IconChurch Burning in America
Investigations continue into the several recent fires at churches in Alabama. Rose Johnson-Mackey is founder and co-director of the National Coalition for Burned Churches and Community Empowerment in Charleston, South Carolina. Host Bill Radke talks with her about the recent spate of arson attacks and the wider problem of church burning in America. (02/11/2006)

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Listen IconOil Addicts
In his State of the Union Address this week, President Bush said that America is addicted to oil and he has the answer. But what does that mean? Weekend America's Alex Cohen didn't wait to find out. She decided to go cold turkey and embarked on a 12-step program to wean herself from the slick stuff. (02/04/2006)
Online resources:
» President George W. Bush's Address Before a Joint Session of Congress on the State of the Union

Listen IconPolice Pursuit
This week, the police chief in Los Angeles announced the department would start using a new GPS tracker, which sticks to escaping cars, to try to cut down on the number of car chases. It's a pilot program and they're trying it out for the rest of the country. Weekend America host Bill Radke talks to police Lt. Paul Vernon about how it works. (02/04/2006)

Listen IconDeployment at Twentynine Palms
More marines from Twentynine Palms, California are being deployed to Iraq this weekend. The community has learned to cope with the coming and going of troops over the years. As part of an ongoing series, Weekend America's Pat Loeb discovered, it's a situation the soldier's families never get used to. (01/28/2006)
Online resources:
» More Weekend America coverage of Twentynine Palms.

Listen IconHamas, Palestine and Democracy
President Bush likes democracy, but in the case of this week's Palestinian elections, he's not pleased with its outcome. Hamas, listed by the State Department as a foreign terrorist organization, won the election. It raises an important question about foreign policy: If the results of an election are not in America's self interest, can democracy be trumped? Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev put that question to Edward Peck, a former ambassador to Baghdad and the deputy director of the White House Task Force on terrorism in the Reagan Administration. (01/28/2006)

Listen IconThe Universal Constant
If there has been one unifying factor throughout American history, what would it be? Author James P. Moore argues that it's prayer. That's the subject of his book, One Nation under God: The History of Prayer in America, and he talks to host Barbara Bogaev about what he discovered. (01/28/2006)
Online resources:
» James Moore's book, One Nation under God: The History of Prayer in America is available at the Public Radio BookSource.

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Listen IconJill Carroll Update
Weekend America will be monitoring the latest information about journalist Jill Carroll who is being held hostage in Iraq. Host Bill Radke will talk with Washington Post Baghdad Bureau Chief Jackie Spinner about Carroll's fate and what special dangers women journalists face in the Mideast. A friend of Carroll's, Spinner is back in Washington now, and has written a book about her Iraq tour called Tell Them I Didn't Cry. (01/21/2006)
Online resources:
» Jackie Spinner's book, Tell Them I Didn't Cry: A Young Journalist's Story of Joy, Loss, and Survival in Iraq is available at the Public Radio BookSource.

Listen IconLooking back at the Iranian Hostage Crisis
It's been 25 years since 52 American hostages were released from the embassy compound in Tehran, Iran. Mark Bowden, the author of a forthcoming book about the hostage crisis, tells Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev that the current hostage taking in Iraq has its roots in that long embassy standoff that began on November 4, 1979. (01/21/2006)
Online resources:
» Mark Bowden's book, Guests of the Ayatollah, is available at the Public Radio BookSource.

Listen IconLife of a Lobbyist
Even as the investigation continues into the corruption scandal involving the now notorious lobbyist Jack Abramoff, 27-thousand other registered lobbyists continue their work in Washington. Independent producer Jessica Smith spent the day with a young lobbyist who represents the interests of a trade association to see if the Abramoff investigation has stigmatized her job. (01/21/2006)

Listen IconCongressional Travel
In the wake of the lobbying scandal, Congress is debating a limit to the amount of travel members can take when private interests foot the bill. World traveler Jesse Kalisher disagrees with the efforts to cutback on travel, and tells Weekend America why he would be the ideal travel guide for members of Congress. (01/21/2006)
Online resources:
» Web site and photography of Jesse Kalisher

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Listen IconHeat or Eat
Soaring fuel prices are forcing many elderly people in the Northern U.S. to make a tough choice this winter: should they heat their home comfortably... or eat? Independent producer Shannon Mullen introduces us to a couple faced with the problem and takes us to their "home" in their defunct business offices to learn how they're trying to cope. (01/14/2006)

Listen IconHeating Assistance
Charitable organizations and public agencies have their hands full helping people who are struggling with their fuel bills this winter. Weekend America's Bill Radke talks to Debra Myles about how she helps people with her Chicago-based energy assistance program. (01/14/2006)

Listen IconLying Memoirs
When does stretching the truth become an outright lie? News about author James Frey's exaggerated memoirs raised a lot of questions this week. Weekend America hosts Bill Radke and Barbara Bogaev talk to another memoir writer Diana Abu-Jaber about the pressure she felt to write a better story, and to writer and non-fiction writing teacher Laura Wexler, who maintains that writing non-fiction should be just that. (01/14/2006)
Online resources:
» James Frey's book Million Little Pieces is available at the Public Radio BookSource.

Listen IconBull#@*!% Buster
Philosophy professor Harry Frankfurt knows a thing or two about lying. He's known for his book on lying called On Bullshit. He discusses the topic with hosts Bill Radke and Barbara Bogaev. (01/14/2006)
Online resources:
» Harry Frankfurt's book On Bullshit is available at the Public Radio BookSource.

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Listen IconSupporting Alito
The nation is gearing up for Judge Samuel Alito's nomination hearings. Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev speaks with Tanya Ditty, a volunteer at the Georgia chapter of Concerned Women for America, about her advocacy for Judge Samuel Alito's Supreme Court appointment. (01/07/2006)

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Listen IconAlito Ads
Opponents of Judge Samuel Alito are hammering the airwaves with TV ads in advance of his nomination hearings next week. Reporter Alex Cohen talks to two opponents about what they are plotting. (01/07/2006)
Online resources:
» View the advertisements
» Brennan Center
» Concerned Women for America (pro-Alito)
» JudgeAlito.com (pro-Alito site)
» Naral Pro Choice America (pro-Alito)
» People for the American Way (anti-Alito)
» Save the Court (home of the Cartoon and Petition)

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Listen IconTipping the Scales of Justice
How has the involvement of special interest groups affected the Supreme Court? Host Barbara Bogaev explores their influence with Burt Brandenberg, the executive director of the non-partisan campaign, "Justice at Stake." (01/07/2006)

Listen IconCoping with Katrina
Suicide rates have increased significantly in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina came ashore. Hosts Bill Radke and Barbara Bogaev talk with Mary Katherine Aldin, a friend of Stevenson Palfi, a man who recently committed suicide after the hurricane devastated his life. (01/07/2006)
Online resources:
» Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
» American Foundation of Suicide Prevention
» Get more info on Palfi's Documentary

Listen IconHome Sweet Home
Weekend America first introduced you to Judy Arceneaux during Hurricane Katrina. The New Orleans resident had safely evacuated from her home and couldn't wait to get back to the city she loved. Now that she's back in her French Quarter house, she talks to hosts Bill Radke and Barbara Bogaev about whether she can ever make a home again in a city that she says may have lost its soul. (12/31/2005)

Listen IconMiles from Home
After Hurricane Katrina, evacuees Mary and David Richard fled New Orleans. The Richards boarded an airplane, weren't told where they were going, and ended up in Salt Lake City, which they have made their new home. Independent producer Julie Rose has kept up with the Richards to see how they're adjusting. (12/24/2005)
Online resources:
» More stories about Hurricane Katrina

Listen IconTsunami Anniversary
December 26th marks a haunting anniversary for Gene Kim and his wife Faye Wachs. It is one year to the day, that Kim and Wachs were scuba diving in Thailand when the tsunami hit. Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev talks to the couple about their year. (12/24/2005)

Listen IconTsunami Audio Diary
Dan Curran runs the Humanitarian Leadership Program at the Harvard Business School. He shares an audio diary that he kept while doing relief work after the tsunami hit Indonesia. (12/24/2005)

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Listen IconIraqi Elections
Iraqis hit the polls this past week -- Weekend America hosts Barbara Bogaev and Bill Radke speak with Iraqi expatriates in the U.S. about the significance of voting in the latest election. (12/17/2005)

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Listen IconSnowstruck
Winter weather pummeled the nation this week. In mountainous regions, heavy snow can turn deadly when avalanche conditions are triggered. Jill Fredston, author of Snowstruck: In the Grip of Avalanches, speaks with host Bill Radke about the harrowing task of avalanche rescues. Fredston is the co-director of the Alaska Mountain Safety Center. (12/10/2005)
Online resources:
» Jill Fredston's book, Snowstruck: In the Grip of Avalanches is available at the Public Radio BookSource.

