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Hour 1

  • A discussion after the 2008 G-20 Finance Meeting.

    Inside the G-20

    Leaders of the world from 20 countries are gathering this weekend in Washington, D.C., to talk about the global financial crisis. So what are they doing behind closed doors? Weekend America host John Moe speaks with former International Monetary Fund economist and current Harvard professor Ken Rogoff to find out what really goes on at an economic summit.

  • Global Summit: An International Perspective

    Konstantin Sonin

    The outcome of this weekend's G-20 summit may still be a mystery, but many of the countries attending have their own goals for the meeting as the economic crisis ripples out from the U.S. across the globe. So we thought we'd hop through some time zones and look at the summit from a few different national perspectives. We speak to guests based in Saudi Arabia, Russia and China.

  • Music Bridge:
    Modern By Nature's Reward
    Artist: Jonas Reinhardt
    CD: Jonas Reinhardt (Kranky)
  • First Weekend Home

    First Weekend Home: After the Coma

    Justin Logan in rehab with his son Michael

    Traumatic brain injury - or an injury caused by a severe blow to the head - is the leading cause of death and disability for children and young adults. One of the most common causes of those injuries is car accidents. That's how high school student Justin Logan wound up in the hospital a few months ago. Reporter Tori Marlan followed Justin out of rehab and through his first weekend home in his mother's care.

  • Music Bridge:
    Milk Tea
    Artist: Takahiro Kido
    CD: Fleursy Music (Plop)
  • Weekend Soundtrack

    "Friday On My Mind"

    Jim Leftwich as a young man

    We've been asking listeners about the songs that bridge the gap from Friday to Monday. Our latest story comes from Jim Leftwich of Skokie, Ill. His soundtrack is "Friday on My Mind" by Richard Thompson.

  • What, Me Worry?

    Guantanamo Bay

    It's the second weekend after the election, and we're guessing a lot of you are still feeling pretty darn good. Sure there's the economy, the war, global warming - but those are all the problems of the last presidency, right? Now there's a new president, and everything's going to get whipped into shape. Well, before you start believing that every little thing's gonna be all right, remember that every silver lining has at least one dark cloud.

  • Music Bridge:
    A Manha Na Praia
    Artist: The Alps
    CD: III (Type)
  • Kids and Stress

    Sam Grocholski was adopted from Romania

    Children who spent their early years in orphanages offer researchers a unique opportunity to see how chronic adversity primes the brain's stress response system. New research comparing adoptees to children raised in biological families, or those adopted early from foster care, gives some surprising results.

  • Music Bridge:
    Seaside Pastures Part 2
    Artist: Ezekiel Honig
    CD: Surfaces of a Broken Marching Band (Anticipate)
  • Fan Free Agent

    SuperSonics being trounced by the Denver Nuggets.

    Weekend America host John Moe has always been a fan of the Seattle Supersonics basketball team. But this year, his team moved away and changed their name. So now John is a free agent. Free to sign as a fan with any team in the league. One of the worst things about the Supersonics' demise was that thousands of Sonics fans were completely powerless in the transaction. But maybe, just maybe, this fan can empower himself and turn the tables on the NBA.

Hour 2

  • Rally For GA Senate Candidate Saxby Chambliss

    Georgia, What's Going On?

    The election may seem like old news at this point, but for some of us, election season is still in full swing. The Georgia senate race between Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss and Democrat Jim Martin was too close to call and the state is holding a runoff election the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. We wanted to know how this was taking a toll on the campaigns, so we got Jim Galloway on the line. He covers politics for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

  • The Politics of Hurricanes

    Mel Gonzales' roof was destroyed by Hurricane Ike

    The hurricane shelters on Galveston Island closed this week. People have been living in Galveston in tents after Hurricane Ike hit on September 13. But the island is still in ruins, and many people are in hotel rooms or crashing with friends. Reporter Michael May went to the heart of the disaster bureaucracy in Austin to find out how things have gone in Ike's wake.

  • Music Bridge:
    Artist: Tape
    CD: Luminarium (Hapna Sweden)
  • Good News, Bad News, No News

    Hillary Clinton, Gitmo's Future, and the New Bond

    Senator Hillary Clinton

    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 Esquire columnist Stacey Grenrock-Woods; Reason Magazine contributing editor Kerry Howley; and Eugene Jarecki, documentary filmmaker and author of "The America Way of War."

  • Music Bridge:
    Contube Alomany
    Artist: Tennis
    CD: Europe on Horseback (Bip-Hop)
  • Poetry Radio Project

    Conversations with America: Treasure Williams

    Treasure Williams

    We're continuing our series "Conversations with America" with a look at transition - a time of both uncertainty and anticipation. Treasure Williams is a poet and performer based in Memphis. She also teaches at Rust College, an historically black liberal arts college in Holly Springs, Miss. For her, the implications of Barack Obama's election are just starting to sink in.

  • Music Bridge:
    Cradle Song For A (Interstate B3)
    Artist: Max Richter
    CD: 24 Postcards in Full Color (Fatcat)
  • Rock Steady Boxing

    Mary Yeman works out at Rock Steady Gym

    This weekend, there's some heavy action at the Rock Steady Gym in Indianapolis. A lot of folks are punching bags and flinging left jabs and right hooks. The difference is that folks in these weekend classes have Parkinson's disease, a neurological disorder that about 1.5 million people in the U.S. Reporter Colleen Iudice recently met the founder of Rock Steady and tells us his story.

  • Music Bridge:
    Le Tunnel
    Artist: Sylvain Chaveau
    CD: Nuage (Type)
  • Music Bridge:
    Loud Pipes
    Artist: Ratatat
    CD: Classics (XI)
  • So Long, Phoenix

    Phoenix at twilight

    We let go of a little part of our civilization this week. The Phoenix Mars Lander--the thing that found water on our neighboring red planet-- stopped sending messages back to Earth. In technical terms, it died. Producer Ochen Kaylan had a rough time with Phoenix's death this week, so he decided to write it a letter.

  • Music Bridge:
    White Soweto
    Artist: Windsurf
    CD: Coastlines (Internasjonal)
  • The Legend of Beatle Bob

    Beatle Bob

    This weekend music fans in St. Louis will have a variety of concert options to choose from. Odds are, Beatle Bob will be at one of the shows going on. If you're not from St. Louis, you probably don't know Beatle Bob. If you are from St. Louis, and you still don't know him, it probably means you're not getting out much. Beatle Bob, also known as Bob Matonis, has been to a concert every night for the last 11 years.

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