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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 29, 2004
Music Bridge: Start From Scratch
Artist: Galactic
CD: Crazyhorse Mongoose (Capricorn)

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Virtual Border, Hi Tech Identification
This week's warning about terrorists inside the U.S. highlights the difficulty of keeping them out. Security officials say the answer is a new system that uses data and biometrics to identify suspects. Its technology and its budget are straight out of science fiction. But can it do the job in the real world? We talk to Wired.com senior correspondent Kim Zetter.

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Bounty Hunters
Did it strike you as a bit odd that our nation's top law enforcement officials asked for our help this week in tracking down seven suspected terrorists? Why are they asking us to chip in now? Haven't they known who these people are for months, years now? Why aren't their photos on milk cartons, on flyers, on the sides of buses? It got me wondering whether there aren't better ways to nab terrorists, so we called a former navy intelligence officer, a bounty hunter, and a private investigator, to see what advice they have for tracking these guys down.

related link - FBI's list of America's Most Wanted Terrorists

Music Bridge: People I Know
Artist: Lali Puna
CD: Faking the Books (Morr)
Listening Post: Is There Fear in the Air?
The Attorney General's announcement had Los Angeles talking this week. The city regularly shows up on terrorists' target lists. But are Angelenos worried? We ask Larry Mantle, host of the public radio talk show "Airtalk" at our partner station KPCC in Los Angeles.

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Music Bridge: Afrique
Artist: Cuica
CD: City to City (Ubiquity)

U.S. Marine Corps Photo
Enduring Freedom: Veterans from the Tribe
It wasn't so long ago that American troops decimated the First Nations. Today, thousands of Native Americans serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. Filmmaker Peggy Berryhill talks with Barbara about her new documentary Enduring Freedom, the story of six Native American women veterans.

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In Flander's Field
In honor of Memorial Day, we listen to one of the most famous war poems ever, written by a young Canadian army doctor, John McCrae, in 1915. It's read for us by Brian Watt.

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Music Bridge: On The Nature Of Daylight
Artist: Max Richter
CD: The Blue Notebooks (Caroline)
Ben Skerker the Soothsayer of Weekend Weather...
Ben Skerker's unusual survey of events, celebrations, unplanned gatherings and -- of course -- his prognostications on weekend weather.

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Movie Review: The Day After Tomorrow
The summer's first disaster epic The Day After Tomorrow hits the screens this weekend. How big a disaster is it? We headed for the local multiplex to see what the viewing public thought. And we talked with Whitley Streiber, the author of the book on which the movie was based.

Listen: Whitley Steiber talks about the science behind the movie
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Music Bridge: Out of Proportion
Artist: The Eternals
Web site: Out of Proportion (Antifaz)
Music Bridge: Intercourse
Artist: Techno Animal
CD: The Brother of the Bomb (Matador)
Is There Ever Enough Money? Never in Politics...
President George W. Bush has $200 million, and challenger John Kerry, a paltry $115 million. That still sounds like a lot of money to us, but political wonks say Kerry could come up short. How much campaign money is enough? PRW's election correspondent Richard Paul puts it all in perspective.

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Music Bridge: Choking You
Artist: Prefuse 73
CD: One Word Extinguisher (Kitty Yo)

Photo: D. Taylor
Live Event: The Red River Rally
Imagine the sound of twenty-five thousand motorcycles revving through the canyons of New Mexico. For the 500 residents of the town of Red River, it's a Memorial Day tradition. We're dropping in live at the 22nd annual Red River Motorcycle Rally.

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Music Bridge: Born to Be Wild
Artist: Steppenwolf
CD: Steppenwolf (Mobile)

Emeline Michel
Musical Profile: Emeline Michel
When Haiti's in the headlines, it's usually not good news. Recent floods have killed at least a thousand people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. And after the violent ouster of former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, UN peacekeepers are coming into the country June 1st. For many years, Haitian singer Emeline Michel has used her music to tell the stories-good and bad-of her homeland. We'll talk to Michel and hear some of her new album, Cordes Ames.

More info. about Emeline, her music and upcoming tour dates.

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