Listen IconA Chilling Tale
John Stroud from Anchorage, Alaska is all too familiar with the danger of avalanches: He survived an avalanche four years ago in the South Fork area of Alaska. John was completely buried and was only able to move one finger while he was trapped. Luckily, he made it out alive. (12/10/2005)
Online resources:
» Snowstruck (AnchoragePress.com)

Listen IconIn His Boots
Military wives in 29 Palms, California recently took part in a training exercise, hoping that the experience would help them understand what their husbands experience. Weekend America's Pat Loeb paid a visit to see if the exercise could help the women relate. (12/10/2005)
Online resources:
» United States Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center

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Listen IconTo Snitch or Not to Snitch
Can a t-shirt impact a city's murder rate? This week, the mayor of Boston ordered stores to clear their shelves of t-shirts that say "Stop Snitchin'." The shirts have become popular over the last several years among inner-city kids. And some law-enforcement officers think that they are partly to blame for a recent rise in the city's murder rate. Weekend America hosts Bill Radke and Barbara Bogaev hear from Martha Bebinger, a reporter at WBUR in Boston who has been talking with area kids about snitching. Weekend America then turns to Joseph Esposito, the assistant head deputy of the Hardcore Gang Division in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office, to discuss how he does his job in a world where snitching is a sin. (12/10/2005)

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Listen IconDefining Bribery
This week, Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham admitted to the public that he accepted bribes from defense contractors. But when does an offer become a bribe? Hosts Barbara Bogaev and Bill Radke put the question to University of Pennsylvania ethics professor Thomas Donaldson. (12/03/2005)
Online resources:
» Professor Thomas Donaldson

Listen IconBribery's Gray Area
As a former admissions officer for Duke University, Rachel Toor was frequently offered bribes to get certain students into school. She talks about her experience then and what she faces now as a freelance college counselor. (12/03/2005)
Online resources:
» Rachel Toor Web site

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Listen IconRace, Cocaine and Corruption
In 1999, a sting operation was launched against alleged drug dealers in the rural town of Tulia, Texas. Almost all of those arrested were black. It turns out, the undercover agent who brought the charges was himself a criminal and many of those arrested were framed and railroaded through the justice system. Now, most are out of jail. Reporter Nate Blakeslee first reported the story. He talked to hosts Bill Radke and Barbara Bogaev about the case and how the town responded. (12/03/2005)
Online resources:
» Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town. It's available the Public Radio BookSource.

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Listen IconGays in the Priesthood
This week, the Vatican affirmed its ban on priests with "deep seated homosexual tendencies." How is this playing out in the church? Weekend America has an update from psychologist Thomas Plante, who screens recruits for the priesthood. (12/03/2005)
Online resources:
» Thomas G. Plante Ph.D., ABPP

Listen Icon"Gaydar": Fact or Fiction
Do some people have an innate ability to identify homosexuals? Do we have some kind of biological "gaydar?" Host Barbara Bogaev talks to William Lee Adams, a recent Harvard grad who did his undergrad thesis on the topic. (12/03/2005)

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Listen IconHow to Be Quarantined
So far, flu activity in the U.S. this year has been relatively low, but recent cases of avian flu around the world have sparked grave concerns about the possibility of pandemic influenza. Such an outbreak, or the outbreak of any serious infectious disease, could lead to quarantine. How might such a scenario play out? Correspondent Alex Cohen looked into it. (11/26/2005)
Online resources:
» Controlling the Spread of Contagious Diseases at Redcross.org
» History of Quarantine at PBS.org

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Listen IconWitness to Atrocity
With the resumption of the trial of Saddam Hussein next week, Weekend America examines what it's like to give evidence in a trial of someone accused of crimes against humanity. Host Bill Radke speaks with Deyan Anastasijevic, who gave evidence in the trial of former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic. Bill also speaks with Terre Bowers, a former prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. (11/26/2005)

Listen IconOperation Gratitude
Thanksgiving traditionally kicks off the Christmas shopping season. But the time for sending packages to U.S. military personnel stationed around the world is now. The non-profit organization, "Operation Gratitude" is preparing thousands of holiday gift packages for troops overseas. Producer Jonathan Menjivar stopped by the National Guard Armory in Van Nuys, California to see how it all comes together. (11/19/2005)
Online resources:
» Operation Gratitude Web site

Listen IconHolidays Overseas
You can send troops gift cards this holiday season. They can be redeemed at stores all around Iraq. Host Bill Radke checks in with one store popular with soldiers in Baghdad to see what's selling. (11/19/2005)
Online resources:
» Army & Air Force Exchange Service Web site or give them a call at 1-877-770-4438
» Virtual Commissary

Listen IconChurch Probe
This Sunday, at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California, Rector Ed Bacon will be speaking to the congregation about an unusual topic. His sermon is entitled, "The IRS Goes to Church." All Saints is currently under investigation by the IRS for allegedly violating rules for tax-exempt charities. Barbara Bogaev talks with Rector Bacon about his Sunday sermon. (11/12/2005)
Online resources:
» All Saints Church Web site
» Transcript of the sermon

Listen IconFrench Unrest
A little over two weeks ago, rioting erupted in France. The deaths of two teenagers, attempting to hide from the police, sparked unrest in the Paris suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois. Rioting quickly spread to other, mainly poor and run down parts of France. Weekend America arts reporter Amanda Aronczyk recalls a French film called Hate (or La Haine) which portrays a few young men who live in these marginalized communities. (11/12/2005)
Online resources:
» More about Hate at IMDB.com

Listen IconLatinos in the Military
No one really knows exactly how many Latinos fought in World War II. Estimates range from 250,000 to 750,000, but the number is uncertain because there was not a classification at that time. Regardless, this war was considered a turning point for many Latino soldiers. At war, many say they were treated as Americans for the first time. This feeling remained, and what evolved from it was a new movement for Latino rights. Bill Radke speaks with Hank Cervantez, one of the few Latino pilots in World War II. Bill also speaks with Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, the director of the U.S. Latino and Latina WWII Oral History Project. Rivas-Rodriguez's father was a veteran and she has catalogued veterans' stories. (11/12/2005)
Online resources:
» Hank Cervantes' book, Piloto!: Migrant Field Worker to Jet Pilot, is available at the Public Radio BookSource.
» U.S. Latino & Latina World War II Oral History Project Web site

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Listen IconOne Soldier's Opinion
The new film Jarhead opens this weekend around the country. It's about a Marine's experience in Kuwait during the first Gulf War, based on a non-fiction account written by Anthony Swofford. But does the film capture the reality? To find out, Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev went to see the film with veteran Daniel Ortiz who was a private in Kuwait in 1991. He shares his impressions over dinner. (11/05/2005)
Online resources:
» Jarhead movie Web site
» Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles is available at the Public Radio BookSource.

Listen IconPhoning Home
When distance separates us from loved ones, we find salvation in phone calls — especially in times of war. The phone creates a vital connection between home and the front, providing a special intimacy that only life threatening situations can create. When Benjamin Busch was stationed in Iraq, his father Frederick often spoke to him by phone. Frederick says he's never forgotten the feeling of those calls. Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev talks with him about making that important connection. (11/05/2005)
Online resources:
» Frederick Busch is author of the book North: A Novel. It's available at the Public Radio Booksource.

