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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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Broadcast Date: May 8, 2004
Music Bridge: Start from Scratch
Artist: Galactic
CD: Crazyhorse Mongoose (Volcano)
Abuse, Repercussion, and Revenge
In mosques around America, Muslim-Americans are talking this weekend about the troubling images of abuse of Iraqi prisoners at the hands of occupation forces. We talk to an influential Shiite imam about reactions to the scandal.
Related Coverage: "BBC's coverage of Post-Saddam Iraq"
Related Story: "Rumsfeld: Unreleased images 'cruel and inhuman'"
"We Want Restitution"
Marketplace correspondent Adam Davidson just returned from Iraq. Barbara talks to Adam about apology and restitution in Iraq's tribal culture.
Related Story: "Picking up the Pieces - By Adam Davidson"
Related Coverage: "Marketplace's "Spoils of War" - An investigation into the reconstruction of Iraq"
Music Bridge: Vladimir's Blues
Artist: Max Richter
CD: The Blue Notebooks (Fat Cat)

Shahid Minapara
Of Poets & Peace...
From the poetry collection "City of One: Young Writers Speak to the World," poet and teenager Shahid Minapara reads his work about peace.
Web Resource: "WritersCorps"
Weekend America Resource: Selected poems from "City of One: Young Writers Speak to the World"
Music Bridge: Luck
Artist: Masha Qrella
CD: Luck (Monika)
Wedding Day Woes - A Bug's Life
What was our mystery noise last week? A recording of the 17 year cicadas. So what's it like when ten thousand of them crash a wedding? Cicada expert Dan Mozgai tells us the story.
Web Resource: "The Cicada Mania Wedding Planner"
Web Resource: "Scientific information concerning cicadas of the world"
Related Story: "They'rrre Back! Periodical Cicadas Return"
Related Audio: Listen to the cicada's song
Music Bridge: Canon (Perfomed By The Jean Francois Paillard Chamber Orchestra)
Composer: Johan Pachabell
Cannes: The REAL Oscars
What's hot this year at the world's top film festival? Barbara gets a sneak preview from New York Daily News film critic Jami Bernard.
Web Resource: Official Cannes Festival Site"
Related Story: Cannes bows to market forces, includes toons"
Music Bridge: Funkytown
Artist: Lips Inc.
CD: Funkyworld: The Best of Lipps, Inc. (Polygram Records)
"How's the Weather"
Ben Skerker's brief survey of events -- and weather -- in Providence, Philadelphia and Houston.
The Politics of Iraq
How will the Iraqi prison abuse scandal play out on the campaign trail? We talk to Republican campaign consultant and UC Berkeley lecturer Dan Schnur.
Background Story: "Bush and McCain go head-to-head"
Web Resource: "Meet Dan Schnur"
Related Audio: Listen to the extended interview with Dan Schnur
"Take Me Home, Country Roads"
Reporter Trey Kay takes us along on a personal and political trip back to his roots in West Virginia, a swing state that could play a key role in the 2004 presidential election.
Music Bridge: Jessica's Lullaby
Artist: The Johnny Staats Project
CD: Wires and Wood (Warner)
Mother's Day: Daughterly Advice from Writer Isabel Allende
For those of us who don't live near our parents, Mother's Day is all about guilt. Barbara gets some motherly advice from Cokie Roberts, Isabel Allende, and the Sweet Potato Queen.
Related Story: "Technology May Be What Mom Really Wants For Mothers Day"
Related Story: "Mothers day celebration, global trends"
Web Resource: "Official Isabel Allende Site"
Web Resource: "History of Mother's Day"
Book Reference: "El Reino del Dragon de Oro" by Isabel Allende
Book Reference : "Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation" by Cokie Roberts
Musical Sludge
Why do so many bad songs have so much in common? Writer Tom Kip from Seattle's Experience Music Project takes us through the life cycle of a bad pop music cliche.
Related Resource: Experience Music Project
Music Bridge: Pickin Cotton
Artist: Johnny Talbot
CD: Bay Area Funk (Ubiquity)
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