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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: June 5, 2004
Music Bridge: Start From Scratch
Artist: Galactic
CD: Crazyhorse Mongoose (Capricorn)
Generation Gap: Our Defining Moments
A collage of sound clips of significant events during this century, which define generations. Begins with the announcement of the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima and ending on "shock and awe" the War in Iraq. Produced by Peter Crimmins.

Music Bridge: Smooth
Artist: Santana
CD: Supernatural (Arista)
Boomer Generation
What are generations and the gaps that divide them? The boomer generation is the largest demographic group in American history. Boomers invented generational identity and redefined American Culture in the process. We talk with Steve Gillon, an accomplished historian and host of the History Channel's "History Center". He has just written a book called "Boomer Nation: The Largest and Richest Generation Ever, and How It Changed America."

Online resources

Lying to Parents - You Know It's True
We've all done it - lied to our parents that is. Youth Radio gives us a peek into the secret world of what young people lie about.

Music Bridge: Junior
Artist: Pilote
CD: Do It Now Man (Domino)

What Is a "Traditional" Wedding?
Summer is here and that can only mean one thing - love is in the air and wedding bells are ringing. But recently the issue of gay marriage has upset many who say it uproots the tradition of the institution. But Dan Segal, professor of anthropology and history at Pitzer College in southern California says there's little traditional in the history of weddings.

The 21st Century Groom
Traditionally men have not been very involved in the preparations of their weddings. Staying away from the bustle of choosing the flowers, cake, linen and such sundries that make up the big day. That is changing and we spoke to a couple, Leora Kay and her fiancée Doug Gordon who are getting married in August. Doug has enthusiastically thrown himself into the planning process.

Online resources for planning your own wedding

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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Listening Post: To Smoke or Not to Smoke
This week in our listening post segment we look at the issue of banning cigarette smoking across the nation. To discuss this we're joined by William Wilcoxen from station partner KNOW in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Vote: How do you feel about smoking in public areas? Take our smoking poll.
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Europe Smoking Ban
Across the Atlantic smokers are also rapidly becoming an endangered bunch as we hear from Stephen Beard in London.

Music Bridge: Adowa
Artist: The Claudia Quintet
CD: I, Claudia (Cuneiform)
Music Picks, June 2004
Music time and Rolling Stone editor Jason Fine in New York tells us what to look for in music in June.

Music info. and online resources

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A Very Gifted Athlete
Orphaned at three, lost a leg at five and a paralympic record holder at 26. Marlon Shirley is training with the US Olympic team to prepare for the second largest sporting event in the world. He shares his efforts with us.

Online resources

Music Bridge: Printemps
Artist: Kiln
CD: Ampday (Thalassa)

Michelle Philippe
Live Event: Theatre in the Small
The Piccolo Spoleto festival is going on in Charleston, South Carolina and our resident actress Michelle Philippe is performing. We will be dropping in live to get an update on her adventures and other highlights of the festival.

Online resources

Music Bridge: Anlauf
Artist: Blond
CD: Blond (Morr)

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D-Day: Looking Back
Montage to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of D-Day. Produced by Barret Golding based on recordings from CBS reports from June 6, 1944.

This radio montage was produced by Barret Golding with support from HearingVoices.com and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Online resources and addition web-only audio

Music Bridge: I Am the Dead
Artist: Eyvind Kang
CD: Virginal Co Ordinates (Ipecac Recordings)

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Whatever Happened To? Corporate Scandals
Enron was back in the news this week. We heard taped recordings of phone calls by Enron energy traders in 2000 and 2001 in which they talk of ripping off "those poor grandmothers" in California. But lately we haven't heard much else of those corporate scandals, which dominated the headlines. To get updated on some of them we spoke with David Skeel, a professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania, who's writing a book titled "Icarus in the Boardroom: The Fundamental Flaws in Corporate America and Where They Came From."

Music Bridge: Installation Linoleum
Artist: 310
CD: Recessional (Leaf)
Commentary: Club Fed for Dummies
WorldCom or MCI is another of the companies caught up in illegal activities. Walt Pavlo worked at MCI and he was caught and jailed for two years. He generously offered some pearls of wisdom to others who may find themselves doing time as a guest of the federal government.

Online resources

Music Bridge: Parchman Farm Blues
Artist: Bukka White
CD: Mississippi Blues (Aim Records)
Trademark Sounds
What do the Harlem Globe Trotters, the Lone Ranger and the Minnesota State Lottery have in common? A patented sound of course. Trademark sounds are relatively rare - part of the problem is the elusive nature of sound. The producers at "Open Ear" have been investigating sound in the designed environment. A report by their Michael Weinberg.

Online resources

Commentary: Some Motorcycles Are More Equal Than Others
Even motorcyclists have a hierarchy. Commentator Adam Burke tells us about the social habits of bikers.

Music Bridge: Beyond
Artist: Nebula
CD: Charged (Sub Pop)
Conflict Resolution
Ever had a problem with a neighbor you just couldn't resolve? We may have the solution - a regular feature with conflict resolution expert Gina Ray Hendrikson. This week Phyllis Fletcher in Seattle, Washington wants to find a way to solve a neighborly problem.

Music Bridge: Over the River
Artist: The High Llamas
CD: Retrospective, Rarities and Instrumentals (Alpaca)
Opening Up Broadway
The Tony awards are tomorrow night. Since 1967 the Tony's have recognized the best of theatre. It's a shame that more people watch the Tony's on television than actually go to see a play on Broadway. One reason is tickets are very expensive and difficult to get. In 1998, Tony and Pullitzer prize winner Wendy Wasserstein decided to do something about that. She spoke to us about her project.

Online resources

Meet the MACY's Contest Winner
Two weeks ago Anthony Silva won a singing contest sponsored by MACY's. Silva has dreamt of going to Broadway for as long as he can remember and his dream now comes true as the prize is an all expenses paid trip to see the Tony's. Silva sings his winning song.

Broadway Tribute
Barbera and Ross talk about their all time favorite Broadway hits and this year's nominations.

The Peppercorns
This piece is about the kid rockers and produced by the Experience Music Project in Seattle. Julianne Shepherd introduces us to the Black Peppercorns - a nine and ten year old rock duo with a big sound and even bigger aspirations.

Online resources

Music Bridge: Si Paloma
Artist: Sun Kil Moon
CD: Ghosts of the Great Highway (Mobile)
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