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Listen IconPatriots or Vigilantes
Civilian border watchers from Mexico to Canada are generating a great deal of debate. Are they patriots or vigilantes? Producer Gregory Warner "embedded" with the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps in a New York border town south of Montreal, and brings Weekend America the real story behind these controversial volunteers. (11/05/2005)
Online resources:
» Minutemen Civil Defense Corps Web site

Listen IconReal-Life Shakespearian Tragedy
Politicos inside The Beltway have been in a frenzied state this week. Unlike most Americans, they've been eagerly following the ongoing scandal surrounding the Valerie Plame case and every detail of Harriet Miers withdrawing her Supreme Court nomination. Host Barbara Bogaev talks to writer Chris Nelson and filmmaker John Ridley about why the Plame and Miers stories make for such good theater. (10/29/2005)
Online resources:
» I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Indictment
» Statement from Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald

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Listen IconGoodbye Harriet Miers
We present a song parody on Harriet Miers withdrawing her nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court from songwriter Roy Zimmerman. (10/29/2005)

Listen IconInternational Adoption
Fifty years ago, large-scale international adoption began in Korea? In a new documentary, American Radio Works looks at the impact of international adoptions on adoptees and their families. Weekend America host Alex Cohen talks with producer Sasha Aslanian about making the documentary, Finding Home. Then, Weekend America shares an audio diary of an adoptee from Korea, who's decided to return to her ancestral home. (10/22/2005)
Online resources:
» Finding Home: Fifty Years of International Adoption (AmericanRadioWorks.org)

Listen IconGood Night, and Good Luck
The new movie about former CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow, Good Night and Good Luck paints a positive image of television journalists. As independent producer Derek John explains, it's an image that has been lost during the last few decades in other movies about the TV news business. (10/15/2005)
Online resources:
» Good Night, And Good Luck Web site and movie trailer

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Listen IconVetting Priests
This week, The Los Angeles Archdiocese made public hundreds of documents regarding priests accused of molesting children. So, what is the Catholic Church doing to prevent abuse in the future? Weekend America Host Barbara Bogaev talks to Thomas Plante a psychiatry professor at Santa Clara University. He screens candidates for Roman Catholic seminaries. (10/15/2005)
Online resources:
» Thomas G. Plante, Ph.D., ABPP

Listen IconMillion Man March
People are packing onto the National Mall in Washington, DC to commemorate the 10th anniversary of The Million Man March. This time, there's a rally called The Millions More Movement, which is also backed by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. What happened at the march ten years ago... and what has changed as a result? Weekend America Host Bill Radke talks to journalists Frank Harris and Frank Stodghill, who both attended the 1995 event. Also: an update on this weekend's rally from the scene. (10/15/2005)
Online resources:
» Image IconPictures of Frank Harris and Frank Stodghill
» Millions More Movement Web site

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Listen IconIt's a Man's World
The latest nominee for the Supreme Court has people talking about powerful women, and the expectations created by gender roles. Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev talks with former Governor of Massachusetts, Jane Swift, the first US governor to give birth while in office. Then, Barbara talks to Rod Lurie about what it takes to create a powerful woman with mass appeal. He's director of the series Commander in Chief, which chronicles the experience of the first female President of the United States. (10/08/2005)
Online resources:
» Learn more about Jane Swift (Wikipedia)
» The White House Project

Listen IconMy Dad's a Winner
When the 2005 Nobel Prizes are awarded next week, the focus will be on the winners and their achievements, but their families have shared the journey as well. Weekend America host Bill Radke talks to the children of two winners -- Lindsey Richland, daughter of Robert Engle and David Seaborg, son of Glenn T. Seaborg -- about having a father who made history. (10/01/2005)
Online resources:
» Robert F. Engle's III Nobel Prize Weblog
» More about Robert F. Engle III (Nobel.se)
» More about Glenn T. Seaborg (Nobel.se)
» David Seaborg is president and founder of The World Rainforest Fund

Listen IconPeace and War
Hosts Barbara Bogaev and Bill Radke talk live with correspondent Jessica Smith live in Washington, DC, about the anti-war and pro-war marches happening in the capitol this weekend. (09/24/2005)

Listen IconCommon Ground
Do anti-war activists and war supporters have anything in common? Host Barbara Bogaev talks to Brian Smith, a peace activist who's attending this weekend's march, and Kristinn Taylor, a counter-demonstrator. (09/24/2005)

Listen IconCarrying on, Four Years Later
On September 11, 2001, Barry Lawrence watched as the Twin Towers and his office on the 65th floor crash to the ground. Soon after the tragedy, he started a new life in New Hampshire. Producer Shannon Mullen catches up with Barry and his family to reflect on the day everything changed. (09/10/2005)

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Listen IconThe New Terror Trackers
Homeland security used to focus on American landmarks and large crowded areas, but now, more attention is being paid to dangerous vehicles like oil tankers. Most recently, security for soft targets has come under greater scrutiny including school buses. As students return to classrooms this week, for the first time, school districts across the country are providing anti-terrorism training for bus drivers. We meet a Houston school bus driver who shows us how she applies some of her anti-terrorism training. (09/03/2005)
Online resources:
» School Bus Anti-Terrorism Training Program Announced (Highwaywatch.org)

Listen IconSomething Doesn't Look Right
School bus drivers get about an hour of federally supported anti-terrorism training. Can it make a difference? Host Barbara Bogaev puts that question to school bus trainer Jeff Beatty. (09/03/2005)
Online resources:
» School Bus Anti-Terrorism Training Program Announced (Highwaywatch.org)

Listen IconMarketing the Military
The military has found a new way to target teens -- through videogames. In America's Army: Rise of a Soldier, the player becomes a soldier and rises through the ranks, but in this game, realism is less important than the values of Army life. Youth Radio reporter Trevor Garner takes his turn with the joystick to find out if he's ready to join. (08/27/2005)
Online resources:
» Youth Radio Web site
» More on Trevor's story at YouthRadio.org
» View the official trailer for Rise of a Soldier
» Official Web site: Rise of a Soldier

Listen IconA World Without Roe
With the recent changes in the Supreme Court, the abortion issue and its landmark case, Roe v. Wade, are back in the news. It isn't likely in the near future, but one day Roe v. Wade might be revisited, or completely reversed. There's no legal precedent for such a ruling and the abortion debate would return to the states where old laws still linger on the books. Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev speaks with Cynthia Gorney, author of Articles of Faith: A Frontline History of the Abortion Wars, about the implications of a world without Roe. (08/27/2005)
Online resources:
» What If Roe Fell? (Center for Reproductive Rights)
» National Right to Life
» Cynthia Gorney's book: Articles of Faith: A Frontline History of the Abortion Wars

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Listen IconHey Batta Batta...
Pre-teen boys are sliding into home plate this weekend at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. But sometimes the grown-ups can get a little too involved. Weekend America host Bill Radke talks to a coach and a father -- Sid Cash, head coach of the Maitland Little League team from Florida, and Donny Dee, father of a shortstop for the Rancho Buena Vista Little League team from California, about how they deal with the competitive side of kids' sports. And, we go live to the Little League World Series with reporter John Dimsdale. (08/20/2005)
Online resources:
» Little League Online
» Little League World Series Schedule (ESPN.com)
» Maitland Little League
» Rancho Buena Vista Little League

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Listen IconFuel Myths
Carpooling and public transportation are perfectly reasonable ways to deal with the recent gas-price hikes. But Weekend America host Bill Radke goes to the gas station looking for other creative approaches. (08/20/2005)
Online resources:
» GasBuddy.com
» AAA's Media Site for Retail Gasoline Prices
» AAA Fuel Cost Calculator

Listen IconFace Time with the President
By now, most of us have heard about Cindy Sheehan. Her son was killed in action in Iraq last year. Over the last few weeks, she camped in Crawford, Texas, near the President Bush's ranch, trying to get an explanation. But what will a few minutes of "face time" with the President really accomplish?

