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Hour 1

Hour 1

  • Lost and Found in Greensburg, Kansas

    Last May, 95 percent of Greensburg, Kan., was destroyed by a tornado. The other five percent was severely damaged. Greensburg wasn't a big place to start with, but it had its claims to fame, like the world's largest hand-dug well and a 1,000-pound meteorite found just outside the town. Now, it also has a huge lost and found operation run by one woman: Wanda Booth. Most of the town's residents haven't moved back yet, but Booth has faith that many of them will, and when they do, they'll want their things. We ask her what's been lost and what's been found.

  • Not Your Ordinary Ordination

    Joan Hoak was ordained as a Catholic Priest year ago by the Roman Catholic Women's priest movement. They will be ordaining two more women this week too. This is all in the face of opposition by the official Roman Catholic church, which doesn't recognize the ordination of women. Weekend America Reporter John Moe speaks with Hoak about what the experience of being ordained and also unrecognized means to her.

  • Music Bridge:
    Until the Real Thing Comes Along
    Artist: B. Fleischmann
    CD: Tourist (Morr)
  • Hollywood's Home Movies

    Along with making all the movies they're famous for, Alfred Hitchcock, Steve McQueen and Esther Williams, among others, all made their own home movies. That's right, complete with kids' hijinks, embarrassing moments and boring stretches. Weekend America host Bill Radke takes a look into the home movie lives of some Hollywood legends with Los Angeles Times film critic Carina Chocano and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science Archives curator Lynne Kirste.

  • Music Bridge:
    Artist: Alarm Will Sound
    CD: Acoustica (Canteloupe)
  • Listener Letters: Fish Rights, Steely Dan and Electroshock Therapy

    This week, we hear from listeners made sick to their stomachs after hearing our story on killing carp. Listener John Peaslee questions our reading of the Steely Dan song "Time Out of Mind." And finally, so many people sent us letters lambasting John Moe's description of electroshock therapy that we decided to talk to one of them about it. Host Bill Radke speaks with Dr. Richard Boshes, associate professor of psychiatric medicine at Harvard, about the risks and the benefits

  • Summertime without Swimming Pools

    The only place a person can stand to be outside in Cincinnati is in a swimming pool. Wednesday's 100-degree temperature set a heat record for the city, and it's not expected to let up this weekend. The scary part is that the Cincinnati's public pools were about to be closed at the beginning of the month because the city couldn't afford to keep them open. Until lawyer Stan Chesley came through, donating the $80,000 needed to keep the pools open through the month. We talk to Chesley, and to kids in Cincinnati about what summer would be like if there were no pools.

  • Seven Hundred Miles into the Trip

    Weekend America checks in with Erin McKittrick and her husband Bretwood "Hig" Higman. The couple departed Seattle, Wash., and set out for Unimak Island in Alaska on foot. The couple is 700 miles into their 4,000-mile adventure and they've already encountered a lot, including bears. Bears!

  • Music Bridge:
    Artist: Aero
    CD: Rises and Falls (Apestaartje)
  • Song & Memory

    Song and Memory: "Private Eyes"

    People recall songs from their lives that evoke strong memories. Independent producers Ann Heppermann and Kara Oehler talk with Mike Daisey, who says "Private Eyes," by Hall and Oats conjures up some serious memories for him.

Hour 2

Hour 2

  • Summer Politics as Usual

    The first week of August recess has ended for members of Congress, but that doesn't mean they had time off. Weekend America Host Bill Radke talks with Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Sestak about what recess really means for those in Congress. Then, this weekend is the Iowa Straw Poll, the official fundraiser for the state's Republican Party. There will be a lot of schmoozing and also a lot of barbecue. We asked some caterers what they are serving and got their perspective on the Iowa Straw Poll.

  • Music Bridge:
    Back Pocket
    Artist: Oregon
    CD: 1000 Kilometes (Cam Jazz)
  • Music Bridge:
    Serbian Cocek
    Artist: A Hawk and a Hacksaw
    CD: A Hawk and a Hacksaw (Leaf)
  • Good News, Bad News, No News

    Good News, Bad News, No News

    Our panel of non-experts review the week's events in a parlor game to gauge what kind of week America had. This week we have chef Anthony Bourdain, whose show "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, airs on the Travel Channel; also, writer David Rakoff; and Yale literature professor Amy Hungerford.

  • Music Bridge:
    Time to Go
    Artist: Michio Kurihara
    CD: Sunset Notes (Ba Da Bing)
  • The Future Is Now

    It's 2007 and a logical question might be, "Where's my jetpack already?!?" Of all the fanciful inventions of the "future" this one's lack of ubiquity might be the most disappointing. But wait! Actually, someone did invent a functioning jet pack. Bill Suitor will land in Niagara Falls this weekend, where host Bill Radke speaks with him about his rocket belt and the future.

  • Death to the Encore!

    You know the drill: Artist plays music. Artist is showered with applause. Artist leaves the stage. Applause continues. And after a few minutes the artist returns for the encore. But do some bands just not deserve an encore? Weekend America's John Moe talks with John Roderick from the band The Long Winters, Sebastian Bach from the band Skid Row, and Jim Anderson the sound engineer at Seattle's Crocodile Cafe to find out what the encore is all about.

  • Music Bridge:
    Won't You Tell Your Dreams
    Artist: Lee Hazlewood
    CD: Requiem for an Almost Lady (Smells Like Records)
  • The Milkman Ballet

    When we first heard the Deerhoof album, "Milk Man"--a slightly disturbing experimental rock album about a milkman who kidnaps children and hides them in the clouds--we had the same thought as drama teacher Courtney Naliboff: this should be choreographed and made into a kids' school play with interpretive dance! No, we really didn't. But we had the chance to see the play and ask Naliboff what inspired her to put together something so daring (and frankly, weird) for her school in North Haven, Maine.

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