We go back to a spring night in 1970 for some answers. In the heat of the Vietnam War, President Nixon had an impromptu meeting with anti-war protestors. Weekend America substitute host Alex Cohen interviews Lauree Moss, one of the protestors who talked to Nixon that night. Then Weekend America host Bill Radke talks to historian Richard Reeves about why a President would want to have a meeting like that. (08/20/2005)

Listen IconProphetic Words
This summer marks the 40th anniversary of an eruption of violence in Watts, California. The 1965 riot added momentum to the Civil Rights movement and focused attention on inner city strife. In the aftermath, three men created a poetry group called The Watts Prophets. Amde Hamilton and Otis O'Solomon, two members of The Watts Prophets, reminisce about the formation of their trio, and the conditions that sparked the riot with Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev. (08/13/2005)

Online resources:
» Learn more about the Watts Prophets
» Watts Prophets (ArtistsDirect.com)
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audio icon "Hey World" - When the 90's Came
audio icon "Me Today You Tomorrow" - When the 90's Came

Listen IconGoing on with Life
The U.S. death toll in Iraq is now more than 1800. The families of the soldiers who gave their lives often find solace in each other. Weekend America host Bill Radke talks with Elaine Roach Clark, who lost her son seventeen months ago. (08/06/2005)
Online resources:
» Joel K. Brattain memorial website

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Listen IconComanche Code Talker
Last week, Charles Chibitty died. He was the last of the Comanche code talkers who used their native language to prevent the Germans from deciphering Allied messages during World War II. A few years ago, he shared some memories with Oklahoma Public Radio. Producer Scott Gurian tells the story of a hero. (08/06/2005)
Online resources:
» CodeTalkers.info

Listen IconHiroshima Revisited
This weekend marks the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan at the end of World War II. Fiction writer Naomi Hirahara's parents were there. One parent talks about it and the other one thinks it's better to forget. Weekend America host Bill Radke talks with them about dealing with the past and their responsibility to future generations. (08/06/2005)
Online resources:
» Atomic bomb timeline, links and resources
» Web-only: Interview with Dr. James Yamazake
» Web-only: Listen to Naomi Hirahara read from her book, Summer of the Big Bachi
» Naomi Hirahara website
» Naomi Hirahara's book, Summer of the Big Bachi is available at the Public Radio BookSource.

Listen IconInnocent Until Profiled
In today's climate of increased vigilance, members of racial and religious groups are under scrutiny. The line between justified questioning and profiling is harder to draw. Weekend America host Bill Radke talks with two Muslim students about how it feels to be the target of suspicion. (07/30/2005)

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Listen IconSuspicious Minds
A week after the bombings, Londoners are still coming to grips with terrorists living among them. Leaders encourage everyone to stay vigilant and look more closely at those around them. What would it take for someone to report a neighbor to the authorities? Reporter Tanya Koonce found out when she noticed odd behavior from the man next door. Weekend America host Bill Radke talks with her about her personal struggle. (07/30/2005)

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Listen IconChina on My Mind
News and images shape our ideas about a country. Mention China and a number of associations come to mind -- manufacturing, trade practices, basketball and more recently, talk of a growing military threat and a corporate takeover attempt on a California oil corporation. But what do average Americans know about China? Weekend America correspondent Jessica Smith finds out. Then, Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev talks with Peter Kwong, a professor of Asian American Studies about what shapes America's view of China. (07/30/2005)
Learn more about China:
» Jessica Smith's reading list

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Listen IconFacing the Music
Earlier this year, Sgt. Kevin Benderman refused to return to Iraq after serving there since 2003. In the last few months, Sgt. Benderman waited for a ruling on his request for conscientious objector status. Yesterday, a military court found him guilty of missing troop movement and handed down a sentence. Weekend America recounts his journey and the decision that led him to prison. (07/30/2005)
Online resources:
» More coverage of Sgt. Kevin Benderman

Listen IconThe Face of Terror
Suicide bombers dominate the headlines. But most of us will never come into contact with these people. Time magazine correspondent Bobby Ghosh has met two potential bombers face to face. Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev talks with Ghosh about his interview with two young men, willing and able to perform the ultimate final mission. (07/23/2005)

Listen IconSupreme Crystal Ball
Last week, John Roberts landed the Supreme Court nomination. He's 50 and if confirmed, stands to be on the bench for decades. What prickly issues lay in his future that are only a glimmer in some jurist's eyes today? Weekend America host Bill Radke finds out from legal futurist Stuart Forsythe. (07/23/2005)

Listen IconToo Old To Serve
The military is always looking for a few good men. And John Conroy is anxious is serve, but he recently found out that he's a few years too late, over the hill at 40 years old. Weekend America host Bill Radke talks to him about facing disappointment and efforts to change the military age limit. (07/23/2005)

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Listen IconClimate of Fear
With this weekend's bombings in Egypt and earlier bombing attempts on London's mass transit system, residents are living in a climate of fear. Some Americans see parallels to their own lives in crime-ridden, violent inner cities where random violence is already commonplace. Weekend America reporter Tinku Ray talks with two women from South Central Los Angeles about the emotional toll of living under siege. (07/23/2005)

Listen IconThe Stem Cell Debate
When science takes a leap forward, ethical debates often take center stage. Stem cell research is the latest to go through the process. Not so long ago, in vitro fertilization was contested. Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev talks with Robin Marantz Henig, the author of Pandora's Baby: How the First Test Tube Babies Sparked the Reproductive Revolution. (07/16/2005)
Online resources:
» Robin Marantz Henig's book Pandora's Baby: How the First Test Tube Babies Sparked the Reproductive Revolution is available at the Public Radio BookSource.

Listen IconHeat Wave Remembered
This week marks the anniversary of a tragic natural disaster. A heat wave hit Chicago and hundreds died. Weekend America guest host Alex Cohen speaks with Eric Klinenberg, author of book on the incident, to find out what happened and if it could happen again. (07/16/2005)
Online resources:
» Eric Klinenberg's book, Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago is available at the Public Radio BookSource.

Listen IconMusical Chairs
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor surprised some people by stepping down. Chief Justice William Rehnquist's retirement is still a rumor. This week he announced his intention to stay on. Personal decisions aren't made in a vacuum. Allegiances come into play. Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev talks with Jim O'Hara, a Supreme Court historian. (07/16/2005)
Online resources:
» The Supreme Court Historical Society

Listen IconProtecting Sources
Journalists count on sources to get their stories, and some sources want to remain anonymous. This week, New York Times reporter Judith Miller went to jail for refusing to cooperate in a federal investigation. In a prior landmark case, reporter Paul Branzburg also refused to testify. The Supreme Court ruled against him. Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev talks with his attorney Jon Fleishaker. (07/09/2005)

Listen IconCrisis Management
The world is still feeling the effects of the recent terrorist attack in London. Weekend America host Bill Radke talks with professor Ronald Heifetz about leadership in difficult times, and takes a historical look at leaders with the right stuff. Then, a visit to Tavistock Square, the site of one of the London bombings. Ironically, it's also the home of many peace monuments. (07/09/2005)
Online resources:
» Ronald Heifetz book, Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Leading is available at the Public Radio BookSource.

Listen IconPresidential Connections
It's a rare few who have the ear of the President. Ted Haggard is one of the chosen ones. Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev shares listener questions and talks politics with the Ted Haggard, leader of New Life Church in Colorado Springs. (07/09/2005)
Online resources:
» TedHaggard.com
» The Religious of American Democracy (SpeakingOfFaith.org)
» Pentecostalism in America (SpeakingOfFaith.org)

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Listen IconStepping Down
This week, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor announced her retirement. In this segment, we hear Justice O'Connor in conversation with Walter Isaacson of the Aspen Institute, talking about growing up in the West, and how she was surprised when President Reagan nominated her to the Supreme Court. (07/02/2005)
Online resources:
Take our Supreme Court Justice Survey

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Listen IconLive 8
Weekend America hosts Bill Radke and Barbara Bogaev speak with Weekend America correspondent Ian Chillag in Philadelphia and WBUR reporter Michael Goldfarb in London, live from the concert to support aid to Africa. Then Barbara finds out what it takes to engage Americans in a charitable cause. (07/02/2005)
Online resources:
Live 8 website

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Listen IconMarried to the Military
What does it take to keep the home fires burning when your spouse is in the service? Radio producer John Biewen found out when he gave a tape recorder to Army wife Jeanette Mulligan. She recorded a journal while her husband was in Iraq. Weekend America host Bill Radke talks with John about his documentary about military spouses. (07/02/2005)
Online resources:
Married to the Military (American Radio Works)
Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

Listen IconWhat is a human organism?
Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev puts this question to Dr. William Hurlbut. The Stanford Bioethics professor has a new proposal that could redefine stem cell research. (06/25/2005)
Online resources:
> Stem-Cell Finesse Too Grotesque (Wired News)
> William B. Hurlbut, M.D.
> The President's Council on Bioethics
> International Society for Stem Cell Research
> A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for human embryonic stem cell research

Listen IconIs Sorry Ever Enough?
This week, Edgar Killen was sentenced for manslaughter, but he never apologized or showed remorse. Weekend America host Bill Radke talks with a pastor in Philadelphia, Mississippi, Reverend William Young, about forgiveness. Then, Weekend America guest host Alex Cohen finds out more about apologies from Dr. Fred Luskin, director of the Stanford Forgiveness Project, and ethicist and litigation strategist Lee Taft. (06/25/2005)
Online resources:
> Fred Luskin book, Forgive for Good: A Proven Prescription for Health and Happiness , is available at the Public Radio BookSource.
> Learn more about Dr. Fred Luskin
> Lee Taft can be reached at leetaft@earthlink.net
> Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance
> Read Bill Radke's thoughts about his interview with Reverend William Young in the Weekend America blog.

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Listen IconThe Right to Live
In recent news, family members fought over a patient's right to die. Leslie Burke wants to be kept alive. He has an illness that will eventually deprive him of movement and speech. Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev talks with Les about his battle to preserve the quality of life. (06/18/2005)
Online resources:
Web Extra: Extended interview with Leslie Burke
Leslie Burke's Website
Weekend America: The Language of Life (03/26/2005)

Listen IconA Few Good Men
As the war continues, military recruiters face the difficult task of convincing people to enlist. Weekend America host Bill Radke talks with Staff Sergeant John George about how he makes the tough sell. (06/18/2005)
Military recruiting information:
Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard
U.S. Army School Recruiting Handbook

Listen IconOpting Out
Students of a certain age have come to expect a call from a military recruiter. They get the information from the government. But it doesn't have to be that way. Weekend America correspondent Hank Rosenfeld went along for the ride with a group of Los Angeles teachers. They're spreading the word about how to opt out. (06/18/2005)
Online resources:
Palisadians for Peace

Listen IconPoster Child
Every cause has a public face. Often, it's one person whose personal drama becomes a test case. But not everyone does so willingly and the effects can last a lifetime. We hear from one man who took a stand and became a poster child in a new controversy. Then, Weekend America host Bill Radke talks with an attorney, about the challenge of putting a public face on a legal dilemma. (06/11/2005)
Online resources:

Listen IconThe Wheels of Justice
Three civil rights workers were murdered in Philadelphia, Mississippi in 1964. The incident ignited a fire under the movement that played out on a national stage. Rights were won, laws were passed, but the murders were never solved. Next week, an 80-year-old suspect goes to trial. Weekend America correspondent Ian Chillag and writer Gary Younge, went down south to hear how locals are reacting to the news, and to see if anything has changed. (06/11/2005)
Online resources:
Killen trial to proceed (The Neshoba Democrat)

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Listen IconIt's Not Over Till It's Over
Washington finally has a governor. Democratic candidate Christine Gregorie wins by a hair. Throughout the election and the aftermath, Weekend America checked in with people on both sides of the campaign. Now that it's over, Weekend America host Bill Radke talks with the governor's daughter about being in the center of the storm. (06/11/2005)
Previous coverage:
11/20/04: Washington Runoff
11/27/04: A Close Call in Washington
12/18/04: Never Give Up

Listen IconTo Join or Not to Join?
After months of debate, the European Union is still struggling to gain traction. In another setback this week, French and Dutch voters rejected the union's constitution. If the U.S. Constitution had to be ratified today, would all 50 states sign on? Should they? Barbara Bogaev puts this question to two legal experts. (06/04/2005)
Online resources:
Would you sign / ratify the Constitution? Take our survey...
Constitution of the United States: Main Page
The Charters of Freedom: "A New World Is at Hand"(Archives.gov)

Listen IconSmall Town Justice
Both sides rested yesterday in trial of pop star Michael Jackson. Weekend Americahost Barbara Bogaev talks to Loyola law professor Laurie Levenson about what happens when high profile cases meet small town justice. (06/04/2005)

Listen IconWill the Real "Deep Throat" Please Stand Up?
Earlier this week, Vanity Fair revealed the name of the Watergate scandal's most notorious anonymous source - "Deep Throat." Now that the speculation is over, Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev speaks to the children of two men who were on the short list of suspects to find out what it was like living with the specter of an informant. (06/04/2005)
Online resources:
Identity of "Deep Throat" Unveiled (Nixon.archives.gov)

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Listen IconA Study in Moderation
Last week, the Senate was a study in the art of the compromise, as fourteen Republican and Democratic Senators came to an agreement. There's a new term for politicians who straddle the middle -- raging moderates. Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev talks to Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of Aspen Institute, a independent think tank, about the crucial role moderates have played throughout American history. To learn more about the search for common ground in everyday life, we invited a mediator to teach us a few things. Weekend America host Bill Radke gets a lesson in how to meet in the middle. (05/28/2005)
Recommended books from Lynne Bassis:
Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
Negotiating to Create Value in Deals and Disputes by Robert H. Mnookin

Listen IconThe Long Goodbye
Fallen soldiers will be honored this Memorial Day. Last week, the Pentagon officially called off the search for MIAs. But some soldiers are still missing. One of them is William Bradley who served in the Korean War. Weekend America host Barbara Bogaev talks to a family member. (05/28/2005)
Online resources:
Coalition of Families of Korean and Cold War POW / MIAs

Akbar Ahmed
Listen IconSacred Text
This week, news of the alleged desecration of the Koran at the hands of U.S. soldiers in Guantanamo Bay created a firestorm of controversy and violence. But what do most of us know about Islam's most sacred text? As the investigation into the incident and its validity continues, we talk to an imam and a religious scholar about the personal and symbolic significance of the Koran. (05/21/2005)
Online resources:
Learn more about Akbar Ahmed

Listen IconUndocumented Students
From coast to coast, high school commencements are under way. But while many high school seniors are looking forward to going away to college next fall, others will encounter disappointment -- not for lack of academic achievement, but because they were born on the wrong side of the border. Reporter Helen Thorpe introduces us to a young woman facing an uncertain future. (05/21/2005)
Online resources:
More immigrant stories from our July 3, 2004 program

Listen IconFilibusters in Training
At Colby College in Waterville, Maine students are talking and talking and talking. Organizer Miki Starr and her friends join the ranks of students across the country who have read Beowulf, the first 3500 digits of Pi, and Hunter S. Thompson's obituary for Richard Nixon out loud for hours in tribute to something they say is an important democratic institution -- the filibuster. (05/21/2005)
Online resources:

Listen IconAnd Now We Interrupt This Program...
There was another televised car chase in Los Angeles this week -- what else is new -- but this one ended differently, more violent than most, which shocked viewers across the country. We explore the way we process live coverage of real-life tragedies. We speak Jason Morphew who viewed the live coverage, and with Martin Kaplan, associate Dean at the USC Annenberg School for Communication. (05/14/2005)
Online resources:
Is it okay for local TV news to show a man getting shot and killed during a live broadcast? Send us your comments...

Listen IconA Court Martial Delayed
Sergeant Kevin Benderman refused to return to Iraq in January, and applied for conscientious objector status. Since then, he's been charged with desertion, and Weekend America's Phillip Babich has an update to the story he broke in January. (05/14/2005)
Online resources:
More conversations with Sgt. Kevin Benderman

Listen IconOutside Justice
Weekend America has been on a mission to shake up the Supreme Court with some unlikely nominees. The winners have been chosen with some help from listeners. Bill Radke talks to the two finalists -- a movie maven and a rogue economist -- about what they might bring to the bench. (05/14/2005)
Online resources:
Medill School of Journalism - On the Docket: US Supreme Court 2004-2005 Case List
Take the SCOTUS survey

Listen IconPaper Anniversary for Gay Marriage
This Tuesday, some Massachusetts residents will be toasting the first anniversary of the state law recognizing same-sex marriage -- the first law of its kind in the nation. Since then, more than 6000 gay and lesbian couples have wed. Weekend America finds out how the past 12 months have treated the happy couples, and their not-so-happy opponents.
Online resources:
Massachusetts Law About Gay Marriage
Gay Marriage News
Massachusetts Family Institute

Listen IconProtecting Sources
Two reporters who refused to reveal their sources lost a federal court appeal last week. If their case reaches the Supreme Court, the decision rendered in Branzburg v. Hayes will likely be cited. We revisit this precedent with Kentucky judge Ed Schroering and professor Mark Feldstein, and explore the ramifications for journalists today. (05/07/2005)

Listen IconSCOTUS Short List: Part 2
First, we asked listeners to help us discern the must-have qualities for our next Supreme Court Justice. This week, we ask Mike Miller, an executive search consultant, and Adi Ignatius, an editor from Time Magazine, to come up with a short list of candidates. Find out who made the cut and why. (05/07/2005)
Online resources:
Vote for the next Supreme Court Justice
Related interviews: John Isaacson and James O'Hara

Listen IconReal Life Survivor
Earlier this week two teenaged boys were rescued after 6 days at sea. Most of us can only imagine what it must have been like for them. Deborah Kiley knows. Bill Radke finds out how her life changed after being lost at sea for five days, then Barbara Bogaev explores what all survivors have in common with clinical psychologist Susan Ko. (05/07/2005)
Online resources:
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Deborah Scaling Kiley

Florida Gun Legislation
Listen IconFight or Flight
A new law in Florida allows citizens to defend themselves with deadly force in a public place -- even if they have the opportunity to run away. Hosts Bill Radke and Barbara Bogaev talk to a policeman and a psychiatrist about how to weigh a life-or-death decision in a split second. (04/30/2005)

Listen IconThe Last Frontier
It was no man's land and people on both sides of the border in Mexico and the U.S. traveled back and forth with ease. But since Sept 11th, it's all changed. Correspondent Jesse Boggs finds out just how much is different. (04/30/2005)
Online resources:
Big Bend National Park
The Rio Grande Institute

Listen IconA Virtual Cure
Combating the psychological effects of warfare can be a problem for veterans returning from Iraq. Host Bill Radke straps on virtual reality goggles to test a new treatment designed to help soldiers deal with combat stress, and he talks with military experts about the problem. (04/23/2005)
Online resources:
More about Skip Rizzo
Tour of Duty (04/09/2005)

Listen IconWhen Plants Invade
What is native American? When it comes to the world of plants, host Barbara Bogaev learns it all comes down to a matter of language as she speaks with botanist Rick Burgess and marine biologist David Secord. (04/23/2005)
Online resources:
The Truth About Invasive Species (Discover - subscription required)
The World Conservation Union
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Ivasive Species Information Node (NBII)
Strange Days (PBS)
More about Rick Burgess

Listen IconTracking Hate
The man responsible for the Oklahoma City bombing, Timothy McVeigh, was a member of an extremist militia. Guest host Alex Cohen investigates the state of domestic terror in America ten years later. (04/16/2005)
Online resource:
Southern Poverty Law Center
Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism

Listen IconOklahoma City, A Decade Later
When we remember the Oklahoma City bombing, many of us recall the photograph of a firefighter cradling a lifeless child. It was the image that seemed to personify that tragedy. While it continues to be a painful reminder for the fireman and mother of the child captured on film, it has also helped to seed their friendship. The two sat down with host Bill Radke to talk about their memories of the bombing and how the photograph brought them together. (04/16/2005) Photo: Charles H. Porter IV / AFP / (c) Getty Images
Online resources:
Oklahoma City National Memorial

Listen IconFeeling Blue?
Bush is powering into his second term while some Democrats are wallowing in self-pity. But could some Progressives actually be getting a perverse pleasure from the Republican victories? Weekend America checks in John Nichols, Washington correspondent for the left-leaning magazine The Nation, about how he's enjoying the foibles of a second-term president. (04/16/2005)
Dejected Liberals CD Track List:
I Want My Country Back - Greg Brown; Animal - Ani Difranco; I Will Survive - Cake; Here It Comes - Modest Mouse; Central Reservation - Beth Orton; e You Realize - Flaming Lips; What a World - Rufus Wainwright; My Kingdome - Bonnie Prince Billy; How Come My Heart Feels So Bad - Moby; I Guess I'm Doing Fine - Beck; Spain - Kristin Hersh; London Still - The Waifs; Method Acting - Bright Eyes; All Things Change - Syd Straw; Redemption Song - Johnny Cash & Joe Strummer; Lithuania - Dan Bern; Star Spangled Banner - Bruce Springsteen

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Listen IconLiving with Pain
In the past couple of months, many painkillers have been pulled off the shelves due to safety concerns. What does that mean for people who suffer pain without them? Weekend America looks at the complicated science of pain, and what new research might tell us about treating it. Plus how one woman is coping with the chronic pain from a broken back. (04/16/2005) Photo: Kristian Dowling / (c) Getty Images
Online resources:
Pain Resources for Patients and Their Families
Painless America (12/25/2005)

Listen IconThe Physiology of Pain
Science reporter Rebecca Roberts explains the science behind pain by experimenting on guest host Alex Cohen. (04/16/2005)

Listen IconTour of Duty
Before his second Iraq deployment, Army Specialist David Beals tried to kill himself. He received counseling and is now stationed in Tikrit. His wife told Weekend America she's worried that he's still troubled. To get some perspective, we talk with Col. James Polo, an army psychiatrist about the trauma of war and treating soldiers on the frontlines. (04/09/2005)

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Listen IconMr. and Mrs. H.R.H.
Some call it a true romance, others a major fiasco. Patt Morrison of the Los Angeles Times attends Charles and Camilla's wedding and sorts it out for Weekend America. (04/09/2005) Photo: Peter Macdiarmid / (c) Getty Images

The Need to Touch
This week, pilgrims flooded into Rome to see the Pope's body. So Weekend America wondered: why are we drawn to something we think is good or holy? Why is the desire to touch goodness so powerful? Does the same hold true for evil? Hosts Bill Radke and Barbara Bogaev speak with MIT grad student Ross Cisneros, Emory religion professor Mark Jordan and essayist John Hendershot about our need to touch objects that emobody these intangible qualities. (04/09/2005)
Online resources:
Listen: Interviews with Ross Cisneros and John Hendershot
Listen: Interview with Mark Jordan
Regarding Evil Web site

Listen IconDeath with Dignity
In the aftermath of Terri Schiavo's death and Pope John Paul II's illness, the phrase "death with dignity" has been in our thoughts. Host Barbara Bogaev talked with Dr. Sherwin Nuland, author of the book How We Die, about the balance between publicity and dignity in death. (04/02/2005)
Online resources:
Sherwin's book, How We Die, is available at the Public Radio Book Source

Listen IconNot If, But When
This weekend, people in New Jersey and Connecticut are getting ready for Monday's simulation of a terrorist attack. But can we really rehearse how we'd behave in the face of disaster? Host Barbara Bogaev spoke with two experts about how to expect the unexpected, Kimberly Shoaf with the UCLA Center for Public Health and Disaster, and Jim Dwyer, author of 102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers. (04/02/2005)
Online resource:
Jim Dwyer's book, 102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers, is available at the Public Radio Book Source
Dirty War (HBO)
What We Learn About Radiation Threats from Movies - Fact or Fiction (CDC)
Emergencies & Disasters (DHS)

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Listen IconA Pontiff Remembered
Weekend America remembers Pope John Paul II. We'll check in with reporter Matthew Algeo to hear how people are reflecting on his life around the U.S. We'll also hear from NPR's Emily Harris and Sylvia Poggioli on the Pontiff's remarkable life. (04/02/2005)
Online resources:
Official Vatican Web site
Key dates in the life of Pope John Paul II (MPR)
List of Cardinals (catholic-pages.com)
Pope John Paul II dies at 84 (CNN)
Papal Transition: Traditional Path Sharply Defined (NYTimes)

Listen IconSupreme Court Short List
This week, Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist returned to the bench after an illness. Fortunately, he's looking well, though the illness reminded us that the justices won't be around forever. So how do you find the next justice? Weekend America asked a headhunter and a former professor to put together a short list. (03/26/2005)
Online resources:
Help us pick the next Supreme Court justice. Take our survey...

Red Lake Indian Reservation Shooting
Listen IconTragedy in Red Lake
This week ten people died in a Minnesota school shooting. Weekend America hears directly from the Red Lake community. (03/26/2005)
Online resources:
"What Happened at Red Lake?" (MPR.org)

Listen IconSchool Shootings: A Victim Remembers
One of the first school shootings happened at Grand Rapids High School in 1966. Kevin Roth was fourteen when classmate shot him and killed a school administrator. Kevin talked with guest host Matthew Algeo about why he wants to meet and apologize to the man who shot him so long ago. (03/26/2005)

Terry Schiavo
Listen IconThe Language of Life
The Terry Schiavo case has played out over the last few weeks in the courts. We look at the language of the law as well as a phrase that has become popular, "the sanctity of life." People on both sides of the issue say that it's something they want to preserve. Host Barbara Bogaev talked with a theology professor to find out what the phrase means. (03/26/2005)
Online resource:
James Keenan, S.J.
How do you feel about the Terry Schiavo case? Send us an email...

Paul Wolfowitz
Listen IconLupine Conspiracy
This week President Bush nominated Paul Wolfowitz to head the World Bank. His predecessor is named Wolfinson -- does anyone else see a pattern? Guest host Matt Algeo spoke with economist Bernie Wolf about the special qualifications his name may give him in the world of international finance. (03/19/2005)

Listen IconFrom Selma to Montgomery
This weekend is the 40th anniversary of the march from Montgomery to Selma, Alabama march-one of the events that convinced many Americans to fight for civil rights. Weekend America spoke with John Lewis, one of the march organizers and former CBS news reporter Murray Fromson about their recollections of the event that changed the course of the Civil Rights Movement. (03/19/2005)
Online resources:
"40th Anniversary of Selma March Celebrated" (The Washington Post)
Congressman John Lewis
Professor Murray Fromson
Selma-to-Montgomery March
National Park Service: Selma to Montgomery

Listen IconCapture the Flag
A hundred years ago, President Theodore Roosevelt signed a bill to send all the Confederate flags captured in the Civil War back to the South. But even today, it's still a touchy subject. Weekend America looks into the controversial history of the Confederate flag. Weekend America hosts speak with historian Steven Osman and John Coski of the Museum of the Confederacy. (03/19/2005)
Online resources:
The Museum of the Confederacy
Historic Fort Snelling
John Coski is author of "The Confederate Battle Flag: America's Most Embattled Emblem"

Listen IconA Matter of Life and Death
It's a decision that no family would ever want to make. In 1987 Nancy Cruzan was severely injured in a car accident, and her family decided that they didn't want her living in a vegetative state. Host Barbara Bogaev asked Cruzan family attorney William Colby about what life was like for the family during the ordeal and what reflections he has on the case. (03/19/2005)
Online resources:
William Colby is the author of "Long Goodbye: The Deaths of Nancy Cruzan."

Listen IconFrom the War Zone to Back Home
It's the only part of a deployment that some soldiers look forward to: coming home. This weekend, Galva, Illinois is welcoming back their soldiers, complete with a fire truck escort and hundreds of anxious family members. Then, what happens after the tearful reunions and celebrations are over? Karma and Brad Diers were married on Valentine's Day 2004. Two days later, Brad shipped out. Separated their entire first year of marriage, Brad and Karma were reunited earlier this month. Weekend America asked them how they readjusted to life together. (03/19/2005)
Online resources:
"Guard members of 682nd battalion return home" (Video of homecoming at StarTribune.com)

Listen IconTouching a Nerve
There's a new technology for treating bulimia that's the same one that's treated heart patients for years. Barbara Bogaev talks with a patient who's had the treatment, and Bill Radke talks with the researcher who developed the technology. (03/12/2005)
Online resource:
"Pacemaker-like device used to treat eating disorder" (MPR.org)
Treatment Shows Promise for Bulimia Nervosa (University of Minnesota)
Cyberonics, maker of the device

Listen IconThousands of Soles
In the two years since American troops invaded Iraq, more than 1500 soldiers and thousands of civilians have died. There's an exhibit traveling around the country that memorializes them in one of the most ordinary ways possible: with a pair of shoes. Host Bill Radke talked with the man who's been curating the exhibits. (03/12/2005)
Online resources:
Eyes Wide Open

Listen IconNight Shift in the Pine Steet Van
Every night the Pine Street Van weaves through Boston hoping to bring the homeless to shelters. Even though temperatures remain below freezing, many of Boston's homeless would rather endure the frigid nights outside than go to a shelter. Reporter Rachel Gotbaum tagged along for a ride. (03/12/2005)
Online resources:
Pine Street Inn

Listen IconDulling Your Memory
Who doesn't have a bad breakup or an embarrassing moment that they'd rather forget? Doctors can prescribe medication that dulls the pain of a traumatic memory for people who have survived terrible experiences. How do they draw the line between the experiences that should be diminished, and the experiences that make us who we are? Host Bill Radke talks with a doctor about the ethics behind the medicine. (03/12/2005)
Online resources:
Memory Pharmaceuticals
Scientific American Frontiers: "The Gene Hunters" (PBS)
"Managing" Memories: Information on Dr. Charles Marmar's research
Dr. David Magnus, Director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics
Related story: Stage Fright Serum

Listen IconHope on Hold
On Monday, a drug called Tysabri that was used to treat Multiple Sclerosis was pulled off the market. For thousands patients pinning their hopes on its success, the news was devastating. Barbara Bogaev talked to a patient and a doctor about what life in the MS community will be like without the drug. (03/05/2005)
Online resources:
Norman J. Kachuck , MD
Tysabri Info. Web site
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis Association of America

Listen IconBringing Down the Tablets
This week, the Supreme Court heard two cases about the display of the Ten Commandments on public property. But Thomas Van Orden, who filed one of the complaints, wasn't in the D.C. courtroom. He's homeless, and couldn't afford a ticket. He talked with Bill Radke about the case from a payphone in Austin, Texas. (03/05/2005)
Online resource:
"A Lawyer's Unlikely Journey Up the Legal Ladder"

Listen IconMorality Check
This week Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia declared that the nine Supreme Court Justices aren't the conscience of the nation. If they're passing the buck, then who is? Weekend America talks to several Americans -- including Lewis Lapham of Harper's Magazine -- about who they think represent the conscience of the nation. (03/05/2005)
Online resources:
Who is the conscience of the nation? Take our poll...

Listen IconGrowing Up Behind Bars
Imagine spending your teen years behind bars. Nathaniel Abraham was 11 years old when he was accused of killing Ronnie Greene Jr. He was 13 at the time he was sentenced, the youngest person to stand trial as an adult. Weekend America explores the issue of trying children as adults, and talks to several people whose lives were changed by his trial: Lisa Halushka, the prosecutor in the Michigan vs Abraham case; Dan Bagdade, Nathaniel's defense attorney, and Eugene Moore, the presiding judge. (02/26/2005)
Online resources:
"13 year-old - and Michigan juvenile law - under fire in murder trial" (CourtTV)
Text of Nathaniel Abraham's Sentence (CourtTV)
Abraham to be held in juvenile facility until age 21(The Detroit News)

Listen IconBridging the Divide
"Sergeant Benderman is no Mahatma Gandhi." That's what former marine John Hein said about Kevin Benderman, a soldier who refused to return to Iraq because he's come to believe that war is wrong. Weekend America put Benderman and Hein in touch. It turns out that their conversations have had a surprising effect on Hein. (02/26/2005)
Online resources:
Previous conversations: Jan. 22 (Reporter's Notebook), Jan. 22 (Benderman Awaits Decision), Jan. 15, Jan. 8, Nov. 13
Kevin Benderman Web site
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Listen IconChange Is Eminent
Under the 5th Amendment of the Constitution, the government can take your property from you (paying market value) if it will be used for the public good. A landmark 1954 Supreme Court case broadened the meaning of public good and made it easier for these so-called "takings." Correspondent Richard Paul visits the D.C. neighborhood affected by the ruling. (02/26/2005)
Online resources:
Hidden Washington resources from the Library of Congress
In the Alleys: Kids in the Shadow of the Capitol
Cultural Tourism DC has a new walking tour of the neighborhood discussed in this story
Read Justice Douglas's opinion in Berman V. Parker

Listen IconYoung Mayors
President Bush is pushing Social Security reform hard. It won't change much for older Americans, but what about America's younger set? Barbara Bogaev talked with two budding politicians about this and other the challenges they'll face in the future: Richard Carlbom, mayor of St. Joseph, Minnesota; Josh Roberts, mayor of West Union, South Carolina. (02/19/2005)

Listen IconNuclear Nostalgia
What did Americans hear on their radios when the nuclear bomb was being tested? Weekend America visited a museum with relics from the testing of the nuclear bomb that's opening this weekend in Las Vegas. (02/19/2005)
Online resource:
Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation

Listen IconDownwinders
When Jay Truman was a kid, he played "Atomic War" instead of "Cowboys and Indians." He grew up downwind, 90 miles from a test site. He talked with Barbara Bogaev about his memories from childhood and what it's like to watch nuclear tensions escalate around the world. (02/19/2005)
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Listen Icon21st Century Homestead Act
Bright lights and Kansas corn fields? Some small Midwestern towns are anxious to lure young people back from the big cities. What would it take to get hip twenty-somethings to flood back to the heartland? Weekend America brainstormed some ideas with an advertising firm and a Disney Imagineer. (02/19/2005)
Online resources:
Listen to the Heartlandia ad we didn't broadcast
Collie + McVoy produced this radio spot
"Towns offer free land to newcomers"(USA Today)

Listen IconKansas Land Rush
A Kansas official has a solution to the Midwestern brain drain: she's offering free land to anyone who will come and build a house in her county. (02/19/2005)
Online resources:
Ellsworth County Welcome Home Plan

Listen IconSgt. Benderman: Reporter's Notebook
Sgt. Kevin Benderman refused an order to deploy to Iraq last month after he applied for conscientious objector status. A few days ago, he appeared in court for a hearing to determine if there's enough evidence to proceed with the charges. Barbara Bogaev talks with two journalists who have been covering the case. (02/12/2005)
Online resources:
Previous conversations: Jan. 15, Jan. 8, Nov. 13
Kevin Benderman Web site
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Listen IconBenderman Awaits Decision
Sgt. Kevin Benderman has been in the news after refusing and order to deploy to Iraq. He was in military court this week for the army equivalent of a grand jury hearing. Barbara talks with Kevin, his wife Monica, and an army representative about their sticky situation. (02/12/2005)
Online resources:
Previous conversations: Jan. 15, Jan. 8, Nov. 13
Kevin Benderman Web site
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Malcolm X
Listen IconMalcolm X Remembered
Forty years ago this month Malcolm X was getting ready to speak to a packed house at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City when he was shot and killed. Weekend America recalls that speech. (02/05/2005)
Online resources:
Malcolm X official Web site

Listen IconFinding Common Ground
A few weeks ago, Weekend America talked to two parents with different ideas about how evolution should be taught in schools. At the end of the interview, one guest invited the other to do something radical... to sit down over coffee and have a civil conversation. Listener response was overwhelming; one listener wrote to say that he used to have great talks with a friend who had different beliefs. Weekend America brought the two together to do something many Americans can't seem to do... talk. (02/05/2005)
Previous Weekend America coverage:
3 Years, 2 People, 1 Sticker (01/15/05), What Would Darwin Say (11/13/04), Public Conversations: Abortion (06/26/04)

Listen IconCan You Hear Me Now
Until a telephone line was installed this week, the tiny town of Mink, Louisiana was one of the few communities in the United States that didn't have phone service. Bill Radke called Alma Louise Bolton to talk about Mink's newest novelty. (02/05/2005)
Online resource:
Mink gets the 411 on telemarketers from governor (Shreveporttimes.com)

Listen IconConflict of Interest
Gift-giving season at the National Institutes of Health ended last week. The director announced that all NIH staff scientists are banned from accepting any income from drug companies. Weekend America asked a longtime family doctor and a medical student how they draw the line between taking unethical gifts and the acceptable perks of the trade. (02/05/2005)
Online resource:
Conflict of Interest Information and Resources (NIH.gov)

Listen IconWar Comes Home: Twentynine Palms
The people who live in Twentynine Palms, California know all too well about the repercussions of war. The town is home to around 11,000 marines who train at the base; they have suffered 53 casualties in Iraq thus far. In the first part of a series, Barbara Bogaev explores the effects of war on the family and friends of those who serve, on location in Twentynine Palms. In this first installment, Barbara talks with a couple that run the community radio station about life in a military town. (02/05/2005)
Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center - Twentynine Palms
Twentynine Palms Historical Society
City of Twentynine Palms
Z-107.7 FM Web site
Desert Trail

Haile Selassie
Listen IconCensors Punt Super Bowl Ad
It's Super Bowl weekend and the estimated 90 million viewers will not be seeing this ad: A clergyman finds a set of keys in the collection plate and the keys lead him to a 2006 Lincoln Mark LT luxury pickup. What's so objectionable? To find out, Bill and Barbara speak with Philippe Perebinossoff, a former ABC TV censor about the controversy. (02/05/2005)
Online resources:
View the censored Lincoln Ad (AdAge.com - registration required)
Ford Pulls Lincoln Spot From Super Bowl (AdWeek.com)
Past Super Bowl Ads: 2002, 2003, 2004 (iFilm.com)

Listen IconSnowy Parking Revisited
If you dig out a parking space from the snow, how long is it yours? In the wake of last week's big storm, we talk to two people with different philosophies about how they dealt with snowy parking.
Online resource:
Snow Rage: Part I of this discussion

Listen IconRoots of Rastafari
Bob Marley took the words for his song "War" from a speech that Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie made in 1963 about African independence. Marley would have turned 60 next week, and we play some clips of his song "War" and Selassie's speech in his honor. (01/29/2005)
Online resource:
Speech to the United Nations - October 4, 1963
Speech to the League of Nations - June 30, 1936

Listen IconEthics in Journalism
This week, newspaper columnist and marriage researcher Maggie Gallagher admitted she was paid to advise the federal government on promoting marriage. Gallagher claims the government paid for her expertise, and the money had no bearing on her columns or talk show appearances. We hear an excerpt of Gallagher defending herself earlier in the week on WBUR's talk-show "On Point." (01/29/2005)
Online resource:
The Maggie Gallagher Controversy (WBUR)

Listen IconCrime and Punishment
After a man caused a disastrous train crash in Los Angeles this week, some victims and their families hope that he receives a harsh punishment. Host Bill Radke talked with former Los Angeles District Attorney Gil Garcetti about how prosecutors deal with public pressure to get the harshest sentences. (01/29/2005)

Listen IconState of the Union, State of a Life
When Ronald Reagan gave his State of the Union speech in 1985, he mentioned a West Point student named Jean Nguyen. Reagan called her an American hero. Host Bill Radke called Jean to find out how the speech changed her life. (01/29/2005)
Online resources:
White House Website: State of the Union

Listen IconInside the Jury Box
Recently, the trial of two former Tyco executives accused of stealing over $600 million in company funds ended in a mistrial. Lawyers from both sides are in the process of selecting jury members for a new trial. Bill Radke spoke with members of the first jury about their experiences in the jury box. (01/22/05)

Listen IconPresidential Review
IThe reviews of President Bush's inaugural speech have been coming in, some good and some less than enthusiastic. Barbara asked Tom Hollihan, who teaches media and politics at the University of Southern California, for his opinion. (01/22/05)
Online resource:
Tom Hollihan Bio

Listen IconAuschwitz Remembered
This week marks the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the WWII concentration camp, Auschwitz. Correspondent Heather McElhatton has spent the past few days talking to students about what they know about the Holocaust and joins Barbara to talk about what she's learned. Barbara also talks with Dr. Marcia Horn, a professor at Ferrum College, about her experiences teaching the history of the Holocaust. (01/22/05)
Online resource:
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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